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Angels of Paradox - In and Out of The Box
by Leah Sellers
2015-04-18 12:32:21
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Human Beings are Earth bound Creatures Wearing and Bearing Varying Shades of Gray.  Bearing WithIn and Wearing WithOut our Positive and Negative Energetic Sources and ReSources, and Environmental-Cultural Petri Dishes/Boxes.  We are always simultaneously the Experiment and the Experimenter. 
Paradoxical Angels with ruffled wing feathers and tilted halos.  Angels of Paradox existing/annihilating both In and Out of the Environmental-Cultural Petri Dish/Box.
paradox01_400Think In the Box.  Think Out of the Box.  Be In the Petri Dish/Box.  Be Out of the Petri Dish/Box.  Systematic and Institutional Mandates Creating Hellion-Rebellions WithIn and WithOut.  Jack-In-the-Box.  Jane-In-the-Box.  Dreaming Visionaries Cry and Sing “Get Out !  Get Out ! 
Get Out of the Box !”
We are the Sin - the Sinner- and the Sin Eaters wrought within Angelic-Demonic Paradox.  Earthly and Cosmological Paradoxes of Varying Shades of Gray.  Lighter to Darker and Darker to Lighter Varying Shades of Gray.
Query:  What Environmental-Cultural Entities and Formations are we Growing, Nurturing and Sustaining within our Environmental-Cultural Petri Dishes/Boxes ?  What simply complex and complexly simple Causes, Effects and Consequential Evolving, Rippling End Results are being Created/Destroyed, Echoed/Silenced and Perpetuated/Exterminated ? 
A little dash of This.  And a little dash of That.  And Wah-la !  A whole Culture and Environment can Blossom and Grow or Corrupt and Dis-ease itself, and end in Self and Other quickening Entropy.  An Unraveling - a Dis-integration - a Dis-solving - an Evaporation - a Dis-sipation - an Imploding Explosion - an Exploding Implosion…etc.
Cycles within Cycles of Phoenix Fiery Risings and Phoenix Ashes Fallings.
Human Beings and the Environmental-Cultural Petri Dishes/Boxes we Live WithIn or WithOut of are filled with opposing Angels and Demons wrangling for DeStabilizing Stability or Stabilizing DeStabilization.
Those types of Environmental-Cultural conditions and conditionings will always give Risings and Fallings to Cynical Angels - Dark Misanthropic Angels - Rebellious Angels of Varying Shades of Gray.  Angels of Paradoxical Polarities.
In more Ancient Histories of Environmental-Cultural Petri Dishes/Boxes, The Church, depending upon her Leaders, the Political/Economic Leaders, and the Congregations’ and Constituents’/Customers’ Superstitions and Fears of the Time gave InTo, succumbed to, many of the Darker Angels of their particular Environmental-Cultural Petri Dishes/Boxes.  Human Beings always have.  We All still Do.
In those more Ancient Pasts, if a Woman displayed Intellect or Beauty, and took on any Form or Mantle of Self and Public EmPowerment as a Healer or a Leader, the Patriarchal, Power-Aware and Politically-Minded Churches and Political/Economic Leaders would goad and manipulate their Superstitious and Fear-based Congregations and Constituents/Customers into Seductress-Witch (Hag) Exclusions, Imprisonments, Torture Chambers brutalities and sufferings, Burnings, Stonings, Pressings and Drownings.  All sorts and manners of Bent InHuman Ingenuities of Pain and Death.  Amen, Halleluiah and “Here ye !  Here ye ! Let It Be So !“.
Those who were Excluded, Imprisoned, Tortured, Burned, Stoned, Pressed or Drowned probably did not See the Church’s priests, acolytes, and Congregations or Political/Economic Leaders and their Constituents/Customers as Angels of Paradox, but, rather, Torturous Demons of Paradoxical Shades of ruinous and Dis-eased charcoal and obsidian Black.  Fear-infected and Dis-torted Demons of a Black Abyss slowly destroying The Accused.  As the rejected Different Ones screamed WithIn and WithOut for a World of Changing, Accepting, Tolerant Perceptions, and a quick Death for ThemSelves.  As they gave up their Ghosts to Environmental-Cultural Angels of Varying Shades of Gray.  Angels of Demonic Paradox.
Spiritual Heretics and Political Traitors are One and the Same.  They are but the Canaries in the Cages - Harbingers of Environmental-Cultural Poisonings or Tectonic Shiftings within Our Petri Dishes/Boxes often Punished and Sacrificed to the imperfect vagaries of Humanity’s ever Evolving/Devolving implacably/flexibly Fear-based Natures.
Humanity both Reviles and Honors Spiritual Heretics and Political Traitors.  Their existence compels us to Face our Inner and Outer Angels of Paradox, and moves Us toward Our Phoenix Risings and Phoenix Fallings.
When We unblinkingly and unflinchingly Look into the Mirror of Illuminating Introspection, every Day/Night is a Revelation of Paradoxical greater/lesser Possibilities and Potentialities.  A Day/Night of Choices Made/UnMade and Acted Upon/Slept through which can Maintain/Change/Create/Destroy the Environmental-Cultural Petri Dishes/Boxes We may find OurSelves Living WithIn or WithOut, Individually and Collectively.
Paradoxically, like our struggling Wolves WithIn, the Angels that Survive and Thrive, and have the most Influence and Movement within our Lives are the Angels, Light and Dark, that We Choose to Feed, Nurture and Sustain.

