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Demetrius collected his thoughts and rounded one more corner of the structure.  Because a structure of this grandeur couldn’t be hidden from view, he knew that the only time to make any final observations before the grand unveiling would need to be in the middle of the night.  As his eye lingered on the smooth stone and ornate pillars, his memories wandered to his student days under Aristotal.    Continue reading

Static Law & Dynamic Relationship

Ridget Dynamic Law Relationships.pngWorking in the public transportation industry for the past few weeks, It has been very evident to me the bureaucratic boundaries required to improve safety and efficiency.  It is innately an externally-controlled system.  Pulling back from public transportation through, The very nature of law has historically always been for the purpose of protection, and service for those abiding by it.  At times, law can seem very trivial, restrictive, and even frustrating.  The reality though is encroaching laws are the result of relational boundaries that have been breached.  As soon as murders started happening, laws had to be set up to assess them.  As soon as telephones came into existence, with ever-increasing traffic, there was need to control traffic for the efficiency of the whole system.  As soon as airplanes began taking to the skies, there was need for Air Traffic control towers to instruct them.

Our culture is governed by laws that are for our good.  It is a proportional system that is based on a preventative diagnosis.  Laws need not be created to deal with problems that don’t exist.  We were designed first with an order of internal government to govern ourselves according to truth, and to appropriately interact with other people and things around us.  As individuals lose sight of that internal standard of judgment (morally objective truth from God), they begin to look to their own well-being (or the well-being of their tribal “in-group”).  As people focus more on abiding by the laws that benefit them directly, others feel the effect of laws that are indirectly discarded by a supposed irrelevance.  There is a great example here in the digital music industry.  Back in the 90’s, there was an explosion of music available on the internet with peer-to-peer sharing software like Kazaa, Napster, Morpheus, and Limewire.  People would put their music up for download and others would download it, with more seeds meant greater download speeds.  It was an awesome trend for music lovers, but what about the music creators?

Music fans now could go and get their favorite music for free rather than pay for the physical cds they wanted (and save a trip to music store simultaneously).  This led to laws restricting music sharing on the internet, not because the law always needed to be there, but because the economic freedom had been abused.  This kind of trend is specific to individual business’s, landlord-tenant agreements, or software licensing agreements.  Usually, legal agreements are prepared in order to prevent loss and protect those  products or services.  These agreements, or boundaries are the direct result of people failing maintain internal character-relevant boundaries.  Individuals begin to look to the external legal atmosphere (which is originated in the poor-interactions of individuals and objects in society).

It is was a sad day when our world saw the United States Government slowly began to become the world’s largest corporation, with it’s military maintaining bases as many bases on foreign soil as on domestic.  To maintain our way of life (which is sadly depreciating), we had to set specific boundaries, because the commonly understood ones had disappeared.

Just as in the Bible, laws were established to establish what was already boundaries to keep us safe, keep us healthy, and keep us morally conscience.  Laws were never meant to be explicitly defined.  It took people going against their design to necessitate articulation of what the boundaries were.  In an externally-governed world, relationship is merely defined on paper contractually.  But in an internally-governed world, relationships are intuitive, there is greater flexibility that is properly balanced against truth.  In this way, relationships between people and things are allowed to go much deeper into covenantal status, and trust is more often established.  People reach out much more when moral laws are more commonly known and followed.  From my standpoint, this was God’s intent when He created this universe – flexible, intuitively-growing structures that are focused ultimately on love of Creator, and subsequently His creation.  What has happened though, cannot be blamed on the Creator God.  Our present pain, tragedy, and turmoil are the result of our own decisions – and it has been our Creator God who has promised to walk with any who will let Him.  Our nature is dynamically relational rather than statically logistical.  We were meant for grand adventures, and instead we have settled for survival.

