LTMD: I address this to you as there really aren’t many people with whom I could speak freely regarding this subject. So, as I do with many ‘difficult’ topics I’d rather write it to you.
I’ve recently become fascinated with the ‘ancient world,’ which is defined as the time before the fall of the Roman Empire in AD 476. I was never taught much about it throughout my education and so I was intrigued by the amount of attention ‘ancient knowledge’ is gaining today.
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The Ancient World, Middle Ages, Christianity and Modern Times
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It is 3:45 AM and I’m feeling a little grumpy. I did not want to feel grumpy, I wanted to be in a holiday mood! So perhaps this post will let me release a bit of grumpiness and then perhaps if I concentrate I can switch my mood.
The reason I’m a bit sour is I opened up my phone and clicked on the NextDoor app. One of the first posts was a neighbor – we’ll call him Frank – wishing everyone a happy Winter Solstice. There were a few nice replies but then one from the old man down the road who insists on keeping a really junky spray painted sign that reads “Jesus is Lord.” He tells his neighbors this:
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Politics, Religion and getting into the holiday spirit
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I prefer to write in the morning. As the day goes on my mind fills with the minutia of work, bills, life and it seems to make the mind somewhat numb. The best time to write is when I awake in the middle of the night, around 2-3 AM. There is an energy in the air, the sound of silence rings in my ears and it is as though I’ve stepped into an alternate, parallel world to the one I live in during the day. I do not often awake at 2 AM however so the next best thing is to write in the morning when I have my deepest thoughts.
Another letter to my descendants:
In my time, 8.30.2014 an updated version of one of the best television programs ever has been updated and re-released. The show “Cosmos” is the most concise and up to date scientific attempt to enlighten humanity and convince them of the truth about where we came from and what we are.
Unfortunately, even in the year 2014 when my country the USA is filled with universities and places of advanced learning where more people than ever before go to study, a great majority still cannot shake the chains of superstition and magic of organized religion.
As I get older and more set into my routines I find that life loses a little bit of luster. New experiences become less frequent and the activities I’m used to become a little less enjoyable.
Then I look at my son and see how he is excited about pretty much everything. Everything is new to him and his curiosity is limitless. Couple that with Lapham’s Quarterly which current theme is Youth, I find this realization of mine is not unique and has occurred through time and cultures.