Monday, June 10
Being the little Boy that I am I do the opening solo for the Open Door Choir to be joined by the more mature tenors and basses plus our great sops combined with the altos when we sing this number.
Saturday, June 8
Friday, May 31
The purpose of this paper is to provide a talking point on scientific discoveries and major developments with a view to ascertaining a few ideas on the Future of the Christian Religion.
Giordano Bruno 1548–1600)
To reiterate his idea was to be whom you are and to be aware of others that all come under that same will that can be harnessed towards higher ideals but not to be subservient in a meek, slave- like mentality. There will always be differences in social standings and outcomes which should be celebrated and not despised or envied. For one is to eschew that nullifying sameness that risks chaos and war. This then was his critique of Christianity, for GOD is dead because you have killed him.
Nietzsche did not live long enough to see his worst fears confirmed, as it was not long to wait before the outbreak of hostilities of World War 1.
The terms of the surrender by Germany inflicted upon her by the allies turned out to be so draconian, that starvation and poverty was one of the drivers that led to the Nazi party and the unspeakable horrors that accompanied that rise in nationalistic fever and the Second World War.
The legacy for the future is to be mindful of the will to power for any centralist regime that may seek to enslave its followers in an orthodoxy of sameness that can lead to corruption at the highest level. Recent history informs us of how easily this has been possible, with cover ups, to protect the power of the church over very long periods of time.
Post War Period
In 1905 Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity was published. The foundation stone was the constancy of the speed of light and that nothing exceeds the speed of light. By the time he developed his theory, there was experimental evidence that the measured speed of light is always the same, irrespective of how the person doing the measuring is moving. The equations contain a constant, c, identified as the speed of light.
He went on to develop the special theory of relativity, which was terrifying for many at the time. Was everything relative? Were there no absolute moral standards? Although Einstein was able to show that space and time are relative it was in their union that the concept of space-time emerged which was deemed to be understood as an absolute.
These relatively new discoveries have relevance to the social sciences. Although quantum mechanics and the duality paradox only operate at the sub atomic level they tell us something about the nature of uncertainty in the universe and our tenuous grasp on reality. Ultimately although we have free will to determine our immediate actions, the uncertainty principle is likely to lead to a degree of uncertainty for individuals and groups within a society that has hitherto not been understood. The idea we can control our destiny and end result carries within it the idea that the poor are to blame for their plight. This seems at odds to what we know happens in the scientific world. More likely such groups were less effective in adapting to the complex changes that occur in society at an ever-increasing rate.
Saturday, May 4
We have just returned from a holiday at Porepunka, just a short distance from Bright, which is a 3.5 hours’ drive from Melbourne via the Freeway. Our cabin abutted the Ovens River which is depicted below and not far away is Mt Buffalo. Other scenes are from the surrounding country. The images don't do the scenery justice. Click to enlarge for a much better appreciation.
Below is a picture of yours truly and later on the right in blue is my wife Anne. We enjoyed the trip and company amongst friends immensely. Driving up I was struck with the sudden change in scenery which prompted this poem.
On the road to Bright
Brown paddocks and scrubby land beside the road,
The blue sky yields patches of grey, but still no hope of rain
A parched land whose streams end in empty water holes
Once filled with life, but now still, except for a lonely wind.
Llke sentries, the grey gums stand defiant,
Reservoirs of life, what memories stored in gnarled trunks,
of droughts and times of plenty, when new life abounds
Now a test of fortitude, to stand in timeless stoic pride.
But now we see a gentler hue, of patches of green,
Like a mirage in the desert, an oasis of hope,
As if by chance, a new land appears.
From brown to green, from scrub to forest thickets.
Now cattle graze, on green woodland glades,
content and sleek, by fast running streams,
What grace is this, a tiny slice of providence -
velvet green and autumn gold.