Previous William Thomas Sherman Info Page postings, quotes, observations, etc.
["Joey Heatherton Light My FIre - Hollywood Palace"]
For the latest posting from our Lee's Legion FB page, "'…AND HEAVENLY FREEDOM SPREAD HER GOLDEN RAY': The Revolutionary War Poetry of PHILLIS WHEATLEY PETERS," see http://www.gunjones.com/Phillis-Wheatley-Peters.pdf
LIFE SAVING TIP #319 --
NEVER trust or believe con-artist spirit people and who pretend they are angels from Heaven. How does one know they are not from Heaven? Certainly, a number of reasons could be furnished, but one here will suffice -- they are not honest nor of the truth. Rather, they will try to bamboozle you with show; with an aura of feely-feel good feelings, and an atmosphere of preternatural divinity that is in reality a big fake. For after all, if Il Diablo can feign and masquerade as higher goodness and put on garments of seeming holiness, what CAN'T he get away with? (Indeed, what HAS and DOESN'T he get away with using the same trick?)
With "form" denoting peace in rest or relative inactivity, and "harmony" pertaining to peace or stasis in motion and action, Life as we know it does not quite, at least to appearances, possess all solidity of form and sweetness of harmony, but must seek these on multiple levels. And on these various levels contends with different degrees of chaos depending on the individual, group, or community. So, for instance, there is or can be chaos to one's health; their material well being and economy; their moral character as it applies both to their own spirit and soul, along with social relations with others; to one's intellect and capacity for being logical and rational; to their aesthetic or very sense of what they consider beauty to be; and finally to the living and palpable realization AND conception of the form and harmony of all of these levels combined. Now inasmuch as God, by definition as One (and or Being), is necessary for form and harmony to exist or take place in any manner, many adopt Him and or such as an individual and universal premise. On the would-be other hand, there is a school of thought which says to do without conventional God and posit Satan in his place, and who materially speaking rank among the most wealthiest and influential of ideologies and parties on the planet. Brute force, violence, cunning, and financial treasure they see as constituting supreme power and control over form and harmony to their way of believing. Others modify this, and will be forced to admit God but maintain their Satan is, even so, a close second. Yet I myself am inclined to think on this particular question that true and lasting victory only comes in war to those whose cause is right and who are themselves -- relative to their enemy -- materially poorer -- otherwise God frowns on and forbids true military victory to anyone else despite surface appearances and people's seeming.
["eLearning with Latin for the New Millennium" -- BolchazyCarducci videos at 3:12 min.]
Whatever ends up happening, Pres. Obama is a good man, and for all we know, Kaddafi may actually be one as well. Yet when the masters of witchcraft and mind control take over and are on a roll, who in all the earth has the power or is in a position to stop them?
When I go to watch a DVD these days, I find myself more and more drawn to the (relatively) obscure and the long ago and far away. As examples of which, I find myself loving early sixties Italian costume dramas, such as those with Steve Reeves; there was a pronounced desire to please people in those times; compared with today where it more a case of trying to use, abuse, and manipulate audiences. Likewise, some of the late 50's and early to mid 60's televison shows sometimes had some unusually well written, psychologically stimulating, and surprise-filled scripts compared to later tv shows (even later shows I like.) Now no dramatic tv series ever got by in those days with out some fair amount of the unbelievable or else altogether corny. On the other hand -- and allowing for such -- shows like "Bonanza" and "Wagon Train" were occasionally as rewarding as serious stage dramas.
It's been a long while since I was doing regular recommendations of the week, but if you're beginning to run out of good DVDs to watch, here are two sets (including any applicable sequels to these) worth checkng out:
"Warriors 50 Movie Pack Collection"
"Wagon Train - The Complete First Season"
Contrary to comment by Origen in Against Celsus, in expelling the money-changers, I think Jesus was rather teaching a soulful lesson, and not overally concerned with the propriety of the temple precinct and buildings themselves. For even enlightened pagans knew that the temple or shrine itself was just a show piece and trappng of someone and something greater.
Besides all of which, if we understand Christian orthodoy correctly, if it isn't Jesus, then it can and could not possibly be the Father anyway. And yet Jesus is of truth, indeed is the truth. Therefore, the Father cannot exist nor have meaning for us but, for, and in honest truth. (Or if you prefer, no One without Logos plus the Great or All-Spirit.)
More's the shame so many ancient peoples were incapable of seeing God as a vegetarian. But then up until Jesus only Prophets, Philosophers, and Saints barely had even a flimsy conception, how then could the ignorant, who are ever numerous, know better? And yet it was deemed necessary for the solidification of society that some concession be granted their false assumptions.
Would some please feed our friend the benevolent deity, and slay an offering or two? (I see by my watch it's getting nigh din-din time.)
From the Japanese band "Ghost."
["Ghost - Dominoes - Celebration For The Gray Days"]
You seem to misunderstand the point entirely -- if that's what He had to suffer who was innocent, what will then will you have to go through and endure who are unrepentant and so guilty?
"Sherman, you must be having all these problems."
I guess it must be because I don't feel so good.*
* That is, I don't feel so good because he's always bothering me with his problems.
I think Syd Barret was probably right in ultimately preferring to be a painter or photographer than a musician. This said, the early Pink Floyd still gets high marks for boundless imagining if not for bringing it on home or all together as you might otherwise want them to.
["Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam"]
Of course, they have to and must be bad; it's destiny, fate, kismet -- only doubtless it doesn't hurt to be highly paid for it as well.
The one and only standard is the truth, and truth is not a lie; nor a self-contradicting hypocrite, nor what spirit people decree (just because they happen to be spirit people), or what "everybody" thinks. And yet...
In the name of seeming love and brotherly benevolence,
this one stands up for the the humble, naive, and ignorant,
and proudly treats unmoneyed intelligence
as a badge of shame;
throws honesty and reason to the winds
and says they don't really matter.
Why? Because a ghost and angels old him so.
But how did he ever know who those ghosts and angels were?
He was chosen.
Now, this other he is so wonderful
he has to force himself on people.
And while others can compete
-- he, who can't, must deceive and cheat.
Yes, says he, but did you expect me to live my life without girls and money?
"Look how strong I am!" he says.
Yes, while you're sucking on my blood.
Now then, will you go live your own life already, and stop needing me?