"Who am I?", "Why am I here?", "What do I want?" I started writing responses to these questions about six years ago, sometimes weekly, sometimes daily. I found that when I answered them, I looked into my heart and my heart looked into the world. I published the posts of the first two years in a book "Th3 Simple Questions".
UBERUFER-STYLE,CRUDELY TOLD SHEPHERD STORIES
THE SHEPHERD NATIVITY STORIES, KING HEROD AND CROWN OF CANDLES TO CROWN OF THORNS For many years I have published my crude re-tellings of the Uberufer Shepherd Stories, the Story of King Herod, and My Post "Crown of Candles and Crown of Thorns". I hope they give you a way to re-visit these simple tales.
Look for the link in the PAGES section at the bottom of the page.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
THE ICON VS. THE ZOMBIE (YOUR "SMARTPHONE")
WHO AM I?
The Icon is a solid, art object with no
moving or electronic parts which is comprised of linen stretched across a
specially routed board and painted with a special gesso (rabbit skin glue,
chalk and white pigment). This surface is sanded smooth and painted with layer upon layer of earth
and ground semi-precious stones mixed with special mineral oils. Gold leaf is
applied to specific areas with rabbit hair glue which is warmed with the human breath and burnished
with a polished stone. The paint preparation techniques and formulas have been passed down and were the same ones used to paint the Sistine Chapel and other revered works of art. The Icon images are drenched with layers of meaning from
spiritual symbolism designed with the intention of moving the soul and touching the heart of the viewer,
consciously or unconsciously.
The “SmartPhone” is made of a motherboard
which is circuit board on which has been designed in a utilitarian, non-symbolic pattern. Gold is printed on the motherboard and
pre-drilled to receive electronic components which are comprised of silicon and
other precious earths (lead, silver and palladium). The screen of the “SmartPhone”
is a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) made up of layer upon layer of glass, plastic and liquid
crystalline. Lithium metal oxide batteries power the motherboard. Once powered, moving
images flutter on the LCD display in patterns guided by software written by engineers. No single image
ever really appears on the LCD display as the array of pixels are charged. The
rapidly moving image(s) cause the brain to work with extra intensity in order to
attempt the impossible - to fill in the blanks between the illuminated pixels and “make sense” out of what is moving so rapidly that it is a non-sensical
WHY AM I
The Icon has been around for centuries with
several specific and extremely meaningful roles to perform: first is to inspire
the devotees who create Icons – called Icon Writers. As the outer Icon is written, an inner Icon is
inscribed into the heart and inner life of the Icon Writer – striving for
beauty, balance, harmony and skill is a challenge. Secondly, the Icon is
blessed by the Church and becomes a meaningful addition to the Community into
which it is housed. Thirdly, the Icon’s symbolism inspires the religious and
spiritual feeling life within the individual who behold it. And, Fourth, the
Icon is a portal through which the Spiritual Being depicted on the Icon is able
to perceive and interact with the physical world.
The “SmartPhone” runs application software
which is designed to perform specific tasks, gains energy from WIFI, and other
sources across networks and receives signals beamed by Low Earth Orbiting (LEO)
satellites which enwrap us all like a non-spiritual web. The LCD screen
contains a substance which is both liquid and crystalline (solid) and is
arranged in front of a thin film of transistors (TFT) which polarizes light.
This dancing light captivates the human cognitive functions with hyper-kinetic visual
activity and a dynamic multi-touch surface. Children, particularly, find these
screens as something which totally captures their attention and shuts down all
normal, natural thinking processes. For us, too.
WHAT DO I
A Zombie is an animated corpse raised by
magical means. A Zombie is an animated, non-living entity which is will-less, speechless and
is able to function due to powers outside itself. If the forces
animating the Zombie are evil or malevolent, Zombies do their will, they are
powerless to do otherwise.
same is true of a portable computer or “SmartPhone”. At a minimum , a “SmartPhone”
is an agent animated by forces far beyond the individual human. Once in hand,
the human consciousness is affected by the technology and we comes to rely on the technology for at least a certain portion of our
thinking, feeling and will life. For most of us, it takes a large effort to
disconnect totally from a "SmartPhone" as we consider them "important", even perhaps "essential" in our day-to-day
lives. We revere them.
they malevolent? In computer lingo, a “Zombie” is term used to describe a
computer or “SmartPhone” which has been accessed by a remote attacker in order
to forward spam, viruses, or other instructions and so becomes a technological malevolent or
our lives today, “SmartPhones” with animated LCD screens are Zombies whose
dancing, images are corpses or non-living imaginations activated by technology
which capture the attention of adults and children and transform them into beings who
do the bidding of the technology (“Pay Attention to ME!”). They diminish or
do away with the key human function of thinking and questioning. Does this attack our free
are quite the opposite. They use solid, fixed images created by a devoted human
with natural materials to put ancient symbols in front of us which pose a
question as to their meaning. Or the question may arise within us as to “Why we have no
feeling whatsoever for this object?” “Why is reverence so weak within me?”
symbols on the Icon, even for a non-believer, may cause a “resonance” within
our minds and hearts and lead us to ask questions about how to understand the
meaning of images. “What are those lightning bolts coming out of St. Michael’s
neck?” They activate us rather than shutting us down. The Icon presents
questions or mysteries with which the human must work out the answers
themselves. Wrestling with these questions make us more human.
Zombie is about injecting information, data or pre-digested knowledge into the individual
in such a fashion that we do not question. The Zombie “SmartPhone” consumes our
consciousness making us un-dead and captured by technology.