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August 5th, 2014

Those powerful entities we call institutions and societies are mad up of the flimsiest of materials. human words and actions. -- George Homans (paraphrase). Read more...Collapse )

* This entry owes much to two written sources to which i cannot possibly do justice in this entry.  Edward Stevens, An Introduction to Oriental Mysticism, Chapter IV "The Way of Surrender and Self-Expression"  (pp.51-69, Deus Books edition,, 1973) shows how we can, in meditation, break the bonds of Society, Culture, History, Legitimacy, and Institutions to perhaps touch our larger Selves.  The fable of Ugga (A) and Bill (B) is a humanized version of the discussion which appears on pages 53-62 of Part II, "Society as an Objective Reality" in Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann's The Social Construction of Reality A Treatise on the Sociology of Knowledge This 189 page book is, in my opinion, very difficult reading, requiring either a sociological or phenomenological background, but i think that the 112 pages of Part II are worth the struggle.

(edit) Oops! i just realized that i forgot to include the story of Ugga and Bill in my post

Perception

The local Catholic Diocese newspaper printed the obituary of an Idaho nun, aged 82, who died following a car jacking near the South African orphanage she ran for over fifty years.  The obituary contained the following paragraph:

"Sister Tacke was victim  of a carjacking several years earlier when, upon entering a mall, a young man approached her and asked for her car keys.  She said, "Young man, do you have a gun?"  He responded, "Yes, Granny, I do."  At this point she handed over her keys.  She walked into the mall and was taken to the police station.  Upon entering, she walked up to the desk and said. "Sir, I would like to report that a young man called me Granny!"

Did she also report the carjacking?  The obituary did not contain that information.  I would have assumed that of course she did.  But having read the desert fathers, i am not so sure.  Some people believe they should act the way they expect God would want them to act, not what common sense,  or society, or the law might suppose.

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