Rollie Smith

Let there be light — new light.

Let photons flow, piercing emptiness, and

reveal the dark matter of the past winter

that depressed us into the One, True Lie.

We choose to pass that darkened era when

the switch on enlightenment was turned off

and behind to blind ages when

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Enjoyed this immensely. The greatest and most unforgivable sin is that against the sense of humor. Even the dominant (and domineering) religions acknowledge this in their condemnation of idolatry and iconoclasm. That is when they take themselves and their symbols too seriously--enough to go to war over. My greatest theologian is Terry Pratchett. Fortunately even within the "great" religions there are heretical, seditious movements that return to humor--the Joke of the Universe.

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Thank you for this essay. I have recommended to students and all citizens that we stop using the words "socialist" and "capitalist" as part of our political vocabulary. These words have become anti-political words to destroy politics. Politics is the space where people come together as equals to envision and design what they want their interactions with each other to be, their institutions, their habits of the heart. They create power in the all. Not in the few (which is properly named control or force) which is the desire of the authoritarian and plutocrat of which the Republican Party has become the Party.

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