Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and unto God that which is God’s – various grubby scenarios

From my first cousin Leo yesterday:

Leo Sullivan-Bashinsky

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

 Dalai Lama

Sloan Bashinsky

Well said, this world sure would be a far different place if everyone lived in that way. Does this statement by the Dalai Lama mean he doesn’t need Buddhism, its temples?

Leo Sullivan-Bashinsky

I guess you would have to ask him.

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more on that at the very end of this long post, after the Alabama Crimson Tide babble with an old Alabama amigo, meanwhile

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Fwd from Larry Murray:

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:48:13 -0800 From: aljolson2@yahoo.com Subject: Internal Auditor For The County To: bigpinenews@aol.com CC: carruthers-heather@monroecounty-fl.gov; rice-david@monroecounty-fl.gov; neugent-george@monroecounty-fl.gov; boccdis5@monroecounty-fl.gov; kohlage-danny@monroecounty-fl.gov

Editor:

I wholly endorse your recommendation to support Commissioner Heather Carruthers’ proposal that the county establish the position of Internal Auditor. While the County Clerk performs auditor functions for the county, the time and energy of that office is limited. Having someone full time in the county, reporting directly to the BOCC, would be very valuable.

I have only one reservation. The School Board, two and a half years ago, hired an internal auditor that reported to the Board. Everything worked well the first year as the appointee took his job seriously and reported monthly to the Board. Unfortunately, the SB Internal Auditor lost interest in his auditing activity as he was drawn in to the inner circle of the superintendent, something of a conflict as he was employed by the Board.

The School Board also, for unknown reasons, lost interest in the functioning of the internal auditor and acquiesced to his transfer to the superintendent’s office. With that transfer came the end of the experiment with an independent internal auditor.

If the county is going to have an effective independent internal auditor, it is incumbent on the BOCC to take that office seriously and to provide regular oversight and direction to their appointee. Otherwise, everything will slide down the gutter as happened in the School District.

Larry Murray

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My reply to All:

The School Board also lost interest in its own voluntary Audit & Finance Committee, if the School Board ever had interest to begin with, which how that went leaves in doubt. The County Commission ignored its Independent Auditor, Monroe County Clerk of Courts Danny Kohlage, who warned the County Commission of the Druckemiller situation and the County Commission ignored that warning. If the County Commission ignored Danny Kohlage, what causes us to think the County Commission will do any better with its own Internal Auditor, whose job is at the County Commission’s leisure? Wouldn’t the County Commission prefer to use new County Clerk of Courts Amy Heavlin, who apparently has much auditing experience, and who does not depend on the County Commission for her job, than hire someone at an additional wage and benefits cost to the taxpayers to do what Danny Kohlage did but was ignored? Sloan Bashinsky

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Another Fwd from Larry Murray:

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:26:11 -0800 From: citizenlarry007@yahoo.com Subject: Well Done! To: John.Dick@KeysSchools.com CC: mark.porter@keysschools.com

John:

I would like to compliment you on your insightful comments regarding the Salary List at Tuesday’s meeting. Without your investigative skills, the list would have been approved without question.

Calling attention to “bumps” for some new directors was valuable. At the time Superintendent Porter announced his new organizational chart and the creation of directors, I raised questions about salaries for those directors and whether or not there would be adjustments upward for the currently lesser paid. My concerns were swatted aside. Apparently, there was an attempt to increase these salaries and you headed it off. Kudos.

I also liked that you caught the flim flam with supplements for athletic directors. I think we would agree that the whole supplement issue calls for a thorough analysis. I have been trying for 6 weeks to obtain a copy of this year’s supplement list. When I returned home from the meeting, I did find in my email something resembling a supplement list, though I hope to obtain something more usable. I expect that your reading of the supplement list as well as mine will reveal some interesting anomalies.

Your commentary about the list of supplements reminded me a lot of the John Dick of old. Now that you are no longer chairman, perhaps you will have the time to do the investigative research at which you are so good. I expect that Ed Davidson will work closely with you in that regard.

Larry Murray

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My reply to All:

Larry, have you had time to go through the supplemental pay list?

Not sure I would characterize the Athletic Directors’ pay as flim flam, if they are not being overpaid but it’s simply trying to make do with what is there in a climate where nobody is going to be happy with the make-do.

