Easter Reprise

April 1, 2018

Easter celebrates Jesus dying on the cross and then rising from the dead to ascend to his heavenly father. Dying on the cross supposedly forgives the sins of the human race for all times. All the way back to the Hunting/Gathering days I assume. Considering the viciousness of the sins of the Holocaust plus the Gulags and the government-caused famines of communism in the relatively calm Modern Age, that is a tall order you will have to admit. I am not a believer in that article  of faith so I don’t support that claim or Easter itself, except as the beginning of spring, which is a worldwide rebirth from the depth and dead of winter!

Martin Luther king Jr., who was a minister and a firm believer, had a passage in his most famous speech, “had a eam that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (His children’s current squabbling over his trophies and literary legacy would  have embarrassed King but that is another sad story.) King himself personally fought long and bravely the good fight to abolish racism.

I agree with the preacher on his fight against racism but for this Easter I prefer a more inclusive quote from the secular artist and dancer Martha Graham, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.”

The nob of the matter is the importance of individuals. Consider just a few; Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louie Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Carson, Gloria Steinem, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, the average looter in street riots, the average activist in street protests, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, FDR, Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, George Marshall, Douglas McArthur, Barack and Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Jane Denny and her daughter Kate, you the reader, and I the writer —if we all, including the bad guys, had been aborted, our world would be quite different. That is the power of individuals, for good or for ill.

Like the popular Christmas movie, ”It’s a Wonderful Life,” teaches—friends, friends, more friends, and family. In fact popularity and family tops all.

I too shed some tears too when friends and family rescued Jimmy Stewart (as local banker hero George Bailey) averts certain bankruptcy caused by Uncle Billy’s careless mistake and the evil banker Mr. Potter’s (Lionel Barrymore) taking advantage.

I agree wholeheartedly that friends and family are above all most important for most people,

A relatively small segment of the population also thinks ideas are of equal importance. I count myself among this small minority. I’m by no means alone though. Nearly everyone in this country, or the world for that matter, has opinions, often strongly held, about religion, politics, guns, sex, abortion, and a whole lot of other contentious issues. Relatively few have historical data and theoretical concepts to back up their opinions. I have. Plenty. As readers undoubtedly aware.

Some resent me for writing and saying this with alarming chutzpah. I do recognize the arrogance of claiming science as my support here when I have so slim a following among real working scientists know. (I have never won a single award from my peers.) Heck, I don’t even have a PhD.  I could plead that Darwin or many early scientists didn’t either! But both Pasteur and Darwin did win many awards and much acclaim in their lifetime though worthy of note both had to wait many years for public and in many cases professional approval of their revolutionary ideas. (Actually some far-right religious folk and far-left clergy still object to evolution and germ theory so both are still waiting for final vindication of their ideas.)

What’s the rush? It will come. Guaranteed.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people who have everything but care about ideas–young devout Catholic to strident middle-aged left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed free on YouTubetheir skin but by the content of their character.

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