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Day: July 7, 2012

The Democratization of Imagination

The Democratization of Imagination

We must descend fully into the real, messy world, and not stop short of the real individuals who make it up. We get so constricted! So many are afraid to think about the world because only Scientists can do that. So many are afraid of their innate creativity because that is the realm of Artists. But anyone can experience the thrill that accompanies the new ways of seeing that lie at the heart of scientific discovery, anyone can write, or…

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A Critique of the Spiritual Ascent

A Critique of the Spiritual Ascent

Photo by Melburnian Spiritual discussion is tightly bound to the idea of an ascent. In Christianity, especially, we have resurrection and eternal life, an upward movement toward God, who sits in his heaven, far above us sinful mortals. We must offer supplication to the Almighty, prayers which glide gently upward like smoke from a fire. This is what a priest’s censer symbolizes during Mass. The fragrance of the incense rises to the anthropomorphic nostrils of God as an offering. Western…

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