thisearthlyride: (pot and kettle)
I'm stupid. I got myself all embroiled in an online debate about whether or not the "9/11 was caused by God's wrath towards gays." In my search for specific Bible passages (cause I don't remember that stuff anymore off the top of my head), I found the most fantastically humorous way to de-stress!


The Brick Testament

and

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible
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Hey [livejournal.com profile] krazyleesa, how come Friendster told me it was your birthday today??? I could be wrong, but I swear it was the 12th of October...

In other news, here is my post about Mithras )

Wisdom

Nov. 30th, 2007 01:58 am
thisearthlyride: (wheel of fortune)
We are part of the earth and it is part of us.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters;
the deer, the horse, the great eagle,
these are our brothers.
The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man–
all belong to the same family.

So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that
he wishes to buy land, he asks much of us...

If we decide to accept, I will make one condition:
The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers.
I am a savage and I do not understand any other way.
I’ve seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie,
left by the white man who shot them from a passing train.
I am a savage and I do not understand how the smoking
iron horse can be more important than the buffalo that
we kill only to stay alive.

What is man without the beasts?
If all the beasts were gone, man would die
from a great loneliness of spirit.
For whatever happens to the beasts,
soon happens to man.
All things are connected...

This we know:
The earth does not belong to man;
man belongs to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected
like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life,
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.


-Chief Seattle
thisearthlyride: (bridge)
If you are preoccupied with people who are talking about the poor, you scarcely have time to talk to the poor. Some people talk about hunger, but they don't come and say "Mother, here is five rupees. Buy food for these people." But they can give a most beautiful lecture on hunger.

I had the most extraordinary experience once in Bombay. There was a big conference about hunger. I was supposed to go to that meeting and I lost the way. Suddenly I came to that place, and right in
front of the door to where hundreds of people were talking about food and hunger, I found a dying man. I took him out and I took him home.

He died there. He died of hunger.

And the people inside were talking about how in fifteen years we will have so much food, so much this, so much that, and that man died.

See the difference?


-Mother Teresa

Weaving

Sep. 17th, 2007 11:56 pm
thisearthlyride: (wheel of fortune)
I saw a spider tonight- a giant, fat creature who was dangling outside one of the living room windows. I was fascinated by her work; a web just begun but starting to take form. And I think something finally fell into place, because it just might have been the first time I've watched a spider and felt awestruck by the talent and beauty in the work they do.

Who would've ever thought that the son of an arachnophobe would ever stand in awe of such a creature?

Bible Quiz

Sep. 6th, 2007 11:28 pm
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LMAO... Not bad for a pagan/buddhist/taoist/woo-woo son of a preacher man, eh?

You know the Bible 91%!
 

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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My mother sent me these... Definitely got a good chuckle...

Funny Things Kids Say )

R.I.P.

Jan. 8th, 2007 02:27 am
thisearthlyride: (Default)
Three years ago, my brother-in-law, Paul, committed suicide. Our relationship was rocky, to say the least. But the number one response in this entry was for him. They say hind-sight is 20/20, and losing Paul taught me to try to see things as they come instead of regretting judgments or inaction later.

So for I post this for you, Paul, and for those you left behind. I know I'll see you again, but I hope you down some Guinness and laugh at the absurdity of this earthly ride until then...





A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last.


"I answer the heroic question "Death, where is they sting?" with
"It is here in my heart and mind and memories." --Maya Angelou
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Holy moly... You all have no idea how insanely applicable this is right now! Got to love Rob Brezny....

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I predict that sometime in the coming year two rich attorneys will offer you $20,000 if you'll deliver a cursed diamond to their shaman in Brazil for exorcism. But you will demand that they not only give you the money, but also introduce you to their good friend Angelina Jolie. They'll balk at that, and the deal will fall through. But then you'll write a movie script based on your fantasy of the experience you might have had if you had actually done the deal, and you'll sell the script to a producer who gets Angelina Jolie to be one of the stars. And if that exact scenario doesn't happen as prophesied, Libra, I bet you'll have a comparable adventure or two that will revolve around the power of your imagination, your determination to hold out for exactly what you want, and a rich harvest of poetic justice.
thisearthlyride: (jesus xmas)
Went to see "The Good Shepherd" today. Not at all what I thought it was going to be, but I really enjoyed it. Angelina was gorgeous, as usual, even though there was not nearly enough of her. I didn't leave the theater saying "wow!" or "let's discuss the deeper meaning of the movie" but I would recommend it if you're in the mood for a bit of a history lesson made fun :)

As for the title of this post, do you know about Mithras? Mithras was born of a virgin on the 25th of December. His worship involved baptism, the partaking of bread marked with a cross and wine as sacrificial blood. Sundays were sacred. And all of this dates as far back as 1400 BC.

Here are a couple links about Mithraism:

Mithras & Mithraism
Temple of Mithras

Anywho, history lesson is over. Enjoy your festivus, whatever brand it may be!

P.S. Something for your amusement )
thisearthlyride: (jb concert)
I've been learning a lot lately... One thing I've been considering quite a bit is pacifism...

As most of you know, I have considered myself a pacifist for over 13 years now. And I frequently get into debates with people over it. "What? You wouldn't defend yourself? You think war is ALWAYS wrong?" And my common answer is that violence is not necessary if we are paying attention to the warning signs that it is coming and do something before it happens. Which is usually true.

The problem is that we live in a society where we tell people not to physically hurt themselves or others, then turn around and bomb the crap out of some Iraqi village, obliterating families and children. How can people believe that violence isn't an answer when our society so clearly condones it (as long as it's the "good guys" doing the killing, that is)?

I bring this up because I have felt severely violent on and off recently. And I have felt weak for feeling that way, even though I have not followed through on any of the impulses which have taken over my brain like a crazy virus. But I finally reminded myself of this:

Pacifism does not mean that we never have the urge to be violent. It does not mean that we shirk the responsibility of dealing with our problems by saying "Hey, it's cool, man, peace and love" and just let it all go.  Pacifism means recognizing that we humans are animals with instinctual natures. It means acknowledging those times that we want to strike out in rage- and then not following through. It means that each time we feel rage we step back and look at a new way to deal with that impulse.

I'm learning a lot about my beliefs... and that isn't something I would have learned if I hadn't felt the way I have in the past few days. So hooray to the universe for pulling a trick out of the crazy hat that is my life right now!

Karma

Feb. 4th, 2006 01:40 pm
thisearthlyride: (fuckers)
I've decided today that something deep in the soul of Massachusetts hates
me. I'd like to say that I humbly apologize to the state for whatever wrongs
I may have done it in a past life... but I'd rather tell it to go fuck
itself.
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義務 勇気 正義
Duty Courage Justice
thisearthlyride: (treespirits)
Interesting topic of reincarnation and how it relates to being trans (for those of you who believe in reincarnation, that is)!

http://www.livejournal.com/community/_ftm_/347700.html?view=1468980#t1468980
thisearthlyride: (bwiseeu)
So some of you may decide that I am too kooky for you after this posting and decide to de-friend me and change your phone numbers, but curiousity has gotten the better of me...

So what do you think about reincarnation? Do you believe that we can/have/will live many lifetimes? If so, do you have any clear ideas of where/who you may have been the last time around? Or the last 100 times around?

I'm not gonna start posting "I was a vineyard foreman in France before the revolution" stuff here, but this is something I've been exploring for a while and am really REALLY curious about.

And, hey, if you don't want people to think you're nuts, too, you can always just email me privately ;)

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