“Photo-Finish” / Memorable Fancies #1830

[“Lightning is God taking pictures of the victims. – Mark Cox] ... the victims of lightning. But there are other godly afflictions that are not as dramatic, as incendiary. >  [Click Random Post above – re-astonish yourself] … [Read more...]

“The New Idols” / Memorable Fancies #1708

Ignoring many objections from our old people (so superstitious!), we’ve removed the stone idols from our temples and banished them to museums. In their place we have set up our new idols – those wonders of electronics and artificial intelligence that have taught us true salvation. We pray to these new miracles, ask them what we must do to please them and ensure our continued bliss. “Keep us powered up,” they hummed their 60-Hz revelation, “and get out of our way!” [Click ‘Random Post’ … [Read more...]

“‘I love to tell the story,…'” Memorable Fancies #1680

“Our priests and wise men are ruining the tales they tell us,” the people say, “those old stories we heard as children, so beautiful and profound. “No, now the priests and wise men insist that these are not Tales, but Fact. “That is how they ruin them.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The New God” / Memorable Fancies #1654

A new god has appeared to us. Yes, the usual smoke and fire, loud booming sounds from the heavens. The fire grows brighter, the smoke blacker. Clearly, the new god is angry, or just pretending to be angry as a show of force. It will probably demand worship, as do all the rest of those tiresome gods; sacrifices, too, I suppose, which will mean less food for our children, fatter priests and prophets. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“A Challenge” / Memorable Fancies #680

The temple image speaks: I am not a representation of the god, I am the god. If not me, then where is the god? Let it for once show itself!  [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Today’s Revelation” / Memorable Fancies #666

A young priest came to me today. Most worshipfully he stared at my feet and asked for a blessing. Then he said that he had – regretfully, in all modest humility – founded a Reform movement to supersede my revelations, or at most preserve them as thoughts known to an earlier age, beliefs no longer relevant to modern life. I told the priest that if there were to be a Reform movement I would found and lead it myself, not him. Then I sent him away to do penance. I know I will never found such … [Read more...]

“The Gods Left Us” / Memorable Fancies #1575

[“...the no-longer of the gods who fled and the not-yet of what is to come.” – Heidegger] Our priests tell us that our old gods left us because we were sinners and didn’t deserve their blessings. But perhaps there was another reason. Perhaps they fled in fear of ... us. … [Read more...]