Lol, no. Me and unpacking will take a very long time. Don't have much left to unpack just nowhere to put some things for the time being. Also can't find a box of books, maybe I'll try to look for those after work.
Post by Belteshazzar on Jun 16, 2014 8:52:07 GMT -6
I started reading Candide, by Voltaire the other night at the book store. Got a few chapters in. It's rather hilarious, in a dark way. Basically the whole premise of the book is that terrible things can and do happen and that it can't be assumed that the world is the best that it can be, because things can be better than they are. So this main character goes through one terrible event after another.
Post by Belteshazzar on Jul 12, 2014 14:08:27 GMT -6
I haven't read it, but have considered it just for objectivity. I just haven't gotten around to it. My impression is that it's probably "legit" enough, but that it has inaccuracies, is biased against Mormons and essentially tries to make them look bad, and probably jumps to unfounded conclusions. I don't know if it does, but I certainly I would not be surprised if it tries to pin the Mountain Meadows Massacre on Brigham Young. I think everything is worth reading though, just for the sake of being able to knowledgeably talk about the work written. I would read it mainly in order to authoritatively debunk the inaccuracies and negative viewpoints I hear it depicts, but hopefully something worthwhile could be gleaned from it as well.
But good on you for trying to get to the bottom of things and figure out what's true.
Being from Arkansas, where the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre were from, I've been hearing it blamed on him for a long time. It's still a point of contention for some historical minded folks in my home state. I've always meant to dig in deeper about it, since it's linked to my home state. But I never have
Post by Belteshazzar on Jul 17, 2014 11:06:08 GMT -6
I actually just downloaded Moby Dick on my phone and my Nook. Been meaning to read it for years. The first chapter has some interesting exposition about the sea and why people always seem to be drawn to water.
I am starting to study Paul Foster Case's course on alchemy. After taking notes on the first two lessons I realized that love is the first principle element necessary for any spiritual work. My own story of pain, loss and confusion had left me wondering how love came into play in my life- and now all the years I spent in contemplation about God and the nature of love are coming back to remind me that it was those years that prepared me for the next step- which is hopefully to advance along the path designed by the Creator.