Although John, you don’t like the idea, you know, as do the other school board members and Mark know, without an operations revenue influx, mostly likely through a tax increase, this school district’s employee morale problem will not abate and might well become more serious. Dr. Ed Shine [Superintendent of Schools candidate] told you that during his public interview at Marathon High School. Nothing has changed.

Sloan

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On bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telegraph yesterday:

[F**K The Homeless]

The Hidden in Plain View project is nothing more than a blatant exploitation of a particular societal group who have been coerced into willingly “performing” for no benefit whatsoever merely for the ego-stroking of a few clever people eager for the opportunity to get their names mentioned again in the public forum. That, and the community-garden-for-the-homeless scheme that spawned it is a sad attempt to con the public: it will never function as anything more than a convenient outdoor toilet and a place to put a self-serving brass plaque. So who does this feel-good fiasco benefit?

From the TSKW.ORG web article on the exhibit: “Special project grants from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, as well as community contributions and private donations aided in bringing this vision to life.”

OK, so now we know the real impetus for the project: free flowing government grant money is easier to get than actually doing something useful for this segment of society and makes fools feel good from the sterile sidelines. Making a circus act of our homeless people is not useful to them, but it is very useful for the few big heads involved. The people responsible for this project and those who have latched onto it like leeches have used the homeless citizens of Key West to pad their own wallets a little while padding their bloated egos a whole lot more.

Sycophants always attract one another to their mutual back-patting orgies. Interesting that they fawn and bleat about being Shamans. True Shamans don’t boast and flaunt about it. Rather, I say shame is more appropriate in this case.

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My submission to the Coconut Telegraph:

Reply to yesterday’s “F**K the homeless
Actually, only one shaman, me, claimed to be a shaman. However, the inspiration for Hidden In Plain View was Erika Biddle’s, the hard work was hers, I was just a bit player; and I was who told Erika she is a shaman, to her shock, as she had no clue; and I was who published that Erika is a shaman, without telling her I was going to do it. As far as I know, no one who contributed money to the exhibition made a penny back from it. As far as I know, the few who did contribute money understood there was no profit in it for them or for any organization they represented. Obviously, the people who were deeply involved, Erika, photographers SheelMan and Ralph de Palma, and the financial contributors, including me, received “free advertising”. Perhaps they will somehow profit from that. Perhaps not. I can’t help but wonder, though, if this attack was fueled mostly, or totally, by the author of the attack knowing I was tangentially involved late in the event. Homeless people were presented, finally, as real people, instead of as a one-sided circus act so often panhandled on the Coconut Telegraph and in The Key West Citizen in articles, Citizen’s Comments, letters to the editor. More than this author can possibly know, I know how truly awful homeless people can be. More than this author can possibly know, I know how truly beautiful homeless people can be. More than this braveheart anonymous author can possibly know, I know how truly like the worst homeless people he is underneath his self-righteous mainstream disguise. Sloan Bashinsky

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Nashville J replied to yesterday’s Thanksgiving Saturday homily – even as we do unto the least of these in plain view post:

Sloan:

Really – are you really surprised that the Citizen has not done anything on the Hidden in Plain View exhibition? They want the homeless to just go away and not bring attention to them unless it is something BAD they are doing. Maybe The Hidden in Plain View exhibition didn’t buy enough advertising in the Citizen for them to need to cover it and alert others about it. It’s always what is good for the Citizen and the Conchs, NOT what citizens really might need to know about.

Sorry I never got to taste Isa’s wonderful food but she certainly appears to have touched many lives thru it. RIP Isa !

J

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I replied:

Well J, I would have thunk, maybe I should say, ass-u-me-d, after that whoopee loud editorial slamming the previous Sunday’s Romney-endorsement editorial and making much hullabaloo about Key West being all about One Human Family and demanding that from the city and The Citizen, The Citizen might have covered the Hidden In Plain View opening, which put in the shade any past art opening in Key West by several light years.
But then, The Citizen’s Gwen Filosa had written a darn good announcement of the Hidden In Plain View opening a couple of days before it happened, so I suppose the The Citizen could fall back on that as an excuse for not covering the opening itself. Even so, that’s no excuse for The Citizen’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Solares Hill, which mostly is about the arts and history, not covering the opening.
The high society Conch Color weekly rag, published by Tom Oosterhoudt, didn’t cover the opening either, even though some Key West luminaries were there.
If you feel up to paying for it with a credit card, go to
keysnews.com and click on the electronic edition of The Citizen today, the latter of half of which is this week’s Solares Hill. About a 2-minute download on my laptop.

