We have spoken before of developing a unified world religion or at least one where people can pick and choose aspects of different religions that appeal to themselves in their spiritual quest. The question is where to start with unification. What will the first step be? The answer lies in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The holiest day for Christians is Easter with attention also being paid to certain days prior to Easter like Good Friday.
It is obvious from the Supreme Court audio of the conservative justices’ questioning of the healthcare law that the country is hopelessly divided. Its conservative red states against moderate blue states, those who believe in science and those who do not, those who believe in helping humanity and those who do not, those who believe in peace and those who do not, those who believe in education and those who do not, those who believe in equality for all and those who do not.
It is no secret that conservatives want to turn America over to the corporations making it a corporate state. They have been enabled in their plot by the conservatives on the Supreme Court who handed down the infamous Citizens United case giving corporations financial control over America’s political process.
You can learn what conservatives want the world to look like by visiting the Prado in Madrid and viewing the Bosch painting there which shows people being violently punished for eating a strawberry, playing music, drinking and having sex, in general having fun and being brutally punished for enjoying life.
Americans should boycott major attractions in Florida like Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World so that these corporations will bring pressure on politicians in that state in order to bring about change to what is now institutional violence against blacks which has now come to a head with the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin and the lack of attention paid by local police to this crime.
The killing of this teenager in Florida is really affecting me perhaps because I see so much of myself as a teen in his last moments. Remember being a teenager on a spring like day just walking in the rain smelling the sweet air celebrating life a life and future that stood before you like a shining city of hope where the whole world was your oyster. There you are just walking in the rain with a bag of candy and an ice tea when suddenly a vigilante attacks you. You screa
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade took a new turn this week when this year’s grand marshal stated that the parade was about Irish culture “and religion,” making the parade into some type of religious procession throwing into doubt the legality of having public institutions march in a country where there is a separation of church and state.
I write these blogs not as the citizen of a world superpower but as an ordinary citizen of the world. I don’t see a world mired in war but a future of peace and prosperity where national borders are seamless with all people sharing one roof.
An Op-ed in the New York Times alleged that the French are dispirited over the loss of their identity. This question of a loss of national identity is nothing to fear but rather the signal that the world is moving into a new age where past identities are giving way to new ones.
Well it started over 2,000 years ago during the Roman Empire when conservatives threatened by the teachings of Jesus conspired to kill him by nailing him to a cross.
The Capitol Building in Washington should be dismantled and a park filled with flowers built in its place. Its halls are filled mostly with the moral misfits of the nation who without their jobs in Congress would be mopping floors in their local prison.
Thomas Cahill explains in Sailing the Wine Dark-Sea that in classical times there was a tension between the Greeks and their Roman overlords with the Greeks embittered by their lower status when compared to the Romans who were of an inferior culture. On the other hand the Romans, though proud of their status as conquerors, tried to sooth the Greeks by adopting their culture wholesale. It was sort of like the dichotomy that exists between Americans and the French and other Europeans.
Republican Lincoln was a progressive who believed in amnesty for the south and who charted a progressive course for the nation before being cut down by an assassin’s bullet changing history and the GOP forever.
The claim by Republicans and the Catholic Church about the Obama Administration’s new contraception rule being an imposition on religious freedom is a lot of hooey.
Reading The Swerve with spring still in the distance brings tears to my eyes. The book is about the discovery of Lucretius’ poem, On the Nature of Things, and how it resulted in part in a swerve in the trajectory of history and the spring like birth of the Renaissance which one can experience with a trip to Florence where the dull minds of the Dark Ages fell to the power of human creativity and achievement.