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God, I love Harper’s Magazine…

By on Mar 13, 2002 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

If you haven’t been there, it’s about time. You can find them at Harper’s Magazine, and if you haven’t been, well…go. Bookmark the weekly review. Go there. Every week. Once. Read it. In this weeks reviews: “President Bush tried to get Stevie Wonder’s attention by smiling and waving at him.” Amen.

Censorship

By on Mar 12, 2002 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

My name is interdict. I bask in the radiance of custom, and I cloth myself in the cloak of tradition. I am a headache short of a full-blown migraine. I am a sword’s sheath, although sometimes others might look at me and see only a prophylactic. I call myself inoculation, but they call me spermicidal. Some rise to my defense; the good ones, those who understand piety, and perhaps even, those who have been led to identification with despair. It is I that comes across the dangerous gnosis, and it is I who protects the meandering masses from its perils. I take upon myself the cross of decadence and lust. I am the last bastion of an endangered cleanliness, one worthy only of the very best detergent advertisements. I am unchanging and unyielding. Like the last remaining hexagram of an I-King destroyed, I am a token of that which has yielded. Yielded, and yielded once again – a...

Belief

By on Mar 12, 2002 in Politics | 5 comments

Some days I am pantheistic and sophist. I believe not in truth, but in quality, not in the true, but in the good. That we are all alive, that we are all one life, that the universe is breathing, and that we are it’s breath. That there is no history, no past, no future. Nothing but one giant living organism, of which we are part. An organism that is not facist, that changes, that makes place for what is good. On those days, I believe in the good. On other days, things are more difficult, and I become a gnostic. I know what I know. And what I think does not matter. And what I know is that there are two gods, that is the only explanation. There cannot be only one. Because there is a lot of pain, and a lot of hurt, and this world is not perfect, and the god who created it cannot be perfect, cannot be this cruel. Cannot have caused all this pain. All this famine. All this war and...

Off My Chest…

By on Jan 12, 2002 in Politics | 0 comments

I spoke to a girl online. She says she’s Israeli. She’s 17. Turns out she went there 11 years ago, from Kazahstan. I ask her what’s she’s doing there, in a strange land, helping fund the killing of a native population. She says it’s her land. She believes, or insists that the Jews are a *race*, that this is their land. That this is her land. I ask her if she doesn’t find it an over-riding coincidence that they speak a language unshared by any of their neighbors, that she does not speak Arabic, that she has come from elsewhere and is killing here. It’s on TV, too. Family coming from Eastern Europe, looking for a better life. Willing to become ‘settlers’ – essentially deciding that they’ll seek a better-life on the front lines of a war. It’s insane. This is not what we’re here for, this cannot be what we are...

God Is One, Religions Are All Good, Repeat After Me….

By on Jan 6, 2002 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

Alright, right off the bat, let me say this; I do not, for a moment, believe that religion is what is being fought over. At best, misguided morality is at the steering wheel, and at worst, an economic lust and cultural hubris. However, it’s all over the media…Islam, Christianity, Judaism. It’s all over the place. You want to talk religion? Fine, then let’s talk religion. What do I see? The Judaeo-Christian world ‘evaluating‘ Islam on TV. The power players muttering to their people, under their breath, that all religions are one. And then – what do I hear? “You see, the people who are willing to send young boys to their death in the name of Allah, are now hiding out in caves.” Says Mr. Bush. The man whose government had no qualms about sending its’ own young boys to die in Vietnam – in a ‘Police Action’...

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