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Widow’s Peak

War. War widows, facing impositions and hardships, post-war. There are something like 2.2 million refugees who left Iraq since 2003; these refugees are in addition to the 1.4 million refugees who left from Iraq who had taken asylum in Iran in the Gulf War. There are something like 400,000 registered refugees who have fled Syria this year. There are more than two million refugees who constitute the diaspora from Iran since 1979. And today there is a fresh story of war in Gaza, of a people whose history is replete with threats; it might be a good day to reflect on the two million to three-and-a-half million war widows who live in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Plagiarism: to use another’s production without crediting the source. Like a definition to explain yourself. Or how to explain all of this recurring war?

”Whether you believe in the tempting-devil or not, I know through my own experiences the power of temptation. Simply, temptation always is about something good in us. Christian Theology holds that all good gifts come from God and lead back to God the Gift-Giver.” –Larry Gillick

(There is no discussion today about shame.)

The self-doubt about gifts: that I have gifts that might change the world, over time. Or not, as the past is so often repeated.

To reduce to utter non-existence, in a world where so many humans are reduced to non-existence. “A rather self-revealing exercise is to imagine being a Tempter. If I were to be a Tempter to you, I would attract you to doubt your gifts of singing, writing, or even parenting. On one hand, I might attempt to get you to sing so that you do this extensively and grow tired (addiction), or just discouraged by not doing things as well as ‘those’ others. On the other hand, I might joke about, compare you to others, be sarcastic, or just not respond positively at all. So just how would I go about tempting myself? Mainly, I would try to find out how you doubt yourself, and your gifts. This being true, then under-use or over-use of gifts hinders being lead back to God. Watch your temptations and hold on to what good God has given you.” – Larry Gillick

In a world where so many are reduced to non-existence, feel all the doubts in times of annihilation: again and again the stories of the past. “God has told Elijah the prophet, who has predicted a drought which is fulfilled, to hide out in the desert near a flowing stream which by this time has dried up. Elijah has heard that he is to go to one more place – a city – where he will find a widow in need.” In what becomes a familiar theme in the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, there is drought. And there is the accompanying drama about survival. Writes Larry Gillick, “In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks.” So again, a drought, a widow, a prophet, with this widow having so little, in deep need, with a word-promise now from an invisible God through the words of a holy man, as the elements.

“ ‘Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die.”

“Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.’ “

In a story of a widow dealing with what she has already lost in her world – her husband – is the prophet with the word-promise, too demanding? A widow becomes a central character, with all she has left – a son – facing not a future but an ending, with what should be palpable fear. When you have lost everything. “The various conditions of poverty or need form the context for God’s faithful love to be described.” So will God, Larry Gillick asks, be faithful?

The theme again and again of annihilation, with the stated condition of poverty/need which form the context meeting the theme of doubt when the waters dry up, about even this God, in a rather Self-revealing exercise. And the supporting characters of a son, in times of drought, with always the accompanying theme in drought stories thus about endings, about fertility. “If I were to be the Tempter, I would attract you to doubt your gifts” as being Chosen? There is little doubt, writes Larry Gillick, what the drought is doing. The real Jewish theme, again and again in the Hebrew Bible, is one of annihilation, with drought forming the context as God’s faithful love to Chosen People seems threatened? When not the widow but her son’s future is on the line, and Elijah is asking her to feed him? So this God Who has attracted her, now challenging what gifts that she has left, even as a parent? “So will,” Larry Gillick asks, “the woman trust?”

She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives, I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die.”

There is an inner confidence that over-comes the doubt within, even on issues of annihilation. History is replete with events that would cause any Jew to doubt the theology which has come from the papacy which does make claim to the inheritance of Abraham. Doubts about human kindness. Why, based upon the “Fair Use” rule of intellectual property, had not the Christian world responded when Hitler’s accomplices annihilated, one by one, European Jews? Had it been, it was wondered at the time, just more propaganda that came out of war, about human evil? When so much doubt about humanity led to doubts about God?

