‘the void between spending and wasting begins with…’

9 03 2009

“If you gotta fill your time somehow, you oughta fill it as if you were filling god’s vases with god’s wine.” – Nieva Soberieto, a Bartender from Ancient Greece.

How have I been filling my time in Australia? Well, while here at Uni, along with watering the flowers and vegetables I’ve been growing, I’ve been deeply enjoying all the pleasures offered from the campus library. In a library, one has much more control of perception-intake than when one is sitting on a couch watching pre-seleceted/timed programs; AND a library has no commercials! What’s more, one can borrow books which can be read in the sun! outside! try that with a television.

The library offers great movies and a movie-viewing room with dvd and vcr players. I’ve watched the science-fiction thriller Blade Runner, where Harrisson Ford has to deal with Replicants, machines that look like humans. He says “Replicants are like any other machine – they’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.” I’ve watched Fantasia and a behind-the-scenes look at it called Fantasia Legacy, as well The Labryinth, featuring David Bowie and his excessively-over-stuffed-groin playing with Jim Henson made and George Lucas approved Muppets. This movie portrays my favorite movie character ever: the sasquatch-esque Ludo. I also watched one of the best movies I’ve ever seen: Dead Man, starring Johnny Depp; the movie is in Black & White, which somehow makes everything much easier to understand and appreciate. Contemplating Black & White, I’ve devised this line of evolution:

A Sheep and a Black Panther mated and created the Cow, wich evolved into the Zebra, which evolved into the Penguin, which has two lines of offspring: the Crow and the Dove.

I’ve read A Separate Reality (the excellent sequel to the superb Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge) and Clive Barker’s Abarat, the beginning of a series that takes the reader to the fantasy world of the islands of Abarat: 25 islands, one for every Hour of the day, including the 25th Hour, the Time out of Time. This book sparked some thoughts about our culture and the choices we are currently making as a conscious race:

We are allowing Technology to replace Magic. We are choosing Science over Fantasy. Just look at our schools’ forced curriculums: we learn chemical formulas, regurgitation-writing, but no abra-cadabras. Hocus Pocus is mumbo-jumbo, while proving the place of points on a grid is the work of our modern sorcerers. Perhaps our magic has merely changed, from herbs and the elements to machines and ‘virtual reality’ (take a laugh at that paradox…or a shudder at its truth).

Speaking about the balance of all things, Jimothi, the two-legged leader of the tarrie-cats of the island of Ninnyhammer, located at Ten O’Clock (PM), speaks these brave words:

“Darkness has always had its part to play. Without it, how would we know when we walked in the light? It’s only when its ambitions become too grandoise that it must be opposed, disciplined, sometimes–if necessary–brought down for a time. Then it will rise again, as it must. In the end, following the Dark Road is no less honorable than following the Light, as long as it is done with a clear purpose.”

So, as Jesus says: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…” that one may resemble (thus becoming ‘close to’) God, who “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…” (Matthew 5: 44-45). There is no University Jewish group (I still haven’t met any other Jews, in fact), so I’ve been going to Christian groups. They provide some dinners, weekly games of basketball, and talks about Jesus. Now, I’ve realized that Jews and Christians are very similar: While Jews read the Old Testament (Torah and 34 other books) and pray to God, Christians read the Old Testament and the New Testament (27 books in addition to the Old’s 39) and pray to God, but their name for God is Jesus, because, as my friend Russ has explained to me, the Old Testament alludes to Jesus, and the New Testament proves God/Jesus.

The way I understand it, Organized Religion comes down to this question: How many words does it take to explain God?

Soon, I’ll be starting A Wild Sheep Chase, written by the world’s greatest author: Haruki Murakami. Then, I’ll start learning about nature from my classes. Then, I’ll start going into nature with my classes (although, we’re never really ‘out of nature’, are we?)

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