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The World As Dew

The World As Dew

Abrahamic Traditions, Archetypes, Atheism, awareness, Buddhism, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, community, Compassion, Creation, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Ecology, empathy, Environment, Epiphany, faith, God, Hawaii, Holy Mystery, kindness, Letting go, Longing, Love, Madame Pele, mindfulness, monotheism, multiculturalism, Myth, Mythology, Nature, Randomness, Rationality, Religion, Secularity, Uncategorized, volcanos
The world of dew Is the world of dew. And yet, and yet -- -- Kobayashi Issa I am convinced that certain geographical areas “prefer” certain religious traditions. In certain areas of the Nation – I will concentrate on the US, though I think analogous remarks apply elsewhere – climate, topography, and history conspire to render the spiritual climate favorable to what I will call “rule-based” or “command-based” traditions that emphasize a Deity Who stands outside human history, but occasionally intervenes to formulate rules of conduct and to issue commands.  Members of these traditions tend to speak in terms of God being “in control” and in political metaphors of monarchical sovereignty.  It is quite common, also, especially in the American tradition of conservative evangelical Prot...
Encountering The Holy In Hawaii

Encountering The Holy In Hawaii

Albert Camus, Archetypes, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Biology, Change, community, Compassion, Creation, Creativity, Einstein, Environment, Epiphany, Evolution, Fear, Hawaii, Letting go, Madame Pele, meditation, mindfulness, Mythology, Nature, Rationality, Science, The Divine, Theology, transformation, Uncategorized, volcanos, Wilderness
I had been reading about Rudolf Otto’s concept of the numinous and studying his classic The Idea of the Holy for a few decades, and it all made perfect conceptual sense. But on our recent trip to Hawaii in April of this year (2018), Diane and I actually experienced the Holy, the numinous, on a very raw and visceral level. In The Idea of the Holy, Otto, who coined the term “numinous”, describes it with the Latin phrase mysterium tremendum et fascinans. Literally translated, that phrase means “the tremble-inducing [tremendum, the same Latin root as “tremor”] and attractive [fascinans, the same Latin root as "fascinating"] mystery [mysterium]”.  Despite the title of his book, Otto makes it clear that the Holy is not only, or even primarily, something about which one entertains ideas. Rath...
Cassandra’s Lament

Cassandra’s Lament

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According to Greek mythology, Cassandra, daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, spurned Apollo’s sexual advances and was cursed by the god with the gift of uttering prophecies (about the fall of Troy, the assassination of Agamemnon, etc.) which were unfailingly accurate ... but which no one ever believed. I can sympathize. If you read nothing else I write in my “Skeptic’s” columns, for your own sake please read this one. If you don’t have the time, then make the time. It really is that important: If you have children, especially little children, and if your finances and circumstances permit — which I fully realize they may not — if at all possible, leave, or seriously prepare to leave, the United States. And go where? I would suggest Canada (preferably) or New Zealand o...