See what all art happenings, book reviews, etc. get big coverage in Solares Hill today, while the all-time blockbuster super star art opening of all Key West time gets no mention whatsoever that I saw when I scrolled through it a little while ago. Same happened last week, the first Sunday after the smash opening.
I look forward to the member of The Citizen Editorial Board who wrote that One Human Family editorial demand, I know this person quite well, he attended the Hidden In Plain View opening, making a heap of public commotion about Solares Hill hyping every art happening under the sun and moon in Key West but Hidden In Plain View.
It was not in jest that the soul drawing I was moved to do for the opening has written on it, “One Human Family” in faint pink letters, over which in bold black is a Swastika, and on another part of the drawing is written, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions, but there are far worse things than being homeless.”
You very well may have hit the nails squarely on their heads in what you wrote to me.
Yes, you would have loved Isa’s cooking, into which she put her soul and her self.
Sloan

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Sancho Panza replied to the Isa part of yesterday’s post:

On 11/25/2012 10:05 AM, sloan bashinsky wrote: The Gift?
Sad that people wait until we are gone to let us know how much we meant to them! ~ 0 ~ Even sadder still… to hear a caged bird singing beautiful songs to her beloved… the wind! ~ 0 ~ Messages in a time capsule cast onto infinity… the shaman’s last dance of power!

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I replied:

Well, I suppose if someone dies, whom we loved and/or respected, and we did not know it was coming, or had not seen that person in a long time but we had wonderful memories, we all could say nothing and go forward as if nothing had happened, sort of like we do anyway, I suppose. Sometimes I wonder what, if any, noise my leaving this life might instigate? Perhaps it will the the sound of one hand clapping. But then, perhaps there will be loud cheers that they don’t have to listen to me or receiving my ravings any longer. I don’t imagine it matters to much to the one who leaves, though. For them, it might be a great relief that it’s all over, after they realize what has happened and get used to the idea. I really don’t know for sure, because I don’t remember how I felt the last time I left. Or the time before that, etc.

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Sancho replied:

That’s true, death can come suddenly… my father died that way… fell and hit his head! If only we could follow our own advice… but we don’t. The people that know Sloan Bashinsky will sooner or later die too… in about 100 years all memories of Sloan Bashinsky would be crowded together as part of the useless, New Age bunch of parasites from the 20th century who believed that angels and other spiritual agencies ruled their destinies. God will be truly dead by then, so don’t feel to bad, you will be in good company. Maybe Jesus, you and I can get together for lunch at Isa’s place in the sky! :-)

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I replied:

It’s been my experience that New Age people tend to view me as close kin to the devil. But then, so do Christian people.
Most people, perhaps not all, have emotions, and when someone important to them dies, they need to deal with the emotions they experience over that loss. You learn that when your son dies.

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Sancho replied:

I don’t want people to cry for me at all… I would much rather they throw a big party in celebration of my life… I mean, it is not as if death is something unnatural… sooner or later we all need to take that trip… but I can understand your loss of your son being a shock to you… I can understand that because it is an aberration… there should an order to death and dying!

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I replied:

Actually, there is no way you can understand the loss of my son, unless you experienced a similar loss. What people do when I depart this life is their business, but I fixed it in my will so they can’t haul my remains back to Alabama to be buried. My ashes are to be spread in several locations in the Keys. Not sure that is good news to everyone in the Keys, what if my ashes are “radioactive”? I hope when I depart, it is with a sense of nothing left undone that I could have done, all insults inflicted by me on other people resolved, by interpersonal interaction or by karma being lived and thus burned. I hope I leave looking forward, that I am expectant. That I have no regrets. Pretty tall order.

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Sancho replied:

 

When I was 14 my brother was killed in a revolution… never found the body(common “grave” burials were…. common). My Mother went literally crazy after that… she could not accept that he was really dead… there was no body to buried, to mourn… and she latched on the desperate hope that he was alive, “somewhere”. I’ve lived through that and felt(feel) her pain… as I write these words, tears swell from a place seldom touched… you too don’t know about having to uproot everything that was familiar to you and move to a an alien World as a poor refugee… we’ve all have had our pound of flesh exacted from us by life!  My mother didn’t have the luxury of feeling sorry for herself for long she went to work in a factory for minimal wage… just enough to keep my sister and eye with a roof over our heads… never took a penny of assistance from the government because she was obsessed with one thing only, to bring my brother’s son and his mother here… a lot tragic things happened after that but I better stop here.
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From the Dominican Republic, Sancho is a retired Lucent Technologies scientist, fluent in several foreign languages, including English

