Saturday, August 27, 2005

Thoughts about change

I well recall thinking back in the nineteen seventies and eighties, that the generation of my great-grandparents saw more technological change than any previous generation. For instance, a great grandfather was born in 1874, before the light bulb, telephone, cars, planes, and musical recording entered the scene. He lived to 1972; so, he lived to see all those things and even the moon landings. I wish I could have asked him what he thought about it all.

I used to think that I was born after it all happened. That I was living in the modern world and was used to change. The older folks, I thought, had a trouble with change. They had trouble with new technology and with old habits, like racism for instance.

I now realize that things have changed quite a bit in my lifetime. The ubiquity of personal computers, the internet, the changing political scene, the work a day world. I realize that I have trouble changing and adapting. A person tends to think, mostly subconsciously, that the way the world was when they were ten years old is the way things oughta be. Well the world has changed a great deal since 1960 when I was ten. We are not going to go back there. Wouldn't want us to.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Light -Ultimate Truth

There is a Light that shines

beyond all things on earth,

beyond us all,

beyond the heavens,

beyond the highest,

the very highest heavens.

This is the Light

that shines in our heart.

-- Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7 --

Monday, August 15, 2005

John Grisham and the Church of Christ

In his book "The Last Juror", John Grisham gives us a small town Mississippii setting from the late sixties to seventies. His main character, a newspaper man, attended all the churches in town. He mentions the CofC two times. Of course he brings out our most salient feature, the lack of musical instruments. The other characteristic that he mentioned was the lack of emotion.

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