On the Road to 2012, Jose Arguelles Ph.D
We are living in a most interesting time. From the Mayan perspective and from many other perspectives: These are the End Times. This is the time of prophecy. Just about everybody has heard of the date 2012. Most people hear this date and say, “Hmmm…isn’t that when the Mayan calendar ends? This is the stock answer. The Mayan calendar doesn’t end in 2012. The Mayan calendar is based on cycles with cycles within cycles. What happens in 2012 is the ending of a major cycle…
Mary, Mary, Margaret Starbird
An excerpt from Margaret Starbird’s beautiful book entitled Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile. The book describes a portrait of Mary Magdalene and the controversy surrounding her relationship to Jesus. A heroine that has been defiled throughout history by religious authorities has finally staged a startling come back thanks to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
The Second Sex (Introduction), Simone de Beauvoir
Philosophical discourse on Being by atheists reveal that some might be more spiritual than so-called religious people. This observation certainly applies to Simone de Beauvoir. The Introduction to The Second Sex shows the depths of her humanity and clarity of perception in regards to her depiction of the Other as an essential part of the essence of Being. Our posting of the Introduction of her book is a small tribute to a most influential philosopher of the 20th century.
Thanks to Frank Hamilton Cushing, a pioneer anthropologist who lived among the Zuni Pueblo between 1879-1884, who recorded and made available to all the beauty of Zuni culture. The mythology is a good example of New Mexico’s Pueblo lore posted as a complementary text to Zuni Cosmology found elsewhere on this site.
Disinformocracy, Howard Rheingold
Virtual communities could help citizens revitalize democracy, or they could be luring us into an attractively packaged substitute for democratic discourse. A few true believers in electronic democracy have had their say. It’s time to hear from the other side. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to look closely at what the enthusiasts fail to tell us, and to listen attentively to what the skeptics fear…
The Military-Industrial Complex, Dwight D. Eisenhower
We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment…
The Inauguration: A Deist Antecedent, Joshua Lacroix
The first President of the US inaugurated the ritual of the swearing-in. The act of laying a hand on the Bible during the inauguration was also originated by George Washington. However, Washington was a devoted Free Mason and the rite of laying his hand on the Bible contradicts both Masonic and Christian principles.
Dancing With The Gods, Eric Raymond
I was raised Catholic by a Catholic father and a relaxed Protestant mother. I had my first mystical experience in 1967 at the age of 10, at an old-style Latin Tridentine mass in the hills outside Rome, as the priests were censing the aisle of the church during the Offertory. It presented itself as a sudden, intense sense of being in a moment outside time, an eternal instant co-existing with every other eternal instants of history, with the illusion of time and change stripped away. “As was in the Beginning, is now, and ever shall be, World without End, amen” conveys the flavor exactly.
Cyberspace and the Dream of Teilhard de Chardin, John R. Mabry
Progressive Catholics have long cherished Teilhard de Chardin and his unique and mystical vision, and for those of us who have only recently discovered the New Cosmology, his discovery is as great an epiphany as the encountering of Hildegard, Julian of Norwich, or any of the other mystics who testify to Divine immanence. Teilhard was a man possessed of rare vision who was capable of remythologizing his faith to fit the “facts” that his scientific studies convinced him of.
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings and shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less…