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March 03, 2007


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I have a couple of connections to Rwanda, and I'm not sure I could have watched that play without the anger seething up in me again. I'm glad, though, that people out there are making sure that this horrible genocide is not relegated to an historical footnote.

Art and theater aside, does every battle of the human conscious have to be a compass to the existence of God or an afterlife for you? When are you going to get past addressing the Abrahamic view of God and write about your relationship with the other God, the one within?

BTW, Brian, if you can prove to me that the aftrlife is "imaginary", as you say, I will do your laundry for the rest of your mortal life.

Marcel, I thought that I was indeed writing about the God (or no-God) within. Watching the play I didn't have any sense of an Abrahamic God Out There--either on the stage or inside my mind.

I don't know anything but "within" when it comes to God. Isn't this true of everyone? If God was evidently without, there'd be no need to discuss this being's (or non-being's) existence (or lack thereof).

I'll match your wager, though not with the same payoff. It'd be too difficult to fly to Hollywood every week to do your laundry.

But if you can prove to me that the "afterlife" is real, I'll do something marvelous for you. (For example, give me your proof and I'll co-write a book with you, then we'll go on Oprah and become zillionaires).

Dear Brian,

Cf. I Tim. 6:10.

Robert Paul Howard

Robert, it may indeed be true that "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." But the love of many other things also sprouts evil.

Like...power and paradise (salvation), to name a few off the top of my money-loving head.

If Marcel and I make our zillions, I'll be sure to share the wealth. After I buy myself a convertible Mini Cooper, naturally.


You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means...

Science is much more tolerant of uncertainty than religion, after all.


Dear Brian,

My apologies if I offended your sensitivities. Perhaps I ought have quoted from Robert Bly's presentation of some of Kabir's poems in his _The Kabir Book_ (1977):
From p. 15 - As long as a human being worries about when he will die, and what he has that is his,
all his works are zero.
When affection for the I-creature and what it owns is dead,
then the work of the Teacher is over.

From p. 50 - I gave up rage, and now I notice
that I am greedy all day.

I worked hard at dissolving the greed,
and now I am proud of myself.

When the mind wants to break its link with the world
it still holds on to one thing.

Kabir says: Listen my friend,
there are very few that find the path!

I seem to recall that Gautama Sakyamuni left behind his wife, child, parents, and such political power as he had when he went to seek the "enlightenment" he searched for. That was the "wealth" he, then, attempted to share: his own way, i.e., "...to live more vividly." (I also believe he walked from place to place, rather than riding in a fine, new ox-cart.

Of course, do as you so choose. (I wish I could.)

Robert Paul Howard

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