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Monday, June 29, 2020

The Feast of Saint’s Peter and Paul, Founders of the Church


Not all Christians celebrate the lives of the Saints, but many do, and today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, who after Jesus were the principle founders of the Church.

We celebrate their feast on the day of their ascension, which is most often the day of their death, in the case of Peter and Paul it is the date they were martyred, the day they were killed as enemies of the Roman State.

Their influence on Christian doctrine was greater than Jesus’, more enduring. Paul, through his letters wrote the core pieces of Christian Doctrine, and Peter was the first pope, the Bishop of Rome, and Patriarch of the Latin Church.

Peter and Paul did not always see eye to eye, though Peter bore the title of chief among the disciples, Paul was the greater teacher and more closely approximated the way of Christ.

As I mentioned, Peter is given credit for founding the church of Rome, the lore of the Church tells us that he was its first bishop, this is a myth however, that title was not even in use during Peter’s day.

It is accepted as true that both men were put to death in Rome, martyred there on account of their commitment to the Church and its mission, they were mot put to death so much for the content of their beliefs, but for leading the kind of secretive society that was feared by the emperors of Rome. Christians were perceived as a threat that has to be curtailed.

Paul was a Roman citizen, he travelled broadly throughout the empire and for from his home of Tarsus. He founded many churches in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, his letters are the earliest known Christian writings, and though not all of those ascribed to him were written by him, Paul’s actual influence is imeasureable.

A casual observer of history may find this odd because Paul he never met Jesus, and prior to his conversion he was the type of man who would punish other members of his community if they were not properly observing the traditions of his synagogue, Christians were his chief target.

After Paul’s conversion to Christianity he led the mission to the gentiles, opening the teachings of the church to the masses, he made it so that a person did not need to become Jewish first in order to become a Christian.

Peter initially opposed him in this but once their dispute was settled at a meeting in Jerusalem officiated by Jesus’ own brother Saint James, the matter was settled and the gentiles were allowed the full franchise of membership in the community of the blessed.




Given First 06.29.2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Unrestrained ID, Invincible Ignorance and the Unassailable Ego - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
04.25.2020

Unrestrained ID – Invincible Ignorance and the Unassailable Ego

I have been watching the news all week, watching as protesters march on State Capitals, watching as groups of men armed with their AR-15’s protest in the streets, at the private residences of governors, I have been watching people screaming for their right to ignore the pandemic Corona Virus that has now killed over fifty thousand Americans.

I have been watching them as they block access to hospitals. I have been listening to them as they demand the right to reopen their businesses, the right to exposing themselves and their customers, their families and their friends to a pathogen that kills people in horrible ways.

All across the country there are places where the infection rate is stable or declining, where the death rate is stable or declining, and there are places where the opposite is true.

I listened to a woman from Georgia on the news angrily justify her choice to reopen her business and expose herself to the threat even though her husband is at home battling cancer. She says she “hopes” it will be okay, she “hopes” she is making the right choice, but she just “can’t” stay at home any longer, and the governor has given her permission to reopen her store.

I have been watching and listening to countless other more responsible people state their intentions to do the right thing, stay home, isolate, remain distant, but the numbers are telling us that twenty percent of the country just can’t keep their needs in check, they feel them, viscerally, the need to feed their impulses unchecked.

There are tens of millions of people spread across the states who do not care about themselves, who do not care about you, who do not care about their families. They just can’t imagine that they could be wrong

Their ignorance is deadly. It will be the death of many. The governors of states like Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, will soon be experiencing what is happening in South Dakota, their rate of COVID infections will be rising, the body count will be mounting, and because they possess these unassailable egos they will cast the blame on something else, they will call their dead martyrs who died not for faith, but to reopen an economy that never helped them in the first place.

It is pathetic, and sad, and cruel.

The rest of will watch as those governors turn the populations of people they have been entrusted to care for into a social experiment producing lessons for to do, and what not to do.
And the band played on…

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Seven, Martyrs


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One page Per Day
Day 315, Sunday
November 11th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Martyrs

There is a beauty to military formations, a Sublime blend of the simple and the complex, when lighted in the ocean of space, every ship, every vessel in motion, it is the greatest of all dances.

The god-fearers never considered that any faction within the Empire would oppose them. They had been conditioned to expect obedience, they cultivated it among their subordinates, rewarded it in those who evinced the greatest capacity for following orders and sending those who did not to their death in combat.

This was a serious flaw.

They had never engaged a military power in which they did not possess the greater force. The Empire rolled over everything, every person, every planet who would oppose them. The power they brought to bear was only limited by their objectives, their code of conduct, and the rules of engagement those codes articulated.

