|New Civilization News: The Redemption Of Spring|
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19 comments21 Apr 2008 @ 20:39 by quinty : Springtime
When I was in grad school at Berkeley there was this guy who sometimes parked himself on the wall of one of the campus gates picking out freshman girls, mostly, to cajole with a: “Smile. Now that’s a lot better. I like that smile.”
Oh man, I what a terrible thing to do.
And hugely embarrassed the girl, desiring to be a good sport, often enough attempted a smile to please him as she hurried by.
Yes, I smoldered whenever I saw this impudent and stupid bullying. Nor do I think the guy had any business on campus: he had the Jesus glow on his face, a true rah rah proselytizer for the American way, Mom, the flag, and god knows what else. Perhaps he just liked his own sense of power intimidating young girls? How Berkeley can you get? (A common enough question around there.)
So, yes, there’s always Yogi Berra and the poets and the innocent birds to pick you up. And no one needs an assist from the Attitude Police in that regard. There’s much to be blue about in the world. And the blues should be respected. But I think we have to learn that no matter how bad it is we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of our better moods and good feelings. I did that sophomore year thinking I had no right to be so happy. How wrong I was.
About death, well, the best consolation may be that nothing which has ever lived has not undergone it. It’s just part of the package. And since there will probably be absolutely nothing after we die we won’t be able to regret having died.
There’ll be no pain or remorse or looking back with self pity over what happened. Nor any sense of eternity or of a new adventure. It will all just be over.
Mentally grasping that absolute may be helpful, since death in all likelihood is an absolute nothingness. Once you’re dead you can’t even think about what just happened to you. And that may be our consolation.
Though nobody really knows what happens to the spirit after death occurs. Does it actually just go poof! Disappearing like a snuffed flame?
Or does it swirl around in the sky enjoying a certain unearthly freedom? Does it take residence somewhere else, reincarnate? (Norman Mailer believed in reincarnation.)
I doubt any of the places organized religions depict actually exist. Even if the descriptions are only metaphors for a certain spiritual reality. They have too much of a human stamp about them to approximate any genuine reality.
No, I think it’s just the end. And once having gone over that edge into that “undiscovered county” there’s simply nothing. Absolute nothing. So we can’t regret having died. And that is the true meaning or “rest.”
Anyway, everyone else has gone there. Those of us still above ground can enjoy it while we can. And should. Even that pretty little bird you saw will someday die. And while it’s alive it just goes around being beautiful singing its beautiful song, communicating with other birds. Unaware of how precious it is.
That’s life. After all, having it is pure gravy. It’s a gift. We shouldn’t complain about the conditions. Even leaving it, for we may never have had it in the first place. Which makes one think of God. And His blessings. Even an agnostic like myself, who wonders what and how and why all this incredible excitement began. For inanimatcy, after all, makes far more sense than the spirit of life. Objects in space bouncing around like billiard balls. That makes sense.
But a bird singing?
23 Apr 2008 @ 09:26 by jazzolog : The Up Side Without Rapture
Much of the heavenly land talk strikes me as reminiscent and typical of ghost-dancing traditions of tribal peoples. They seem to change depending on the fortunes of the tribe during explicit periods. When things are down and extreme, the picture of the afterlife changes too.
In the Pentecostal churches, which seem to have become so influential since Republicans took power, we have the possibility of the Rapture. Here we will have Saved Christians literally and physically ascending to the Creator, leaving the rest of us behind. (I usually tell them the sooner they go the better...but never mind.) Whether their bodies make it into the new dimension is hazy, but they somehow have become clear that their clothes will not...and so they drop off and stay down here on the ground too. Roy Blount Jr., generally considered a particularly Southern humorist, admits his neighborhood is full of Rapture people, but he dismisses the theory. He thinks the prudish Evangelicals aren't going to like it once they get there. St. Peter is sure to be in charge with some kind of identification procedure and relocation routine. To make the procedure all orderly and neat will require standing in line for hours with a bunch of other naked people, an experience repugnant to anyone who went through all the sweat and tears of being born again. (The essay "The Rapture: Lighten Up" is in his new book Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South.)
The fact, apparently, is the universe seems a pretty chaotic place to the orderly mind. Maybe we're just too short to get it, or something, but if God created it then doesn't it represent "Him" somehow, and how He works even in mysterious ways? And the Bible says we're in His image, so what are we to do now that we have Hubble and can see all that glowing gas out there...and spiral galaxies colliding? If His Creation is chaotic, as far as we can see, and we have to invent the Chaos Theory in physics, why should we expect an afterlife to be any less orderly? Maybe souls collide and get all mixed together too. What happens to my precious identity then? Life was tough enough without all that.
But back to the bird. Surely you've heard a wood thrush, quinty. Get yourself to a park with a woods in it in your city, and listen quietly before dawn and at twilight. Where you are, there may be the hermit thrush too which is even more spectacular. And even the robin, which is a thrush also. Our thrushes are similar to the nightingale I guess---or the flight of the lark. Both Vaughan Williams and Respighi wrote music inspired by them---and Ottorino even called upon the percussion section to make noises like a nightingale in The Pines Of Rome. Try doing that some time. Delius was inspired by the first cuckoo of spring. We have 2 kinds of cuckoo over here, and neither makes a song such as we associate with the clock, but I listen for what they do manage in my woods and am glad when they arrive.
There's a Cerulean warbler that has visited our bird feeder when he first arrives each Spring. He comes once for a refresher I guess, and then disappears when he sees me see him. This is the most furtive bird in the world and inspired the first chapter of Erik Reese's book Lost Mountain. It also inspired jazz composer Maria Schneider's lengthy composition "Cerulean Blue," which won a Grammy out of her latest album Sky Blue. http://www.mariaschneider.com/ She caught a flash of blue one spring in Central Park, and tries to get back there each year to try to see it again.
Here's one in some redbud. I guess they fly back and forth to the Amazon each year, and her piece tries to capture the journey. For more on the inspiring migration of birds, seek out the astonishing film "Winged Migration" by Jacques Perrin. http://www.sonyclassics.com/wingedmigration/index_flash.html
And then of course there's Hardy's "Darkling Thrush." Yeah, a bird singing.
Or, to put it another way, “Fear knocked at the door, faith answered and no one was there.”
~Old Irish proverb
23 Apr 2008 @ 14:08 by Quinty @220.127.116.11 : A cousin
of mine believes Heaven will be 70 degrees. I wish I could be so confident.
I never thought of that possibility: our souls colliding in the general chaos taking new forms. If reincarnation exists then how can anyone keep his individual identity if he return, let's say, as a cockroach? Some joke.
I can't identify the birds the way you do. And am still trying to sort that out when they come to the feeder. Their song this spring was quite a beautiful way of announcing the new season.
Gottarun. I'm off to Europe..... later.
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