To Create


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Create” by “The Daily Post.”

I love writing, it truly is a joy for me, whenever I sit down at my computer or in front of my journal with pen, and insperation just flows from my mind. I also enjoy as a hoby to cook my own meals from time to time. There is just something about taking a whole bunch of nothing (recept ingredents) and making something spectactular as a result. Writing is the same way I find, the ability to creat something and then enjoy the “fruits” of your work is undescribable to me.

But for me it is not just the finish product, but the actural creating that I enjoy so much. The coming up with ideals to write about, the researching, and finding the right ways to say what I want to say and express. To be able to see it all come together as it is coming together, truly is the greatest joy for a creater! 

I also find that when I am writing, when I am so deeply into it, that the rest of the world around me is drowned out, I find that I am intuned sometimes with “my creater” and I know then, better than I have ever known just why “He” loves us and all of “His” creation so much. Jesus loves us beacuse he was intamentlty invloved in our creation, as we all came to be step by step in the same way I am invloved step by step in my writing.

To create is much more then bringing something into exsistence, it is about having a “relationship” with what you are creating, to be able to feel the “life” you are “breathing” into it as you work deligenitly to bring it about. When I am writing, I am bringing life so to speak into what I am telling. Life that will flourish and grow as it is read and enjoyed by others. When one is creating something you become a part of the suceeses and/or failars of your creation in “its life.”

So what do you create in your life? What does your act of creation mean for you? How is it enjoyable for you; and do you take in all the processes that go into making your creation? If you don’t creat anything or never have; why not? Actually, you probally have but just did not realise it or considered it as an act of you creating something. So, think back through your life on all that you have done; and I think the results will surprise you. What are your thoughts on creating? Please share!

Going in Blindly


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Blindly” by “The Daily Post.”

Everyone, well maybe not everyone, but most everyone knows of the danger of rushing into something blindly and not knowing the “whole picture.” Yet, at the same time “going in blindly” is prevalent all across human civilization and history. It is especially prevalent,  in today’s modern word.

As soon as we see a problem, no matter what it is, there is at once calls to “go in and fix it” without really stopping to look at the problem and analyze it, to figure out why the problem exists. As humans, we do not like to wait to solve our problems, we just want them to go away. Thus, we will often go with the first most obvious solution to do so even when we have no reason to believe it will work, except that it offers the quickest and easiest “fix.”

As long as we humans remain an inpatient bunch; that can’t control our impulses, the problems that we as societies and as individuals face each and every day will continue to repeat and only get worse throughout time and history as has been the case so far. If we really wanted to “fix” our problems, we would stop looking for the quick and easy path and actually try to “solve” the problems that pop up as they pop up.

What are your thoughts one the subject?

The Importance of having a Love of Literature


But #the Cyclops is also one #of the many examples, in the Odyssey, of people who are sub- political, and that is the first thing we are meant to notice about the island. For Odysseus reckons up the place with the eye of #a landsman and a leader. The Cyclopes have excellent bottom land for growing grain; the fields lie overrun with weeds. The Cyclopes have wild grapes growing everywhere; they do nothing with them. They have a harbor for ships; they do no sailing. They herd, and that is all. They have no marketplace. They have no assemblies. Each Cyclopes is the despot over his wife and offspring, and every family ignores its neighbors. –Anthony Esolen, “Out of the Ashes Rebuilding American Culture” 

The quote above by Anthony in his book is in the context of the #importance of the “Polis” or political place and the importance that Ancient Greeks put into it and how it is very important to the United States historically. His going back to and using the Odyssey to make his argument is both very informative and beautifully well done. In the end, Anthony’s arguments not only make the case for the usefulness of the “Polis or political life” to civilization and Western and American in particular, but it also indirectly makes the case for why reading and studying great #literature and the “classics” is so important to humans and human civilization.

As we see from the quote above great literature is not just about telling a great exciting story about heroes and monsters and such. It is about life and how to live and get along with fellow human beings. Great literature is about offering up lessons on life in new creative ways that the attended audience will pick up and listen to. It is also about answering the “great questions” of human existence and of the times. This is very true of the epic mid-evil saga Beowulf. Beowulf besides being about monsters and a hero “kicking ass” is also chuck full of lessons about life from the virtues required to be a hero, the conflict of good and evil, and how humans are supposed to get along and how they don’t get along.

