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Feb. 20th, 2006 @ 08:21 pm
Pursuit of Happiness

(a review of two books in the New Yorker) (oh, and thanks, burgundy for the link)

Two scholars explore the fragility of contentment.
Issue of 2006-02-27
Posted 2006-02-20

It is the year 100,000 B.C., and two hunter-gatherers are out hunter-gathering. Let’s call them Ig and Og. Read more...Collapse )

Jan. 6th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm
The baker who beat McDonald's

The Times January 06, 2006

From Richard Owen in Rome

AFTER a five-year battle, the fast-food giant McDonald’s has retreated from a southern Italian town, defeated by the sheer wholesomeness of a local baker’s bread. Read more...Collapse )

Oct. 23rd, 2005 @ 02:18 pm
Someone made the following comment in another forum I am on, and here was my response, and I thought I would share it here:

Ok, so lb said the following thing:

I don't see what one's religion has to do with one's sex life, I really don't. I think we should all pray/be spiritual in whatever manner suits us best, and enjoy our sexuality as much as possible, and generally be happy. How is THAT for simple-minded?

Historically, religion has always had an impact on sexuality. Either from a control aspect as practiced by most Western religions, or as an enlightenment tool, as practiced by most Eastern religions.

Either way you have it, there is an influence. The laws on the books in this country regarding sexuality are motivated by religious thought, specifically, Christian thought. Often inaccurate, but that is it nonetheless.

Now while the term religion was used, from this point on I will be focusing on spirituality, because I believe religion and spirituality are often two different things, and for the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be on spirituality.

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Sep. 17th, 2005 @ 01:35 pm
The religion that one discovered on one’s own was a story of the earth, the cosmos, creation itself and whatever “Good” one wanted could be found not down the long road of eternity, but right in one’s home town, one’s home, one’s country. This world. After all, since this world is a planet spinning about in the sky, we are all of us in heaven already! The God discovered on one’s own speaks nothing of turning the other cheek. Of rendering unto Caesar. But only of the beauty and greatness of the earth, the universe, the cosmos. Of creation. Spirit in everything. Of the possibilities for joy!

Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar

"Strangers passing in the street, by chance two passing glances meet..." Aug. 23rd, 2005 @ 01:03 pm
"...and I am you and what I see is me." - Roger Waters.

I was at a large public event this weekend, and was meandering around in a sort of aimless manner, as I am wont to do if I have the chance, and in looking at the many people I passed by, I noticed some would avert their gaze, some looked on beyond, and a few locked eyes for a moment - and one or two even smiled.

How many times have you just wished you could invite someone into your life - even if just for a moment. To transcend the societal barriers and just say "hello." Maybe find common interests, solve common problems, or discover something unexpectedly good.

How many of you out there have thought the same thing? Wouldn't it be a great way to meet a potential friend, a lover or a confidant. Of course weare all programmed to be suspect, jealous, possessive and defensive, but wouldn't it be a great way to spend some time.

OK, back to reality.
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