Good story Jim! Thanks for relating it. A good note on which to end my
postings for now.
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>From: Jim Andrews <email@example.com
>Reply-To: Jim Andrews <firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: RE: RHIZOME_RAW: Networkism: The Kingdom of God is Within You
>Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 14:49:39 -0700
>personally, i don't know if there's a god. i see no reason to believe so. i
>see no reason to believe not. i am agnostic. however, i see good reason not
>to try to explain earthly matters by attributing them to god's actions or
>will. that's no explanation at all. and i see no reason to believe that
>stories from the bible have anything more than a poetic truth. the
>overwhelming evidence, from fossils, from geological analysis, and from dna
>analysis is that we arose from the simplest of life forms on this planet
>that doesn't mean there is no god. but it does mean that the stories in the
>bible about how humanity arose are mistaken and have, at most, a poetical
>truth. they are to be understood figuratively, not literally.
>poetical truth is very important to me.
>currently i'm reading 'the blind watchmaker' by richard dawkins. in it, he
>claims to explain how we can understand how very complex things such as
>animal and human physiology can arise without a designer. this sort of
>argument is important not only to matters biological but in art, concerning
>recently i visited europe for the first time. i visited a 600 year old
>church in haarlem, near amsterdam. amazing. there was a 5000+ pipe organ;
>apprentice played it throughout our visit. also, the church had various
>other artifacts in it that impressed one with the realization that the
>church was very much an important local 'gallery'. the architecture. the
>organ. the artifacts. everything in it was a testament to the destiny and
>vision of the people buried under it. and their vision of god and humanity,
>of the cosmic drama. and their ingenuity. their passion. their seeking of
>answers. it was a tremendously uplifting experience.
>ps: during the visit to the church, i was wearing a t-shirt with a big
>picture of george w bush. above the picture was the word INTERNATIONAL and
>below the picture was the word TERRORIST. as it happened, i chanced across
>two usamerican couples in the church. the female of the first couple
>approached me and said 'that's a very interesting t-shirt you have there.'
>told her i bought it from the usa. she asked me where.
>internationalterrorist.com, i told her. ah, she said, that makes sense. i
>can't see anyone taking the chance of selling it in their store, she said.
>she and her husband were from seattle. she said 'you know, we look and we
>listen, and we can hardly believe what we're hearing at home.'
>the male of the second couple approached me some time later. he spoke with
>thick dutch english accent. he said 'i'm very disappointed to see you
>wearing such a thing about my president. i voted for him twice and i'll do
>it again.' i had to give my head a bit of a shake. this was the first
>i'd met who actually admitted to voting for george w. bush. and we were far
>from the madding crowd. and i was a bit stoned on good amsterdam pot.
>'actually, no you won't', i said. 'you can't. he can't run again.'
>'it doesn't matter,' he said, 'i'll do it anyway.'
>i had to laugh. whether through design or whatever, my laughter echoed
>through the dutch church. i stopped. it sounded like me but not just me. it
>wasn't him, though: he wasn't laughing.
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> > Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: Networkism: The Kingdom of God is Within You
> > Networkism: The Kingdom of God is Within You
> > Max Herman
> > September 15, 2007
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