Follow-up to this week’s Q

Jason Pitzl-Waters probably didn’t have my last Q of the Week in mind when he posted this to his blog today, in honour of Earth Day:

Deity is not merely a transcendent force separate from creation, deity is everywhere and within every thing. Each of us holds the potential to be like the gods, and we acknowledge that the gods and powers walk and exist among us still.

Excellently said.

So, to follow up this week’s question, might an idea like this one, among others, be powerful enough to stand against violence in the world? Might an idea like it be the sort of thing pagans should teach and promote and demonstrate by example, so that the fundamental changes that alfrecht spoke of might actually happen?

In other news:
Shastan, over at Pinch Pennies Save Planet blog, is having an Earth Day contest. The prize: Michael Pollan’s “In Defence of Food”. I learned about his work through the PPSP blog, and like what I see.

In other, other news:
The manuscript for Book the Fifth is now around 30,000 words. I’m really excited about it. It might surprise a few of you, especially when you see how I dexteriously quote from Harry Belafonte’s “We come from the Mountain” and KMFDM’s “Juke Joint Jezebel” in the same chapter. Ha!

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6 Responses to Follow-up to this week’s Q

  1. weds says:

    Yes, but do you quote those songs in the same sentence?

    Or, at least, paragraph?

  2. erynn999 says:

    Pantheism and apotheosis certainly might motivate some people away from violence, I think. For me, animism and polytheism do it. I’m not a particularly violent person, but I do have quite a temper and have had a few episodes of violence in the past. When I get angry, I try to remember the potential for deity in all people but it can be a difficult proposition, especially under trying circumstances.

    • admin says:

      That’s the kind of answer I was hoping to hear. 🙂

      • erynn999 says:

        I have to admit I also think that context has a lot to do with whether any kind of “message” can pull some people away from violence. There seem to be some circumstances where nothing really helps. For folks who are able to make a conscious choice, a message can usually be of some use. But I think that some people are just so profoundly disturbed that they’re unable to act in an ethical way. Sociopaths aren’t going to just go “oh, hey, I shouldn’t do that.” That’s why they’re sociopaths.

        If I wasn’t fried from a road trip, I’d write more about this. Need sleep before I can really be coherent, though.

  3. It might surprise a few of you, especially when you see how I dexteriously quote from Harry Belafonte’s “We come from the Mountain” and KMFDM’s “Juke Joint Jezebel” in the same chapter. Ha!

    Oh yeah? Oh Yeah?? Oh yeah??? Well. Bring it sweet-pea! Challenge me regarding music will ya? Hmmm, more guts than brains some days, you.

    Hahaha, but seriously, DO love both of those songs. Be interesting to see where you go with that. Did you know Belafonte performed that song at Henson’s funeral? Little bit of trivia there for ya. I have that episode on DVD and Brian Henson talks a bit about how important that song was to his dad.

    I have no idea how he felt about KMFDM though.

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