Games we play

Having reached the age of 40, I feel ever more acutely the need to be a mature adult. That may sound like an obvious - and long-overdue - obligation, but for me, it's not that simple. Against many of society's standards of maturity I often judge myself to be immature. This judgement induces me to …

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Tsahaylu

In the 2009 epic sci-fi movie Avatar, there is a species of tall, blue humanoids called Na'vi living on the planet Pandora. The Na'vi are quintessential animists in that they worship the planetary goddess Eywa whose body is Pandora's biomass, including the Na'vi themselves. The mind and heart of Eywa are embodied in the planet's …

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Body-building

***[An older post, renamed because the old title was bothering me.] A body is made up of smaller bodies, which are in turn made up of smaller bodies, which are in turn made up of even smaller bodies, and so on down the line.... A body is part of a larger body, which is in …

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We the Disembodied

The general secular consensus is that the animal species Homo sapiens sapiens emerged in Africa and spent tens of thousands of years living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. As far as we currently know, before roughly 12,000 years ago, humans did not have writing, arithmetic, agriculture, domestic animals, and organized collectives larger than the tribe. Then, in …

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Lead me to Life

Where are you being led? Where are you leading yourself? Is it to more of Life? The word ‘education’ is based on the Latin e-ducere meaning ‘to lead out’. So in a radical sense, getting an education is about submitting to a process of being led out of a state of familiarity or ignorance. As …

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This is my body

Jesus is recorded as saying the following to his disciples as he held up a piece of bread: "This is my body, broken for you. Take, and eat...." Growing up in church, I often wondered how bread could be identified with someone's body. We were taught that it was symbolic but also mystical. The mysticism …

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Raping jellyfish

[Re-posted] Not long ago I took a journey into the underworld of the unconscious. There I met a shadowy aspect of my psyche: the Raping Jellyfish. "Raping Jellyfish!? What part of me warrants that kind of name?," I asked myself after randomly drawing the somewhat disturbing words from two bowls set in front of me. …

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My beloved

I used to dream of her when I was a boy - my beloved. She would meet me in the forest and in the meadow. We would dance, swirling each other round and round in pure joy. With her I felt what my deepest heart always longed for: being seen, known, and loved. Recently I …

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Selfless to selfful

Journal entry from April 2, 2018: I just realized I've been lacking a self. Ever since my Bible translator self, my missionary self, my Christian self, my linguist self, and my cosmologist self all died, I've been without a self! The Knowing I that I AM needs a self to see itself. Without the mirror …

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