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Jerry, featured in yesterday’s post, replied:

As I asked, do you know the three purposes which Jesus Himself gave for His appearance on earth.
Telling us how to live better lives was not one of them. That was Buddha’s job. And its not that people misunderstand Buddha, He is understood well enough. Buddha just screwed it up by miss understanding the relationship between humans and the universe. Of course, his daddy was very rich, so people listened.
Do you know the reasons Jesus gave?

Some silly people ask me, ” how do you know the reasons Jesus came?”
hint: the reasons Jesus gave start with Jesus saying: “I came for this purpose”
Do you know the reasons Jesus gave for His coming?

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It’s one thing, Jerry, to read that announcement, it’s another thing altogether to experience what Jesus modeled and taught, which fuses in the soul what he came to this world to do. Jesus was not theoretical, he was empirical. He lived and taught soul science, which human science even yet does not recognize, or fathom. He offered no free ticket to God, but a way to live that brought a person closer to God, as he demonstrated in his life, and as his disciples demonstrated in their lives. As did others demonstrate in their lives, who are unnamed in the New Testament, but who lived in that time. As did others, who lived in later times, some of whom are known in history, others are not known. Some called themselves Catholics, or Christians, some did not. But they all, each in their own way, lived the model Jesus provided and taught. He told his disciples in the Gospels that he had flocks of which they knew not.

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Jerry replied:

You don’t know the purpose Jesus himself gave for his coming, do you?

Stop telling people what or why Jesus did things and I will stop asking you questions.

Jerry

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I replied:

I know the church line, and I know my experience, which don’t seem particularly in sync.
I often hear Jesus died for my sins, but objectively, how could he do that, if I was not yet born?
I often hear salvation is through grace and of our own we can do nothing, but Jesus certainly taught differently in the Gospels, and his brother James said by his (James’) works we would see his faith.

It might go differently between us, Jerry, if you explained your relationship with Jesus, and your views of what he did for you.

Sloan

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Jerry replied: [this is long, read, scan, skip as suits you, same for all the rest of this post, although you might be interested in the Alabama Crimson Tide banter next to the end, and the question I would like to ask the Dalai Lama, at the very end of this today]

The conventional account is this: “All are born into sin. Jesus’s death forgives sin. All anyone must do to gain salvation is accept the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice.”

This makes no sense and is not what the prophets taught. No one thought to ask the question: What is sin? The words “sin” and “forgive” are at the heart of the misunderstanding. It doesn’t matter what word was used originally or into what word it was translated. That is unimportant, because what ever word had been chosen, it would have been that word that would have been the focus of thousands of years of misinterpretation.

Everyone makes mistakes that hurt others, but which they did not intend. Some make far more mistakes than others. A few intend to do things that hurt others for their own gain. (reprehensible) A few, whether by chance or careful planning, do no harm to anyone. None of these are the sin into which we were all born.

Think of it this way. Sin, in this context, merely means inadequacy or inability. Quite literally to “miss the mark” Like that of a child who is too young to take care of herself. She is incapable of doing what is required to continue her existence without help.

She can’t procure food. She doesn’t even realize that food must be acquired. In her young experience, food just appears on the table when it is time to eat. That is how we see it. Food just grows in the field. It just happens. We give no thought about the immense complexity of biological processes which literally turn dirt into nutrients. We presume natural processes have no origin. We think, it just happens, in the same way a young child thinks food just appears at dinner time. The child never thinks to thank mom for preparing the food and mom never thinks to thank God for preparing the creation to produce food without which both mother and child would die.

It was not that the first man did something harmful and therefore all his descendants are charged with the crime. It is that mankind in her infancy is fundamentally incapable of taking care of her self. You and I are human and therefore inherited this fundamental incapacity. If mankind is left to her own devices, she shall inexorably self destruct. No Karma or eight fold path to enlightenment will bring her around. No rapture will take her out of it. The path leads inexorably to death –ultimately to extinction.

“Salvation” or the continuation of humanity and the immortality of a few do can not come by the efforts of humans –because we are fundamentally incapable, just like a young child is fundamentally incapable of taking care of her self.

