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Never Again

The First Creation: Who was the first guy is to remember the incredible amount of pain, in the beginning?

Darkness. Human consciousness. What is life but so much sleep? About needing a place to sleep. Home and homelands. Warmth. When you have been provided for.

Light from light. Peace. Unconscious dreams.

God and human disruption. Adults. Children. Restlessness. Unrest. The movement in the story which disrupts the subconscious. Ghost stories.

To start with nothing. To continue with nothing of substance. To organize the ghosts stories. To proclaim what was once here. To wake up with a roar … about the do-overs. To remember chapter after chapter, as new people entered, where you were yesterday before you lost human consciousness.

The invisible story-teller who come and goes but somehow passes “it” on. “Receive my holy begotten Ghost, and all of Its lightness.”

Note the Fear of the Lord in these stories. Like my fear of the strangeness of other religions. In the seen and the unseen.

Directed elsewhere by this God – losing whatever it was I had been working on yesterday. Raising human consciousness by reading and writing stories. In the stories of the strangeness of God found from the recorded stories by wandering Jews.

Note the stranger and the tremendous human problem contending with strangeness . . . and if the fear was of the stranger, note that most of the stories of the Hebrew Bible in the Book of Genesis begins with what loved ones did to each other.

Insiders. Outsiders. Private lives. Public life. Leaders in the tribe. And so the conflict of two brothers stationary with the land, when their parents had been in conflict with the land itself. Didn’t the conflict in the story of Cain and Abel involve an inherited curse? When you inherited a curse, to tend the cursed earth, which had happened over what Eve and Adam had somehow done.

The inheritance. The conflict in the story was between how each brother dealt with their inheritance, in a humility of being human. Born out of, created out of, humility, with goodnesss one day challenged. Born so perfectly andd fighting once again to create the perfection. The conflict between the brother stationary with the land (the one that Abraham and all his descendant would want of their own) and the brother who is free to roam the earth with the flocks. Like an animal.

To disrupt your peace. The alarm. The fear in a new day. Darkness. Blindness. Limits. Borders. The hurry. Before you forget these stories of disruption. Or hurry, before you die. The movement in the day.

The nightmare of being lost. The story of the wandering Jew, so much like Cain. Needing a home and homeland, like in the Second Creation.

See the similarity in Jacob, just as Cain contended with his own brother. As the Second Creation was not unlike the First. Note the stranger — this son of Isaac who left home — with mostly a name. Note the PLACE in his story, and the TIME through his age along with his need still for direction. Look as you read for the spiritual direction in the lives of Isaac and Jacob and Begotten people affected by their fathers — in this case by the Father of Faith, named Abraham.

Did you note the great restlessness blessed for Isaac’s return to the world, after a three day journey with the father? Compare Abraham’s return to his home after Mount Moriah to the return of Jesus, post-Resurrection. Feel the holy change in these stories, in the denounement. Taste the humility of Isaac — and in me along with him. Note the unseen Fear of the Lord in these stories — like with my fear of the strangeness of other religions. Note how even the leader has fear.

“In the beginning of …. light.” Followed by “light from light,” begotten people who somehow had come to know God. Note a difference between people who came before Noah to those who came after him, in these ghost stories. In the First Creation there was the future without a future, and consequentially all of these sterile people.

Meet the people in the Second Creation who asked to have the earth blessed once again; people in the do-overs not unlike Abel, with still the tension in these family stories of people who grew up close to one another, from a pride that came out of work, along with the incredible amount of pain … from the inheritance which came out of what loved ones did to each other. The conflict of goodness blessed, as well as the opposite, as some people in the stories seem too good, or knowing the muck from which they came, saw the necessity of somehow distinguishing.

Bonds. Tribal bonds. The fire that bonded us. The fire in word, in sacrifice, in relationship. The fire in our community, like the Spirit in a basketball team. “I had to replace that fire, through, with, in young people.”

There is tension in any relationship, in the manner of connecting, overcoming the human condition of loneliness by tribal bonds. There is the hostility always connected to religion, over who was better than whom. There is also the awkwardness when someone adores you, much less when the world does – ask an ‘only’ child.

Sacrifice. To keep a connection, in your private life. To break one bond and form another, as you no longer see each other, when you go away. There are tears when the child goes in service, and especially when the only child does. And from a distance, a child can feel secure through a sacrifical bond.

Outsiders . . . innsiders . . . conflict. There is the tremendous human problem contending with strangeness.

Story-telling. Stories, like people, do one of two things: either uncover a truth or reveal something hidden about identities which came out of the banishment, the liberation, the exile, and the slavery, as told in the stories – to uncover what seems lost to history. What a literature of ghost stories does is invite others inside, where maybe they too could be held in the arm of ghosts.

What Picaso said about creation, that every act of creation involves a form of destruction. And so another CREATION STORY, when darkness had been on the face of the deep…on the face of the water – God said, “Let there be light.” When telling stories about people either reveal something hidden, or uncovers a truth.

Ghost stories, about holy ghosts. In the quest to KNOW, did you inherit a religion to be safe? Under constant fear of neighbors like in the Eastern Bloc of whispering compaigns, under surveillance. When your mother knew but never told you – that Abraham was your father, but you were asked to leave his tribal home, banished so much like in the story of Cain, who lived without commandments, like Adam and Eve. When you were born into ignorance, knowing nothing about the past, with centuries of silence, did you feel the QUIET CONVERSION OF FAMILY in these stories?

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

Who was better than whom? Why did Abraham go to Mount Moriah? In the ghosts of the distant ancestors, human betrayal of your first born son replaces the QUIET CONVERSION OF FAMILY, and the human consequences were loyalty oaths, as heresy became a crime and as one Abrahamaic religion tried to become the dominant power, for those living far from the old tribe.

Though every act of creation involves a form of destruction, the modern day pledge to Abraham should be that we will never kill any of our own – those who believe in Abraham’s God – again.

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