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Although I don’t consider myself Christian, Easter is still a very important holiday for me.

In very short form, Jesus Christ was tortured and killed. But instead of staying dead, he came back to life - proving God’s power over death.

In a contemporary phrase, and a bit irreverent, this is Jesus saying to death, “You ain’t got nothing on me!”

Everything is free now
That’s what they say
Everything I ever done
Gonna give it away.
Someone hit the big score
They figured it out
They were gonna do it anyway
Even if doesn’t pay.

I can get a tip jar
Gas up the car
Try to make a little change
Down at the bar.
Or I can get a straight job
I’ve done it before
Never minded working hard
It’s who I’m working for.

Everything is free now
That’s what they say
Everything I ever done
Gotta give it away.
Someone hit the big score
They figured it out
They were gonna do it anyway
Even if doesn’t pay.

Every day I wake up
Humming a song
But I don’t need to run around
I just stay home.
Sing a little love song
My love and myself
If there’s something that you want to hear
You can sing it yourself.

‘Cause everything is free now
That’s what I said
No one’s got to listen to
The words in my head.
Someone hit the big score
And I figured it out
That I’m gonna do it anyway
Even if doesn’t pay.

— Gillian Welch (via mumeditation)

(via gillianwelchanddavidrawlings)

beingblog:

Folks so loved this thoughtful guest essay by Norman Allen that I thought I’d give it a reprise on Good Friday. He writes that Easter is not just being about Jesus’ resurrection but Mary Magdalene too. Take three minutes to listen and read. It’s a beauty.

"There’s no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

Desmond Tutu | Via On Being

"There’s no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

Desmond Tutu | Via On Being
  1. Culture is the secret force that connects us as human beings.
  2. “Delight” and “play” are essential to a fulfilling life.
  3. Kindness is the best religion.

Sharon Ann Lee, one of the most brilliant and inspiring people I know, shares her three existential pillars in this altogether fantastic Creative Mornings interview.

Pair with Kerouac on kindness as a way of life

(via explore-blog)

(Source: exchangesecrets)

beingblog:

"For the atheist, winning the evolution-creationism debate means exposing the logical fallacies and bad science of creationism’s meaning-conferring stories. But the victory rings a hollow note, since disabling the “How did we come into being?” question leaves no possibility of asking the more important question “Why are we here?”
The skeptic’s life is always an option, but not everyone who holds fast to AiG’s creation narratives is foolish. Most people prefer a life with meaning, however implausible the meaning-conferring story. Some will themselves to believe the unbelievable because doing so is conducive to a meaningful life.
Could it be that Mr. Ham knows that what he professes to believe is ridiculous and that his Creation Museum is a mockery of intelligent life in 2014? Perhaps. But in the end, is he worse off than the resolute evolutionist who accepts a short existence in a universe with no creator, no purpose?” —Peter Han
Read more of his commentary, "Science Versus The Bible: Reasons Why This Debate Will Never Be Settled."

beingblog:

"For the atheist, winning the evolution-creationism debate means exposing the logical fallacies and bad science of creationism’s meaning-conferring stories. But the victory rings a hollow note, since disabling the “How did we come into being?” question leaves no possibility of asking the more important question “Why are we here?”

The skeptic’s life is always an option, but not everyone who holds fast to AiG’s creation narratives is foolish. Most people prefer a life with meaning, however implausible the meaning-conferring story. Some will themselves to believe the unbelievable because doing so is conducive to a meaningful life.

Could it be that Mr. Ham knows that what he professes to believe is ridiculous and that his Creation Museum is a mockery of intelligent life in 2014? Perhaps. But in the end, is he worse off than the resolute evolutionist who accepts a short existence in a universe with no creator, no purpose?” Peter Han

Read more of his commentary, "Science Versus The Bible: Reasons Why This Debate Will Never Be Settled."

mumeditation:

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” - Dorothy Day

mumeditation:

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” - Dorothy Day

nearlya:

Běla Kolářová.

Radiogram(s) of a Circle, 1963

 

crashinglybeautiful:

"Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself."
–Thomas Merton (with gratitude to Whiskey River)

crashinglybeautiful:

"Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself."

–Thomas Merton (with gratitude to Whiskey River)