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You’re still not getting it.

Posted in Behaviour, Culture, current events, Ethics, Philosophy, Religion, Society with tags , , , on 25/12/2012 by Living out of Eden

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A friend told me in these recent days: “Jesus is not the point.  We are the point”. Brilliant.

I’d add: loving Jesus, is not the point, but loving each other is THE point.

Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself”, and instead, we’ve been loving him, for more than 2.000 years. Thus, we are at least, 2.000 years delayed. All this fuss about his birth, his life, his death and his resurrection, even the fact if he was or not “GOD”,  is completely irrelevant.

He meant to show us the way, and just like the dumb-ass that stares at the finger of the smart guy pointing at the moon, we’ve just built a church around his image, created rites about the events of his life, mourned his death, and asked for our sins to be forgiven.

He is said to have died for our sins. That is: SINS and GUILT are at the base of Christian concept of life. Then you add a father figure and there you are: the perfect alibi.

Let’s be serious. Like Kittywoo, in the recent post I’ve just translated, praising simple things (almost invisible), close to us, in our everyday life. That’s the hardest part of life, not to feel the joy for the birth, nor the pain for the death of Christ.

I have never understood the pilgrims (with all respect). Pilgrimage (like some sort of penitence), is empty of value for the soul. The best sacrifice you can make to improve your soul, is improve your everyday life, your routines if you want: the shout you don’t give, the trick you don’t play on your brother, the wooden branch you don’t break, the thing you don’t buy, the lie you don’t tell (couldn’t be simpler, many of them are NOT doing things….).

Let’s start to think that even the smallest action of ours, will make not only our lives, but the whole world a better, or a worse place.

Which was the last action of yours, that wasn’t guided by your own purposes, your own benefit, your own survival?

The ceremony for the dead insects (translation from post in “Kittywoo por los tejados”)

Posted in Behaviour, Culture, current events, Ethics, History, Philosophy, politics, Society with tags , , , on 25/12/2012 by Living out of Eden

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Some days ago, one of my eyes was overflying a bookshelf of my living room like that, with no purpose, and just with no purpose landed on Masuji Ibuse’s “Black Rain”, fabulous book which relates the consequences the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima had on people.

And in spite of the chilling plot and the details, I actually focused on a different thing. It turns out that I prefer to read pencil in hand since I like underlining and, sometimes, making notes on the side, on phrases that particularly have drawn my attention. But I don’t always have a pencil at hand, and in order not to break the pace of the reading I don’t get up to fetch one; thus many of the interesting stuff I’d like to remember later, remain unmarked and that’s precisely why most of things I do mark, are highlighted double.

That’s how it happened when I grabbed “Black Rain” from the shelf, I realized I had marked a page and, opening the book at that page, I found myself with the following:

“The ceremony for the dead insects was a rite that would take place two days after the festival for the sowing of rice; the farmers would make rice tarts as oblation for the souls of the dead insects which they had crushed without noticing while working the fields. The tradition also required, that same day too, all objects neighbours could have lent each other, would be given back.” 

It’s not that I had underlined, at that moment, this paragraph that I know it was, among the rest of paragraphs on the same page, about this one, I know myself and know me, and when I glimpsed at it, I immediately reckoned, on a “clean” page, that it was the ceremony for the dead insects what I didn’t want to forget. Because it seems to me we are nuts, that we lost direction, that we are going like zombies from religious celebration to religious celebration, that even the true believers have forgotten the sense of their rites. Human being cannot assess anymore what’s important from what is not, the human being walks sad – and lone-er than he thinks himself to be- on earth, down a one-way street, full of signals, playing treasure hunt competitions that others have organized to keep him entertained and busy. They tell us: “dunnowho did that, and that’s why he is a martir” and we canonize him and then raise prayers to Heaven, and want to be like him, but not be him because he died and we don’t want to sacrifice ourselves, to find in the end there’s no Heaven and our prayers would not get anywhere, or even worse, when we think already got there, any prayer would reach us. Us-us-us-us-us and a mirror on which, the only thing we practically see reflected, is the poster of a movie that features Julia Roberts or the fifty millions of abominable shadows of blahblahblah.