Every objective, every code, every rule was relative, a dispensation for deviation from a rule or a violation of orders could be had at any time from the Emperor, or the priesthood, speaking on behalf of the Continuum.

The Imperial forces were supreme, they were accustomed to being on the offensive, it was an offensive posture that they took where they gathered, they thought of their defense.

Their maneuvers were totally predictable by those on the general staff who had decided to rebel. From the reserve forces that were left behind on each of the million worlds, to their planetary, and star system defenses, which in this moment of conflict were little more than auxiliaries, to where the majority of the fleet had gathered in preparation for the jump to the Central System, there was nothing unscripted about their planning.

They were slaughtered in each of the places where they had gathered; they were slaughtered en-masse.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division, Collected Chapters



Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 309, November 5th, 2017

Chapter One: The Apathetic

As the crisis hit, the Empire reacted.

Observers across the galaxy faltered, half had no care. “Let it collapse, do nothing.”

They had long since stopped feeling any obligation to the Collective, the Continuum, the central planet, or their shared ancestry, seeing in this an opportunity to free themselves from the expectations of their station.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 310, November 6th, 2017

Chapter Two: The Nihilists

There were many people in the higher orders of the priesthood, and in the leadership of the armed forces, who knew enough to have lost their faith in the Imperial system, its religion, and its social norms.

Some among those groups argued that they do nothing in response to the crises on the Central Planet.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 311, November 7th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Atheists

Only a few of the commanders believed that in this moment of weakness, and uncertainty. the best course of action would be to move against the Central Planet.

Even fewer of the senior staff believed in the dogma of the Imperial religion.

Nevertheless, they were still governed by fear of the unknown, and the Continuum.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 312, November 8th, 2017

Chapter Four: The Traditionalists

Those among the leadership, those who were loyal to the Empire and its institutions, regardless of their faith in the religious beliefs (or lack of it), and the promises of the Continuum, they had the absolute majority. But they were unprepared for the violence coming at them from all sides.

Being unprepared, they were trapped.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 313, November 9th, 2017

Chapter Five: The Believers

Soldiers did not doubt the visions of advancement, of resurrection, reincarnation, and eternal life, as promised by the Empire through the Imperial cult.

They could not afford to.

They risked everything for those beliefs, their own lives, and the lives of those under their command.

It made killing their enemies easy and their crimes forgivable.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 313, November 9th, 2017

Chapter Six: God Fearers

Among those serving in the armed forces, the most dangerous people were those seeking advancement to the priesthood.

They were the most senior commanders, soldiers whose social rank placed them nearest to the threshold.

Few ever did advance, but the hope the held burned in them like a fever.

They mobilized the defenses.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 314, November 10th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Martyrs

They were known as the god-fearers, and they never considered that any faction would oppose them.

They had never engaged a military power in which they did not possess the greater force.

The Empire was supreme, and accustomed to being on the offence.

As such, they were slaughtered in the places where they gathered…en-masse.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Seven, War

Part Forty-three, Division

Collected Chapters
01 The Apathetic
02 The Nihilists
03 The Atheists
04 The Traditionalists
05 The Believers
06 God Fearers
07 Martyrs

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Emergence: Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division, Collected Chapters



Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter One: The Apathetic
Pt. 43, Ch. 01
As the crisis hit, the Empire reacted. The Observers across the galaxy reacted, half had no care. “Let it collapse.”
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Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter Two: The Nihilists
Pt. 43, Ch. 02
Some in the higher orders, those who knew enough to have lost faith, argued to do nothing in response to the crises.
#Emergence

Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter Three: The Atheists
Pt. 43, Ch. 03
Only a few generals believed the best course would be to move against the central planet; in its moment of weakness.
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Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter Four: The Traditionalists  
Pt. 43, Ch. 04
Those loyal to the Empire had the majority, but they were unprepared for the violence coming at them from all sides.
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Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter Five: The Believers
Pt. 43, Ch. 05
Common soldiers did not doubt the visions of advancement, resurrection, and eternal life; as promised by the Empire.
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Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter Six: God Fearers   
Pt. 43, Pt. 06
In the military, the most dangerous were those seeking an advancement to the priesthood. They mobilized the defense.
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Division; Part Forty-three,
Chapter Seven: Martyrs

Pt. 43, Ch. 07
The god-fearers never considered that any would oppose them. So they were slaughtered where they gathered; en-masse.
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Emergence:
Section Seven, War
Division; Part Forty-three
Collected Chapters
Section 07, War
Part 43, Division
Chapters
01 The Apathetic
02 The Nihilists
03 The Atheists
04 The Traditionalists
05 The Believers
06 God Fearers
07 Martyrs
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