Yin being yang
16 October 2018
Of the six
most popular religions, the three that aren’t Abrahamic share their
basic premise, that absolute happiness depends on realizing universal
The only differences among them are how
succinctly their scriptures explain that and how clearly they
incorporate compassion in their explanation.
Daoist scripture is the most succinct
while Buddhist scripture most clearly incorporates compassion in its
grew from Hinduism and, besides its explicit identification of
compassion as unity, is different from Hinduism only in that it doesn’t
use metaphorical deific personifications to explain its premise.
And the Indian Buddhist monk
Bodhidharma originated Zen and the meditation method we now call tai ji
quan by synthesizing Daoism into Buddhism.
Bodhidharma’s name is Sanskrit for
consciousness of the good law.
Bodhidharma did that in China, at the Shaolin Buddhist monastery, and
his followers took it to Japan.
Zen is a Japanese pronunciation of
chan, which is a Chinese pronunciation of dhyana, which is Sanskrit for
But, because the Abrahamic religions
are divisive, they interpret the Hindu metaphorical deific
personifications as though they’re literal and polytheistic and not an
effort to explain that everything is God.
Dog eat dog
15 October 2018
has always lacked unity.
The Bible says that Jesus, responding
to his disciples’ bickering about which of them would be greatest in the
kingdom of heaven, tried to reunify them by telling them that the least
of them would be greatest.
But it says that, after the
crucifixion, Paul divided the church into two factions, one for what he
called his gospel of uncircumcision, and one he let Peter lead.
And, after Paul’s death, Christianity
divided into the Roman Church and the Greek Church.
And later what people called
Catholicism had one pope in Rome and another in Avignon.
And later the church divided into
Catholicism and Protestantism.
And now we have countless Protestant
And often the strife has been
It’s been wars.
Wars of Religion were more than thirty years of Catholics and
Protestants killing one another.
And the Thirty Years War was
essentially over interpretation of the Second Commandment and resulted
in changing the political map of Europe, one example being separating
Holland effectually into The Netherlands and Belgium and making Flanders
part of France.
And, in the twentieth century, Irish
Catholics and Protestants killing one another divided Ireland into a
country for each faction.
scripture says that Judaism is a result of factions of Israelites
killing one another, and people calling themselves Islamic have ignored
their scripture’s injunction against dividing into factions and
separated themselves into Sunnis and Shiites killing one another, making
murderous bigotry common to all the Abrahamic religions.
14 October 2018
Drumpf is colluding with the Saudi government as he’s colluding with the
He said that, if the Saudi government
murdered anyone, “it’s a terrible thing.”
But he said that “nobody knows anything
about his commercial interests in both Russia and Saudi Arabia, and he’s
promised no retaliation for whatever happened to that Washington Post
journalist at the Saudi consulate in Budapest, as he’s supported no
retaliation against anything Putin’s done.
difference is that the United States Government has done the same for
Saudi Arabia, punishing Afghanistan for 9/11 while ignoring that each of
its perpetrators was from Saudi Arabia, to sell Saudis weapons and buy
Analysis and synthesis
- 13 October 2018
time someone tells you that everyone has a right to his opinion or
belief, ask him whether he understands that he’s saying that everyone
has a right to ignorance and prejudice and bigotry, whether he
understands that he’s saying that everyone has a right to be wrong.
time someone tells you that he doesn’t have much education but has
common sense, ask him what he thinks the word “common” means and how
much education he thinks is common and whether he has that much
education, and ask him whether he home schools his children to keep them
But more important than how many books one
reads is how thoroughly one considers what one reads.
Think of the people calling themselves
Judaic or Christian or Islamic while killing one another in the name of
And consider what the Qur’an says of
asses carrying books.
Politics of exclusion
- 12 October 2018
some reason to believe in Jesus.
He said that the kingdom of God is
He said that loving your neighbor is
like loving God and that the truth shall make you free.
He said that being in the depth of an
ocean with a millstone around your neck would be better for you than for
you to harm a child.
He told his disciples to beware of the
doctrine of the Pharisees.
And he decried hypocrisy.
some reasons not to be Christian.
A Pharisee, and not Jesus, founded
Pharisees idolize the murderous bigotry
of David and accordingly demanded crucifying Jesus.
Christians subordinate believing in
Jesus’ telling them to love their neighbors as their selves to believing
in John’s telling them to believe that Jesus descended from David and
that God crucified Jesus for Christians’ eternal life.
Jesus’ disciple Matthew said that Jesus
told John that John didn’t understand the kingdom of God.
Christian leadership molests children
and protects child-molesters.
some reasons not to vote for Dirtbag Drumpf.
Mainstream media are now telling us
that Dirtbag Drumpf colluder Rick Gates tried to collude with Israeli
“intelligence” for help to fake Dirtbag Drumpf into our Presidency.
Tending to validate that report is that
the percentage of Judaic Dirtbag Drumpf cabinet members far exceeds the
percentage of Judaic United States citizens.
Belief and baloney
- 11 October 2018
The Bible says that Jesus said that
one’s faith can make one whole.
So sick people who say that they have
faith in the Bible and in Jesus are either illiterate or lying.
And, if they use doctors or drugs, they
plainly have more faith in them than in the Bible or Jesus.
They could solve the problem by
admitting that they don’t have faith as a mustard seed.
But perhaps their pride in their notion
of self-righteousness stops that.
And their treating their sickness as
martyrdom suggests that.
Christian, to convince me that she reads the Bible, quoted on Facebook
both of Timothy’s epistles.
But her quotation from his first
epistle cited the verse numbers but neither the chapter number nor which
of his epistles she was quoting.
instead of proving that she’s read the Bible, she again proved her
deprecated “unlearned questions” about the “wholesome words” of Jesus.”
But a learned question is why none of
the epistles of either Timothy or Paul quote any words of Jesus.
The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus instituted
history’s most grandiose con game.
10 October 2018
people mean when the say that they’re Catholic but not “practicing
Working on my translation of the Dao De
Jing, I’ve found much justification for Bodhidharma’s synthesizing
Daoism with Buddhism to create “the way of Zen,” and Bodhidharma also
originated tai ji quan as an alternative to martial arts and also a variation
of what Hindus call hatha yoga, to achieve nirvana that way!
So I practice that.