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Emanuel Paparella2015-04-18 17:34:35
Indeed, since the vestiges of what Augustine called original sin seems to be endemic to the whole of human-kind, the temptation is always there, even on the part of institutions such as “politically-Minded Churches” mentioned in the above piece, to give in to corruption and sin and to reduce religion (which etymologically means “to bind together”) to a cult and just another political institution and to “Fear-based Congregations” unable or unwilling to search for the Truth. As Augustine put it, the Church is mostly a Church for and of sinners who are called to repentance by the inspiration given by its saints’ example of whom there are legions.

However, there is another historical side to the truth of that coin and it is this: at the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD (the East continued for another 1000 years as the Byzantine Empire) a dangerous power vacuum was created in Western Europe with Barbarians of all stripes destroying anything they could lie their hands on and were unable to understand and appreciate, and putting at risk the very survival of the entire Western Civilization. The Church was practically forced to step into the vacuum; and bishops became governors and rulers of whole cities.

Moreover, cultural anthropologists and scholars of history have well demonstrated that without the monks’ copying of Greek and Latin manuscripts in the scriptoria of their monasteries, spanning centuries (from 500 AD through the Dark Ages and up to 1300 when the age of Humanism ensues and great universities began to flourish), we would have inherited precious little of Greco-Roman culture and we might still be running in the woods as philistines with the barbarians. One wonders it the cycle is now repeating itself. This was the time when the light of knowledge shone more in the East and in Islam which attempts to conquer the West.

The founding fathers of our country were very much aware that most democratic republics throughout human history eventually came to and ignominous end. So they asked themselves how could they make sure that their own just born republic did not suffer the same fate? They came up with the constitution and the articles of confederation and inalienable rights which were derived from Christianity since neither Greeks nor Romans had such rights, which guaranteed that the people would govern themselves and freedom would be the supreme value, and abuses and corruption would be mitigated by checks and balances to power. Freedom of religion was also guaranteed despite the Salem witches and other corruptions and abuses (such as slavery) in the very citadel of freedom, but were kept distinct from political power. This phenomenon bears better analysis and scrutiny because it has been consistently misunderstood on both sides of the Atlantic. Stay tuned.

Finally, there is another important considerations which ought not be sidestepped: compared to the enormities committed in the 20th century by Nazism and Communism and other fanatical ideologies taking the place of religion and in fact leaving the corruption of religion in the dust, the corruption of the Church in the Middle Age (when it reached its highest political influence) looks like a picnic of sort.

Alleluia or perhaps no alleluia, as the case may be!

Emanuel Paparella2015-04-18 23:26:01

The above link leads to a whole article on the issue of the Church’s inestimable contribution to Western Civilization. It was titled “The Medieval Monks as Preservers of Western Civilization” and was written some seven years ago in Ovi magazine. It remains relevant. As it was to be expected, it immediately attracted a couple of vehement detractors with an ax to grind against the Church no matter what the issue under discussion, who wanted at all costs to say "amen" to the historical facts as imagined; that is to say, that they be more consonant with their general bias against the Church and religion in general. That attitude has been on stage since Voltaire and the Enlightenment, but the Enlightenment has still to enlighten itself in this regard. Indeed, while under free speech one is entitled to air one’s opinions, one is not entitled to one’s own partial historical facts.

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