God sees one human doing a kindness for another the same way you or I see a little child bringing a glass of water to her thirsty sibling, not realizing the glass was filled with a house hold cleaner. We smile on the child, instead of being angry, knowing the goodness that the child meant, but the child is completely ignorant of the danger she caused. Even so, our kindnesses for one another are fraught with unseen dangers. “We are all born into ‘ sin.’ (inadequacy, incapacity)”

The parent steps in, praises the child for her effort and replaces the glass with a plastic cup of fresh water. This is what Jesus did, His whole ministry. God does this for us all the time, but like children we are constantly ignorant of it.

Jesus of Nazareth, didn’t come to this realization over the course of His lifetime. Instead, He created the universe to express this truth in the first place and to teach His children this truth. His prophets foretold His coming; and He came at the appointed time to fulfill the promise that as Father of mankind, he would take our hand and guide us to salvation, the saving of mankind. When He came, His disciples thought that all the promises would be fulfilled. He explained to them that the prophets spoke in riddles for the sorting out of the leadership from the rest (“how else shall I do for the daughter of my people?” –Jeremiah 9:7) and that the final fulfillment would come in two parts. Matthew 24 and Acts of the Apostles 1 “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom?”

It is mankind’s fundamental incapacity which causes most of us to say to our Father, like the children we are; in our hubris we say, “Dad, you can’t possibly know how it feels to live my life. Dad, you don’t know what you are talking about. I have it all figured out.” Paul explains all this in his letter to the Romans chapter 5.

Most will not learn, a very few will. The kingdom of God is like unto a very rich man who has many children and many businesses. Most of his children will grow up to work in his factories, but a few will be wise enough to be management. The wise will lead the rest of humanity into an era of peace and prosperity.

The world will be fundamentally different after this promise is fulfilled, in an old testament kinda’ way “They shall beat their sword into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3 This sort of peace and love is the old testament which is renewed not done away by the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.

Only those who suffer and take from their suffering the balance between mercy and justice are fit to rule mankind. This is the example of suffering which Jesus provided and why John the baptist had to suffer and why Jesus warned His followers that they shall suffer. The way of Jesus is not the way of the multitudes, but the way of the leaders. “Narrow is the gate and straight the passage which leads to immortality (those who lead mankind,) few enter there at.”

There is a reason that blood was important, but that reason is beyond the scope of this short explanation.

In the Words of Jesus

1) He came to reconfirm the good news of the coming Kingdom.

Jesus said to them, ” I must preach the kingdom of God… for I was sent for this purpose” –Luke 4:43

” Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish . . . not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” –Matthew 5:17-18

2) A kingdom taught and explained by the prophets. The establishment of this kingdom will be violently opposed by men.

Isa 2:12, Isa 13:9, Isa 29:5, Isa 47:8, Jer 25:32, Jer 30:23, Hag 2:6, Mal 4:1, Rev 6:12, Rev 8:7, Rev 9:1, Rev 18:21, Isa 5:26, Isa 11:12, Jer 32:36, Eze 11:17, Eze 20:33, Zec 4:1, Zec 4:11, Rev 11:3, Isa 11:11, Isa 27:12, Isa 54:7, Isa 56:8, Isa 60:4, Jer 16:14, Jer 23:3, Jer 23:7, Jer 31:7, Jer 50:4, Eze 28:25, Eze 34:11, Eze 36: 24, Eze 37:21, Eze 38: 8, Eze 39:25, Hsa 1:10, Joel 3:1, Mic 2:12, Mic 4:6, Zep 2:1, Zep 3:18, Zec 10:8, Isa 48:10, Jer 9:7, Jer 30:4, Jer 30:11, Jer 46:28, Dan 11:32, Zec 13:9, Mal 3:2, 1Cr 3:13, 1Pe 4:12, Job 19:25, Job 33:24, Isa 26:19, Jer 30:8, Eze 37:13, Dan 12:1, Mat 7:13, Jhn 5:24, Isa 2:2, Isa 60:10, Isa 60:15, Jer 3:17, Jer 23:5, Eze 37:24, Dan 7:21, Dan 7:27, Mic 4:1, Zec 8:1, Zec 12:3, Zec 14:8, Zec 14:14, Rev 19:19, Zep 3:8

” Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household” –Matthew 10:34-36

Jesus said, ” For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind” –John 9:39

” I have come to bring fire to the earth” –Luke 12:49

Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ” You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world ” –John 18:37

3) Establishing this kingdom is not meant to harm, but to heal. They that rule the earth now are not fit. It is for the healing of the nations, that the lost sheep, the meek, shall be given the earth as a possession and to command. Under whose direction and control, “They shall beat their sword into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3

” The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost” –Matthew 18:11

” The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” –Luke 19:10

” I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” –John 10:10

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” –Mark 10:45

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Jerry replied again:

To be very direct and tell you what Jesus did for me.