Of the six
most followed religions, the basic tenet of each of the three that
originated in what Europeans and European American Americans call the
Far East is that realizing the unity of the universe is the way to
bliss, while the basic tenet of each of the three that originated in
what they call the Middle East is bigotry!
that God is separate from his creation and prefers some of his creation
to others of it and will take them to bliss in heaven if they obey him
and send them to burn in hell if they don’t.
Playing the odds
9 October 2018
Susan Collins said that she voted for Kavanaugh to restore unity to
Actually, she voted for him to unify
the Republican Party against the Democratic Party and the whole world,
in exchange for the Republican Party’s support for her reelection.
Her motive, to win votes for
reelection, was the same as Democrat Manchin’s voting for Kavanaugh and
against his party because most of his constituents are Republicans.
It wasn’t left or right or center or
conservative or progressive or Republican or Democrat.
in political discussion, are meaningless.
Try applying any of them to an abortion
or and execution or to protectionism or free trade, or to any of the
forms of bigotry for or against which people preach, from sexism and
racism to partisanship. So we need to rid our Constitution of the
Electoral College, because conserving it has progressed into bargaining
for votes, by partisan manipulation of the will of the people.
joined the ranks of Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake.
Both of them support Dirtbag Drumpf or
anything else they think will help them “win” election.
Flake is betting against the value of
Dirtbag Drumpf’s support while Graham votes for it.
And Dirtbag Drumpf capitalized on such
to “win” election.
And his “base” is the biggest loser.
Bragging to complain
- 8 October 2018
Think of the
Christians who ignore that the Bible says that Jesus said that our faith
will make us whole, to tout their illnesses and doctors and drugs
through the social media of the World Wide Web by calling them trials,
as though they’re martyrs like Jesus.
Think of the Christians who ignore most
of the Bible, including the contradictions and inconsistencies in it and
the evidence in it of the reasons for them, to say that they believe all
of it while everything they say about it indicates that they haven’t
read most of it.
Think of all the Christians who preach
that “owning guns is a God-given right.”
hypocritical Christians why most of what they say of the Bible isn’t in
Ask them whether the reason is that
they give their attention only to the parts they find while seeking
support for their prejudices, and ask them how they think their friends
feel when they tell them about their illnesses and doctors and drugs,
while asking for their prayers.
And ask them whether they’re fooling
themselves or think they’re fooling God.
for all Christians is why their preachers preach more about the Pharisee
Paul than about the person Paul said was the Christ, and a question for
every dishonest person is how they think they’d feel, if they cleared
their conscience of their lies.
Denial and distraction
- 7 October 2018
Pence, regarding international political hacking, preached more of his
pretention this week.
differences between exploiting and meddling and between methods and
motives, he said that Russian hacking is meager, in comparison to
Yes, China is more skillful at hacking,
but China isn’t faking Facebook accounts, and its interest is in ousting
Dirtbag Drumpf, and we the people of the United States share that
And what China is doing is what every
nation, including the United States, tries to do.
Lindsey Graham is sucking up to Dirtbag Drumpf, by faking Dirtbag Drumpf
news at our expense.
Hindu Buddhist Dao
- 6 October 2018
toward curing PTSD and any other disease is to recognize the ubiquity of
cause and effect, the actuality that everything is the cause of
everything, what Hindus call karma.
Obstructing recognizing that is the
pluralism that fosters the dualistic theism that has people thinking
that the word “karma” refers to retribution and redemption.
But a Hindu discipline that can cut
that knot is Jnana Yoga, a method of dhyana, meditation.
“Jnana” is a
Sanskrit word meaning knowledge, and “yoga” is a Sanskrit word meaning
unity that Hindus use to refer to realizing the unity of the universe,
and jnana yoga is meditating on how everything relates to everything
through cause and effect.
One result of that discipline is
recognition that everything anyone does is a result of everything.
And another result of it is absolute
difficult than recognition is realization.
Thinking isn’t as powerful as feeling,
and people tend to feel that denying that causes other than their
decisions determine their behavior diminishes them, but a next step can
be meditating on the Diamond Sutra.
It’s an effort to express in words both
the omnibenevolence and omnipotence of yoga.
The little picture
- 5 October 2018
Media and government pundits talk about
whatever it is as though it has substance!
A Mormon told me that she voted for
Reagan because he closed his eyes when he prayed on TV.
Reagan told the world on TV that
pacifists are “grass-eating know-nothings!”
How could she know whether he was
did Kavanaugh send by saying that he volunteers for a Roman Catholic
soup kitchen and has never done anything wrong in his life and likes
What message does Baptist Preacher Fox
News pundit Huckabee send by saying that owning guns is a God-given
Whom are they fooling?
they’re fooling Dirtbag Drumpf’s base, as Camelot Kennedy fooled his
base to the extent that many members of the party of Jefferson Jumped
ship to corrupt the party of Abraham Lincoln, as Southern Democrat Bubba
Bill had Wellesley graduate standing by him.
The long run
4 October 2018
morning, the show CBS Early Morning featured a story warning us of dying
of germs on airplanes, not only in the restrooms but also in the cabin
We need to redefine the word
“terrorism” to include that sort of reporting at breakfast time.
And we also need to include most TV
told me that, because all TV news they see is bad news, they don’t watch
And that’s a way that TV news anchors
are colluding with Dirtbag Drumpf and ISIS.
And it terrorizes us into having no
basis for our votes.
And, if we
don’t vote, we don’t have a democracy.
And, if we do vote with no basis, we
have no democracy.
So news anchors and drug companies are
Lies and legacy
3 October 2018
not Kavanaugh “wins” a seat on the United States Supreme Court, Dirtbag
Drumpf has already appointed one mealy-mouther to a seat on it, and his
other acts and the reactions of both Democrats and Republicans to them
have us in a mess not likely to come out in decades of wash.
it’s escalation of political deceit, and it began with Heehaw Hillary’s
lack of credibility and Dirtbag Drumpf’s ingenuous reaction to it, and
it’s grown into a lying contest between most Republicans and most
piece of evidence of that wicked web is the escalation of incidents of
media and government pundits using the word “incredibly” as though it
Lessons in lessening
- 2 October 2018
I voted for
Jimmy Carter and George Herbert Walker Bush.
I voted for McCain against Obama, and I
voted for Obama against Romney, and I voted for Condoleezza Rice against
Dirtbag Drumpf and Heehaw Hillary.
But now, after Rice sat behind
Kavanaugh for his confirmation, I’m out of candidates.
votes, I’ve regretted but two, the one for McCain and the one for Rice.
