Thursday, December 10, 2009

Random Thoughts

1. Caramel is my favorite candy. In whatever form. Salted, especially.

2. The idea of God (or god) is a consistent preoccupation of mine. As hard as I try, I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get away from the thing, whatever you name it: Jehovah, Yahweh, The In Between the In Between, Zeus, Gaia, etc. etc.

To believe or disbelieve is not a relevant issue to me. The Grand Whatchamacallit, however any of us perceive it, manifests in the subject. Even Atheists have to agree on a set of terms when discussing what it is they don't believe exists.

It's a demonstration of our ability to question "Why" or "For What Purpose". For this reason, I don't think that Spirituality and Science are mutually exclusive. They start from the same place. When the feathers of orthodox or religious folks ruffle in regard to scientific inquiry, I can't help but wonder what the fuss is about.

I like trees. I have always liked trees, the way they look, the sound they make when the breeze rifles through their leaves. I like that they look like my lungs (and given my own lung issues in the past, it makes sense that I would contemplate them with some frequency). Trees breathe, like I do, only opposite.

Both are fractals, my lungs and the trees. Like ferns, like frost. African villages. In these villages, they construct their housing in a such a way that the whole village community looks like a larger version of an individual house. And inside the individual house is a tiny replica of the larger house - for the family's spirit selves. And inside that tiny house, they say, is yet another house.

The geometry of this, the math of it, the science, does not threaten my own (varying) perceptions of the divine. It actually brings me a great deal of comfort.

3. The Classic Caramel Cob is a terrible disappointment. Don't know what it is? Well, that's probably because you don't ever see anyone eating them in public:

Yeah...this is what it looks like.

And with this on the package, I would say this counts as an epic Snack Fail.

4. Favorite word this week:

ver·tig·i·nous (vr-tj-ns)
1. Turning about an axis; revolving or whirling.
2. Affected by vertigo; dizzy. See Synonyms at giddy.
3. Tending to produce vertigo: "my small mind contained in earthly human limits, not lost in vertiginous space and elements unknown" (Diana Cooper).
4. Inclined to change quickly; unstable.

5. Least Favorite Word:



Erica said...


rebar said...

I don't mean to go there so early in the day...

But that snack food looks like a leperous dildo the Marquis de Sade might offer up.

Carry on.

rebab |re•baab |
v. the act of telling the same story to the same person for the third (or more) time.

rebar said...


Please refrain from making the obvious jokes about rebar's tendancy to rebab.

It's less humorous than it sounds.

joe g said...

"I don't think that Spirituality and Science are mutually exclusive."

Neither do I, and I'm always flummoxed when other people can't allow for intersection, overlap, shared territory.

S. E. Johnson said...

Regarding #2: it's your use of / recourse to the singular in those peregrinations that fascinates me most. ;)

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