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Monday, August 30, 2010

Some interesting stuff

Here's some of what I read today online ....

There's a post at The Stone, the philosophy blog of The New York Times - Reclaiming the Imagination - about the way imagining work and its value. I spend a lot of time imagining :) but it's not just frivolous - what would Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises be without it? :)

Salvation by Lynn Ungar

By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part -- the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?

Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven't you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
covers everything,
makes everything
beautiful, without exception?

James Carroll has another post in the Boston Globe on his series about the history of the problems in the Middle East. In this segment he brings up Christian Restorationism, the idea that the return of Jews to the Holy Land is a pre-requisite for the return of Jesus the Messiah, and the final redemption of the world.

Archaeologists may have proven the the Iliad and the Odyssey are based on fact ... Homer sweet home... Archaeologists find 'Odysseus's island palace'

- Ulysses and the Sirens by JW Waterhouse


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Crystal - thanks for this thought provoking poem.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Cura Animarum said...

Morning Crystal,

Loved the poem. Very apt and beautiful. You're right about imagination...the Exercises would be lost without them! I was listening to a podcast at The Art of Storytelling over the summer with storyteller Elizabeth Ellis who speaks about the key role of imagination in the development of empathy without which we quickly become what she terms 'moral cripples'.

It's a good episode.

Have a great day Crystal!

6:12 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jana :)

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Blogger crystal said...


Oh, I never thought of that but it's true - if you couldn't use your imagination to put yourself in another's place, you wouldn't be able to empathize. I think empathy is a major source for doing good, or at least I think it is in my case.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Victor said...

Imaginative empathy is ok in my book! Don't you think?

I hear ya! I agree Victor but you don't need to put that much down in writing, do you?

What do you mean by that?

I rest my case! :)


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Hi Victor :)

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