journey

brightness beckons

brightness beckons

journey, Joy, transformation
"In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray..." Inferno Canto 1, Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri in a mood he stood at the wood's edge and thought ..........why? lost this pained walk under dark skies living on the verge wondering if he was the plaything of his Lord, if so a cruel game from somewhere brightness beckoned on the wing beat of sudden insight ~ it's not your memory melting in the heat of time or your true music dissolving unsung nor the whimsy of some capricious god it is, perhaps, Dante's transformative hell no love without yearning no compassion without pain no charity without failure a Moses, he fell before the flaming bush a Phoenix, he rose from the ashes in his found humanity, he embraced life
Ain’t Got A Prayer

Ain’t Got A Prayer

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, Aquinas, At-One-Ment, Atheism, Broken Heart, Buddhism, Change, Christian Church, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, Comfort, community, Compassion, conflict, contemplation, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, doubt, empathy, Episcopacy, epistemology, existentialism, faith, faithfulness, Healing, Hope, Ideology, inner peace, journey, Letting go, life, Liturgy, monotheism, Philosophy, prayer, Prayer Practice, Prayers of Petition, Rationality, Religion, Risks, Scripture, Secularity, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
If there were more Christians and Christian ministers like the Rev. Terri Stewart, there is a pretty good chance -- who knows for sure?  -- that I would still be one, too. And if there were more monotheists like Terri, it is a pretty safe bet that -- while there no guarantees -- I most likely would not, as I presently do, regard monotheistic religion as a malignant canker on the arse of human spirituality. (For the record:  I do have deep and abiding respect for non-theistic religions, e.g., Buddhism and Taoism, where One Big Guy does not run Everything.) We do have our differences, e.g., Terri is much more reluctant than I to offend people. But let's not quibble. Most of all, let's not quibble, given that Terri recently wrote and published what I regard as the most realistic, level-he
“Sailing With Ulysses” Reconsidered

“Sailing With Ulysses” Reconsidered

"Life" Issues, Archetype, autonomy, awareness, Christianity, community, courage, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Economy, Education, Enlightenment, epistemology, Fear, Fearless, Ideology, Imagination, inspiration, journey, liberation, Myth, Renaissance, travel, Uncategorized, Wholeness
Not quite a year ago, as this is written (20 Nov 2016), I published an article in the Be-Zine in which I defended a broad-based liberal arts education by reference to the audacious undertaking of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s, Ulysses in setting out again in his old age for exploration. (A previous, slightly modified version of that article was published as a “Skeptic’s Collection” column.) I still believe and stand by everything, without exception, that I said in the 2015 piece. But, in retrospect, I realize that it needs to be qualified in two practical ways that got shouldered aside in my original access of romantic zeal. Upon more mature reflection, I realize that I should have addressed with more urgency than previously two related issues:  (1) the sheer cost of a modern university-leve