Monday, June 10, 2019
The Earth Will Shake reading group, Week Sixteen
Edmund Burke. "Everybody knows Edmund Burke's wife is a Catholic," page 328.
This week, please read from page 317 ("Sigismundo Celine was blocked; the sonata was just not coming to the right conclusion.") to page 334 ("Sir John and Lady Babcock, he thought: We are now legally one person").
We are coming to the end of our reading group; two more episodes after today, and we will be finished. And then in a few weeks, Gregory Arnott will lead the reading group for The Widow's Son.
Page 319: Sigismundo's attempt to invent the automobile seems like an example of "steam engine time."
Mother Ursula has engaged in the sort of self-programming Robert Anton Wilson advocated:
"Mother Ursula meant the special kind of focus, the special concentration on God, which brought the healing power into her hands, for instance, and perhaps gave her other qualities that were not so spectacular but were equally unusual -- such as her unfailing good humor and optimism in a world where most people were worried and anxious or full of anger at least half of their waking hours." Pages 321-322.
"Jesus had made a joke about that once, she explained, but theologians could not imagine that He had a sense of humor, so they took Him literally."
Is this a reference to Matthew 5:27 through 5:30? "27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
On page 324, Sir John Babcock expresses a tenet of RAW's philosophy:
"I do not know what to believe. I have read too much and traveled too far. Certitude belongs to those who have only lived in a place where everybody believes he same things."