Prepares my food in the field for months while man harvests, processes and serves it for only days.

Prepares the air we breath and the planets and stars in their courses.

Prepares the brain chemistry and the biology that allows me to live and to think.

Provides through His prophets a world view that explains all things and comforts me with the promise that He is our father and that He will never let something bad happen to mankind or to me.

I learn from the prophets that the world is much bigger than I could ever imagine and that He will protect me from the real dangers and that the dangers I perceive are harmless, like a child afraid of the dark.

My death is nothing. It is easily rectified, but my survival in reality is far beyond my ability. He comforts me with the knowledge that He, like a loving father for his son, shall stand between me and destruction.

I learn that mankind’s suffering serves a purpose and will end.

He made an example of all this in his suffering and his resurrection so that I can know all these things as certainly as I know ancient Babylon existed or that Anaxagoras measured the diameter of the world. I know these things because of the ancient records, the same ancient records that record the prophets and the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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I replied:

If Jesus is our father and the Creator of this world and the air we breathe, etc., then why did he tell his disciples to pray to God, “Our Father who are in heaven?” Why did he refer to God as his father? Looks to me you have Jesus mixed up with God, but then, so does Christendom. Thanks for clarifying where you get your info, from the Bible, which influences your thoughts and beliefs.
My experiences with Jesus seem more up close and personal (often jolting) than your experiences with him.
We are in agreement, our physical deaths are nothing and our survival in reality is beyond our capability, and Jesus stands between us and destruction, or self-destruction might be more accurate, in the soul sense.
Don’t see what got you so worked up. I parroted Jesus from the book you hold so dear.

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Jerry replied:

Others were also confused about the relationship between Jesus and the Father. But Jesus says. “Have you been with me so long now and yet do not realize that if you have seen me, then you have seen the Father.”

Like I already said. I got worked up because you painted Jesus as a Buddha wan’na be. Someone who will do anything to make one feel better but do nothing to make one better.

I do not agree that death means little or nothing. It is everything for most of life. And it is not more accurately our self-destruction. God is not the god of only thoughts, ideas and feelings. He is the God of the whole world in which we live. Humanity will not be destroyed in the sense that we will lose knowing who we are. We will be destroyed in the sense of starvation or a meteor impact or disease.

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I replied:

Jesus meant the Father was operating through him, so if those around Jesus saw him, they saw the Father. If Jesus was the Father, to what did he pray in Gethsemane? To what did he say, Not my will but thy will be done, O Lord?
I have never painted Jesus as a Buddha wannabe. I have always painted him as bringing the way to God.
Where do you get the idea from anything I ever wrote that Jesus was about making people feel better. He worked people over something awful in the Gospels, when they were out of line. He berated his disciples for not hearing what he was telling them many times. He said steep is the way, narrow the gate; many are called, but few are chosen; the labor is great but the workers are few; many will call him Lord and he will say he never knew them.
He spent his entire ministry trying to help people be better, by behaving differently, and the was crucified for his effort by people who didn’t want people to hear what he was saying, and who didn’t like what he had said to them about their behavior. He leans on me something awful, in an effort to make me better, perhaps a hopeless case, but at least he tries.
Destruction of the body, human death, is inevitable, regardless of cause. Destruction of the human race on this planet probably is inevitable. Destruction of the soul is the real threat, and that is what Jesus tried to teach people stop doing to themselves and to start living as God would have them live, as he explained to them many times in many ways. At least, in the Gospels that’s what he did.
And you criticize me for explaining all of that bad news in what I publish? You criticize me for trying to make people feel good? I give kudos when they are due, but I don’t fawn.

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Jerry replied:

do you really want to talk about thus stuff? or are you going to tell me I just don’t feel it the first time you and I don’t agree on something?

do you really want to talk about thus stuff? or are you going to tell me I just don’t feel it the first time you and I don’t agree on something?

