December 22, 2014

Un-imprimatur'd Thoughts


William Howells wrote in one of his books about the early peoples of Ohio, "Our Ice Folk must have dressed like their fur-descended children, the Eskimos, in furs and skins."

And I thought about how even back then, millennia ago, there was use by humans of primitive technology to protect against the elements.  Nature made man nude and without fur (except Italians, perhaps) and yet we artificially constructed for ourselves a second skin or fur.  In this way we seem "naturally unnatural" as a species, always changing what nature will or won't do to us, always shielding ourselves from "true" nature.  I can't really think of any animal species that covers itself in something foreign to itself in order to stay warm; only via evolution do animals acquire protections and shields.

To wonder how people survive in seemingly untenable natural environments is to think in an individualistic manner since until recent times we survived them only with the help of others, including the historical oral knowledge of centuries.  Knowledge of how to perform sexual intercourse is passed down, surely unfailingly, across all cultures and all centuries.  No matter that instruction may be limited to simply, "place this genital in that genital", that knowledge had to be transmitted in order for the continuance of human life.  That knowledge is passed down; how much more important a knowledge of Christ be passed down.

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The gospel from Matthew has Christ's genealogy through Joseph. And of course everyone assumes Jesus is not biologically related to Joseph. But why does this have to be? Jesus had to have DNA from a male and a female and so the Holy Spirit had to create ex niliho genetic material - why not from St. Joseph's line? Wouldn't it be funny if the foster father was also the biological father?

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Kind of interesting to read this about the Amazon Kindle given that with books, especially Bibles, we do exactly the opposite - we gild them and decorate them as a symbol that what's inside is hugely important and valuable:
From the start, Amazon has defined its hardware mission narrowly: to build devices that disappear in the hand, with uniquely useful features, for a low price. "We would never make a gold thing, because that’s too distracting," Green says. "There are many companies that create pieces of jewelry. We’re not going to do that, because that's an added cost that takes away from the actual content."

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