“So just how would I go about tempting myself?” Larry Gillick asks. “Mainly, I would try to find out how you doubt yourself, and your gifts.”

Like the gift of belief, when facing annihilation? When you felt so powerless, as a widow. And you turned to God.

So was there irony of intellectual property law that is based upon previous case law? Or like war is always based? Is war just another form of plagiarism, maybe like Christianity and Islam seemed to be from the religion of Sarah’s son? Would Abraham feel shame over all that transpired from his progeny? Over another brewing war over Jerusalem?

Fidelity meeting the theme of doubt in the story, about even this God, in a rather self-revealing exercise – when the waters dry up – about the widow.
What gets revealed as the waters of life dry up? Does an inner confidence ever over-come the doubt within, allowing that fidelity to be real – either God’s, or the widow’s faithful love which came out of belief –in each other? “There of course has to be some human response” – like to feed the prophet.” On in the accompanying reading, about another poor widow who came to temple and put in two small coins worth a few cents: in some kind of human response, to initiate God’s love in the community, to allow that fidelity to be real – of God’s love. The inner confidence within that over-comes any doubt within about the outside world.

She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well.”

In the aftermath of war effort and all of the expenditures, I wondered how much was being spent on the refugees facing the so real issues of issues of annihilation. Lyric Thompson has written a piece about International War Widow’s Day making mention that sixty-nine percent of widows in the Democratic Republic of Congo had been dispossessed of their property following their husband’s death. But there is something that you could do about those reduced to utter non-existence,in their new reduced set of circumstances, with all the profane sacrifices of war which reduce a people to utter non-existence –left so invisible.

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Spaesato: The Lost

E ‘generalmente riconosciuto che il più grande di tutti i commentatori della Bibbia è stato il 11 ° secolo, studioso francese rabbino Schlomo essere Itzhak che è meglio conosciuto come Rashi. La sua preoccupazione per ogni singola parola del testo che stava studiando è stato abbinato solo da un angusto concisione del suo stile. … Entrambi gli studiosi riconoscono le difficoltà di tradurre la prima riga del testo della Bereishit – Bereishit bara Elohim et-hashamayim v’et Ha’aretz. Contrariamente alla credenza di milioni di persone che hanno letto la Bibbia di Re Giacomo, la linea non significa che In principio Dio creò il cielo e la terra. Che l’ebraico dice letteralmente è, All’inizio, Dio creò il cielo e la terra … Dopo un’ampia discussione della questione linguistica, Rashi alla fine risolve il problema adottando certi paralleli di altri testi nei quali è seguito da un verbo Bereishit piuttosto che un sostantivo, ed è questa che ci permette di tradurre le prime parole cruciali come segue:
n l’inizio della creazione di Dio, il cielo e il cielo – quando il cielo era informe e senza forma, e le tenebre erano sulla faccia dell’abisso, e lo spirito di Dio aleggiava sulla superficie delle acque – Dio disse: ” Sia la luce. “-da Daniel Mendelsen è The Lost

C’era un po ‘di entusiasmo all’interno quando qualcosa ti afferra. E ‘successo quando si sono imbattuto in una grande epopea, o quando sono stati coinvolti nella creazione di qualcosa o qualcuno. Come in un matrimonio, o in una figlia.

Lingua e denaro sono cose che ci legano. Nella vita di ogni giorno. Come fanno le storie, parlando di attaccamento e / o appartenenza. Oppure il loro opposto, abbandono.

Memore della sottigliezza del linguaggio umano e la sua potenza, la sottigliezza del linguaggio è un punto di riferimento per ciò che divide me e la mia comunità da parte di estranei. La significatività è stato quando la gente riuniti a dire insieme parole con un linguaggio vivente che si definiscono tra loro. Le parole per le persone in qualche modo collegate, che avevano riconosciuto significato. Qui! Allora perché le lingue, come valute – come il latino, o gli irlandesi punt – die? Se mai a Killarney, fermarsi nel pub chiamato O’Connors e vedere se PJ è intorno (che possiede il posto.) E chiedere a lui la domanda.