The xenophobia McCain demonstrated
during Obama’s Presidency led me to regret voting for him.
And now Lindsey Graham’s ranting for
Kavanaugh and supporting Dirtbag Drumpf has led me to wonder how McCain
could have thought that Graham was anyone’s friend.
And now Rice’s supporting sociopath
Kavanaugh has led me to regret voting for her.
So, this November, I’ll vote only to
rename Dirtbag Drumpf Ozymandias.
only for Democrats for the United States Congress.
And I’ll vote for no candidate Dirtbad
Drumpf has endorsed for a state or local office and for no candidate who
has supported Dirtbag Drumpf.
That is, I’ll vote for no one for his
or her self, but only against Dirtbag Drumpf.
Fire and fire
1 October 2018
Blumenthal, arguing against Kavanaugh’s appointment to our Supreme
Court, said that Roe v. Wade gives women the right to choose whether to
Roe v. Wade only gives women the right
to end pregnancy, whether or not they choose to be pregnant, for any
reason or no reason.
That sort of misrepresentation, what
people call shooting one’s self in the foot, is how Dirtbag Drumpf’s
lies elected him.
Camelot Kennedy and Bubba Bill in the context of Democrats’ preaching
The MeToo movement hasn’t ended the
Democratic Party’s treating them as icons and hasn’t stopped their
defending Heehaw Hillary’s standing by her Bubba.
And Camelot Kennedy proved his racism
before he proved his hypocrisy.
We now have
two circumstances dominating our discourse simultaneously.
We have the MeToo and NoJusticeNoPeace
movements awakening our self-righteousness.
And we have Dirtbag Drumpf’s political
success encouraging emulating his deceit.
Levels of deception
- 30 September 2018
reasonable motive for Feinstein’s waiting until after Kavanaugh’s
confirmation hearings before publicizing Ford’s letter is that it would
have made no difference to Dirtbag Drumpf.
Doctor Ford said that she tried to
enter her accusation into the process before the nomination, hoping that
Dirtbag Drumpf would have withdrawn it, but she was mistaken.
And so it all goes on and on and on.
testimony, Doctor Ford sided with body on the mind/body problem, saying
that brain chemistry causes anomalous behavior.
And, because I suspect that many mental
health professionals have a vested interest in their profession, that
diminished her credibility for me.
And so did her saying that she’s afraid
to fly but frequently flies.
that to Kavanaugh’s saying that he doesn’t like to brag, while
portraying himself as someone who has never done anything wrong in his
half century of life and saying that compassion was his reason for not
asking his drunken buddies to testify.
Mealy mouthing the mendacity mill
- 29 September 2018
Avenatti has emulated Diane Feinstein, somewhat.
Feinstein, publicizing Ford’s letter to
her, asked that we “respect her privacy,” and Avenatti asked the same
for Swetnick, as he tweeted a picture of her.
But differences are that
Swetnick’s accusations were in a legal
format that could open her to prosecution for perjury and that Avenatti
asked for immediate FBI interrogation of her and her witnesses.
way, both Avenatti and Feinstein were unnecessarily slick.
And, either way, so have been media and
government pundits, and so has been Dirtbag Drumpf, in his inanely crass
And, either way, Kavanaugh’s denials
have indicated that he has absolutely no conscience or integrity.
and coherent responses during his confirmation hearings fooled me.
And I’ve spent years interacting with
carnival game agents.
So he’s slicker than professional
Ability to reason
28 September 2018
Drumpf, talking to the United Nations, made evident to any competent
mental health professional that the 25th Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States should remove him from our Presidency.
His saying that his administration has
“accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our
country” plainly demonstrated that he’s what the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association calls
But our media and government pundits
are bickering over whether our Deputy Attorney General should suggest
Council of the United Nations recognized that Dirtbag Drumpf is paranoid
Its member represent many nations of
our world, and also present were representatives of many other nations,
and they laughed at him.
And, effectually, they were laughing at
us for electing him, and their justifiably taking neither him nor us
seriously materially undercuts his effectiveness, both internationally
That plainly fits the criteria the 25th
Amendment sets for removing a President.
news is supporting him.
An MSNBC pundit said, regarding the
possibility of a female lawyer with experience in prosecuting sexual
assault cases questioning Kavanaugh’s accuser, that lawyers are out to
kill while Senators are out to be responsible to their constituents.
Actually, the difference between a
lawyer and an attorney is that a lawyer works for the law, while an
attorney works for his client.
Who killed communism?
- 27 September 2018
Drumpf told the United Nations that the Monroe Doctrine has been United
States policy since Monroe.
Monroe declared it in his 1823 State of
the Union Address, and its tenet was that the United States wouldn’t
tolerate European colonialism or other interference with the governments
of the Americas, and that neither would the United States interfere with
Now think about Russian collusion.
War I made the Monroe Doctrine obsolete, and World War II made it
impossible, and consider the war on terror.
So Dirtbag Drumpf’s speech to the
United Nations proved that he either has no notion of history or thinks
the rest of the humanity doesn’t.
Or perhaps he was only playing to his
ignorant xenophobic “base.”
international financial dealing proves that he’s aware of economic
globalization and willingly participates in it for his private profit.
Dirtbag Drumpf’s global decency
deficit - 26 September 2018
China can sell steel and other products to the United States at prices
lower than our cost of producing them is that Chinese people work for
So Dirtbag Drumpf’s tariffs, by
increasing unemployment in China while increasing inflation in the
United States, decrease the wealth of ordinary people in both countries.
And China’s retaliatory tariffs
increase both unemployment and inflation in both countries.
not Dirtbag Drumpf knows that, he knows that most of his voters know
that the tariffs hurt Chinese people, while they ignore the obvious
effect on us.
And, whether or not Dirtbag Drumpf is a
racist, he “wins” votes by inspiring racism.
He and his “base” are the United
States’ version of ISIS.
And the same
applies to other countries, from Canada and Mexico to England and
France, but nearly five times as many people are in China than are in
all those countries together.
He said. / She said.
- 25 September 2018
Kavanaugh debacle gets crazier and crazier.
Media and government pundits are
treating the conflict between Judge Kavanaugh and Doctor Ford as though
it’s analogous to the conflict between Dirtbag Drumpf and Heehaw
And they’re treating all of it as
though the MeToo movement is against all the men in the United States.