There is still opportunity to connect with people in this day in age, but the right procedure is not one that adheres to external laws, although they are hopefully not working against authentic, deep and rejuvenating relationship.  It is easily to shell-up and hold people at a distance, depending our federal or local restrictions or entitlements, but it is harder to open up and build an enduring relationship with someone that transcends are present cultural predicament.  My hope is people have lost the desire to still build those kinds of intimate relationships with their fellow man.  Those are the best memories I have had in my life – I would bet they have been yours too…

Why I Don’t Want America to Come Back to God…

This is an excellent sentiment to contemplate as we consider embracing our next President…

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I write this in an attempt at promoting a culture of dialogue and civility, even though both are in short supply these days. It seems as if most people have their heels dug in and their minds made up on every issue already, so what’s the point of attempting dialogue? It’s a great question that deserves a serious answer in a time when most people talk passed each other, only thinking about what can be said next to win the argument, rather than taking the more humble and disciplined postures of listening and contemplating.

While I am still but a student in the disciplines of listening and contemplating, the greatest areas of growth in my life have come as a result of being able to listen and contemplate thoughts and ideas that I had previously and whole-heartedly rejected. It is only when we can take a humble posture and being…

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The Language of Science

Tetrapolygon_perspective.jpgScience is toolshed of deductive tools.  At it’s core: logic.  The framework and perspectives used by scientists are virtually the same as those used by mathematicians – in fact, mathematics is often referred to as being synonymous with the category of science.  However, one thing sticks out to me here as ironic.  With the rapidly shifting world changing around us as a result of technological advancements due to science, science itself is locked into a limited deductive capacity.  Logic is as old as the ancient Greeks.  The word actually originates from the Greek word “logos” meaning word.  There is a long history connected to the multipurpose concept of logic, which can also be synonymous with reason.  It is further ironic, then, to discover a mathematical discovery of a “chaos theory”.  The Greeks are recognized most for their utilization of logic, but the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Persians before them understood concepts of geometry, sophisticated language, and astrological investigation.

Today, science is considered the uninterrupted conclusionary apparatus for confirming truth.  But one place (among others) is in the linear nature it is built on.  Logic is archaic in that is based on a base-2 language: black or white, on or off, in or out, 1 or 0.  Binary.  Yes, our current cutting edge of science includes quantum experimentation with superpositions and qubits, but it is still just an extension of a base-2 language, and interestingly, computer scientists are still having difficulty trying to position qubits in such a way that true quantum computing is achieved.  Logic Is, according to the field of neurology, contrasted with the concept of intuition.  Where logic is linear, intuition is peripheral.  One is direct, the other is indirect.  While it would seem direct is better, the “functional-flux” of intuition opens up computation to resemble that of the human brain.  On the outside, we perceive all computation as logical, including how we approach a problem, but in reality, things like experiences, feelings, and worldviews are not factored in to our problem solving.

Logic beginning to be acknowledged as limited.  A linear approach is simply not capable of multitasking – which is something our world is craving – perhaps because we are actually wired that way.  A look into our brains or greater nervous systems will reveal a very peripheral design.  A very reactive and interconnected state of function.  If it really is the case that human beings are relational by nature, then logic is really a pipe dream, a bottleneck we have retained as an analytical device for a defining how things work and what is real.  While brute force is still a viable option for unlocking the secrets of the universe, a relationally-connected perspective might enable a much-improved discovery time, with greater post-analysis interfield effects.  Where logic fails in one area, or shows signs of deprecation, may be the suspect of other areas using the same archaic deduction method.

Rhema and Logos Word of God

Intro_banner.pngThere has been no shortage of reference in the last six months, for a frame of temporal reference, as to the amount of times I have heard the Bible, or written word, called “The Word of God”.  And I try as often as I can to insert all of the caveats that go along with the exclusivity of the Written, or “Logos” word being God’s Word alone.  Continue reading

Cultivating The Wild

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It was apart of our Creator’s initial assignment for man to cultivate the land and care for the beasts of the field.  It is an invitation for us today in the 21st century to rediscover what it means to be human – to be innovators of a project larger then ourselves.  Such a project would draw us back into a community-focused pioneering spirit of progress that has inspired and given hope to people for centuries.  Continue reading