Some random thoughts

More and more I believe that the question of whether polytheism is “true” (for whatever value of that word you like) is less important than the fact that it is both useful and beautiful… and in its beauty lies my hope that it will eventually return to save us all from the dominant paradigm.

Losing weight is really not as hard (for most people) as the people selling diet plans want you to believe. You just have to educate yourself and then pay attention – all the time.

I keep checking out (nonfiction) books that sound really interesting, only to discover that they would have been better as journal articles. This makes me cranky.

Is it possible to write about process theology without sounding like an over-educated twat? I hope so, but the available evidence is not promising…¬†The basic ideas have a lot of merit; but if they are only ever expressed using $10 words in $25 academic journals, they will never find their rightful place in the thinking of the masses.

I’ve gotten old enough that I no longer always know what it is that Weird Al is parodying.

Hand tools rock. Except for really big jobs like cutting down a large tree, I almost always prefer a non-electric option. This is not an ecological or political statement, just a soul-deep preference for appropriate pre-electric technology. In a related note, I just discovered that there is a modern sewing machine that is designed to attach to a treadle base (aimed at the Amish market) – this is extremely cool.


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8 Responses to Some random thoughts

  1. Kay says:

    I’ve found that I can embrace polytheism when I come at it from the idea (which I got from you) of place spirits. So I guess that is not so much polytheism, but animism. But that’s ok.

    I’m losing weight fairly rapidly. And yeah, it’s easy. Hungry, but easy.

    For nonfiction works that are pretty good I recommend Bill Bryson. A Short History of Nearly Everything is my favorite, but then I’m an armchair science nerd.

    The only process theologian that I’ve ever been able to read without wanting to throw something heavy across the room is Philip Clayton. (Here is a recent talk from him. His is the one at the top.) He is Christian, but his process views could easily be embraced by other religions. He still uses 20 dollar words, but he does it in such a way that it doesn’t bug the crap out of me. Hopefully he is not one of the ones that are frustrating you by sounding like a twat.

    Weird Al – Didn’t get the Lady Gaga parody huh? You’d have to see all her videos first to get that one, but that might be classified as cruel and inhumane and could be a violation of your basic rights as a human. ;-)

    My favorite handtool is my Craftsman tree branch trimmer. Pruning. I’m all over that.

  2. Kay says:

    My comment is awaiting moderation … Echo. It’s lonely in here.

  3. Erik says:

    Not sure why that happened… unless it was the multiple links? That can do it sometimes…

    re: Weird Al – I knew *who* he was parodying (since I’m not actually comatose ;), but I have managed to miss most of that particular phenomenon. I do kind of like the song Fernando, but not the video.

    I don’t think I’ve read Clayton – maybe I should. Taylor and Hartshorne are the ones who turned my head inside out and unbolted my brain.

  4. Feral Boy says:

    > Hand tools rock …

    You simply MUST find a copy of the book, “The Art of Fine Tools”, by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. It’s a coffee-table book that is GUARANTEED to give you multiple tool-gasms!

    Feral Boy

  5. Erik says:

    Oh, I’ve heard about it! Never seen a copy though… :(

  6. Feral Boy says:

    That’s what interlibrary loan is for :) … and now you might possibly find one at your local, closing Borders.

  7. Erik says:

    Ah… sweet, sweet ILL. :)

  8. Erik says:

    I looked up the book, and the Charlotte library actually has it in their collection; I have it on hold now!

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