Friday, June 8, 2007

itself itself itself

my friend Buzz told me a story about a factory or power plant or something in Dubai or somewhere (can you tell i don't have the details?) and it is huge, and important, and terribly impressive. so some people came to see it. they asked where the docks were - no docks, no access to trains or water to transport the fuel the plant was generating.

the answer was that the plant itself consumed all the fuel. it takes all the fuel produced by the plant, to power the plant.

i am thinking that's what the western civilized industrial post-industrial consumeristic world have created.
i am thinking that's what the western civilized industrial post-industrial consumeristic church has created.

this self-absorbed model generates itself and then feeds itself. if there's anything left, it throws nice tidbits to the dogs under the table to feel good about itself. itself itself itself itself itself. it's like a toddler. it's like an adolescent. it's got Young Man Disease.

but ... then comes the thing after that. the post-/pre- that.
i see jesus as pre-that and post-that and through-that and beyond-that.
i see love and compassion as pre-that and post-that and through-that and beyond-that.
it is my deepest hope that my life can be something other than that.

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