A ritual should never be worshipped for it’s own sake, but tradition should perhaps not be mocked simply because its meaning has been lost. And once in a while, we would do well to reflect on the deeper meanings of traditions that have been forgotten. The marriage proposal in particular, despite its sometimes cliche feel, retains some rich symbology if you look deeper. It is a beautiful symbol of love and sacrifice and commitment.
Ultimately, if our culture is in decline, then we all share in the blame. Before we start pointing fingers at folks we don’t like, we ought to take an honest look in the mirror.
Should we question everything? Clever, right? I will tell you up front that I believe the answer is an emphatic “Yes. We should question everything.” And yes, we should even consider whether or not it is wise to question everything. “Question everything” is a phrase that has become a bit cliche and sounds like it should … Continue reading Question Everything
Perhaps the most puzzling paradox that I wrestle with is the disparity between truth and certainty. Maybe it’s because those two words denote different concepts which we tend to conflate. Maybe it’s because those two words convey linked ideas, both of which we struggle to fully grasp, and we think that if we don’t have … Continue reading Truth vs. Certainty
It seems to me that violence is increasing in our society. Whether that perception is accurate, or is faulty and based on sensationalized news coverage, I don't know. Regardless, the issue has led me to spend a lot of time recently pondering the best way to handle the problem of violence. In particular, I’ve been … Continue reading Was Jesus’ Response to Violence Effective?
Those that have read one or two of my blog posts should have a good idea of my dim views of both religion and politics because both systems have proven to be perennial failures. Neither system offers lasting solutions to the human condition. It seems that many people are disillusioned by both religion and politics, … Continue reading Transcending Politics
I didn’t sign up for this. No one asked me if I wanted to be born. No one asked me if I wanted to be brought into this world, to experience pain, face rejection, and confront my own insecurities. To deal with biological impulses that tend to lead me to make selfish decisions. To be … Continue reading I Didn’t Sign Up for This!
I looked out at my front yard this morning and shook my head at all the dandelions that had sprung up, almost overnight it seemed. One day the lawn was grass trying to trade winter brown for spring green, the next it was a carpet of yellow dandelions. The hardy, nutrition-packed weed is the bane … Continue reading Lessons From a Dandelion
Religion and politics are historical bedfellows, and the Christian religion has been no exception. Throughout its history, Christianity (the religion) has offered example after example of power-hungry leaders forging alliances with political systems to gain even more coercive power over the masses. What they couldn’t accomplish through guilt, they attempted to accomplish through force. Here … Continue reading Your Politics is as Bad as Mine