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Username: Steve_s

Post Number: 429
Registered: 04-2004

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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 07:30 pm:   

Some live by "Love thy neighbor as thy self."

Others by first do no harm, or take no more than you need.

What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.

In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.

On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp -- praise song for walking forward in that light.

Thumper, Remember we were talking about the South Carolina church in "Just Above My Head," where the gospel singer "Arthur" picks up on his accompanist "Jimmy's" implied message in the spiritual he opens with? And then when Branford had the Tonight Show band and Bob Dole, then the Republican candidate, walked out and they played "So What?" That semiotic stuff? They not only don't recognize it any more, they don't even respect it when you point it out to them.

Bush couldn't even voice the simple Christian precept, "Love your neighbor like yourself," or the idea that "we do not directly love ourselves--what we effectively love is to be loved by others, that is, we love others to love us." (to quote the Slovenian critic Slavoj Zizek)

Bush's exact words were:

"We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself."

Thumper, I may email you some time, I think I still have your address :-)

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