At RCFOS tonight we talked about Hell and i devil's advocated some theological standpoints i don't actually believe in and also talked about the wonderful imagery i love from my mother of encountering the Divine after death and being overwhelmed by the light and truth and undeniability of it (hence the "every knee shall bend, every tongue confess..."), though having recently reread the Narnia Chronicles, i thought of the scene with the Dwarves (whom, we hear repeatedly, are for themselves) at the end of The Last Battle ("You see," said Aslan. "They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out), which tied in with the piece from The Problem of Pain that Emily had read at the beginning about being so self-oriented. The only Hell i'm willing to accept as existing is eternal separation from God, and Meg was talking about how in Dante's Inferno the punishment fits the crime in that the people are doing for eternity the things they chose time after time in life and that in Purgatorio people are also punished, but whereas the people in Hell never cry out to God, the people in Purgatory are constantly talking to God, so i guess i could see people choosing to reject God, thinking that that's what they truly want, and that's their punishment (that whole "be careful what you wish for: you just might get it" thing). I just can't see the Loving Creator God in whom i believe condemning people to Hell for eternity, but there's also the whole issue of free will, and God can't force you to do anything. Though of course God loves us so much that every time we reject God it hurts God, and this connects with my early thought about Hell-as-separation-from-God and Jesus as being God reaching out to humanity, an effort to bridge* that gap and connecting that with the whole "I am the Way and the Truth and the Light and no one comes to the Father but through me."
* "Please, Lamb," said Lucy, "is this the way to Aslan's country?"In Inklings class today, the prof asked us what surprised us in the the Carpenter reading we did, and everytime someone would mention something, she would write it on the board and then talk about it for 10 minutes. This got real painful real fast, so i'm hoping the rest of the semester we primarily have actual discussion. Also, i have no classes or anything on Fridays. The prof's already talking about how we might not get to all of the material, and we're already falling behind, so i would really rather have class on Fridays (the class is officially MWF, but we're only gonna be meeting MW).
"Not for you," said the Lamb. "For you the door into Aslan's country is from your own world."
"What!" said Edmund. "Is there a way into Aslan's country from our world too?"
"There is a way into my country from all the worlds," said the Lamb; but as he spoke his snowy white flushed into tawny gold and his size changed and he was Aslan himself, towering above them and scattering light from his mane.
"Oh, Aslan," said Lucy. "Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?"
"I shall be telling you all the time," said Aslan. "But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear, for I am the great Bridge Builder. And now come; I will open the door in the sky and send you to your own land."
-The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chapter 16: The Very End of the World)
AJ was out sick, so i got a lot of reading done at work. Chatted with Stacey for a while, which was good 'cause we've barely spoken recently.
Have i mentioned recently that i love my advisor? 'Cause i do.
doyle_sb4 says, "I've seen this meme all over." Clearly we have different circles, as this was the first i saw it.
1. Comment with any subject that you would like me to rant on.Being me, i just laughed at the idea of people actually asking me to rant about something, though it did remind me that i should make a list of all the manifestos i wanna write.
2. Watch my journal for your rant.
3. Post this in your own journal, so that you may rant for others.
scrollgirl says that "minim_calibre has a wonderful thread going on over here about why we like the female characters we like (any fandom) and why we're not so hot on others." and that "Her post springs off from thete1's post on why we identify with female characters, or don't"
I should probably participate, but since off the top of my head Willow, Tara, and Dawn are all mini-essays in and of themselves, i'm thinking not.
fabu posted recently with her list of "Ten Things I'd Like to See More of [in fanfic]" which i think is such a good concept -- likely far more productive of getting the fic you want than listing things you're sick of seeing in fanfic (which is not say that it isn't good and useful to point out things that are bad).
doyle_sb4 has a poll about "There needs to be more Buffy/... fic"
damned_colonial wants to hear from males who read slashfic.
"Someday, I Will Copyedit The Great American Novel"
"Return to Oz" (Scissor Sisters) has been intermittently stuck in my head recently (thanks to wolfling and mogigraphia's vid), and apparently my mother's birthday (tomorrow) is LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day.