Dear reader,

A simple question from a simple person: Where is God? If he exists, he must be somewhere. I don't mean in the metaphorical sense, as in, "Wow I am going through a bad patch right now, God where are you?" but rather as in physically, where the fuck is he? I mean, for a person to believe in something, typically it has to BE somewhere. Is he in Australia? Is he down a mine shaft? Is he on Uranus? Is he on the other side of the galaxy? Is he far, far away, in the outer reaches of the universe? Because if he's that far away, then the laws of physics say that he can't see anything immediately, he'll have to wait until light reaches him before he knows you've done something bad. Far enough away, and you can live your entire life without him knowing. If he's close by, then why can't we see him? Just wondering. Where is God?

Time for today's quote:

"We trained hard...but every time we began to form teams, we would be reorganized.
I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet new situations by reorganizing,
and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization."
-Petronius Arbiter (around 60 AD)

Until the next time,

-Buford Twain

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Comment by Buford Twain on October 11, 2008 at 12:54pm
Hi Zeb, your quote reminded me of this scene from napoleon dynamite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwAsrVEF4Ls

"I don't understand a word you just said".

-BT
Comment by Zeb on October 8, 2008 at 10:48pm
Where is God? And speaking of quotes, here's a suggestion where it is according to T.J.J. Altizer as he describes it from the 'mystical Oriental' viewpoint...

"Too frequently we Westerners attempt to translate the symbols of Oriental religion into the language of our own Western ontology. Whereas the Western thinker has an almost invariable tendency to place a positive and even absolute evaluation upon existence and being, the Eastern mystical thinker begins with the conviction that actual or existing being must be abolished or reversed to make possible an epiphany of Being. Both the Chinese and the Indian Buddhists paradoxically employ words whose immediate and literal reference is to nonbeing and to nothingness when they wish to speak of ultimate Reality. So likewise we cannot understand the Hindu symbols Brahman and Sat if we imagine them to represent a Being existing in continuity with the world of actuality. The language of Oriental mysticism is consistently and fully dialectical: it can speak of the sacred only by inverting the meaning of the profane, and its symbols of the sacred always refer to a total dissolution or reversal of an actual and immediately existent being. Finally, the language of the Oriental mystic is the language of silence. He can speak only by inverting or reversing all common and established meaning. But this practice must culminate in the cessation of speech. Total silence is the only appropriate witness to an absolutely quiescent Totality, just as the mystic who embraces this highest of religious ways must finally abandon all symbols, all language, all discipline, and all meaning."

Woo, all dem big werdz. Been reading this kinda stuff all day, ugh - guess you have to use language like this to fully express ideas like this. Though I think someone like Lao Tzu could be a little more terse.
Comment by Buford Twain on August 25, 2008 at 11:23am
I have added that quote to my list, thanks!

And here's a good one:

I think there is an intellent designer, and he or she knows exactly what they are doing. That's why we've got giraffes and hippopotami and the clap.
-Kurt Vonnegut
Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on August 25, 2008 at 10:57am
I bet they are...and they probably made Bucky Fuller pay for the beer..he's been wherever they are longer....

("Slaughterhouse-Five" is one of the best films ever made. George Roy Hill understood the meaning of Vonnegut's novel.)

"If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind."

Kurt Vonnegut
Comment by Buford Twain on August 25, 2008 at 10:21am
Oh, now I see who you meant :)

Maybe George Carlin met up with Kurt Vonnegut (one of my own heroes) and they are enjoying a beer and a laugh somewhere...?
Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on August 25, 2008 at 10:10am
Make that Heigl...Katherine Heigl

Sorry....

Hey ..George Carlin is/was also one of my gods. I hope he doesn't/wouldn't object to this status...given that he would/does understand the joke. But I'm don't know where George is right now.
Comment by Buford Twain on August 25, 2008 at 9:51am
Thanks for the comments Michael D. and Michael H.

Glad you liked the quote. I am a "quote-a-holic" - I collect quotes, I have some wonderful ones and I like to throw one out when I do a blog post. That way even if the post is rubbish there is at least one little nugget of (someone else's) wisdom to take away.

Interesting... who is Katherine Heidel? Hope I am not being too ignorant :-)

Maybe the Egyptians had it right, as George Carlin once pointed out -- at least they knew where Ra the sun god was and had realistic expectations for what He could do for them!
Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on August 25, 2008 at 9:36am
Ok...which God are you looking for? My goddess is Katherine Heidel and although I don't have her exact whereabouts at the moment...I think she lives somewhere in California.

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