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January 24th, 2006

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10:53 pm - Late-night pensiveness
Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote:

"I believe in an ultimate decency of things."

There are so many times that I wish I did. That I could believe, and not only believe, but see, that the world and people are truly decent at the core, down at the very bottom.

But so often what I see is the exact opposite. Take men or women down to the bottom, and while there may be some heroes, many people distill to fear or selfishness or hatred.

And then I realize that I wouldn't want to believe in something as mundane as an "ultimate decency," when I can and do believe that what is at the core of existence, beyond what we normally see, is something far greater: a creativity and a love, a beauty and a burning, embracing joy. Something that can envelop even the worst dregs of our humanity and recreate us in that Image.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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Date:January 25th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
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Date:January 25th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
I like late night pensiveness. What a nice reminder. thanks for posting this dear. :)
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Date:January 25th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Fundamental decency would be nice, and all, but we aren't going to find it here on "this terrestrial sphere" as it were. Looking for it is wasted effort that could better be put to use dealing with how things really are and doing so with how things will be always in mind.
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Date:January 25th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

It's something good to cling to.
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Date:January 26th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)


Looking for basic goodness in people in general--or even in oneself--can only lead to despair. Trust me on this one.

The only way out is to stop looking around, or inward. Looking up is the only way.

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Date:January 26th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)

Re: Amen!

Heya, tom!

I'll take that as an affirmation of what I already said.

I've noticed that the guys who comment on posts like this, where I'm exploring some facet of human or personal experience, tend to react by bringing in their own formulations of the "answers". The girls, otoh, either respond with a differing experience or just say, "You nailed it, sister."

I'm not looking for answers with posts like these, usually. Unless they come through the writing itself.

I'm just expressing experience.

And if I'm totally misreading you, my apologies. Today was an okay day, but I got depressing news tonight, so I'm about twelve kinds of oversensitive. :-P
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Date:January 26th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Amen!

And if I'm totally misreading you, my apologies. Today was an okay day, but I got depressing news tonight, so I'm about twelve kinds of oversensitive.

Yeah, how is Kim doing? Any news?

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Date:January 26th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Amen!

Haven't heard from her today yet; as far as I know she's still trying to figure out WHY they turned her back at the border. Thank God her Dad is a lawyer with connections in immigration.


And it could be worse. Worse things happened yesterday to other acquintances of mine. But this is still disappointing and depressing.

*decides to pray about it again, then think about SG-1/QL for distraction*
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Date:January 27th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)

Re: Amen!


I apologize if something was misread in what I wrote. I was totally affirming what you said.

But when I see someone just reply "Yeah" to me, it seems boring. Sometimes I wonder if the person even cared enough to really think about what I said. That's why I always try to put a little something extra into it.

But if you prefer "Yeah"s, I can just do that from now on too.
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Date:January 27th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)

Re: Amen!

I appreicate the extra effort; it's always a treat to hear what people think about what I wrote.

I was just in a weird mood last night, and bemused by the fact that guys (yes, I am generalizing in a ridiculous fashion), when they do respond to something like this, respond in such a different way than I was close to thinking when I wrote it.

Not bad nor unwelcome, just different.

I just need to train myself out of feeling a need to explain/defend these musings as something that doesn't need more of an answer than what I already have. That's all.

Welcome to my LJ, by the way!
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Date:January 27th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
It is easier to endure the depravity of man when one focuses on the goodness of God.

Love that creed.

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