La questione chiave per Rashi, è che la lettura sbagliata suggerisce una cronologia corretta della creazione: che Dio creò il cielo e poi la terra, poi la luce, e così via. Ma questo non è come sia successo, Rashi dice. Se si ottiene i piccoli dettagli sbagliato, il quadro sarà sbagliato troppo. -da Daniel Mendelsen è The Lost

Quando tutti insieme l’obiettivo di un buon traduttore in una lingua morta – un po ‘come in un cambio valuta in una terra così straniera – dovrebbe essere quello di promuovere servizi di qualità tra i suoi cittadini che raggiungono per un qualche tipo di unione.

Gli amici dicono che accetteranno l’altro lotta per accettare ciò che stanno imparando a conoscere se stessi nella loro epica proprio grande, quando coinvolto nella creazione di qualcosa o qualcuno. Forse un po ‘come nel periodo di tempo nella fase iniziale in un rapporto – come quando lo spirito di Dio aleggiava sulla superficie delle acque – c’era questo spirito si libra all’interno che in qualche modo doveva uscire.

E al centro di tutto quel dramma – per Rashi va a non poca difficoltà a spiegare che per davvero stare al centro – il simbolo misterioso e in qualche modo muoversi nel giardino, un albero che rappresenta, sono venuto a pensare, sia la il piacere e il dolore che viene dal conoscere le cose. -da Daniel Mendelsen è The Lost

C’era una saggezza in mostra che viene dal sentir parlare di sofferenza altrui. Per raggiungere il livello di accettazione, dopo aver attraversato tutte le emozioni di rifiuto, paura, rabbia. Dopo aver raggiunto il livello di accettazione, “noi vogliamo dare ciò che abbiamo accettato, anche se ci sarà sempre di più per conoscere il mistero di noi stessi”, scrive Larry Gillick. “Dio vide che gli esseri umani avrebbero ricerca per il completamento, la soddisfazione e ho visto questa ricerca come ‘molto buono’.”

In tutta la storia umana, nessuno ha mai raccontato una storia senza avere un qualche tipo di ordine del giorno. E se si ottiene i piccoli dettagli sbagliato, si ottiene il quadro sbagliato, come nello stress nell’affrontare dell’inizio e della fine. La prima volta che i vostri soldi, poi la tua terra e la tua vita è stato portato via – per sostenere un regno, nei folletti nell’armadio – oltre l’unità dei tedeschi nel 1930, quando c’era disordine valuta così tanto.

L’Olocausto. Per rendersi conto che si potrebbe essere nato in un incubo. Il tema del primo capitolo della Genesi è quello di separare, quindi le cose possono essere buoni, in termini di fertilità. La confusione tra le specie a sé: di uomini e donne, di musulmani ed ebrei. E così la risposta umana nel modo di uccidere ciò che non hai capito.

Come ho detto, la prima cosa che accade in Bereishit non è, come molti pensano che Dio creò il cielo e la terra, ma nel principio della sua creazione dei cieli e della terra, quando tutto era stato un vuoto stupefacente , disse: “sia la luce.” Questo è, infatti, il primo atto della creazione che ci parla Bereishit. Ma ciò che è interessante per me è che ogni atto che segue – luce e buio, giorno e notte, la terraferma e gli oceani, le piante e gli animali, e, infine, l’uomo dalla polvere – è descritto come un atto di separazione. Cosa fece Dio quando vide che la luce era “buono”? Lo separata dalle tenebre, e poi proceduto a continuare a separare …. La storia inizia con la creazione, che, come abbiamo visto, è la storia degli atti di distinguere una cosa dall’altra. Si conclude, alludendo alla distinzione più importante di tutte, la distinzione tra bene e male, una distinzione che diventa apprehensible agli esseri umani solo mangiando il frutto dell’albero della conoscenza, un albero su cui la Torà ci dice che era (come luce) “buono”, che è stato un piacere agli occhi di Eva, e che era auspicabile per la comprensione “, ed è stato a causa di questa bontà, queste meraviglie, questa opportunità che Eva mangiò di esso. -da Daniel Mendelsen è The Lost