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I replied:

Jerry, from the get go back at Sippin’ in Key West I have told you that you and I are not on the same page, and probably not in the same book – I do not mean the Bible by that, I mean a state of perspective and response to life.
I have told you why that is, you are living from your neck up, in your mind, which is impressive but it has not understood what Jesus was about. And it tries to reduce everything to scientific explanation, yet loses objectivity when speaking of Jesus and has no sense of spirit physics, based on all I have heard and read from you.
You speak to what with which you have had no experience, from all you have told me, which is direct interplay ongoing with that which is not of this world, as if it is of no consequence and only you have the answers. You come across as stuck in the manic phase of bi-polar disorder.
I don’t like writing that.
I don’t like having discussion with you, because of how such always go. You have created a world, outlook, which I suppose is comfortable to you. I can’t say the world in which I live, or the things I see and am shown, are comfortable to me. I don’t get to choose what this world is, should be. I get to live what it is, unfiltered as far as I can tell.

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Circling back to Alabama and a topic I know all too well because my father and Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant were best friends, from an old childhood friend, who because of a dream I once had about him, calls himself in his emails to me, The General:

Subject: Alabama v. Georgia

More importantly, friend Sloan, are you going to track down Kevin Butler and wager a pint on the game next weekend? Hope you have a Blessed Holiday Season. The Gen

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I replied:

Remind my few remaining brain cells who Keven Butler is? I ass-u-me he lives in or near Key West, if I’m to try to track him down?
As for wagering a pint, if I could drink a pint, I’d buy said Keven Butler one, if I could track him down, without wagering on the game.
Out walking this morning, I gave the angels a bit of hell for Notre Dame winning yesterday, after I had told some people in a nap dream shortly before the LSU-Alabama game that all the pretenders must fall.
Alabama fell soon afterward. The next week, Kansas State got smashed and Oregon got eked, perhaps with a bit of semi-blind instant replay referee help.
I kept waiting for Southern Cal to pull it off last night, but it was not to be.
I told the angels this morning, maybe Notre Dame is the real deal, they looked pretty strong most of the season. And maybe Notre Dame-Alabama would be a great title game, given I don’t think the Tide ever beat the Irish before.
But darn, I said, does Georgia look strong, and darn are them dawgs salivating to get even with the elephant for past insults.
I suppose I will be somewhere watching it, maybe here at Walden, which is where I watched all the other football games this year, and last year. Or maybe Kevin Butler, whoever he is, offers a new viewing opportunity.
Ciaosky

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The General replied:

Kevin Butler was an All-American place kicker/punter for Georgia, and later for the Chi Bears,who, if I recall correctly, you watched a bit of football with a few years back in one of your Key West hangouts. The Tide has beaten ND a few times (Legion Field, 1986) but has had national titles snatched away by the Children of Touchdown Jesus as well. Enjoy. TG

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I replied:

I remember a KW amigo introducing me to Jake Scott in a sports bar, perhaps Kevin Butler was there, too. I had some conversation with Jake about his Georgia, Canadian Montreal football and NFL Miami Dolphin days, as I recall, and wrote about some of that, as I also recall.
In my previous email, LSU-Alabama should have been A & M-Alabama, about hour before that kick-off I dreamt of saying all pretenders must fall. Then, Johnny Touchdown delivered the coup de grace, with some help from a slightly not wonderful Tide offense and a slightly mesmerized Tide defense.

Thanks for filling in the blank about the Tide beating the Irish. That was the year I had moved to Santa Fe and was living on an entirely different planet. Wasn’t that also the year the Bear Jesus resigned and went to be with the other Jesus?

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The General replied:

I think you are right and I just had the name wrong because I heard Butler’s name mentioned yesterday.

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The General was a serious Bama fan before one of his daughters went to Auburn. He wasn’t entirely right in the head after that, trying to serve two masters and all. I didn’t have the heart to remind him that Bama clobbered the Tigers 49-zip Saturday, playing the reserves most of the second half, after running up a 42-zip first half lead.

There actually are several questions I’d like to ask the Dalai Lama, if I ever get the chance, but the one I asked my cousin Leo was rhetorical.

The main question I would ask the Dalai Lama, it is said when someone asked Buddha about God, Buddha said that is too big a topic to even discuss. So is God too big a topic for the Dalai Lama to even discuss?

God wasn’t too big a topic for Jesus to discuss in the Gospels.

Sloan Bashinsky

keysmyhome@hotmailcom

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