Hungry Ghosts

There’s enough to go around for everybody– anybody tells you different, call the undertaker, they’re dead inside.

(Not) Keeping The Faith

Earlier this year, I visited my sister-in-law and her family in Cambridge on my way home from Cork, Ireland, and she sent Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists along to my wife. After about 10-15 years of on and off again engagement with several religious traditions (Quakerism and Zen Buddhism primarily), I think I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that I don’t have faith in any kind of external force or intelligence beyond what one might call natural laws; in essence, I’ve decided I’m just not gonna fight it any longer.

I think that what has attracted me to religious programs has been some of the community aspects that de Botton describes (oh, and of course, the promise of some existence beyond our brief corporeal lives). But my involvement has always felt forced and illegitimate, and I’m no longer willing to entertain the contradictions that permeate organized religion. I think I’m done.

 

 

The Cat and the Canary (1927)

The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

http://www.imdb.com/rg/em_share/rt_iphone/title/tt0017739

The Commune

Attached: The Commune

In all candor, I sneered as I added The Commune to my Netflix queue, and expected to sneer as I watched. And indeed, I did sneer a bit at the beginning, but as I heard the stories and pondered the implications of Black Bear Ranch, my respect for these courageous souls grew. Here is life in all its chaos and splendor, but here, too, is an attempt to live as freeborn people in a way that honors personal intent as well as collective responsibility.

The Commune

Attached: The Commune

In all candor, I sneered as I added The Commune to my Netflix queue, and expected to sneer as I watched. And indeed, I did sneer a bit at the beginning, but as I heard the stories and pondered the implications of Black Bear Ranch, my respect for these courageous souls grew. Here is life in all its chaos and splendor, but here, too, is an attempt to live as freeborn people in a way that honors personal intent as well as collective responsibility.

Stefan

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Do not hate the Bunion: transform the Bunion with love.

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