C’era qualcosa di eccitante dentro quando qualcosa ti afferra. E ‘successo quando si sono imbattuto in una grande epopea. “Nel modellare ‘donna’, scrive Larry Gillick,” Dio ha dato all’uomo una vicinanza a se stesso, ma semplicemente non abbastanza, e questa forma di separazione o di carattere distintivo avrebbe formato il quadro per il vero significato dell’amore umano, la rivelazione dell’amore di Dio , ma non una sostituzione o di scambio per l’amore. ”

Scrive Larry Gillick, “mi fermo per inserire una citazione lo scopo di stimolare, confondere, e accettare. ‘Non c’è una donna al mondo, il possesso dei quali, è preziosa come quella delle verità che si rivela a noi per mezzo facendoci soffrire.’ ”

Tensione narrativa è soprattutto circa le informazioni alla fonte. Con una paura nella storia. Con tutta la paura nella storia di soldi e donne e la sofferenza, se si ottiene i piccoli dettagli sbagliato, si otterrà l’immagine grande sbagliata che colpisce prima il denaro, poi la vostra terra e la vostra vita. Quando tutti insieme l’obiettivo di un buon traduttore in una lingua morta – un po ‘come in un cambio valuta in una terra così straniera, o forse un po’ come nei rapporti familiari in corso dopo il divorzio – dovrebbe essere quello di promuovere servizi di qualità della sua gente raggiungimento di un qualche tipo di unione.

C’era una paura sconvolgente associato con il potere, e cercando di cogliere la grandezza. Quando hai dimostrato la tua grandezza in un rapporto. E poi nel mondo. Quando il potere nasce dalla relazione.

Esplorare rapporto – come la moneta in circolazione – come ulteriore dislocazione, concettualmente, potrebbe portare a disordini sociali e conflitti geopolitici. Come quello che è successo ieri ad Atene, con la paura della storia, se si abitava nelle vicinanze.

Mettendo insieme i frammenti rotti. Se si ottiene i piccoli dettagli sbagliato, con il Sistema monetario Fiat, il quadro sarà sbagliato troppo. Le banche centrali di tutto il mondo potrebbero gonfiare insieme, creare un massiccio sistema feudale di schiavitù su scala globale e di mantenere entrambi i controlli politici e sociali sulle varie popolazioni del mondo senza molto trattenere o limitazioni. Il problema è che i banchieri centrali ei governi sembrano credere nel sistema che hanno creato a questo scopo. . . herding la popolazione in gruppi controllabili, ordinate per convenienza, la tassazione e la regolamentazione per mantenere le loro controllo politico … in movimento in Europa per una unità della carta internazionale che fluttuano attraverso un sistema indipendente fiat monetario in tutto il mondo. Le guerre mondiali sono storicamente allevati dal disagio economico, dalla valuta che il governo ha dichiarato di avere corso legale, nonostante il fatto che non ha alcun valore intrinseco e non garantite da riserve.

In tutta la storia umana, nessuno ha mai raccontato una storia senza avere un qualche tipo di ordine del giorno. I nostri cervelli sono cablati per la narrativa. Mettendo insieme i frammenti. Con tutta la paura nella storia di soldi e le donne, se si ottiene i piccoli dettagli sbagliato, si otterrà l’immagine grande sbagliata che colpisce prima il denaro, poi la vostra terra e la vostra vita. E io ero un codardo di prendere una possibilità. Perché c’era una volatilità folle in azioni, credito, materie prime e valute – e le donne.

