Welcome

Welcome to what I affectionately call My Other Blog. My main bloc is here.

I have two passions in life, other than writing of course. One of those passions is religion, Christian theology with a special focus on Christian heresy – I am a bit of a heretic myself in more ways than one. I also am a theologian and am anthropologist. That is what my degrees are in. I have combined those two academic interests on my main site.

What I do here is indulge my other passion – an intense interest in politics in the broadest sense of the word. I look at current events, major and minor, and offer commentary and analysis colored by my academic training and my heretical beliefs. The focus on my main site is very tightly focused on the development of Christian orthodoxy in its battles with the heretics in the early centuries of the history of Christianity. My focus here is much more eclectic and diverse, running the gamut from the relationship of religion and science to Presidential elections to racism in sports to things I find just plain funny.

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Happy reading and I look forward to your comments.

Blue Screen of Death

It’s not enough aggravation that I have to depend on others to do my typing and reading for me. Now my damn computer has crashed. Guess my time to do anything online is going to be even more limited than it already is… At least until I can get my comp straightened out, if that is even possible, who knows. Take care.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

I’m taking a break from my “Confronting the Past” series. Instead, I’m going to indulge in an old habit: I’m going to rant a bit. In a way, this is sort of confronting the past, but in a personal way but rather, in a cultural way.

With the end of the Cold War over a decade ago, we all thought that confrontations between Russia/Soviet Union and the USA were a thing of the past. That shows how stupid we can be. The sad thing about all this is that it’s not just the Russians or us Americans that are reviving the Cold War. It’s both sides being idiots. And the idiots are not just the elected officials on one side or the other; it’s the political fundamentalists on both sides. I suspect that the “military-industrial complex”, as Eisenhower called it in his farewell speech of 1961, that is the power behind the thrones on both sides. And all this is wrapped up in the Holy Shroud of Russian/American nationalism. You would think the world has had it’s fill of that shit. [My son doesn't agree with me on that. I guess I'm showing my age, lol]

Hopefully, things will calm down if there are any rational beings left in charge on either side, I have my doubts about there being any, but one can only hope.

Conrfonting the Past Part Nine

     I was watching a rather interesting show on History channel the other day. At least the first half was interesting; the second half got rather depressing. I’ll explain in a minute. The special was about the Hippie movement in the late 60s. I became a Hippie in 1966 and probably still am one to a large extent.

    The Hippie Movement has had a lingering effect on American culture, some of it good, some of it bad. The original ideals of the Hippie Movement (Peace, Love and Freedom) still resonate in our society today. What happened to the Hippie Movement was that the trappings (Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll and long hair) were co-opted by people who really did not subscribe to the original ideals. The second half of the History special dealt with the worst example of that: Charles Manson. I don’t care what History channel or anyone else in the media says, Manson was NOT a Hippie! Not by any stretch of the imagination.

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Confronting the Past Part Eight

As I have said before, I grew up in a very strict, old-fashioned, European household. My father believed in “spare the rod, spoil the child.” I don’t feel my father was all that abusive, although there are people who would disagree with me. To me, one of the problems we have now is that our children and grand-children, are not really taught much self-discipline. I’m not sure the rod is the right way to teach self-discipline but it seems to have worked better than the modern permissiveness. Because of this strict upbringing, I was very much the introvert growing up. It was not until I went off to college in 1966 that I started to come out of my shell. And boy did I come out!

I won’t bore you with all the salacious details; let’s just say there isn’t much that I wasn’t more than willing to do, and did do. I drank, I smoked pot, I did acid, occasionally I did coke. I chased women and caught them regularly. From 1968 to 1990, I was married and divorced three times. That does not include relationships that did not result in marriage. Talk about looking for love in all the wrong places.
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The Obamacare Myth

I’m taking a short break from “Confronting the Past” to delve into a political rant. Because of concerns over my heart condition, I have avoided getting myself stressed out over politics, but this has gone on long enough. It’s time somebody told the truth.

Obamacare is severely misnamed. If Obama and the Democrats had had their way, we would have universal health care or, as some of our more conservative fellows call it, Socialized Medicine. What the media calls “Obamacare” is a very watered-down version of what the Democrats originally wanted. That watering-down was done by the Republicans. The Democrats gave in because it was the only way to get anything resembling reform, even if what we got is total crap. If i were a conspiracy theorist, I might be inclined to say the Republicans did this intentionally so that they could use the mess that would result as a way to discredit Obama. Also, if I were indeed a conspiracy theorist, I would argue that the issues with the healthcare.gov website were the result of politically motivated sabotage.

The reason I am not arguing for a conspiracy here is because a conspiracy would require intelligent cooperation between the conspirators. I don’t think there is any real cooperation, intelligent or otherwise, among the people trying to discredit the Obama administration. I think that the real motivation for these efforts at sabotage is a very, very subtle and insidious form of racism. The racists in this country revert to overt acts of violence like lynchings, cross-burnings or assassinations. Instead, they use more subtle and more technologically advanced methods. The racists in this county cannot get over the idea of a black man being elected President. I wonder what they would have done had we elected a black woman who happened to actually be a Muslim. I thought we left all of this behind us a long time ago, back in my younger days. It seems that Montaigne was right: If we do not learn the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat them. Apparently, we have not learned our lessons, and then we wonder why the Second Coming is taking so long.

Confronting the Past Part Seven

In the time that I’ve been away (see facebook for reasons) I’ve had time to give this series a lot of thought. Talking about some things in my past may not be all that edifying or even relevant to anything anymore, so I am going to ignore those areas. Some things that I -am- going to talk about may offend some people from my past. Unfortunately, that’s unavoidable, and hopefully they will understand and forgive me for any negativity.

When I was growing up, I was pretty much both a religious and political fundamentalist. It was not until I got away from home that I started really thinking for myself. To a certain extent, that is true of most people growing up. We are the products of our immediate social and cultural environment. In some ways, I was lucky that my mother died while I was a senior in High School. It was her death that actually set me free, although it has taken a lot of time to realize that. Much of my life has been spent trying to fill the emotional hole that her death left in me. It was not until I met Elizabeth in 1990 that I found someone who could fill said hole. Also, much of my life has been spent searching for, for the lack of a better way to express it, my own personal sense of truth. [I suggest you read my article "What is Truth" on my christianheresiology site to understand what I'm trying to say here] Truth is not objective; truth is relative to one’s position on the space-time continuum. It’s like the old Indian fable of the blind men and the elephant, what you see and what you know depends on where you are and what part of the elephant you perceive.

My search for truth has led me all over the place, but these meanderings have always followed the same two rivers. Religion, and politics, in the broadest sense of both cases. The failed marriages, the many different jobs, the multiple career paths are all nothing more than bends in those rivers. With an occasional waterfall or two.

What I have learned over the years of my meanderings is that we create who we are and often recreate who we are. I know I’ve gone through several manifestations of who I am in the 65 years of my life. I can honestly say that I am extremely happy and at peace with who I am. That person is so far removed from the person I was growing up that I seriously doubt most of my High School friends would really have any idea of who I am unless they have read my Facebook page or my blogs. In the next few posts, I will talk about my meanderings from fundamentalism to… Well, I’ll let you decide what you want to call where I am.

Confronting the Past Part Six (Not Really)

To quote Monty Python, “And now for something completely different!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o

A blast from the past, something to lighten your day XD Enjoy.

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