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So here is a collection of quotes and aphorisms that I found meaningful in some way. I saved most from my friends facebook posts. Some I saved/remember who the author is. Some I don't. A few are even my own. There is a narrative one might assign to the order, or not. Obliged.
"What unites God and us people is that He does not will to be God without us." Karl Barth
"Science has discovered Original Sin, which it calls the “Identity-protective Cognition Thesis.”
"Strangely enough I don't regard actualistic ontology as all that proctological." Darren Sumner
'Just like cross-cultural contextualization through language accessibility, which in practice turned out to be more like just mono-cultural transference of a pre-processed product via marketing.'
"God shouldn't be put in charge of everything until we get to know Him a little better." Kurt Vonnegut
"Van Gogh could see twenty-seven variety of black in capitalism." Lorine Niedecker:
"After all it doesn't really matter since all we're doing is indulging Craig's Gnostic and deranged theological proclivities." (someone wrote this in a comment to Craig Keen but they were joking…I think).
“If you have reasons to love someone, you don’t love them.” Žižek
"For many conservatives Its a bit disorienting to have a Pope who is actually a Christian." Read this by Gary Wills in, "The Future of the Catholic Church."
"But I don't necessarily define my faith by going to church every Sunday." Miley Cyrus
“What does it matter how many lovers you have if none of them gives you the universe?" Lacan.
“In all of human history no country or no people have suffered such terrible slavery, conquest and foreign oppression and no country and no people have struggled so strenuously for their emancipation than Sicily and the Sicilians.” Karl Marx, NY Tribune, May 1860. (or as they say in the North: Sicilia, dove si annida satana. = Sicily, where Satan lurks. Btw, I am a Siciliano).
"We are nothing but a view of the world." Merleau-Ponty.
"It comes as a great shock, around the age of five or six or seven, to discover the flag to which you have pledged allegiance along with everybody else has not pledged allegiance to you." James Baldwin.
'The problem with christian fairy tales is that there's no fairies. There's angels, but when those angels aren't committing mass murder, torturing Job, or watching over usamerican blonde-haired white children on there way to capitalist bible camp, then they are destroying our delusions!'
This fine poem, "Danse Russe." By William Carlos Williams.
If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,—
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,—
Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?
"The God who lets us live in the world without the working hypothesis of God is the God before whom we stand continually. Before God and with God we live without God." Bonhoeffer.
"To become an expert is to learn what one may not say."
'Really, what is "Blank Space" but the cry of YHWH to inscribe one's soul in the Book of Life?'
"Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers." Black Elk.
“The humble Cumulus humilis - never hurt a soul.”
And finally this nice paragraph from Tolkien:
"Frodo kissed Merry and Pippin, and last of all Sam, and went aboard; and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew, and slowly the ship slipped down the long grey firth; and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore glimmered and was lost. And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.
But to Sam the evening deepened to darkness as he stood at the Haven; and as he looked at the grey sea he saw only a shadow on the waters that was soon lost in the West."
Blessings and much obliged, Daniel.