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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rocket Man

--Sky Stuff, Andy Singer

Truth is within ourselves, it takes no rise

From outward things, whate’er you may believe.

There is an inner centre in us all

Where truth abides in fullness; and around

Wall upon wall the gross flesh hems it in

That perfect, clear perception which is Truth

--Paracelsus
, Robert Browning

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity,

comfort and advantage.

He lives... by make-believe

--The Summing Up
, W. Somerset Maugham

The eye sees only what the mind

is prepared to comprehend

--Henri Bergson


Ground Control to Major Tom

Take your protein pills
and
put your helmet on
--Space Oddity
, David Bowie

____________________

Sunday homily:
Power and delusion.

Ranger volunteered long ago at Tuskegee Veterans Psychiatric Hospital,
where one long-time ward denizen -- a paranoid-schizophrenic -- felt he was transported to earth on a spaceship; he yearned to find the mothership to take him home. The ward psychologist thought this assertion was insane, but in a group discussion Ranger proffered: "Can you disprove that he arrived on a spaceship?" Haven't we achieved space landings? After so many billion years, is it not possible that life exists in distant galaxies?

The point was, neither side had an infallible position, although one had the drugs, keys and controlled the ward's lock up policy. The patient was barred from finding a launching pad from which to return to his home.


Crazy stuff this alien talk, and yet this same shrink believed in Jesus sans a scintilla of proof of his divinity, or even of A divinity. In fact, the 15 1/2 billion years of this universe suggests that God, even if He does exist, is a finite being (despite the ontological argument).
It was irksome that a man who placed his soul's well-being in the hands of an unverified being found fodder for jokes in the Space Man's contentions, without the slighted sense of irony. Of course, he felt no compunctions because he wasn't locked up in the nut house.

In fact, to be in Alabama and NOT believe in the Big Guy Upstairs would cause more than one well-respected man or woman about town to cast a skeptical eye one's way.
In fact, to NOT believe would jeopardize one's standing in the community.
What fantasy places one deluded person in lockup and allows another to be a pillar of his community?


This meditation is about power, as every human endeavor hinges upon who has the power to lock you up and lock you down. If a Ph.D. is delusional, is it a far stretch to believe that a congressman, Secretary of State or President may be delusional? As a society, we live by our delusions, packaged as realities.


What can we say? God's will be done, or Allahu Akbar! When's that fish fry start?

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

'As a society, we live by our delusions, packaged as realities. " Rangers lead the way.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 9:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Can you disprove that he arrived on a spaceship?" Is that logically possible? Would you, he ,society be better off living under his assumptions or Judeo/ Christianity? Under which set of "assumptions" do you think he, you, man, society would be afforded the greater chance of sucess/the "good life"? Does that answer speak to "truth"?

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 9:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This meditation is about power, as every human endeavor hinges upon who has the power to lock you up and lock you down. If a Ph.D. is delusional, is it a far stretch to believe that a congressman, Secretary of State or President may be delusional? As a society, we live by our delusions, packaged as realities.

What can we say? God's will be done, or Allahu Akbar! When's that fish fry start?" True that. Btw, i find this a witty/humorous post.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 10:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Anon, 30 jan/1200.
This is not witty or humorous, although you can see it that way.
This happened 35 years ago, and it still chews on my ass , on so many different levels.
I've actually had DVA psychologists and psychiatrists talk to me about god and his wonders, while i'm sitting there with my mind screaming.
Were these idiots chaplains or mental health professionals? God is outta place in a psyche ward.
Thanks for writing. Gotta run- i'm late for my star ship.
jim

Monday, January 31, 2011 at 9:53:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Anon 2,

Thank you -- the fish fry was my inspiration. Where Ranger doesn't see humor, I do, or at least, high irony.

Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:37:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Jay said...

Damn, Ranger. You have managed to do the impossible. You have found me something new to worry about that had never occurred to me before. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 12:16:00 AM GMT-5  

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