Per perdere la realtà del presente, come il voto donna aveva determinato l’esito di un’altra elezione. La rabbia delle donne a uomini, o in tutti gli altri che hanno collaborato. Forse un po ‘come quello che è venuto fuori dei rapporti dopo il divorzio.

“Quando si è innamorati, si comincia sempre per uno inganna se stessi e si finisce sempre per ingannare gli altri. Questo è ciò che il mondo chiama una storia d’amore. “-Oscar Wilde

Manca il cigno nero. C’era qualcosa di eccitante in quando sono stati coinvolti nella creazione di qualcosa o qualcuno. Si vergogna discutere il cigno nero in pubblico, perché cigni neri semplicemente non è accaduto nel mondo reale. C’era anche una paura sconvolgente associato al potere del denaro e / o amore.

E al centro di tutto quel dramma – per Rashi va a non poca difficoltà a spiegare che per davvero stare al centro – il simbolo misterioso e in qualche modo muoversi nel giardino, un albero che rappresenta, sono venuto a pensare, sia la il piacere e il dolore che viene dal conoscere le cose. -da Daniel Mendelsen è The Lost

Ascolta tutta la sapienza che viene nel vedere la sofferenza altrui, strato dopo strato. Scopriamo e staccarsi superstizione, fantasie, idee di grandezza, i livelli di confusione, di rabbia, di odio, al fine di sperimentare le persone e il mondo che ci circonda – e la mia vita nel mondo – nel modo più diretto e chiaro possibile. Ma quando sempre più persone singole, anche se credevano nella risurrezione, volevo solo evitare la sofferenza.

“E ogni atto che segue – luce e buio, giorno e notte, la terraferma e gli oceani, le piante e gli animali, e, infine, l’uomo dalla polvere – è descritto come un atto di separazione.” Da Daniel Mendelsen è The Lost

 

The Lost

It is generally acknowledged that the greatest of all biblical commentators was the 11th-century French scholar Rabbi Schlomo be Itzhak who is better known as Rashi.  His concern for each and every word of the text he was studying was matched by only a cramped terseness of his style. …both scholars acknowledge the difficulties of translating the very first line of the text of Bereishit – bereishit bara Elohim et-hashamayim v’et ha’aretz.  Contrary to the belief of millions who have read the King James bible, the line does not mean  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  What the Hebrew literally says is, In the beginning of, God created the heavens and the earth…  After an extended discussion of the linguistics issue, Rashi eventually solves the problem by adopting certain parallels from other texts in which bereishit is followed by a verb rather than a noun, and it is this that allows us to translate the first crucial words as follows:

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In the beginning of God’s creating the skies and the heaven – when the skies had been shapeless and formless, and darkness had been on the face of the deep, and God‘s spirit was hovering on the face of the water – God said, “Let there be light.” -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

There was some excitement within when something grips you. It happened when you came across a great epic, or when you were involved in creating something or someone.  Like in a marriage, or in a daughter.

Language and money are things which connect us.  In every day life.  As do stories, in speaking of attachment and/or belonging.  Or their opposite, abandonment. 

Mindful of the subtleness of human language and its power, the subtleness of language is one reference point for what divides me and my community from outsiders. The significance was when people gathered to say together words with a living language which defined themselves to each other.  Words to people somehow connected which had recognized meaning. Here! So why do languages, like currencies – like Latin, or the Irish punt – die?  If you ever get to Killarney, stop in the pub called O’Connors and see if P.J. is around (he owns the place.) And ask him the question. 

The key issue for Rashi, is that the wrong reading suggests an incorrect chronology of Creation: That God created the heavens and then the earth, then light, and so forth.  But this is not how it happened, Rashi says. If you get the small details wrong, the big picture will be wrong too. -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

Born into something: given life by someone. And one day set free from your home and your homeland. With songs learned about land and liberty. Born into something, with a common language. Note the things which allow a nomad to travel: food, money, prayer — sometimes wheels. These often were the things which gave a nomad the means to retire. And so the movement in the story.