What happened with common sense? Where’s that precious and simple respect for third and fourth parties? One cannot avoid shaking one’s head as if stretching oneself from a dream and wonder why is everything so absurd, how is it that living so simply is so complicated, how could we have allowed this … how is it we are so resigned, so obedient, paying so little attention to manipulation, so reliant on the “amen”. I want to go back to that of ceremonies for small things; if there’s a God –whichever it might be, it’s the same to me – that’s where it should be, if there’s a universal knowledge, it’s there where it genesis lies. The ceremony for the dead insects seems to me, I tell you the truth, of a vital relevance: I don’t think I could respect third and fourth parties if I don’t start by the praise of the untouchable ones. It seems to me it’s logical, beautiful, complete in its simplicity, I would like to explain it to the offspring I don’t have and celebrate it every year; actually, nothing prevents me from doing so, but the lack of understanding and rejection from my pairs but ¿what to do? Tagged as “weirdy” I move myself a bit farther and search support and complicity among my loved ones: my wonderful network of intelligent and interesting beings. And that’s why this year we close our eyes to Christmas celebrations and, finally will open the Solstice celebration when we’ll practice all pagan rites and we’ll laugh and do all that stuff you really do, when you find the sense and flavor to what they say it’s called “being”.  There’s no sense in not searching the sensible and the senseless. The only way is to question the world and make it at our OWN image and likeness. But hey! the real one. The real one, not the one reflected in the mirror.

Posted in Behaviour, Economy, Ethics, politics, Power, Religion, Society with tags , , , on 29/09/2012 by Living out of Eden

Wasn’t Jesus who said: “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God”?

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Germany’s Catholic Church will deny worshippers the right to Holy Communion and religious burials if people do not pay a special church tax.

A newly-enforced German bishops’ decree says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8% of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic.

All people in Germany must pay this tax if they want to worship in either Catholic or protestant churches, or Jewish synagogues.

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Last year millions of files spanning decades were handed over to criminal investigators by all 27 dioceses of the Catholic Church hierarchy in Germany in a bid to get to the heart of child sex abuse by priests.

It was seen as an attempt to staunch the flow of leavers who made it plain the scandal, and…

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Jesus actually died today.

Posted in Behaviour, Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Government, History, Philosophy, politics, Power, Religion, Revolution, Society with tags , , , , , , , , , on 08/04/2012 by Living out of Eden

Maybe the current crisis helped. Maybe being myself almost 50, also did its part. Maybe I had these things going round my head for some time now.

I remember John Lennon singing “I don’t believe in …. “, together with the notion that I lost contact with the Catholic church long ago. In fact, this blog is quite opposite to any kind of religious approach, if not totally opposite.

But the truth be told, I always kept some conviction on Jesus preach, on the commandment of loving your neighbour.

When in recent days, I saw the video “Zeitgeist”, I just couldn’t help ask myself who Jesus really was (IF he was). For at some point in your life, you start to distrust coincidences: Horus and the Sun in egyptian culture and religion, the Zodiac, the Equinoxes and Solstices related to the dates of December 25th and March 21st, these same dates appearing in different religions (Egypt, Greece, India, Greece again, Persia and many others), and also the same structure and pattern for the myth.

All this, could probably mean nothing from a faithful person point of view. And I’m going to accept the fact, that faith is not sustained – essentially – on … FACTS. But up to which extent are we then aware of how “imaginary” or, let’s put it the other way round, “not factual” is a religion, or following any belief?

Shouldn’t there be at least a minimum of truth and reality to be based upon?

Have the Crusades happen, should it had been known that Jesus was an icon, that hadn’t actually died on the cross for us?  Could the Catholic church (and other christian churches) have made such an achievement in terms of collective movement, only based in “another” myth? Aren’t all christians giving for granted that Jesus really lived 2012 years ago?

Again, to be honest, I’m not really that interested in historic facts, as much as my concern that under the light of this approach, the 11th commandment: “Love each other as God loves you”, there might have been a different underlying ideology, not the solution for the soul, but the solution for the social oppression of the powerful ones to the slaves and people, turning the “acquiescence” and “resigning” of the latter,  into a peaceful surrender.

What wisdom lies beneath such knowledge?

Turn yourself in to the powerful, for “they don’t know what they’re doing”?

Doesn’t Christianism have a social impact too, which actually flattens the path to those attached to worldly and mundane wealth?