American Foreign policy, Clinton, forgiveness, Israel, Mariah Carey, Middle East, Netanyahu, Palestine, Periodic table, racism, reconciliation, Rwanda, science, teabaggers
Welcome to Monday! Not so hot for those poor souls who have to work for a living, but hey for me, it’s pretty much the same as any other.
It’s threatening to rain, and has been all day so far. Guess we get to live with that possibility nearly all week. The lane is crap, I nearly didn’t get in from church.
We talk about what “line” to take through the mud holes. Who would have thought I would be ruled by such nonsense at age 60?
What happened to back out of the DRIVEWAY and go?
Our choices seem, sweltering or rain. Okay, you have your own troubles, so on with news:
I have to admit that I’ve struggled with forgiveness. I guess most of us do. I’ve never been faced with it with someone I couldn’t avoid generally most of the time. I don’t know how I would do with forgiving someone who seriously harmed me or mine. That’s the test. South Africa worked on forgiveness on a massive scale with “reconciliation” courts. Here’s a take on that subject regarding the genocide of Rwanda. Pretty deep thoughts, pretty important stuff. And it is deeply painful and haunting. Tread quietly here.
I’ve increasingly been disturbed by our Israeli policy as I’ve delved more deeply into the history of the Middle East. Contrary to the religious right who oft time support Israel as part of their belief that they are being “biblical” in doing so, I cannot find this a viable excuse. (Sen. Inhofe, I recently read suggested that politics should never play a part in our determination regarding Israel. Instead he claims, we are to ask, “Do we follow God or not?” He shall be forthwith called Crazy Inhofe on this blog). This disturbing (word of the day) report suggests that Obama would do well to be severely questioning of the motives of Mr. Netanyahu, who seems to think that manipulating the US government by lies is the preferred plan. No doubt he is heartened by the End Timers, even though they are only trying to bring forth the final battle of Armageddon upon Israel.
If you thought that there could be nothing interesting to read about the Periodic Table, think again. But then you gotta trust me. So trust me. Follow the link.
Nobody says it better than Elizabeth Kaeton in “Refutiate” Racism. All I can say is bravo!
Most of my blogging friends are way more talented than I. Witness this fine entry by OKJimm, who has come back with a vengeance with I Gotza Song….. It is so worth your while to go visit. If there are enough like Jim, then perhaps we will not leap into the abyss.
I’m thinking maybe we ought to have an ASS of the week award. But oh God, the entrants could collapse my inbox. But this one by Mariah Carey just might make the #1 spot any week:
Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.
have you read “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” by Terry Tempest Williams? (speaking of Rwanda and forgiveness). I on the other hand find that I may not be able to forgive certain people in a state I used to live in who are just horrible human beings. I wish them every kind of sorrow and unhappiness, but I also suspect that they already live with that in a way I will actually never really know…if that makes sense. Reconciliation is sometimes more about learning out to live with what has happened without letting it make us bitter. Some things are simply unforgiveable. I just choose to not be an angry bitter person in response.
Wonderful advice Terri. I think you have come to a wise conclusion. Bitterness is the key. Somethings are indeed unforgiveable and it an added insult it seems to me, to put pressure on victims to do this as some sort of moral duty. While I deeply admire those who can, I think it is unwise to think badly of those who cannot.
Thanks for the link, Sherry 🙂
I haven’t posted an ASS of the Week for this new week … but at the rate the ASS (Astoundingly Stupid Speech) is spewing, I think I may have to change it to “ASS of the Instant”!
I may also have to start a special section just for Sarah Palin’s ASS. Her blither about Shakespeare has had me laughing so hard I can barely swallow my tea. I posted a special poem today, just for her …
I’m off to read the reconciliation post now …
Jaliya, she (Sarah) could win the award nearly every day I think. That woman is an idiot!
Camus I can handle. It’s Ayn Rand and Joyce that make my brain go numb.
Thanks to you I’ve now got Guernica bookmarked — what a great magazine!
Blisterina, I get most of these new great sites from 3quarksdaily and the Arts and Letters link. Both have really sent me to some higher class and more thoughtful reads beyond HuffPo. lol..
wow… you flatter me. I thought I left a comment the other day….. but I guess I mix my days. Thank you!
Ya did Jimmy on another link to ya. You been awful good lately. LOL