According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Friday, July 1, 2011

Deconstructing Ourselves

And then, a DOG bit me!the world that laughs for us….

by George Elerick (theloverevolution)
posted on June 20, 2011

Jacques Lacan was a French Psychoanalyst who posited that our unconscious is structured much like a language.”If the unconscious is structured like a language, Lacan argues, then the self is denied any point of reference to which to be “restored” following trauma or “identity crisis” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconscious_mind#Lacan.27s_linguistic_unconscious).

Lacan would go on to talk about how what we desire will never be fulfilled. He refers to this unmet desire as the objet petit a; the presumption then is that desire lacks the very thing we think we desire. Hollywood, television adverts, grocery store aisles all play on this truth. Let’s take for example the beauty adverts that seem to prey on women.

Most of these adverts work on the premise that there is already a socially defined reality that informs us all what a women should and should not look like. Some women buy into this, in fact, there are few that don’t; on some unconscious level, we’re all measuring ourselves against some objective idea. It is our thoughts that help create what we believe about reality and ourselves.

The Awful Truth, Day 4:  Could Be Working HarderWhen I was younger, I remember learning that matter is made of atoms, energy and particles. In the last few years quantum physics have merged with philosophy and are now positing that all that we see in front of it is not made of matter, but rather, thought. In the narrative documentary ‘What the Bleep do we know?” the content focuses on how and what defines our reality.

They conclude by the end that our thoughts bring things into reality. For example, a tree is only a tree because it has been socially constituted and agreed upon (thought of) as a tree. A moment sipping tea in the garden is never simply a moment sipping tea in the garden, it’s always both more and less than what it appears to be.

The world itself then is desire waiting to happen.

If the two points above are true about how we experience and interact with reality then how perceive the world and what we believe about matters more than we would like to think it would. This is why deconstruction is one of the most responsible acts we can all participate in. It seems the constituted world, well, a world mostly constituted by media, adverts, toys, and ‘stuff’ that world seems to be telling us how to think about what we think about it.

It’s like sitcoms that have canned laughter during what are meant to be funny moments, and we watch having enjoyed the show as if we have laughed ourselves.

Deconstructing ourselves will eventually lead to finding ourselves.

This is why the question is such a powerful thing.

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