Currency. Currency exchanges. To transact. When places are for sale? To be transformed. Did you ever feel a strangeness of foreigners, with their different valuations and their funny looking money? The subtleness of humans was so often lost in the business world of money, without a common language or a common currency or the the shared words of people somehow connected — back home. When places or people are for sale there, and the sales had an affect on you?

To realize the holiness of what I was doing — without charge. But the conflict when someone else did not recognize my holiness, or did things in such a strange way. To read from beginning to end, or from left to right. Before meetitng the strangerr who reads from right to left: Yes, Biblical scholars acknowledge the difficulties of translating the very first line of the text of Bereishit – bereishit bara Elohim et-hashamayim v’et ha’aretz. 

When all along the goal of a good translator on a dead language – a lot like at a currency exchange in a land so foreign – should be to promote quality services of its people reaching for some kind of union. A literal interpretation of the Hebrew Bible is not in keeping with the living Jewish tradition. And so Midrash, with the conversation like prayer, debating the Biblical issues in order to come to a deeper understanding about life.

“Look what I have created!” It is a a natural human response. But after you created, there was the formation process – of yourself and then of others. Recognizing the theme in the first chapter of Genesis “to separate,” note from the stories how heroes attempt to separate “my creation” from the rest of creation? And thus the developing concept of “CHOSEN” from all the rest.

Friends say that they will accept the other’s struggle to accept what they are learning about themselves, in the ambiguity and mystery of their own great epic, when involved in creating something or someone. Maybe a lot like in the period of time early on in a relationship— like when God‘s Spirit was hovering on the face of the water — there was this hovering spirit within that somehow had to get out.

And at the center of all that drama – for Rashi goes to no little trouble to explain that it does indeed stand in the center – the mysterious and somehow moving symbol in the garden, a tree that represents, I have come to think, both the pleasure and the pain that comes from knowing things. -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

There was a wisdom on display which comes from hearing about other people’s suffering. To reach the acceptance level, after going through all the emotions of denial, fear, anger. After reaching the acceptance level, “we will want to give what we have accepted even though there will always be more to learn about the mystery of ourselves,” writes Larry Gillick.  “God saw that human beings would search for completion, satisfaction and saw this searching as ‘very good.’”  

In all of human history, no one has ever told a story without having some kind of agenda.  And if you get the small details wrong, you will get the big picture wrong, like in the stress in facing beginnings and endings. When first your money, next your land and then your life was taken away – to sustain a kingdom, with the goblins in the closet – over the unity of Germans in the 1930s, when there was so much currency disorder.

The Holocaust. To realize that you could be born into a living nightmare. The theme in the first chapter of Genesis is to separate, so things can be good, in the way of fertility. The confusion between the separate species: of men and women, of Muslim and Jews. With the struggle in the attempt to so tediously translate. And so the human response in the way of killing what you did not understand, in the translation:

As I have said, the first thing that happens in Bereishit is not, as many people think that God created the heavens and the earth, but rather in the beginning of his creation of the heavens and the earth, when everything had been a stupefying void, he said, “Let there be light.”  This is, in fact, the first act of creation that we hear about in Bereishit.  But what is interesting to me is that every act that follows – light and dark, night and day, dry land and oceans, plants and animals, and finally man from dust – is described as an act of separation. What did God do when he saw that the light was “good”?  He separated it from darkness, and then proceeded to go on separating ….The story begins with Creation which, as we have seen, is the story of the acts of distinguishing one thing from another.  It ends by alluding to the most crucial distinction of all, the distinction between Good and Bad, a distinction that becomes apprehensible to humans only by eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, a tree about which the Torah tells us that it was (like light) “good”,  that it was a delight in the eyes of Eve, and that it was desirable for comprehension,” and it was because of this goodness, this delightfulness, this desirability that Eve ate of it. -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

There was something exciting within when something grips you. It happened when you came across a great epic.  “In fashioning ‘woman,’  writes Larry Gillick, “God gave the man a closeness to himself, but just not quite, and this form of separation or distinctiveness would form the framework for the real meaning of human love; a revelation of God’s love, but not a substitute or replacement for that love.”