“I just want
to say to the men in this country,” said a female Democratic Senator,
“Just shut up and stand up.”
Sexism is sexism, whatever the gender
of the perpetrator, and perpetrating it while deprecating it is like
spitting into the wind.
And, after that Senator also told all
the men of the United States to “do the right thing for a change,” the
Congressional Representative to whom Professor Ford initially delivered
her accusations for airing said on TV that “women share their secrets
with each other.”
the ability to understand relationships and differences.
And, regarding the Kavanaugh/Ford
debacle, our punditry is ignoring the relationships and differences
between it and whether we should have hired or fired Bubba Bill or the
second President Bush or Dirtbag Drumpf.
The main difference is that we haven’t
yet hired Kavanaugh.
Death threat discourse
- 24 September 2018
coverage” of the confirmation of Kavanaugh is indicative of what
deferring to Dirtbag Drumpf has done to our public interlocution, the
conversations that should drive our politics, our democracy.
The two most pertinent questions concerning
what Judge Kavanaugh did or didn’t do to Professor Ford are whether he
did it and whether he would do such now, but our public interlocution
about it has deviated into partisan quibbling, about how to quibble
Republicans and Democrats are obstructing any effort to answer the two
most pertinent questions, with Republicans blocking FBI investigation,
and Democrats blocking direct dialog.
- 23 September 2018
Albion, Michigan, is where I now reside.
The Recorder, its weekly newspaper, has published no letters to the
editor in more than a month.
Instead, each week, it publishes its
policies for that, including injunctions against libelous or slanderous
attacks on persons or businesses.
In a letter of mine the editor didn’t
publish, I mentioned several circumstance suggesting corruption at city
hall, spanning the eighteen years of this millennium.
But I carefully complied with the
I named no person or business.
The Recorder has, for the
years of property tax arrearages I mentioned, and the millions of
dollars of illegal opioid sales.
And pointing out facts already
indisputably public isn’t libelous or slanderous or an attack.
Albion is sinking into the
conscienceless decadence of arrogant apathy.
It needs a nudge.
Recorder published an article praising the opioid sellers’ church
22 September 2018
and his girlfriend have been raping women, and a homeless man living in
woods near a golf course murdered an Iowa State University golfer he
tried to rape while she was playing golf, and the President of Iowa
State University said that the university regrets the loss of “any
One question is whether that “educator” thinks
Michigan State University regrets what its executives let that sports
doctor do to its student athletes, and another question is whether he
thinks Duke University regrets renting
a house for its student lacrosse
players to hire a stripper and stiff her, but the main question is
whether university executives regret what happens to any student who
isn’t an athlete.
question larger than that question is whether educators or the rest of
us consider or care about their attitude or the causal relationship
between their attitude and murder and sexual assault and homelessness
21 September 2018
for summarizing for publication the definitive scriptures of humanity’s
six most popular religions is that most people seem to me to ignore not
only other people’s religions’ scriptures but also their own.
for delineating for publication the fundamentals of Tai Ji Quan for is
that, ignoring that it’s a Buddhist Daoist alternative to martial arts,
most of its practitioners treat it as a martial art.
for translating for publication the Dao De Jing is that other
translations of it seem to me to be interpretations to accord with the
for everything I do is yoga, hatha yoga or jnana yoga or Dhyana yoga, to
understand how everything relates to everything.
My hope is
to realize the unity of the universe.
the Bible Belt
- 20 September 2018
If Paul, the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus, repented
any of his behavior, beyond his persecuting people who called Jesus the
Christ, the Bible doesn’t say that he did.
And the notion that a Christ, a
descendent of David’s whom God would anoint to resurrect the kingdom of
Judah, would resurrect people who had obeyed God’s commandments, is a
doctrine of the Pharisees.
And the Gospels says that Jesus told
his Disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.
In Paul’s epistles in the Bible, his only use of
the word “gospel” is refer to what he calls the gospel of
uncircumcision, and he says in his epistle to the Galatians that he
wrote it at least fourteen years after the crucifixion, but his apostle
Luke refers to his Gospel at the beginning of his book of Acts, and John
refers to his gospel at the beginning of his book of Revelation.
The only factor mitigating the notion that
Paul was a fraud is that he didn’t omit from the Gospels Jesus’ telling
his disciples to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees.
Luke says, in his book of Acts, that
Paul resurrected the dead.
But Paul doesn’t say that in his
- 19 September 2018
Now Dylan Farrow is playing the MeToo card
against Allen, and Senator Feinstein is playing the MeToo card against
Kavanaugh, and a candidate Dirtbag Drumpf endorsed is featuring one of
MSU’s sports doctor’s victims in a TV campaign advertisements.
Whatever Allen or Kavanaugh did, their
accusers haven’t validated their accusation, and using the MeToo
bandstand as a bully pulpit for such diminishes its credibility.
And using it to elect someone who
shares Dirtbag Drumpf’s contempt is at best deplorable.
But, with Feinstein and that sports doctor
victim behaving that way, it may work for him.
And a female Democrat campaigning to be
Governor of Michigan is promoting tax policies that cost a female
Governor of Michigan her job and countless others’.
The Democratic Party is doing nothing
to change what gave Dirtbag Drumpf the Presidency.
In November, we’ll have a choice between
candidates who support Dirtbag Drumpf’s lies and incompetence and
candidates who still support Heehaw Hillary’s.
- 18 September
Here’s some news we might well wish were fake.
A Roman Catholic school is sponsoring a
team of violent video game team players, and a Bible Belt school has
approved beating children, with 1x6 wooden paddles.
Obama was correct in saying that
Dirtbag Drumpf isn’t the totality of our current political chaos but
only a symptom of it.
One question is whether those Christians have
read what the Bible says Jesus said of harming children.
But a larger question is how the United
States Constitution is letting such happen.
And a CBS news anchor said that the
paddling isn’t cruel or unusual.
And that mainstream broadcast news anchor also
said that 31 percent of the Bible Belt parents signed letters approving
that corporal punishment.
- 17 September 2018
This is for people calling themselves
Christians but lacking the faith necessary to read the Bible.
The reason the Old Testament, the
scripture of the religion that murdered Jesus, is in the Bible is that
Paul was a Pharisee.
And he and his apostles say that he
resurrected the dead but couldn’t make an apostle well enough to travel.
