Saturday, February 18, 2006
A Reader Survey/Heaven?/Mark Twain
What Afterlife - A Readers' Survey
What (if anything) happens to us after our death?
(with energy body? without energy body?)?
Lights Out (nothing at all)?,
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This weird wonderful
weaving lattice of illusions
simultaneously held and disregarded.
My sister believes my dear
demented mother left
for heaven sometime ago.
Simply put, Mom has gone
somewhere farther away
even than New York is
from San Francisco, some
where our mother attempts to
explain from an infinitely interesting
tower of tongues as though she were
the Oracle of Delphi at the last moments
providing wisdom to her children straining
to comprehend what wandering meanings
she finds for where she's been when back
to time she journeys home to us.
Mark Twain - Still Here When We Need Him
My friend and unofficial mentor, Bill Edelen posed 2 questions in his January 22d column, "My Hero: Mark Twain":
1. Do parents have a right to insist that their children grow up to be as ignorant as they are? In a democracy the answer is "yes." So, the next question:
2. Do the public schools have to be a party to this tragic process of promotion and cooperating with bigotry and ignorance? In a democracy founded on the separation of church and state, the answer is a loud resounding "NO."
Edelen continues: "Directly above my computer, framed, are these words about a writer's 'worthy calling' by Mark Twain" 'ours is a useful trade...a worthy calling...and it has one serious purpose, one aim, one specialty, and it is constant to it...the deriding of shams...the exposure of pretentious falsities...the laughing of stupid superstitions out of existence...Whoso is engaged in this sort of warfare is the natural enemy of royalties...nobilities...privileges...and all kindred swindles...and is the natural fiend of human rights and human liberties.' "
The column is a bit too long for this space, so I will here give you a link to the entire column.