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Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004 - 11:46 p.m.

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Sexy Jesus contemplates Spiritual Wine

OK, here's the sexy Jesus. I tell ya. He is ONE sexy jesus, am i right or not right? Can you imagine all these young pubescent girls (and lonely nuns) gazing up at this guy with adoration? hmmm. Religious fervour alright. Anyways, I left the quote on cuz I was going to tell you it was a lovely article about XXXXX, with a lovely interview and it is in Marie-Claire magazine, Marie-Claire France I think, in the XXXXX issue 2004, damn... you know, fair use of the copyright and all since I am commenting on, critiquing the article, but I forgot to write it down (I borrowed the magazine overnight from the coffeeshop).... maybe I'll get the info tomorrow. It WAS a kindof cool article, and this image was like an inch tall, but I have blown it up for your delight, ok?

Now I suppose I should write SOMETHING intelligent now that you are all wowed out on the sexy jesus.

On Sunday there is a CBC Radio One show called Tapestry... it is usually very interesting. Interviews with people who have much religious experience and wisdom. This usually translates into thoughtful, open-minded discussions. Contrast that with religious fanatics who rant and try to convert. Anyways, this Sunday's program, there was an interview with Tom Harpur, who wrote a book called "The Pagan Christ"... unfortunately I was rushing off to do two pages of comics so I could rush off more to the dyke BBQ, so I only caught a tiny segment of it.

But it was ever so interesting. He said that he thought that he would feel connected to the larger world, the greater Spirit, if he joined a religious community, ie a monastery. And he said that he found instead that he felt it was a cut-off insulated enclave, which had a language wherein they could only speak to each other... that he would go by graffiti in the subway, and poor people in the street and go "what does the community I am in have to say to these people in the world?"... So now he is no longer in the religious community.

He said that the longer he was there, the more disconnected he felt from other people, and from making any mark on problems in the world.

Apparently they have done studies and the longer people stay in closed religious communities, the more they lose their ability to relate to people. I suppose it's not surprising, since one is supposedly there to relate to God, but still... it does seem, like Mr. Harpur pointed out, to be a bit pointless if one joins a community in order to effect some sort of change or to grow understanding of man's place in the universe.

Anyways, I thought it was quite fascinating and in need of further inquiry. The guy has also written a book called "The Spirituality of Wine"... just for you tipplers out there. :)

There, that was our spiritual section for the day. Starting with Sexy Jesus and ending with Wine. :)


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