Carefully reading the New Testament will tell
you that Pharisees were a Judaic sect that demanded the Crucifixion,
that Paul bragged about being a Pharisee after he told that story about
the road to Damascus and changed his name from Saul, that two of the
evangels were Paul’s apostles and not Jesus’ disciples, and that but
four of Jesus’ disciples were Paul’s apostles, falling for his scam.
This is for Christians who post their
illnesses and medications on Facebook while saying that the spirit was
in them at “revival meetings.”
Only the truth shall make you free, and
faith requires more than saying that one believes, more than calling
oneself a Christian.
The Gospels say that your faith shall
make you whole.
- 16 September
“What’s he thinking?” asked Wolf Blitzer while
reporting Dirtbag Drumpf’s saying that “3000 people didn’t die,” in
Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.
That may be a rare example of a news anchor or
media or government pundit admitting that he doesn’t know what Dirtbag
Drumpf thinks, but it also may be a rare example of Dirtbag Drumpf
indicating what he thinks, while not saying what he thinks.
He apparently correctly thinks that his “base”
is too ignorant to verify anything he says and accordingly believes any
nonsense he says.
Russians kill Yasser Arafat?
Norah O’Donnell, one of the female anchors of
the show CBS this morning, told a victim of CBS executive abuse of women
that she supports her 100 percent.
O’Donnell and her co-anchor Gayle King
supported Charlie Rose 100 percent for years before CBS fired him before
other news media reported that the problem was organizational.
The MeToo movement needs to move
against what it might designate the fungus among us.
And Gayle King said, while reporting a
successful law suit against that My Pillow creep, said that she bought
some of his pillows and likes them.
Such feeds the credibility of such as
Dirtbag Drumpf saying that “3000 people didn’t die” from Hurricane Maria
in Puerto Rico.
Fake news anchors effectually collude
with fake Dirtbag Drumpf.
And it’s endemic across all six of our main TV
And perhaps the most tragic example is
that each of them ignores the obvious fact that ISIS isn’t Islamic and
does more for Israel than for any other entity.
It fosters what they call the war on
- 14 September 2018
Weird in the ignorance that people call
religion and deploy as bigotry is that media and government pundits
don’t question why the Iranian government calls the United States
government the great Satan.
The reason that Islam shares the
Satanic personification of evil with Christianity and Judaism is that
the Qur’an says that it confirms the Gospels and the Torah.
But, apparently, pundits don’t know
that Islam is an Abrahamic religion.
The Qur’an also says that the angel who
announced Mary’s pregnancy to her dictated the Qur’an to Muhammad.
And the reason Muslims pray toward
Mecca is that the Qur’an says that the Abraham built the Kaaba in the
main mosque there.
They built the mosque around it and
prayed toward Jerusalem before they migrated to Medina.
And the first contention between Muslims and
Jews was when Jews allied themselves with the pagan Arabs who drove the
Muslims from Mecca.
And the Arabic word “jihad”
doesn’t mean holy war but struggle.
And the Qur’an fosters it only against
without kings or communists or theology:
Books and a screenplay by
Billy Lee Harman
Wrong is Right
- a 1982 film
Every politician or soldier, every media executive or producer, every news
media anchor or reporter, every sexist or racist or nationalist or Republican
voter or Democrat voter,
every Yankees fan or Red Socks fan and every other bigot picking one side
against all other sides, for no reason other than putting his or her
interests above all others’, without regard to history or common decency or
other facts, should see this presentation and go back to school.
The Only Living Boy in New York
a 2017 film
This movie is about a bunch of fortunate people
feeling sorry for themselves and treating their self-pity as though it
were a social science.
When the Pierce Brosnan character tells the
Kate Beckinsdale character that he deserves her, he defines the theme of
this tragically maudlin film, that such people get what they deserve.
They beget more ways to feel sorry for
a 1901 novel
Were all on Earth claiming or
denying any sectarian religion to set aside their bigotry long enough to
read this book carefully, they'd lead the rest of us to understand
and enjoy one another, and stop waging war.
- a 2017 film
This film portrays the horrors
And it closes with a soldier who has survived
Dunkirk reading Churchill’s saying in a newspaper that might shall
restore the British Empire.
That’s like people in the Bible Belt saying
“the south shall rise again,” like Churchill and Truman compensating for
the holocaust by pushing the United Nations to make Irgun, a Zionist
organization both had designated terrorist, for murdering noncombatants,
the government of Israel.
It’s like Truman murdering a hundred
thousand Japanese civilians after their government had lost the war.
It’s the base of Dirtbag Drumpf’s efforts to
“make America great again.”
The Red Tent
a 1997 novel
This is a beautiful book, a song from the spirit of bold-faced truth, selah.
a 2013 film
A danger of this wonderfully
accurate presentation is that other poor people might regard the
heroine’s continuing loyalty to the Church as promoting such.
Saul of Tarsus suckered Jesus’ disciples
into perverting Jesus’ ideals into the mammon mongering and power
grubbing we now call Christianity.
And that perversion intimidated that poor
woman and keeps intimidating countless others into paying to burn
candles in fear for God’s eternal goodness to goodness.
Oranges and Sunshine
a 2011 film
This is a
British and Australian government conspired
to kidnap about 130,000 children and ship them from Britain to Australia
for agricultural and sexual slavery.
This movie depicts the heroic efforts of one
loving woman standing against all odds to return those children to
whatever remained of what they’d loved.
What we the people of the
United States call Jacksonian democracy was President Andrew Jackson’s
telling the Governor of Georgia to ignore the United States Supreme
Court’s support for the unalienable rights of the natives of the eastern
side of this continent and kidnap many thousands of them and send them
to the western side of this continent.
Decades after kidnapping the children, the British and Australian
governments apologized to the children they’d kidnapped and enslaved and
raped, but the United States government has never apologized to the
thousands of men and women and children they kidnapped and killed by
what reasonable people call the trail of tears.
Wrong is Right
- a 1982 film
Every politician or soldier, every media executive or producer, every news
media anchor or reporter, every sexist or racist or nationalist or Republican
voter or Democrat voter,
every Yankees fan or Red Socks fan and every other bigot picking one side
against all other sides, for no reason other than putting his or her
interests above all others’, without regard to history or common decency or
other facts, should see this presentation and go back to school.
a 1936 Film
Suddenly we live in a time long past the political issues of this film. We have risen from all that to a complacency that has us calling communication tweeting and sexual companionship hooking up. Such is how Greece and Rome fell.
