How should the spiritual person look upon nature? Is it a manifestation of the divine, full of numinous energy, in which everything is a marvelous, harmonious whole? Or is it nature red of tooth and sharp of claw, where life is painful, brutish and short, and where death and entropy […]
It gets harder every day to explain my spirituality to others. I am a follower of the Master Jesus, and an independent priest. But am I a Christian? Many would say no, because I have unorthodox beliefs. C. S. Lewis argued, in Mere Christianity, that “Christian” should mean someone who […]
Image via Wikipedia In the previous article I mentioned that remembering and journaling your dreams is a good way to begin lucid dreaming. Consciously remembering and writing down your dreams has the effect of programming your mind to stay more conscious during the dream state. Sometimes this exercise alone is […]
Image via Wikipedia What is lucid dreaming? Since I’m not written on the topic before, I should begin with some explanation. Have you ever been in a dream in which you suddenly realized that you were dreaming? Often this results in waking up. But sometimes, with luck or training, we […]
I was reading some fascinating material recently from a Christian hermeticist on the nature of demons and evil spirits which reinforces some observations I had made myself. I had written here earlier on the changing nature of “Satan” in the development of the bible. Only recently, however, did I notice […]
I had mentioned in one of my posts earlier the categories “mystic” and “esoteric”, and that there is a distinct difference between them. I ran into this distinction in a really excellent book by Richard Smoley titled “Inner Christianity“. Since the distinction is his I’d best let him clarify it: […]
As some of my readers know, I’ve been a reader for some time of philosopher Ken Wilber. While the level of detail in Wilber’s system can be annoying, I find it’s always good to check any new ideas against his criteria, because if you don’t – you’ve usually missed something. […]
Here is the begining of a conversation I am having with a friend. I’m curious about y’alls thoughts on revenge.
As I was asked about revenge I thought i’d put it to everyone and see what your opinions are?
From me first
What society young and old think about revenge…if you seek revenge you have a lot of controversial history and probably a good dose of primitive genes spurring you on!
This week was my turn to serve my community as a jurist. Several things about the experience is worth, in my opinion, sharing and venting about. The county needed to sit two juries this week, so summoned a total of 256 citizens to choose from. 75 of us showed up. The rest were sited for contempt of court and fined $500.00 each. (Do the math! That’s quite a chunk of change…) My concern with this lack of civic responsibility is it is one of the complaints one hears… ‘The jury was crooked… The system just sucks!
A debate continues to exist between mankind on whether morality is fundamental or relative. Does underlying foundational truth define our moral actions or does civil indoctrination determine our morality and ethics; are actions truly good or evil?
I believe both a foundational truth of good and evil and our relative understanding and adoption of the truth of good and evil exists. What say you?