Tag Archives: Freedom

Deed Registration – Doggie Style

Are We Much Different From Our Pets?

Dad was typical of thousands of men:  He worked hard at his job, brought home the bacon, and made regular mortgage payments to keep his house and the land on which it stood.  As commonly understood, he was “getting somewhere.”  He was “successful.”

One summer afternoon I realized that Punky, the family dog, was, by the same criteria, even more successful than Dad.  Now, we all lived in the same comfortable house, ate good food regularly, and so forth.

But the dog, employing a different method of deed registration, owned a good deal more land than Dad.  She owned all of our yard, big pieces of our neighbors’ yards to the left and the right, about 2/3 of a block of public roadway, and generous slices of the yards of our neighbors who lived across the street.

How did she do it?  Having no problem with the humanity who lived in the houses on these various lots, she simply beat the hell out of other animals who trespassed on her domain.  (We might call this the “fang-and-claw” method of deed registration.)

The point is that much of what we humans do with our lives, is, barring the complexity of our activities, not so different from what animals do.  Yet we feel, no—-we’re sure we’re better than the animals.   Are we?  Is life hierarchical, with human beings at the top of the pyramid and the Almighty above that?  Or is life a great circle, with the Almighty, however you understand Him/Her, at the center, and every creature on the same level?  Can you find anything in history, sacred literature, or tradition(s), to support the latter idea?

What is implied by the idea of a Great Circle of Life, with no creature any “further away” from the Almighty than any other?  Would this “equality” increase or decrease our peace, or power?  Would seeing life this way change our behavior?  How?

What do you think?

The Bible – Should We Bow Down or Throw Eggs?

Maybe neither one?

Attempting an adequate discussion, in one brief post, of almost anything concerning the Bible is likely to be a tight fit, like trying to shove an ostrich egg into a hummingbird’s nest.  Nevertheless, here goes.

Entire books have been written documenting beyond possibility of dispute the respectability of the Bible. (One example of respectability: The Bible is arguably the greatest single instrument of mass literacy in the entire history of the English-speaking world.) That having been said, I choose to discuss, oh, so very briefly, the credibility of the Bible.

The position taken by fundamentalist Christians seems to be that the Bible is the word of God, containing no mistakes, and that It is divinely inspired, down to its every particular word.

I respectfully disagree with any claim that the Bible is error-free.

In my view the Bible contains at least one physical science error.  Please read Joshua 10:12-14:

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel,  and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘O sun, stand still in Gibeon…’ So the sun stood still…until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.  Is it not written in the book of Jasher?  And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.  And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man…”

The Sun “stood still”?

This story seems to reflect the ancient, long-discredited belief that the Sun revolves around the earth.

The Bible also seems to contain contradictions between one book and another.  Please note Exodus 20:1-6, specifically:

“Then God spake all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  You shall have no other Gods before Me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Dictionary definitions of “jealous” include: “very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping rights;”  “resentfully suspicious of a rival’s influence;” and  “resentfully envious.”

Now read 1 Corinthians 13, especially the parts of verses 4-7 that follow:

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong sufferedbears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

If God is love, (1 John 4:8, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love“), and if love is accurately defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, then how can God simultaneously be love and be jealous?

Anyone who reads the Bible carefully will find more such contradictions within and between the various books. Does that discredit the Bible as a source of Truth?

Not in my view.

The Bible is imperfect, just as we are.  Nevertheless, the Bible is a Source of Truth, just as we are. The Bible is a signpost pointing within.    It points to a Source of Truth within each of us.

We need not be religious in any way to connect with this Source of Truth.  Relating to It is free for the asking. Nothing stands in the way of this—-no rite, no ritual, no clergy, no book, nothing whatsoever!  This proposition can and should be tested by each person.  Please don’t take or reject my word for this.

See for yourself!

We should balance our searching for Truth without by searching for Truth within.  This we do by becoming mentally and emotionally quiet, and listening to this inner Source.

In my view, the Bible, taken as a whole, teaches this.

What do you think?

We All Save String.

A Partial List of Strings, With Commentary.

Authorities, realities, the facts of life, duties, obligations, common sense, the powers that be, scientific truth, tradition, loyalty, allegiance, oaths, superstitions, nationality, political party, race, religion, tribe, our status as human beings, our sexual polarity, our family, social rank, job, system of etiquette, environment, ancestors—-we all acknowledge some combination of these things every day of our lives, mostly by paying our respects, doing our duty, discharging our obligations, and, unthinkingly, by accepting the limitations imposed on our freedom of thought, word, and deed by the same.

So, from one point of view, we live life with many such “strings attached”.  Lots of us wouldn’t feel comfortable if all the strings were suddenly cut away.  We literally wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves.  Is it only because we have come to define ourselves as being merely the sum total of our strings?

Is it realistic to want to live life with no strings attached?  Is it sane or insane to ask that question?  Aren’t some strings at least somewhat beneficial some of the time?

What are we without our strings?

What were we before we had strings attached?  What were our capabilities?

Have you ever thought about yourself in this way?