Catch a Fire
a 2006 film
This film implies that white communists fronted Nelson Mandela and that he was sexually promiscuous, more than forty years after J. Edgar Hoover used the same approach against the junior Martin Luther King, and less than three years before Dirty Harry implied that a white soccer player saved South Africa.
a 1995 film
This film begins with the correct caveat that it isn't the whole truth and may wholly misrepresent any truth, and the next screen quotes the evangel Matthew quoting Jesus, implying that Nixon sold his soul. CNN calls Oliver Stone a controversial director, after his wife has turned the American Broadcasting Company's evening news into an all Advil Oprah drug opera, like Stone's movies.
Whether or not Nixon told his mother to think of him as her faithful dog, a fact Stone tries to soap or drug is that Nixon ended Johnson's insane war. History allows no excuse for either Nixon's hubris or stones. Or Hirohito's or Truman's or Kennedy's or Hoover's.
History allows no excuse for Hitler or Netanyahu. Democracy needs objective reporting from ABC to Hollywood. Stone is at least as contra-factual as Nixon.
a 2009 film
The weirdest thing about this film is that nearly every mass media critic said its point was commercial technological superiority. The point fair watchers find from this film is that technology should serve democracy, not superiority or demagoguery, not alienation. Families risk death to flee Mexico to pick fruit for the free and legally republican citizens of the United States.
And, instead of welcoming them, the people too lazy to do such work create laws to keep them out. They say that those people who can't afford immigration lawyers should not be allowed to attend their tea party. They call fruit pickers drug dealers to get them out of their faces.
America, the land illegal immigrants stole from its natives, allows a population that sucks up to advertizing that it should be all Advil, while calling people not on Face Book degenerate.
a 1976 film
Netflix, a generation after this film appeared, bills it as a prediction. What it is is a fact of human life, recognizing that Jewish gold and Arabic black gold are no different in their effect on the ecumenical economy, the power of abstraction to make humans value hubris more than their lives. It sold Archie Bunker and Tide as it sells Oprah Winfrey and Tylenol.
The Devil's Arithmetic
a 1999 film
The Israelis should remember the holocaust when they do what they're doing to the Palestinians. Arithmetic is that the Israelis keep building settlements while the United States tells them to stop building but never to dismantle. The "com" in compassion means with, and so compassion is a two way street and not a path of vengeance, and the Palestinians are more Semitic than the Israelis and neither German nor Egyptian. Nothing is more holy than home, and God made the land three religions call holy the homeland of people of many religions, long before crusades or jihads or the unprovoked Jericho slaughter. And the land of the free calls the Israeli theocracy, Irgun terrorizing Fatah, democracy.
The Celestine Prophecy
a 1993 novel and a 2006 film
The novel is one of the few books whose promise bore out so poorly from its beginning that I couldn’t finish reading it. And the film was more inane, beginning with someone saying he was a history teacher responding to someone saying he was an archeologist saying that the early church had buried the title prophecy in the 6th century A.D., by suggesting that Franciscans might have done it. Francis began his life in the 12th century A.D.
The title prophecy says that the present millennium shall begin with people’s recognizing the violence that has pervaded history and stopping it. Instead, the new millennium has begun with the historical inaccuracy of the
Da Vinci Code making it the most selling novel of the first decade of this millennium. But maybe we can take hope from that.
The prosperity of the last decade of the second millennium after Christ caused the recession of the first decade of the third millennium after Christ. We hope that that might force teachers and students and everyone else to work for all living for awhile.
The Ten Commandments
a 1966 film
This film begins with its producer saying its basis is scripture and historical documents and that Moses’ accomplishment was to free people from slavery Next, the film misquotes the Torah and says Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses because she drew him from water. “Moses” is from Egyptian for “son”.
Dan Brown admits
The Da Vinci Code to be fiction and still has nothing on Cecil B. DeMille for hogwash misrepresenting the Bible and history, and so we have to ask why this film raised no Roman Catholic outrage. We’re thinking that maybe it’s sexism, since nearly no female character in it shows any purpose other than to fawn over men to give them sons or suck. But the next question, after how the Motion Picture Association of America ignores its violence to rate it G, is why no Judaic outrage. We’re thinking the Chosen might still be choosing the golden calf over the Ten Commandments, with help called Christian.
The Bible says the Israelites did to the Midianites, the people it says took Moses in and gave him their king’s daughter, worse than what Egypt did to them and worse than what the Nazis did to the Jews. Maybe Israel let the film slide because it glosses over that and what Israel keeps trying to do to the Palestinians.
On the Trail of the Assassins -
a 1978 book
The author, Jim Garrison, Orleans Parish District Attorney, the only person to prosecute anyone for the assassination of J. F. K., is as crazy as Ann Coulter and the persons he accuses, if he wrote the book. The book falls apart in many ways incidental to Garrison's hubris or paranoia.
One way is by its inclusion of the terms “false sponsor” and “sheep-dipping”. The people Garrison tracked must have been sheep-dipped false sponsors, as he must have been on the other side of the coin his book flips like dice. The people he accuses range from the CIA to Johnny Carson, as though that huge body of people could have kept such complicity from the huge body of people with whom they associate, and so on to all of Earth.
Another way is in its assignment of motive, a factor essential to any prosecution in court. Garrison would have us believe that hundreds of people in a dozen government agencies conspired against Kennedy on the basis of their belief that he was going to prevent the war in Vietnam. Besides the question of why anyone wouldn’t like that, a fact is that Kennedy sent more troops to Vietnam than Eisenhower had. We suspect a more obvious motive for that assassination, far beyond New Orleans.
Kennedy killed those people at the Bay of Pigs, by changing the original CIA plan and refusing to accept responsibility. Kennedy changed United States relations with the Soviet Union from checkers to the verge of nuclear destruction of all life. So, a few genuinely concerned persons at top levels of the Soviet and United States governments killed him to prevent that destruction. The false sponsors must have been after the fact.
I have no doubt that the assassination was a conspiracy, as we agree that Oswald couldn’t have done all the shooting. But the human resources management of the deed must have been more constrained, leaving the smoke and mirrors the book sells to people as crazy as Garrison.
a 2005 film
This film predicts a future when people try to grow crops with Gatorade, where the hero saves the world by watering the crops. In the present, people calling themselves environmentalist are trying to save the world by putting corn into gas tanks, while people around the world are starving.
