Thursday, July 25, 2013
It's the curriculum of Earth School. Usually whispered or sung or sometimes even spoken in silence.
“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live
Walter Brueggemann on scarcity and abundance:
We who are now the richest nation are today's main coveters. We never feel that we have enough; we have to have more and more, and this insatiable desire destroys us. Whether we are liberal or conservative Christians, we must confess that the central problem of our lives is that we are torn apart by the conflict between our attraction to the good news of God's abundance and the power of our belief in scarcity — a belief that makes us greedy, mean and unneighborly. We spend our lives trying to sort out that ambiguity. (From "The Liturgy of Abundance, the Myth of Scarcity", Christian Century, March 24, 1999)
More from Walter Brueggemann:
We live in a world where the gap between scarcity and abundance grows wider every day. Whether at the level of nations or neighborhoods, this widening gap is polarizing people, making each camp more and more suspicious and antagonistic toward the other. But the peculiar thing, at least from a biblical perspective, is that the rich — the ones with the abundance--rely on an ideology of scarcity, while the poor — the ones suffering from scarcity — rely on an ideology of abundance. How can that be? The issue involves whether there is enough to go around — enough food, water, shelter, space. An ideology of scarcity says no, there's not enough, so hold onto what you have. In fact, don't just hold onto it, hoard it. Put aside more than you need, so that if you do need it, it will be there, even if others must do without. An affirmation of abundance says just the opposite: Appearances notwithstanding, there is enough to go around, so long as each of us takes only what we need. In fact, if we are willing to have but not hoard, there will even be more than enough left over. The Bible is about abundance.
Wendell Berry on Satisfaction:
We have many commodities but little satisfaction, little sense of the sufficiency of anything. The scarcity of satisfaction makes of our many commodities an infinite series of commodities, the new commodities invariably promising greater satisfaction than the older ones. In fact, the industrial economy's most marketed commodity is satisfaction, and this commodity, which is repeatedly promised, bought, and paid for, is never delivered.
Monday, July 22, 2013
I too feel the kinship. And I also personally know of it's subversive presence.
"Nature's art is easy to see, and artists and artisans still, as they have for ages, depict plants in paintings and use them for garden designs or as motifs for decoration. In the mid-19th century, a group of artists moved to break down the class distinction that kept art from being available to all people. I feel a kinship with these artists who believed that beauty and nature could be the salve to treat the wounds inflicted by the Industrial Revolution; today, the injury is being caused by the industrialization of the planet." ~ Ken Druse...Planthropology
"Indeed, the beauty of nature is often the wisest balm, for it gently relieves and releases the caged mind." ~ John O'Donohue
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Beauty seeks to set the mind free and to enlarge the heart with wonder. When the imagination gets shut down or hijacked by presences that can't help but impoverish the soul and leave the mind troubled, we lose touch with the immensity of possibilities that reside within each and every human being.
And there is a huge difference between beauty's presence and the presences that rob us. I guess you could say, using a term we all can understand, that beauty has a shyness about it. While the other presences have an aggressiveness about them. Those presences come at us relentlessly and assault us. And too often, reality is, we've become so familiar and comfortable with those presences, we actually invite them in daily and they no longer register with us as an assault.
The Greek word for the beautiful is 'to kalon'. It is related to the word 'kalein' which includes the notion of 'call'. Beauty is calling.....inviting us to come away so as to engage with its healing way.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Once you get a deep drink of the Beautiful/the Divine Presence, nothing else will ever satisfy you. Simplifying your life will become a major pursuit because you are now awakening to how the other things that had formerly occupied your mind and your time are empty and had always been empty. You now no longer want the distractions. The journey now turns to a respect and reverence to just being here, undistracted, paying attention, picking up signs, and listening for eternal echoes and anticipating glimpses wherever you go.