What great literature is at heart are stories, but not just any stories, but stories of learning; for we as humans learn best with being told stories. Great literature is admired, remembered and told throughout the ages because of the fact that they don’t just entertain but tell/answer something of great significance about life, the world, and/or human existence and the meaning of life.

Going back to Anthony and his quoting of the Odyssey, he was arguing the case in his book that American society needed to return to a “polis” like based society where everyone was a part of the “political life” and did their part to help each other and society function. He quoted from Odyssey because he believed that its underlying purpose was to teach those who read it (Ancient Greeks) the importance of the “Polis.” If one is going to argue for a “polis” mentality in society than one obviously has to go back to the civilization that came up with and practiced the idea, the Greeks. Then, of course why not make the point by using what the Greeks used to teach the importance of the “polis” to political life, stories.

I have engaged in this meditation upon the Odyssey for several reasons. First, it was the Greeks who gave us the very word, polis, from which is derived our word for action that has to do with the passage of laws: political. Second, it was the Greeks who invented the study of political structures: Aristotle famously says, in his Politics, that man is a zoon politikon, a political animal. Third, the Greeks bequeathed to us also the form of government we have or believe we have, in part: democracy. And yet-this is my most impressing reason-those same Greeks would not recognize what we have as political at all, but as a corruption of the political, transformed in part by our cultivation of idiocy. –Anthony Esolen

This here is what Literature is all about, finding a new and creative way to teach the importance of and the values of the way things are the way they are in the world and society and why. For Odyssey, and the Greeks, it was what exactly the “polis” was and its importance to society and the “political life.” For the Greeks, it was the everyday interaction of everyone in society and their participation in the political life of the “polis;” that is “getting along with people.” One of the things that was important to the life of the “polis” was that one had to be small to function properly and that the bigger one got the more problems that would emerge to break one down. This was one of the messages in the Odyssey and why literature/stories are so good when they offer up lessons or discuss the questions of life.

The Enviablity of Devastation of Empires


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Devastation” by “The Daily Post.”

All human history is riddled with examples of “man” trying to avoid his fate and control his destiny. When kingdoms and Great Empires begin to fade, there is numerous attempts at revival or much sense of dread about said decline. Yet, one thing does remain constant, while some times the efforts to arrest decline seem to succeed, it is only for a time, before the decline returns in full force and carries out its purpose. The reason for this is quite simple, when humans perceive a decline in their system of life, they go all out to stop it by reenergizing the system, yet they rarely if ever look at the root cause of said decline.

Thus, while for a time new energy is given into a great empire to starve off the decline, the underlining “bad seeds” are still there if only for a time starved of “food” but eventually once again start growing into “weeds” to choke the society and empire. This has laid to the viewpoint that the “rise of great empires and the fall of great empires” to be enviable and irreversible once started. Or indeed that at some point all great societies will crumble and die, or at least become lesser of what they were.

While there is indeed some truth to this viewpoint, it is both right and wrong at the same time. While counties do go through high and low periods of life; both all never preodained in the since that “that is going to happen no matter what.” No, a contries destiny of either growth or declined relies on the people, leaders and the society. It relies on the values of the society and what the people take and belive as most important in their lives.

If great nation finds its self in decline, that decline is not preodained. It can be stop but only if the whole nation, that is the people and its leaders go back to what made it become great. It won’t happen if all that is done it to reenergize the nation or put in a few “cosmetic” changes here and there, but the “decline in the society” is not stoped. This here is the key, nations decline becouse their societies delcine interms of values, beliefs, and morales. Thus inorder to stop declines one must revive the culture of societies.

The enviablity of devestation of empires is only the case when the people in the empires stop “carring.” When they no longer paticapate in it, but are more concern with their own immidate gratifications and desires. If the people stop such behavior and start carrning angain then there is no enviability. This does not mean that the decline won’t still happen, just that there is a chanse to stop and reverse it.