That hero's name is Not Sure, while in this day and age people claiming to be smart say they're not sure, when truth they know is that they simply don't know. Those people are the people who say we should do something for the people of Darfur while saying we shouldn't have done anything for the people of Iraq. They are people like Mitt Romney and John Kerry, like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
Those people are the people who put criminals above persons, who haven't had a chance to choose life better than crime and say their choice is compassionate, liberal. As this film indicates, those people are already taking their world into the dust this film predicts.
Across the Universe –
a 2006 Film
The Beatles are a microcosm. Kids sing about holding hands until they acquire power, and then they let go of their friends’ hands and their own minds, for what Solomon called vanity. Like Greece and Rome, the United States were a world power before they alienated their kids in Birmingham and Vietnam, and those children turned their nation into an escape from everything.
The Beatles said they named themselves for the Beatitudes, before they turned to drugs, or after they rode them, to compromise, for fame. Now, Lennon is dead, and McCartney is white bread, and the First World is all Advil. Now, Lenin is dead, while Liverpool and the Irish suffer. Viva Las Vegas, the ways of the world.
Irish and Iraqi suffer for no reason beyond the I in their names, as Israel suffers for no reason more than that humans prefer bigotry and drugs to the Ten Commandments, from the diamond minors in South Africa to the diamond merchants in New York, to you inactivists.
The Cotton Club -
a 1984 film
My favorite lines in that film are from a white couple entering the club. The white man says, “At least they don’t let niggers in here!” The white woman asks, “They don’t let them into their own club?”
So Richard Gere gets billing over Gregory Hynes, two decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and now two more decades have passed, making more than forty years. Bootleggers like the Kennedy’s owned Harlem in the roaring twenties, and now the Clintons have moved in! How long, O Lord?
Now we’re engaged in a great civil war, to see whether Obama can run the Clintons out of Harlem, and the Whitehouse. Cotton is white, while pickers are black, and now black has another fight to pick.
The Order of the Phoenix -
a 2007 film
Harry Potter answered a question most of us think impossible. The way to world peace is through the understanding that is friendship.
Nearly everyone claiming a religion claims it as a superstition, although every founder of every remaining major religion argued mainly one point, the sharing essential to prosperity, loving one’s neighbor.
Terror isn’t Islamic, as it isn’t Mosaic or Christian. Terror comes from such as Crusades and Jihads. Terror is in what Joshua did and in what Osama Bin Laden is doing and in what Hitler did and in what Israel is doing. It's in what every bigot does, and it won’t stop until all of us stop trying to blame it on Moses or Muhammad or Jesus, on everyone but ourselves.
It won’t stop until we stop making excuses to covet our neighbors’ land, until we stop perverting the teachings of the founders of our religions from the Rishi’s to Muhammad, into ignorance of them.
Only then shall we have something worth fighting for, and stop fighting. The essential weapon for peace is not secret. It’s plain.
The Last Hangman –
a 2005 film
Tolstoi said, in War and Peace, that the cause of the Napoleonic Wars was the first French corporal. This film says the same, that the cause of killing is rationalizing some excuse for it, be it vengeance or following orders, or supporting one’s country, or one’s family, or oneself. This film also says that we’re all in that craziness together, but it does not loudly enough say that, were each of us to refuse, it would all stop. Snail darters would die of their own accord, and they and all else could rest in peace. That Pierrepoint fellow was not the last hangman.
Meditation XVII -
a 1623 sermon
John Donne, not Jack Kennedy or Ernest Hemingway, said this: "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
The Wind that Shakes the Barley -
a 2006 film
This film shows that Ireland and Iraq are similar far beyond the fact that the names of both countries begin with "Ir" when written in the Roman alphabet. Ireland means anger land, and anger dominates both countries. And so does greed.
When an Irishman told us that the strife between Catholics and Protestants in his country has nothing to do with religion, we didn't understand. This film explains.
And neither is the strife between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq religious, and nor is Israel.
Eight Men Out
a 1988 film
Consider the operant steps in this plot. A team conspires to throw the World Series because its members think they’re underpaid. Late in the series they decided not to throw the series because the bookies aren’t paying them. None of them considers his family’s welfare until a thug for the bookies threatens to kill one’s wife. A judge a salary offer before accepting responsibility for correcting all that. A kid asks one of the players to say the mess ain’t so about baseball. Joe, it was so in all professional sports then, and it’s so now.
Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid
a 2006 book
Although Mr. Carter writes from the point of view and with the tone of his claim to Christianity, sometimes uses words and phrases particular to popular expression of persons calling themselves Christians, and occasionally points out facts particular to such persons, this book is nearly all factual. That is, rather than expressing opinions, it mostly points out circumstances and events verifiable through public records. Yet, it has a reputation for being controversial.
Of course the reason is that few people bother to differentiate between facts and opinions, because most people are as opinionated and biased as some say Jimmy Carter is, and few people bother to research public facts, much less see for themselves, as Mr. Carter has. In fact, if the book has any shortcoming, it’s that Mr. Carter doesn’t succinctly point out the most significant facts defining the situation.
Those facts are: that Israelites or Israelis have been oppressing Philistines or Palestinians since the battle of Jericho, an onslaught with no provocation whatsoever; that Israelis have killed far more people and broken far more promises than Palestinians have; and that the 1967 Israeli state was not one nation until 1949.
Moreover, if that former head of government of the United States of America were to carry religious metaphors in defense of the United States of America, he might have pointed out how David defeated Goliath’s superior physical size.
Now, Israel has nuclear weapons and air superiority through military aid from first world nations, as European nations took superior weapon technology on the Crusades.
So, now, Islam is continuing Saladin's jihad, against the world whose trade center is now Wall Street.
All a president needs to do to stop the terror is be fair.
Smart is truth, beauty.
The Sound of Music -
a 1965 film
This film, set at the beginning of World War II, screened at the beginning of the United States presidency's escalation of Truman's advisory mission in Vietnam into a full scale war Nixon would would end.
Three years earlier, West Side Story screened, asking the same questions. One film is about nations, while the other is about gangs while the only difference is scale, while presidents have ignored the politics of both.
Both films, in retrospect, should cause us to ask why they didn't change humanity's prospects. That is, we should ask why we care more now about American Idols than about the ordinary people of Iraq or Darfur.
Both films have iconic weaknesses. In one, a poor nun saves a family of aristocrats, and the other's title suggests that west is better than east. But the two share an eminently importantly iconic question.
