“The naturalist has to say of the deepest and most significant of human experiences that they are illusions. And that is surely a problem”

Alexander Pruss, ‘Spiritual experiences‘.

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Mary Oliver, ‘Wild Geese’

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver, from New & Selected Poems.

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fossil fuel divestment

“People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. We can, for instance, boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies. We can demand that the advertisements of energy companies carry health warnings. We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities and cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil-fuel industry. We can organise car-free days and build broader societal awareness. We can ask our religious communities to speak out.

We can actively encourage energy companies to spend more of their resources on the development of sustainable energy products, and we can reward those companies that do so by using their products. We can press our governments to invest in renewable energy and stop subsidising fossil fuels. Where possible, we can install our own solar panels and water heaters.

We cannot necessarily bankrupt the fossil fuel industry. But we can take steps to reduce its political clout, and hold those who rake in the profits accountable for cleaning up the mess.”

Desmond Tutu via We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet | Desmond Tutu | Comment | The Guardian.

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The Lego Movie: “It invites us to imagine other worlds”

“And this is where the comparison with Occupy comes in. The value of that movement wasn’t in its ability to present a viable alternative model for the organisation of society. Clearly, it hasn’t done that. Its value was in its insistence that it’s worth exploring the options.

The Lego Movie does something similar. I’m not proposing it as a work of leftist agitprop – it remains, after all, a giant billboard for a multinational company – or suggesting it offers a viable blueprint for post-neoliberal civics. But, like Occupy, it asserts that it’s OK – exciting, even – to consider how society could be structured differently. It invites us to imagine other worlds.”

via The Lego Movie – a toy story every adult needs to see | Film | theguardian.com.

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“I find this basic theoretical approach simply convincing.”

Vicky Beeching interviews Steve Holmes of St. Andrews :

VB: Do you like the term ‘feminist’?

SH: ‘Feminism’ can mean many things, of course. I use it most often in teaching and writing as a title for a body of theory that offers an account of how certain assumptions about gender have shaped culture in far-reaching ways; and which proposes the urgent need to resist these patriarchal assumptions and to reorder culture. I find this basic theoretical approach – and the associated call to action – simply convincing. And I find strands within it enormously helpful for thinking through various issues; so I accept and use feminist theory.

But as a caveat – it is a title I am wary of trying to appropriate. If someone claimed I was not adequately committed to believing in the full humanity of women (and men), or to living out that belief, I’d be worried and hurt. And would want to know what had led them to that belief to see if it was fair, in case I needed to reorder my life or thought in some way. But if someone wants to say that I’m not a ‘feminist’ – well – I work with feminist theology alongside Black theology. I could not call myself a ‘Black theologian’, however convinced I am by the arguments there. On a similar basis, if someone wanted to say that no-one without personal experience of patriarchal oppression can really be a ‘feminist’ I would understand and respect that, and accept that I cannot claim the term for myself.

via Faith In Feminism.

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“It cannot be defeated even by its most dedicated expositors.”

“It’s a testament to the extraordinary power of Jesus’ teaching that it cannot be defeated even by its most dedicated expositors.”

Ben Myers

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“I was a derivatives trader, and it occurred to me the world would hardly change at all if credit derivatives ceased to exist. Not so nurse practitioners.”

via NY Times, “For the Love of Money

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