"The Christmas Shoes" Meaning Of Christmas


Every year at the start of the Christmas season or as those of the Christian faith call it the “Season of Advent” when Christmas songs start playing all the time on the radio, I always look forward to my favorite Christmas song “The Christmas Shoes.” This song really does most aptly and wonderfully pick up what Christmas is really all about and what it is not really all about but seems to be a lot of the time.

Christmas, besides for Christians being the time to celebrate the birth of our “Lord and Savior” Jesus Christ; it is a time of hope, optimism, and caring for one’s fellow human beings. And while it is true that one should be caring for their fellow human beings all year long; the Christmas season has traditionally been very special in just bringing out the caringness of people more than usual.

Unfortunately, that is not all we get during the Christmas season. We get overspending, crowded stores, and people rushing about this way and that, and not caring about the person next to them or in front of the line to the cash register. Yes, we all want to make sure we get the right gifts for our family and friends in time, but we cannot forget what the “spirit” of Chrismas is all about. Even if you are not a Christian and don’t celebrate Christmas for the birth of Jesus Christ the “Lord and Savior” which I am and do; you can still celebrate Chrismas for the joy, Caringness, and the fellowship of humanity that it can and often does bring.

Sometimes it is the “little things” such as a song that make us remember these important “big things” such as the true meaning and “spirit” behind the Christmas holiday season. But when we do, those “little things” are all the sweeter, and we enjoy ourselves and those around us more.  So as you do your Christmas shopping and chores, remember to take in the “spirit” of Christmas and help out those in need. Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

Is Sacred Over Rated?


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Sacred” by “The Daily Post.”

Once upon a time the word sacred actually meant something; it should still mean something in today’s world and for some it does. Yet, I cannot help but fear that the weight and meaning behind calling something sacred is somewhat lacking. According to Merriam-Webster to be sacred, something is to either be worthy of religious veneration, entitled to reverence and respect or highly valued and important <a sacred responsibility>.

Looking at those definitions of sacred, we can see that they do still apply in that religion still plays a very important role for many people all over the world, but especially in the United States, and that there are institutions and documents that are very much respected and cause a deep sense of responsibility, (the military, Constitution of the United States, Declaration of Independence). Yet, we also tend to us the word sacred as applied to almost anything that we give value to or view as important to ourselves and or society.

The biggest example I can think of is our politics where politicians will “defend to the death” certain programs and what not because they are “sacred.” I also find that people will tend to call anything sacred if they are in danger of losing it and want to keep it. In both cases,  the things being called and treated as sacred, while may be very important and have great significance to individuals and society at large, don’t rate the high level of respect that being “sacred” does. Being important and valued is not enough to be sacred. To be sacred, something needs to “transcend” its self from the rest of the world. It needs to be bigger than the people and the world.

Even those things that we have traditionally held to be sacred and hold to the requirements of being sacred such as our religions (churches), governing documents, and institutions (military) for those who do hold these things as sacred, it is in a lot of cases a water down version of sacredness. (We honor our military men and women yet use them and abandon them.) By opening the door to what we hold as sacred we have diluted what it means to be sacred, thus lessening the importance of “truly” sacred things.

So is “sacred” overrated in today’s world? Yes, and no, I believe it is much more complicated than that. Yes, to the fact that those things that are truly deserving of being held sacred are not really treated as sacred even if they are respected, and yes to the fact that things that don’t really match what is sacred are held up as such. But no, to the fact that sacredness has really lost its meaning and “power.” That “power” may have diminished but is still there just waiting to be revived.

 

The Importance of Values


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Value” by “The Daily Post.”

We all have things that we value in life. The world is full of things of value. The key is the importance placed on that valuation and how one values something. Having value in life is important, but we need to know why we place value in something and is that value that we give a good thing or a bad thing. Putting a value, on something is nothing more than saying what is important to an individual or society. A lot of times this is our beliefs about the world and how we belong to it, and relate to it and others around us.

Our “values” is what makes a society and governs how people interact with one another. Because of this, the values that make a society or individual must be clear and well understood. For it is when what a society values are not understood or they become blurred with other competing values, that causes a society to break down.

Everybody has his/her own values and things that they put value into but in a society, the values of individuals have to, if not be the same, at least be similar and not conflict. Thus, one had to know what he/she put value in, to be a part of a society.

So what do you value and why? Do you know what your values are and understand them? If not, why?