Writes Larry Gillick, “I pause to insert a quotation meant to stimulate, confuse, and accept. ‘There is not a woman in the world, the possession of whom, is as precious as that of the truths which she reveals to us by causing us to suffer.’”

Narrative tension is primarily about withholding information.  With a fear in the story.  When doubt was always the center of either mystery or faith, which moved THESE STORIES beyond the power of imagination. With all the fear in the story about money and women and suffering, if you get the small details wrong, you will get the big picture wrong affecting first your money, next your land and then your life.  When all along the goal of a good translator on a dead language – a lot like at a currency exchange in a land so foreign, or maybe a lot like in the ongoing family relationships after a divorce  – should be to promote quality services of its people reaching for some kind of union. About shared belief.

There was an unsettling fear associated with power, and trying to grasp greatness.  When you proved your greatness in a relationship.  And then in the world.  When your power grew out of relationship. 

Exploring relationship — like the currency in circulation — as further dislocation could conceivably lead to social unrest and geopolitical conflict.  Like what happened yesterday in Athens, with the fear in the story, if you dwelt nearby.

Piecing together broken fragments.  If you get the small details wrong, with the Fiat Monetary System, the big picture will be wrong too. The Central Banks of the world could inflate together, create a massive feudal system of peonage on a global scale and maintain both political and social controls over the various populations of the world without very much restrain or limitations.  The problem is that central bankers and governments appear to believe in the system which they created for these purposes. . . herding the population into neat, controllable groups for convenience, taxing and regulating to maintain their political controls…moving in Europe for an international paper unit that would fluctuate through an independent fiat monetary system around the world.  World wars are historically bred from economic hardship, from currency which a government has declared to be legal tender, despite the fact that it has no intrinsic value and is not backed by reserves.

In all of human history, no one has ever told a story without having some kind of agenda.  Our brains are wired for narrative. Piecing together fragments, to try to keep possession. With all the fear in the story about money and women, if you get the small details wrong, you will get the big picture wrong affecting first your money, next your land and then your life.  And I was such a coward about taking a chance.  Because there was an  insane volatility in equities, credit, commodities and currencies – and women. 

Rare events. The complex thing I can’t seem to know in this world. Not in five minutes or 45 minutes, in the Duomo Museum in Florence, after an extended discussion of the linguistics issue: power versus powerlessness. To miss the reality in the present, as the woman vote had determined the outcome of another election.  The anger of women at men, or at all the others who collaborated. Maybe a lot like what came out of the relationships after a divorce, when there is no emotional attachment connected to replication –or reproductions. When you no longer were possessed.

“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”  -Oscar Wilde

Missing the black swan. There was something exciting within when you were involved in creating something or someone. You feel ashamed discussing the black swan in public, because black swans just did not happen in the real world. There also was an unsettling fear associated with the power of money and/or love.  

And at the center of all that drama – for Rashi goes to no little trouble to explain that it does indeed stand in the center – the mysterious and somehow moving symbol in the garden, a tree that represents, I have come to think, both the pleasure and the pain that comes from knowing things. -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

Could you identify the Post Traumatic stress which had come first out of the story of Adam and Eve, and then Noah, just as it had come out of the story of Cain. Feel the difference, listen for all of the wisdom which comes out of seeing other people’s layer by layer suffering, in the difference between those who want to remember with those who need to forget. We discover and peel away superstition, fantasies, ideas of grandeur, levels of confusion, of anger, of hate, in order to experience the people and the world around us – and my life in the world – as directly and clearly as possible.  But when more and more single people, even if they believed in resurrection, just wanted to avoid the suffering.  

“And every act that follows – light and dark, night and day, dry land and oceans, plants and animals, and finally man from dust – is described as an act of separation.”   -from Daniel Mendelsen’s The Lost

“… and God‘s spirit was hovering.”

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