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Today, as I read Father Richard Rohr, I wondered about the closing of ranks around particular ideologies rather than opening up to the diversity of thoughts. He provided no particular quote in his reflection piece, but did make a reference to the need for prophets and an openness to diversity indicating this need had been with us for thousands of years.

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I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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  1. If by ‘particular ideologies’ you mean religions, there’s no need to wonder about the closing of the ranks. Organised religions are all about money, power, wealth (with the name of God merely denoting the local franchise).

    Hell … the most vicious three of all use the same bloody God—and slaughter each other like rabid pit bulls over the name of his prophet.

    As one of the tests for truth I use contradiction: Contradictions do NOT exist, if you find an apparent contradiction then at least one of the premises is false.

    In real life diversity too often doesn’t stimulate thought so much as ‘justify’ (beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder) causing pain and death.

    And if I disagree with somebody then at least one of us (possibly both?) is wrong—I try to keep a genuinely open mind; I wish that others would do the same. I wonder if Abraham thought this one through? (Oops, “nonphysical” … of course.)

    • I just read a morning email from Father Richard Rohr and he says much the same thing. He says after Christianity became the official religions in about 300 AD we set aside the real teachings of Jesus and replaced them with entrenched ideologies.

    • WordsFallFromMyEyes

      Quite a comment there, Argus, but my sentiments much.

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    A good post here, Ivon. I appreciate this one.


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