Friday, November 03, 2006

As the World Turns 3

Every day something happens in the world that illustrates something profound, if only one could figure out what it was. Here's one from Gaza describing a battle between the IDF and Hamas:

A separate 19-hour standoff in northern Gaza between IDF troops and Palestinian gunmen who had barricaded themselves inside a mosque ended in the deaths of eight Palestinians, two of whom were women who had heeded a call issued by a Hamas radio station in Gaza to go to the mosque to serve as human shields for the operatives inside. The IDF said that it suspected that some Palestinian gunmen had dressed up as women in order to foil the army's attempts to enter the mosque.

Here's another from Copenhagen, featuring Kanye West:

The six-time Grammy-winning rapper, 29, was apparently so disgruntled at not winning best video for "Touch The Sky" – the prize went to Parisian duo Justice vs. Simian for "We Are Your Friends" – that he crashed the stage as the award was being handed out.

In a profanity-laced tirade, West said he should have won the prize, because his video "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it," and, he added, "I was jumping across canyons."

"If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility," West said, according to the Associated Press.

This one is from New Jersey.

A U.S. man who found 300 letters to God floating in the Atlantic Ocean said on Friday he will donate them to a church instead of selling them on eBay following protests from religious people. The letters, sent to a deceased Baptist clergyman, mysteriously wound up in a sealed plastic shopping bag near a beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bill Lacovara, an insurance adjuster from Ventnor, New Jersey, said he waded out to get the bag while on a fishing trip last week.

They include one from a teen-age girl asking God to forgive her for having an abortion, one from a prisoner who said he was innocent and wanted to be at home with his family, and one from a man who wanted God's help winning the lottery, according to media reports.


If mankind doesn't survive as a species maybe some alien life form from the far future will find his fossilized remnants and wonder what why an ape-like creature, in dying should be reaching out for something beyond his grasp; the foolish aspiring for the transcendant. So maybe the lines from Leonard Cohen do apply:

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Cohen's composition was covered in Shrek, did you know that?


Blogger Ken Wheaton said...

Yup. Rufus Wainwright on the soundtrack CD and John Cale in the movie itself (for what it's worth). Love that song.

11/03/2006 05:54:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

Ok, here's the Allison Crowe cover of Hallelujah, but the lyrics are Cohen's newer ones, which are not as good as the old ones. Yet still good enough to make make you understand why the ambition to poetry is only very short of aspiring to immortality.

11/03/2006 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Listen friends, and mark my words in this moment and this hour--
God is jealous for his name for his name is jealous.

Nor is this a charming flower to set before a man
nor one of his commands.

Yet, without Jesus, this is more than we can love as we desire peace,
and less than we can know as we desire joy.

For the sacred fire
that makes us liars--
I mean, that separates speech from dreams,
and separates our flesh from the future--
is God’s power manifested.
So, in the year and the hour-- for his sake, invest your desire in Jesus.
Follow his holy fire for right now. Right now he intercedes for us in heaven!

Some will say we are people of the way.
We are people of the way.
We praise his holy name Yahweh.
I am who I am.
I cause all things to be.
I am the first cause of creation.
We praise his holy name Elohym.

And say “Thank you Jesus for your precious blood--
better, so much better than the blood of Abel.

11/03/2006 09:51:00 PM  
Blogger Sparks fly said...

Wretchard, this one is easy:

Natural man is insane, stupid, and evil. Courtesy of The Bible.

Jesus, not Art Garfunkel is the true and only bridge over troubled waters.(In the Bible waters are often people.)

Immortality has been set in our hearts. That's why those who reject Christ have to go to hell. It's a holding tank for eternal evil.They can't be utterly destroyed, ever.

11/03/2006 10:12:00 PM  

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