I had quite a long post lost to a momentary power outage. It was a “nicer” one and though I didn’t have heart to rewrite it immediately afterwards, I may try to attempt rebuilding it later ( note to self: save frequently).
From blog reading: ran across a quotation which said that “An artist doesn’t necessarily have deeper feelings than other people, but he can express these feelings. -Ned Rorem” I thought about it a bit and concluded that is not really true. Being able to express deep feeling is not exclusive to artists or artistic temperments and not all art is expressing deep feeling.
Sometimes art is interpreting things for us, sometimes it is a new way of looking at something very familiar to us, but inflected with the artists view. As well as sometimes expressions of the unexplored.
Trying to make profound and concise statements about art is akin to trying to do that about “beauty”. I attempted that, once. I found it extremely difficult and gave up-although it did lead me into someinteresting dialog with someone online one time. We discussed topics like “male beauty vs. female beauty” and racial stereotypes and ideals of beauty and how they change in reference to that. No conclusions, but enjoyable discourse.
from reading in another blog:On a more prosaic level â€“ always the level in which truth reveals itself … was a thought that caused me to pause. I don’t know if it is an accurate statement or not, or even if it is partially true. Certainly the prosaic makes it easier for us to grasp, but doesn’t the truth reveal itself on sublime levels as well or perhaps better?
I tend to think that, now that I have positioned the thoughts in words.
a post I decided against: Some “god-blogs” are talking about SpongeBob, the cultural ramifications , and taking sides pro and con. I left a comment somewhere and was angry enough about where it took one blogger in doctrine ( yes, if you can imagine that) that I thought about making a post… but the anger added to the fact that I think it is of the utmost idiocy to make a cartoon character the center of controversy that I decided against it. I may make a stand-alone post sometime on the error of thinking that Jesus calls Christians to associate with the sexually immoral and elaborating on the question I am itching to put toward some of the more foolish ideas such as “God is tolerant of the immoral” and whether they want to be “tolerated”? The question that itches where I have not yet scratched is this: If a Homosexual comes into your church, do you really think that person is satisfied with tolerance? Would you be?
You see, I think when a person comes to church they come to be loved.
Ha. I started. Well, I have to quit, because the topic needs more careful proceeding than this…. I thought anger would tend to do it injustice. And some things in the church are so ill thought out when volleyed out there that they beg, fairly beg, for someone to rip it …but you know the admonition against that, and anyway, blogging is not always about rants.
But here’s this: is love about tolerance? What is tolerance in the modern sense? Isn’t it a live and let die proposition? And if it were… would that be love as defined in Christ’s teaching?
enough for now….. those are the kind of things I thought about today-