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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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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Christlikeness

October 12, 2018: I am starting to see the symbiotic (and sympathogenic) relationship between a religion and the psychologies of its adherents. It's interesting that the more I learn about narcissism, the more narcissistic elements I see in Christianity. Narcissism may emerge as a defense strategy in a person when a harshly judgemental, conditionally-approving SUPEREGO …

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Christ and Narcissus

July 13, 2018 (Tallahassee): Yesterday I watched YouTube videos about emotional abuse and realized how abused I've been and how abusive I've been. Truly, messed up people mess up people. The topic of narcissism especially hit home: a narcissistic person is someone who mortally craves - and develops sophisticated means of acquiring - the approval, …

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Universal acid

October 14, 2017 (Tallahassee): Last Sunday, while Amber was at work, I took the girls to church. I think I did it for their sake and because it's free babysitting. I won't do that again, though...After the sermon, we had Communion. The thought crossed my mind as to whether I should participate. But I went …

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