Posts Tagged ‘Lent


Brutal Friday, Metal Theology

Ever since I was small, the name “Good Friday” didn’t make much sense to me. It seemed that of all the days of his ministry, Good Friday would be the day Jesus of Nazareth said to himself “Man this whole enlightened badass, Messiah, Son of God gig really blows”. And then he got shafts of metal driven through his limbs and was hung to die surround by a bunch of douche bags. And that is not good, in fact it really blows. Which brings us to the normal reason why people call today “Good”; the concept of human salvation via blood sacrifice. Let’s now unravel this one. An all loving and powerful creator is going to hold an entire race of beings accountable for their insect-like actions and iniquities and then he’s going to kill an aspect of himself in order to destroy that debt that He Himself instated in the first place? God sounds pretty damn convoluted if you ask me. I’m gonna look at all that theology and say fuck that.

I’m not going to claim to understand everything that could have occurred in the mind of Christ those last hours but I will say this. On a purely human physical level it sucked. It was not Good, it was Brutal. Further, my gnostic understanding of Jesus of Nazareth as THE enlightened mother fucker in Galilee and Judea. I’m going to restate my belief from the Lent blog: through time spent in complete self denial and inward thought during his time in the desert, Jesus became Christ. He came to understand whatever innate abilities had been bubbling to the surface since his youth and returned convinced that it was his duties to awake this in other people. To make the blind see their divine potential as he had realized it. Christ is thus a hyper aware and powerful being. It is my belief that pain as he would have experienced it must have been more terrible than any unenlightened human such as we can comprehend. Despite the ability to obliterate every centurion in Judea in a flash he submitted to torture and execution by worthless animals. These human beings feared that their order would be overthrown. What does an empire of men matter to one who is on the level of a God? Already in his trials in the desert, Christ had rejected the claim to earthly power. These humans do not undersand this being and thus they must fear him as animals. I find the line from the Gospel of Luke most compelling here: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,”. The soldiers, the mob, indeed humanity has not an idea of what it is doing in both destroying this man but in any action they undertake. We stumblers,we blinded shackled beings destroyed one of the truly few who was not. Since then we have twisted and perverted his ideas to such a point that his message of freedom becomes one of slavery to clergy and a growing apathy towards any religious thought. We are content to go through our lives as animals.

So on this Brutal Friday, I would challenge anyone reading this to truly consider your life. I don’t give a fuck if your Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, or an acolyte of Mithra. Actually if you’re down with Mithra get in touch. But ask yourself: Are you happy? Do your actions exist only as reactions to your immediate desires? What are you doing that makes your own life any more significant than that of an ant? Live a life of a true human. Escape yourself.


Pensee on Lent; DIligence as Actualization of the Self

As we consider ourselves, I find music to be instrumental to self discovery and actualization. This track by Between the Buried and Me explores how little we understand the riddle of our human brain and the consciousness caged within it. It is integral to our understanding of how I believe Sin comes to exist in the world and why a set period of reflection such as Lent is integral to all human experience.

Diligence; the conscious and daily reflection that just as this earthly form has a beginning it also must have an end. With each moment that our outer shell deteriorates and decays we must strive to bring meaning and purpose to ourselves through self understanding and satisfying the needs of others and ourselves. Our bodies and minds are fulfilled through diligence, through achievement, to deny this is to live in constant death and blindness of meaninglessness. Diligence requires constant thought and reflection, to understand that what we do is achieving our goals. And this is a tradition that every Abrahamic culture has instituted be it through the period from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur, Ramadan or in the case of Christian culture, Lent.

The concept of Lent as is taught in our parochial schools when we are young is one of giving up. And this in and of itself is not a bad thought. By distancing ourselves from that which our mind guiltily enjoys we feel we have bettered our self. However this commitment is easy to break and cast aside. Giving up TV, smoking, and other trivial things also rarely gets to the heart of chronic discrepancies we have between our rationalized wants and the actions we take. These discrepancies are what we can consider Sin, those habitual actions we take which disagree with what we truly wish to do. Considering my own life, I recognize a habit of procrastination which stems from my youth and I feel has constantly drained the potential of my life. Thus during this time of Lent I wish to instead challenge myself to activate my potential through a closer focus on what my body needs to perform at it’s best. Complete denial of the flesh often drives us into negative failure paths. How often have we heard of a friend who in trying to quit smoking cigarettes cold instead returns to it with an air of defeat? They have denied the flesh, doing what they do not enjoy, in an attempt to achieve their ultimate goal of eliminating a Sin from their life. Is it any surprise that they fail?

This is strategy of my lent. To appease the needs of my body, mind and soul I must engage in easy activities to satisfy them. Yoga shall strengthen my body and peer deeper into my understanding of myself. With the schedule, I have set forth of 3 sessions a week, I have a measurable gauge of my activity for the week. To further my career goals, I will utilize career net, my contacts, and craigslist to get 2 interviews by next week. Further, I will schedule band practices weekly for my band to begin bringing that goal to completion. In order to make all this possible, the foundation of my schoolwork must be in place. I am committing myself to a goal that by the end of February, I will be 2 days ahead of each of my classes scheduled required work. Finally, to achieve the ambitious goals I have for SOLID, I will present my first funding proposal for a trip to a Yankees game by Monday for approval.

With the appropriate steps, these goals are within reach. I shall achieve all of them. I shall will this. Science has proven that at the quantum level, the mere viewing of certain particles by humans can change their nature. Astounding. Even at this primitive level of brain functioning, we can restructure reality and the components of it. So why not do it at a macrolevel? 2000 years ago one man discovered this in 40 days. There is good reason that Lent lasts just as long.

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