On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, I thought it might be good for us in this community to reflect on the things for which we are thankful, to put thought to why this day is about more than just the food and the football games. What is important to you? What made this past year special? Who makes you feel glad to be here celebrating?
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To start things off I will reprise a comment I posted in my own journal, but feel free to share, or in your own quiet way to simply give thanks. Have a very special Thanksgiving Day.
Since the topic for this month is Religion, I thought it might be appropriate to discuss Jesus and the reactions associated with him as a person and a spiritual being. The following paper is a response / digest of Marcus Borg's Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Borg attempts to reintroduce Jesus to us as a person, and not a notion.
The book was a source of much debate in class, particularly because people have trouble distinguishing between the man and the idea. I'm interested in what you think of this.
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**note: this is a reposting in order to clean up some paragraph issues -J
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This really doesn't have anything to do with good or evil, but it has a lot to do with dialogue, and communication, which I feel is crucial as things drift further apart.
( The Infinite Subtlety of All Things (or, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Bohm)Collapse )
Just a question to everyone, but how do you feel about the statement "no good deed goes unpunished?", or the concept of "doing the right thing" only to find it is more damaging than doing the wrong thing or nothing at all?
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I wrote this paper for a religion class called Modern Problems of Belief, and thought it might be a useful topic for discussion. The book, by Pema Chödrön, comes from a primarily Buddhist perspective, but I feel with a bit of effort, anyone can use the lessons in the search for knowledge.
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I realize many of you probably haven't read the book, but any reactions or feedback you could give would be most appreciated.
Grief, when it comes, is nothing we expect it to be...[it] turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
I recently read this enlightening book and found it very helpful in dealing with grief and mourning. Author and essayist, Joan Didion, found herself a widow when in December of 2003 her husband of forty years died suddenly of a heart attack. She wrote this book as a way of documenting her thoughts and feelings about her loss and her grief.
It's more than just a personal story, though, as she refers to outside sources that can help one deal with this emotion. One thing Didion points out is that in today's society death is very clinical and often occurs in a hospital, whereas is decades past death often occurred at home, was more commonplace in the culture, and people had better coping mechanisms.
So, what do you think? I've created a short poll with some basic questions, but please feel free to leave comments. Any and all opinions/comments are welcome and as always, feel free to respond anonymously.
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How do you feel about showing grief?
It should be kept quietly to one's self.
It should be shared with close friends and family members only.
It should be shared with anyone you think can help.
Other - please comment.
Do you think society today inhibits the grief process?
Yes - people are made to feel as if they shouldn't show their emotions.
Yes, but you still have to deal with your grief in your own way.
Yes, other reasons - please comment.
No - reason? Please comment.
Do you think funerals help with the grieving process?
Maybe - reasons?
If you have experienced the death of someone close to you, what helped you in the grieving process?
Memories about the person
Keeping a journal
Trying not to remember; denial
Talking to friends
Other - please comment
What words/actions do you give when trying to comfort someone who is grieving?
Simple but sincere remarks such as "I'm sorry for your loss."
A card or a personal note.
Sharing memories about the person who died.
Offers of help/food, etc.
Other - please share
A post I just read in religiousdebate really started me thinking about the meaning OF life versus meaning TO life. I've been, for better or worse, leaning towards the view there is no meaning OF life. Bacteria exist to create more bacteria. In kind, people exist to create more people. Without god(s), what "ultimate" meaning of life could there be ? And even WITH god(s) there still might not be. However, people are able to assign meaning TO life whereas bacteria are not. The meaning TO life is whatever you are able to give it. One could still be too overwhelmed with the immensity and ultimate meaninglessness of the universe and existence to assign a meaning to life. Yet it can be done, and that act alone may be all the meaning there ever was or will be. Thoughts ?
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