The Greeks made a bold move and removed the question of morality from the secular world and replaced that mandate with the universal ideal of ethical behavior governed by laws. We became a people of rules and laws and ethics in the state — making us completely unique in the world — because no other competing species for our time and space is able to cognitively think, make value judgments and create a standard, equitable, criteria for living as citizens that requires we help each other instead of trying to kill each other. We are ruled by our minds and not our emotional instincts. We have patterns of written expectation we agree to adhere to in order to get along with each other — and the role of the historic Church in antiquity was to mediate the meticulous, and sometimes tenuous, dyad between a people and their state — and to help regulate an effervescent values system and to negotiate a context for living a moral life in a shapeshifting world.
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This horrific image — a true Urban Semiotic — is making the rounds of the Internets today along with lots of breast-beating and self-immolation over the appropriateness of showing this child killed in a car-bomb explosion in Baquba, Iraq yesterday. 15 people were killed, including seven policemen. Twenty others were wounded.
Is it possible to really know God’s wants — especially when we have so many Gods roaming the universe around us? We can pretend we know God’s wants. We can interpret text to try to give us direction — but any human knowing of an immortal’s internal intention is folly at best and heresy in the worst.
Yesterday, David Paterson was sworn in as the 55th governor of the State of New York. Governor Paterson is also first Blind and Black man to hold that high office.
Eliot Spitzer — Client Nine — is now forever known as “The Empire State Governor John” — after getting caught up in an FBI/IRS sex ring sting where it was discovered he appeared to be cheating on the wishes of his wife while smashing the dreams of his three daughters and vetoing voter faith by simply seeking sexual release with a call girl.