Cheyne Lempe, Rab’s latest athlete out for a stroll on Mathes Crest, Toulumne.
Next goal! Maybe next week!_______________________________________________________________________
I found these yesterday but I’m claiming them as gifts for my birthday. Our books are a gift to our life’s work.
The police raided a church because they believed that the church was offering hospitality. The police raided a church because giving people a place to rest is against the law. The police raided a church because caring for people goes against the aims of empire and must be stopped.
You cannot serve the United States and the Kingdom of God. You cannot honor a badge and the cross. You cannot love the state and your neighbor.
bell hooks always gets me as a teacher and scholar, as a citizen, too, and especially when she courageously addresses what it means to love. I know many of you will think this is a corny way to address a complex problem, but I mean to address only a particular aspect of the problem here. That is, I have been thinking about antiblack racism in white communities for much of my life. I grew up in Oklahoma, for crying out loud. Tulsa. One of the worst race riots in US history occurred there—one most people know little about.
Part of what keeps the whites of the United States so in the zone regarding white power structures and antiblack racism is not an unconscious racism but a conscious disavowal of love for others. US Libertarianism itself is basically nothing more than a revision of common liberties in democratic, capitalist society as a singular Liberty individuals covet and express without others. It’s that plus Austrian School economic theory. To my point. Black people for these whites are the most convenient representation of the other or all others. Blackness becomes a receptacle for all seething fears, general anxieties, and hatred of others. White people want to discuss Ferguson, for example, in a “rational” manner, insisting we “put feelings aside”, that we “remained balanced”. I mean, they have unconsciously taken the known racist excuse “not all white people” and are using “not all cops”. It’s clear to me, they think they are being fair. After all, they are just thinking about themselves. From liberal white to libertarian white, all this is a interpellative means to reject love. I swear it is.
God (Christ) literally told his Apostles to collect everyone’s wealth and redistribute it to all his followers in accordance to both their necessity and what is fair.
Christ didn’t stutter. He didn’t say “but this only works when it’s us few people and once the Church expands to the whole Mediterranean then it’s okay to work WITH the feudal economy and hoard wealth far beyond what any individual actually needs in any fathomable universe. Also the jobs that are necessary to society are to be undervalued and the jobs that are actually social constructs like stoke brokers that serve no objective purpose to the betterment of humanity are to be hypervalued. Thus sayeth me guys.”
*slams liberation theology on your desk*
*smacks you with the Theological Virtue of Charity a few times*
*aggressively beats you with the Deadly Sin of Pride and Greed and Envy*
There’s also libraries and…
why do people buy books before the class starts. this is my fifth year (oops) doing this undergrad thing and I don’t see the point.
try to see if other students have them and you can borrow, or assess if you actually need it. don’t waste your money.
Yeah. It’d be interesting to look at how classrooms are organized in other cultures, because individual property ownership starts in America in 1st grade. We’re composed to see our textbooks, grades, etc as tools to our own individual gain, something we own. Once you get to college, where these things are something you’re left to individually pay for (rather than being provided in the public K-12 system), this possessiveness reaches its peak (because you have basically your entire life at stake for these 4 years to get the degrees that “guarantee” your career and future livelihood).
In such a Hobbesian environment any suggestion of sharing or interdependence is ostracized, even where it mutually helps one another save money. So it’s really sad. It becomes risky to invite relationship in that way. My psych prof spent the first week of the semester (see also Beck’s conversation about it) using Smith’s cultural liturgies books to talk about this and its role in the Christian university. I didn’t spend a dime on textbooks my senior year. Help each other out._______________________________________________________________________
The story of us so far…
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To all of the people who complain about capitalism: Capitalism has many faults, but what is your proposed alternative? Communism?
Bad news my laptop was stolen and I don’t plan on replacing it anytime soon so it’s going to be low quality phone blogging from here on out sorry :(
But good news is I climbed Mt Whitney!_______________________________________________________________________
Out here in John Muir Wilderness_______________________________________________________________________
What do police actually do?
First image is from Ferguson, Missouri on August 11, 2014
The second image is from Birmingham, Alabama in 1963
Taylor is the most compassionate person I know. Last year she started a “kindness campaign” using meetup where she’d do guerrilla nice things for random people to make their days better. The other day we were driving and saw a man walking with crutches so she stopped and we gave him a ride. A while ago we saw an injured duck on the road so she stopped and we took care of them for a few days. She likes to read me tumblr links to news stories about people doing cool things like paying off strangers’ debts or buying people’s freedom from prison, saying, we should do that! When she watches undercover investigations videos on factory farms she truly feels the pain of the individual animals. She has a heart for undocumented folk and poor families running local restaurants we eat at who are trying to break even. She takes enemy love seriously and we have lots of conversations about it. I’ll alway have so much to learn from her._______________________________________________________________________