“Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.” Fr. John Sheehan, S.J.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I have a back problem. I have had, ever since I was a young teenager...and it has only gotten worse over the years. It has caused me a lot of pain. But life IS pain, I guess.
The problem with my back is that it won't, no matter how hard I have tried, bend.
I cannot bow at all. This can be a horribly debilitating malady, especially in today's world. I see people bending like pretzels everywhere. At the drop of a hat they can genuflect to the oddest things. Even those that I admire, demonstrate to me how easily they can subjugate and fold at the waist, signifying their lower position, to some(to my way of thinking) rather silly, and potentially dangerous things. Like "spirituality". Here is a list of some of the words/concepts, that perhaps through some genetic disorder, have absolutely NO meaning to me at all:
Perhaps, like my back, my eyes are somehow dysfunctional as well. I cannot see things, that other seemingly intelligent people can. I look at a flower or a new-born infant and I see biology. I look at a beautiful sunset and all I can see are lovely colors. No god-hand, no spiritual manifestation that makes my back buckle in awe. I guess I am just a nuts-and-bolts kinda guy. I spent a few hundred years as a mechanical engineer and in that business, it just didn't seem plausible to pray that any little gadget that you are designing should work as you intended it to. You just had to figure it out on your own. Maybe that's why I never really cared for engineering all that much. There was nothing intrinsically "divine" in it. Kinda boring. If this gear turns this way, then that gear will turn the opposite direction. Yawn. I always longed for some magical intervention. Some light from the sky and a choir hitting that note, that makes everything ok. Didn't happen. Or if it did, I was probably in a meeting or something.
Of course, I don't think it ever HAS happened...or ever WILL. I would align myself more with the Richard Dawkins/Deek Jacksons of the world than, say... the Pope. No matter how nice a guy he is. I just see what I see, hear what I hear, and say what I think. How dumb is that?
Anyway, my lack of experience in the ethereal aside, I think there are a lot people out there that think like this. Unfortunately, quite a few of these folks with a certain "spiritual" dispensation(or lack thereof) use this viewpoint to get up to all manner of nasty hi-jinx. They, like I, don't have anything spiritual about them, but understand those that do. They understand them just like a carny understands that the rube walking down the midway towards his booth, has got some money in his pocket, and how to separate the two. And that is their trick.
The Ashkanazi and most of their descendants see our earthly plane like I do. For that, I will give them a thumbs-up. What a lot of them do with this view of reality, bundled with egos the size of Buicks, and nasty-assed dispositions, I condemn them to the eternal fires of Hell itself...if I believed in such a place. But I don't. So my only option, is to tussle with them on this very real plane. I am not going to wait for divine retribution to halt these people in their tracks.
Wait a minute!....it just hit me. A bolt from the blue! Finally...a Divine Realm. I see it all now. There IS a spiritual purpose after all. I have been charged with the Holy task to smite the Semite! I shall smite him and cause him soer pains and see him in bankruptcy court...and remove his riches and cause him to labour in the fields as the Gentile.I feel my back bending even now...
"Faith is believing something you know isn't true" - Mark Twain
Posted by Timster at 10:21 AM