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20 October 2005 @ 10:27 am
Syncretism  
Syncretism. The root word Crete is within it. It means, more or less, uniting different beliefs without creating a new, undiverse whole. Historians believe the united regions of ancient Crete were united after a nearly cataclysmic event --- probably Thera erupting.

Let heroes and syncretism come of the hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes racking the Earth, that we finally stop seeing each other as the enemy. Call me a morbid idealist, but I hope some good comes of all this death and destruction, that it be relatively blameless, and that maybe one day Kashmir and many other disputed territories will know peace, that New Orleans will be rebuilt without nullifying racial diversity and without building a below sea level trap to cull the economically disadvantaged majority, that Texas vote Democrat in the next election... ok, I'm starting to dream. Keep it simple.

Dear Santa,
While sending these huge natural disasters, please also enclose world peace at no additional charge.
Thanks,
-Virginia.
 
 
Current Mood: tracing silver lines
 
 
 
Elanadomestinatrix on October 20th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
You rule.

Scratch that... i wish you ruled; that would be better.
Kburgunder on October 20th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'd invite you to my inaugural speech so you could tell the L7 story. GRiN
Zen_Cowboyjakeaidan on October 20th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm voting for the sinking of Atlantis
Nothing brings a region together like the sinking of one of its neighbors.

My rabbi told us during a sermon once that the light of god that exists in all of us makes us good, but free will allows us to use that light to become a hero or a martyr. It's always tempting to be the martyr, because it only requires courage for a brief moment in time, while being a hero means showing courage for a lifetime in the face of confusion, indifference, and ungratefulness. However, martyrdom tends to dim other's light, while being a hero tends to brighten it.
Kburgunder on October 20th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm voting for the sinking of Atlantis
Ooo, I love that definition of a hero (and of a martyr). Owe you a phone call, hopefully tonight. Come by NPA on your way home from work maybe?
MIT - MILF In Training: Happy Lizspeedie316 on October 20th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
*applauds*