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
The Time of Your Life -
a 1948 film
This film set the theme for the best of Hollywood since. We had a problem with its epitaph, when the bar owner took the sign out of the window inviting folks in to be themselves and tore it in two, saying that enough is enough. But then we remembered that integrity is always exactly enough and shouldn't need a reminder! What's your dream?
a 1996 film
Nothing is more important than music. Nothing is more important than the harmony of inspiration. This film says that.
The horror of the holocaust lives on, from the horror of the captivity. This film tries to deliver a lesson to the Germans and the Egyptians, and the Israelis, all of us. The holy land is hardly holy, despite how the sun shines on Karn Hattin. Why don't Christians visit the Mount of Beatitudes?
In the sixties, when the great society sent millions of Americans to kill Vietnamese doing nothing but trying to live their lives as best they could, a popular song borrowed a melody from Rachminov s second piano concerto and assigned it the lyrics “When I was young, I never needed anyone. Making love was just for fun. Those days are done.”
Rachmaninov’s third piano concert is more difficult to play than his second while his second, played more in the film, is more sweet. And popular music is more sweet now, in the war on terror that has made Bethlehem a combat zone. How is Christ's birthplace in the shadow of death?
Astrology, psychology, stars and butterflies, what life comes down to is common sense. This film is quite lovely.
somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond
a 1931 poem
A Harvard poet wrote that poem between the two world wars, between his imprisonment in France for driving an ambulance and German imprisonment of France for nothing.
Films we find near to that poem are
The Painted Veil and
The Tiger and the Snow. Both films show what love between two people should be, as they show what love is.
Imagine Nero walking the Great Wall, if you wish such as that. We all must remember that our enormous room is a small roe's chest. Otherwise we cannot love.
Paradise Road -
a 1997 film
"Oh, my dear, that's one to tell your grand children. . . . Don't worry: I love God, even though I sometimes don't know what he's doing. . . . Love is like a flame; it burns and is visible to all. . . . None of us will ever leave Sumatra. . . . Amen."
Bound for Glory –
a 1943 autobiography
This book is exactly an autobiography. Other works in that genre try to explain the effect of the life in question on others’ lives. This book tells succinctly how Woody Guthrie grew to produce his effect. Woody and his story are works of dynamic integrity. We need to listen, closely.
Woody Guthrie was communist, in the sense that we all should share God's bounty. He was not a Marxist or a Leninist or a Stalinist. Nor was he a Washingtonist or a Jeffersonist.
Nor was he an Amerigo Vespugian or a Paulist or any other kind of excuse for a name.
Reflections of a Cold Warrior and
From the Shadows –
Both authors were at the top level of the Central Intelligence Agency. One planned the U2 project and the operation Kennedy turned into the debacle at Bay of Pigs. The other, recruited into the agency from college during the Johnson administration, worked his way up to directing the agency during the first Bush administration. But the first declines to blame Kennedy for the mess he made, and the second hardly mentions the former Director of Central Intelligence who appointed him to that position while President, making both books smoke screens for coversion. But any competent CIA analyst could synthesize truth from the details.
Jude the Obscure -
an 1895 novel
"Because we are too many."
Babel - a 2006 film
With great technical and aesthetic prowess, this film shows how cheap and cowardly and stupid humans have become, the abstraction of the word “humanitarian”. Many of its details and time lines don’t work together, but neither do many humans attend much to what’s in their faces, rationalizing private greed against public concern. Journalists and politicians and doctors and lawyers keep trying to take advantage of the weakness of humans trying to be as suicidal, self-destructive, as they are. One of the twelve tasks of Hercules was to kill the Titan Antaeus, the difficulty being that Antaeus regained his strength whenever he was down to Earth. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences keeps proving itself Herculean. But most important are our children. Note the dedication.
The Milagro Beanfield War –
a 1988 film
This was a Sundance production. It’s set in New Mexico, the state of the united ones whose flag represents the sun. Its theme is the power of the people, and it shows how humans can unite for the best of their life and love, against the power of humans who unite for smaller selves.
But it waves a rabbit dead to excuse firing to frighten humans. Beans contain as much protein as animal meat, leaving killing cattle less practical than killing trees for golfing. Humans eat like pigs, but we work harder at it.
This film promotes considering the lilies of the field, while it promotes eating sparrows. It does not pass through the eye of the needle. But it helps.
Hollywood Ending –
a 2002 film
In this film, Woody Allen closes his career by admitting the cause of his success, that he has catered to hypochondriacs, people who seek only pity. Aristotle pointed out the technical difficulties of the staging of his time, and the French called those limitations an ideal and adhered to that absurdity long after Shakespeare freed the rest of us, and long after Eisenstein offered us Shakespeare’s best wishes, and now their pride is in ennui. Cinema, at its best, goes straight to our hearts by opening our eyes, not by giving us more weak excuses. In this film, Allen admits he has nothing on Eastwood. And cinema is still beginning. To show, to move. Just see.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter –
a 1940 novel
Richard Wright said that Ms. McCullers accepted blacks. More recently, linguists have called the non-white grammar and diction of blacks the “negro non-standard dialect”. African Americans no longer wish to be called Negroes, and Ms. McCullers did not accurately represent their dialect. But she did faithfully represent the lonely hearts of the down and out! Can Mick ever rediscover her music?
The Last Samurai -
a 2003 film
What’s the difference between a protagonist and an antagonist? This film is a story of redemption, a story of love for the best and worst of us. If one can divorce oneself from merchandising and violence, this film is beautiful. In its beginning, the protagonist is a soldier who failed to die in battle, a person dead of his past and living without future. In the end, his horse’s head is above his, as he bows to “the peace all of us seek and few of us ever find.”
Sister of the Road
- a 1937 novel
This is another beautiful book. The man who wrote it
must have been in love. Maybe a little as Mark Twain must have been to write
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
War and Peace –
an 1869 novel
Tolstoy, while fathering thirteen children with a woman he married when she was half his age, is mostly about his love for her. The last hundred-some pages of the book he wrote while she bore most of them try to justify the book otherwise, as an essay on war regardless of peace. And, maybe so, he died leaving his wife, the mother of his children, to justify his thinking. Many of us live and die that way. We ignore our life.
"Nothing on Earth is worse than bigotry,
and bigotry cannot survive without hypocrisy."