Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Ho.....................................st

This is a brainless post, no thinking required, mind-candy, snark snark...

I've read the new book from that author who is doing the new vampire series (well, somewhat new...relative to Rice) and she wrote a book about alien invaders who take over the minds of humans in order to better our race, make us nonviolent, etc.

This isn't a new theme: while the story is well written and interesting, I've read "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", and have read her vampire books; put them together, and then you have "The Host".

I have a question for Stephanie: did you cheat on your husband, or is there something you want to tell him? This is why I ask: In all of her stories (two so far that I'm aware of) she has this burning conflict regarding her feelings for two men. She has only written two stories and both of them center around this conflict. Is there something in her subconcious (guilt?) bubbling to the surface? I've told my wife I think she had a very serious relationship while her current husband was on his mission and she hasn't told him yet; she's trying to break it to him easily and gradually. And, with her income based on the books, movie, merchandising, etc. she can afford to support herself when he leaves her...

Monday, May 26, 2008

Looking into the Glass Darkly

Jung:

"...whoever looks into the mirror of the water will see first of all his own face. Whoever goes to himself risks a confrontation with himself. The mirror does no flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it; namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor. But the mirror lies behind the mask and shows the true face. This confrontation is the first test of courage on the inner way, a test sufficient to frighten off most people, for the meeting with ourselves belongs to the more unpleasant things that can be avoided so long as we can project everyting negative into the environment..."

"Fundamentally, the persona is nothing real: it is a compromise between individual and society as to what a man should appear to be."

"Identification with one's office or one's title is very attractive indeed, which is precisely why so many men are nothing more than the decorum accorded to them by society. In vain would one look for a personality behind this husk. Underneath all the padding one would find a very pitiable little creature. That is why the office-or whatever this outer husk may be-is so attractive: it offers easy compensation for personal deficiencies."

Christ:

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?...Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." Matthew 7: 3-5

"That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man." Doctrine and Covenants 121: 37

False Institutions

I wonder sometimes if there are false institutions within the Church? I was listening in Sunday School yesterday and it was talking about Mosiah 12-17, namely about Abinadi and his experience with King Noah. The question was asked if there are any discernable evils abound today? The typical answers were given; the old Missionary Couple, the wife, said of course, I think video games are a big evil. I then asked, maybe in that specific case the parents are to blame, if blame is necessary? Then one couple talked about the institution of the movement to make homosexual marriage legal (CA just made homosexual marriage legal-states' rights vs. federal laws-classic in LDS thought). I thought to myself it's easy to pick out the social ills and castigate them, but what about our own experience? I wonder how come it's easy to see the evil around us but not the evil within us?

President Monson said in April there is nothing to fear; we are in a war with sin. I agree with that. But I don't know if I see this war with sin as others see it, due to common comments within Church settings, such as Sunday School, Priesthood, and talks across the pulpit. Take for example the story of King Noah. The Scriptures are for us, correct? Instead of pointing out how obviously 'evil' and 'sinful' King Noah was, and how brave and righteous Abinadi was (correct on both accounts), what about placing ourselves in King Noah's position? How do we react when faced with truths which are hard to bear? Do we listen to the Prophet, or the Spirit as each of us are given to do, and like King Noah almost did, or do we listen to the popular crowd, who has their own selfish agendas and needs, to which King Noah ultimately did? I think the Scriptures, aside from giving us the historical perspective of the dynamics of ancient American societies, meant for us to liken ourselves to King Noah.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

TickerTocker

So you say you prefer the sheep? What do you prefer for company you keep?

Wind blows loud along the line

Necessity of Persona

Are you living or just waiting to die?

Failure to thrive.

The Church discourages masks so why are so many wearing them?

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Hours

I have a question and a comment for you regarding your letter.

First of all, why do you need Church or outside validation for your life?

Secondly, I think the issues you bring up to Mountain Dew are not related at all to Church direction or commentary on the way 'women are supposed to be' in their various roles in life. I think your issues are stemming from something more personal.

Parenthood, spouse-hood, although these things are important, they do not define us as individuals. Who are you?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dreams within dreams

I had a dream the week prior to Easter Sunday 2008 and it goes something like this:

I was in an EQ presidency meeting and two of my counselors were discussing this dream one of them had. The one who didn't have the dream was discounting the dream as anything meaningful because he didn't have the same dream. But, I was thinking to myself the one with the dream was right on because I myself had the same dream. The dream we both had was this:

I was walking on this path in a field or forest and Peter and John were rushing past me with a look of happy anxiety and ecstatic anticipation on the path and discussing something obviously important to both of them. They didn't stop as they passed me or acknowledge me. Then after a couple of minutes, a bunch of different animals rushed passed me, some of which I recognized and some which no man has seen before. They didn't bother me, and were making their individual noises per their species as they went by. Although I can't read animal expressions, I knew they were rushing to the same destination as Peter and John with that same peaceful happiness in their faces and eyes!

After I saw the animals pass, I realized what the commotion was about and where they, along with Peter and John, were going: the Second Coming happened and they were rushing to meet the Saviour.

That's when the dream ended. I'm not pretending that it meant anything, but it did lend comfort to me and increased my own personal testimony. I felt peaceful and happy for a moment.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Nervous Xians

I've been getting a lot of forwarded emails proclaiming the evils and the bringing about of Earth's destruction related to the release of the movie The Golden Compass. During Sunday School, a sister commented on the evils of 'a certain movie about to come out' meant to ensnare innocent unsuspecting children in the throes of atheism. These people, while I understand their motives, have not read the books based on the movie, and obviously they haven't seen the movie and are basing their judgment on their reactions to what others have said. Personally, the previews to the movie look pretty cool; it looks kind of like a mix between the Never-Ending Story and the Lord of the Rings. This feigned outrage by the masses reinforces my idea that you can see anything you want in just about anything you see. To prove my point, I am going to attempt to take a seemingly innocuous movie beloved by billions and expose its sinister plot to brainwash the world into not believing in God. I'm going to take the symbols in the movie and then state what they are symbolizing. Here goes:

The Wizard of Oz as an Atheistic Allegory

Toto: Toto represents man's (from here on, the term 'man' includes man and woman) fear of our soul being captured by Satan/Evil; the fear of going to Hell; eternal damnation. Dorothy protected Toto (her soul) from capture by Evil.

Tornados in Kansas: Man's natural fear of the unknown after death, leading to Dorothy's dream.

Dorothy's Dream: Man's answer to the tornados; religion.

Munchkin/Munchkin Land: Innocence at birth; birth is the starting point for man on the Golden Path.

Yellow-Brick Road: In religion, this is the Golden Path to heaven.

Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion: Natural Man's traits which are sought to be overcome in order to reach Heaven.

Dark Forest: Shadows of the valley of Death; mortality; time of trial

Wicked Witch and Flying Apes: Satan/Evil and devised temptations, influences leading us off of the Golden Path.

Oz: Heaven

Wizard: Supreme Ruler of Heaven; Deity

Revealed Man behind facade of Wizard: Man's realization of Religion as a man-made fraud.

Dorothy's Awakening: Man becoming 'self-actualized' as described by Nietzche, realizing the traits symbolized by the Scarecrow et al are neither negative or positive, they just are.

Ruby Slippers: hypnotic effects of religion; the key to why so many refuse to experience Dorothy's Awakening.

So, there it is. I was thinking about that this morning while I was taking a shower, a morning ritual symbolizing my desires to be clean from the sins of my past! Ha!