Sunday, October 25, 2009


"A man can not learn what he believes he already knows"
— Epictetus

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Making it Work

When I was in my twenties, I began
to make enough money to support myself.
I would like to say my life began then
but this would be false in many ways
though not all.
I was free to live as I saw fit without strings
that family could pull, without obligation
to anyone but my employer.
For years I was free to work and all the time left
was mine.
It was for me
I enjoyed it
I learned how to live free
Learned to live as myself
Discovered myself in those years
And liked the life I was able to figure out
I finally learned how to live
I wasn't going to die young after all

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Torture

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

Luke 6:27-28

Surprisingly, many Christians seem not to take love literally. Despite its clarity and its central position in the faith they choose to ignore loving our enemies and doing good to those that hate us, and instead support, justify, or condone torture. Not all Christians support torture, of course, but I have met many sincere and otherwise rational Christians that do. How can a Christian expect me to take them seriously when they justify torture? What part of "love your enemies" includes an exception for torture?

This is not what your Jesus would do.

Monday, October 05, 2009

This morning I hear alarms softly going off.
I see gauges politely approaching areas demarcated in red.
I wonder what to do. I wait until the alarms
Are louder, but wonder if they get louder
Or if this is it.