Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Weird thing of the day 9 May 2005/1 'Iyyar 5765 (Day 16 of the `Omer/Ro'sh Hodhesh/Lost Sock Memorial Day)

Greetings.

I woke up this morning red, puffy, and itchy. Promptly I consulted with Mom, our resident medical expert, who recommended first trying sodium bicarbonate dissolved in water (the family remedy for bug bites, which I seem to have plenty of) and benadryl. The latter knocked me out so that I accomplished next to nothing today. On the bright side, the redness, puffiness, and itchiness are all down. I just pray it stays this way and I don’t have to pay a visit to student health.

Political griping: UnRealID.com is complaining about a national ID card a senator is pushing and which the Senate is supposed to be voting on without even discussing tomorrow. You may want to sign their petition to your senators as soon as you read this. Also asking for Divine punishment, New Hampshire is considering charging people with zero income for Medicaid. (As I’ve said, the motto of the GOP these days seems to be “Kick the poor when they’re down.”) Meanwhile, Backspin reports on Stateless Arabs (“Palestinians”) teaching their children violence, hatred, and use of firearms. Be shocked at the pictures.

Today’s weird thing derives from the HonestReporting.com article “Mother's Day 'Greetings'”, which is about “New Age 'Goddess' movement” writers demonizing Israel. I looked at the Web-site of one of the two mentioned, Starhawk, and I came across an article, “Religion From Nature, Not Archaeology”, which describes her theology. Starhawk is unconcerned whether her religious views have any basis in physical reality or actual history. Rather, she seems to be the sort of person who easily reaches meditative/mystical states regularly, and anything “natural” which helps her reach such states is “proof” of her beliefs. While such states are interesting and may be useful in problem-solving and self-improvement, they have a downside in that those who have such experiences may misinterpret them as direct contact with supernatural beings, or, as this mystic seems to be doing, “a direct relationship with the cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration in nature and in human lives”. Since Starhawk seems to be doing nothing more than fooling herself and taking a big step backwards in epistemology (the study of how we know what we know), I hereby name her mode of thought the weird thing of the day.

Note: People who genuinely wish to have “a direct relationship with the cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration in nature and in human lives” are advised to contact a competent biologist or simply live their lives.

Aaron
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