Hurled into the Dark

  • Suffering: why do we? It’s not all physical but sometimes mental and emotional. Nausea is a torture strategy. So is grief.
  • Mystery: not only do we not know stuff, but we know that there is stuff we can’t even grasp or imagine, stuff we can’t know we don’t know. Knowing it exists is not to realize what it means anyway.
  • Blood soaked earth: the image of the blood of the victim is renewed by every murder mystery. We can find traces of battles that are noted in the Bible, valleys with no blood you can see, but plenty of bone. Blood is an excellent manure. It is also a powerful laxative. Blood cells have no DNA.
  • Dark wash of sleep: Without sleep our brains are overwhelmed by hallucination. When we sleep the brain cells pull in their edges and plasma fluid washes among them like the canals of Venice taking away the unwanted. Not all dark is bad.
  • Evil: The universe is not capable of morality. It is indifferent. Evil is in our response but we project it onto other sources.
  • Violence: Using force to compel some end is a slippery subject. The taboo on using violence can cause violence or BE a kind of violence, failing to act.
  • Death: One of small legal entities that allows physician-administered death has had so many requests that they think of withdrawing the provision. They’d rather see people die in plain sight on the sidewalk, or in the view of monitoring cameras during confinement.
  • Truth: One could say this is the death of the self-image.
  • Deception/performance: At what point does theatre become a lie? Or does it tell us what is truly true?

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Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.

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Mary Strachan Scriver

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Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.

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