Given the notion of a creator God, it can easily be guessed that it--this creator-god--would communicate with its creation, yes? One might imagine a less collaborative deity, I suppose, one that just exists, theistically, and that was the view of many of our own founding fathers. That view, however, seems such a blind alley. A creator without the interplay, the teamwork, of its individual creations, that is just a stifling thought. So what would this communication be like? Would it be in language, in words, that men use? How could words work to convey the mesh of a creator’s inner-workings? Can language hold that much meaning? Even if so, the best language can do is to hold it within one language at one time. Anyone who has attempted the fool’s errand of translation knows how impossible it is. But I guess it is possible for a creator to speak in one language. Maybe he chose Hebrew, then Greek and Aramaic. But what of the native tribes out there? Where is their Bible? What of the Slav’s…
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch be my homeward dove And dance me to the end of love.--Leonard Cohen and this made me think that this could easily be a Sufi poem, something like
Suddenly the drunken sweetheart appeared out of my door. She drank a cup of ruby wine and sat by my side. Seeing and holding the lockets of her hair My face became all eyes, and my eyes all hands.--Rumi [Translator: Shahram Shiva] Mary Blye Howe's book, Sitting With Sufis, instructs us that: "For the Sufi, Love is the path to God. Rumi tells us that only the person whose garment is'rent by the violence of love' can be be wholly pure from covetousness and sin."
And this love is not the "agape" love that protestants like to portray it as, or rather, it is and it isn't. Agape love is a general term, one that can also include the passion of a lover (it is used in the Septuagint to descri…
Could a strategy of one issue voting work to improve life in the US? I am thinking of a process whereby one particular issue is decided as THE issue for a political party's focus. It wouldn't eliminate other issues within the platform, but the party could focus on that particular issue.
The issue could be decided at convention level or as a result of polling within the party.
Americans seem unable to agree on a party's vision. For instance at this juncture the Democratic Party is seen as drifting at sea, unable to agree on what the party stands for (I do not agree with this sort of opinion but I do find it widespread). Also, Congress achieved so little in the last few administrations that on occasion it has dipped to single-digit approval ratings. Even the major accomplishment of ObamaCare and banking regulations are now being taken apart. We cannot seem to get anything done, and perhaps if we concentrated on one single thing we might be able to.