— e.e. cummings (via dailystendhalnitesaudade)
First my credentials in making this statement: I hold the office of Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). I was raised in the church and my ancestry goes back to the founding of the church and the crossing of the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in the original wagon train with Brigham Young. None of what I say here is meant to reflect dishonorably on either Mr. Romney, his integrity, or the church itself.
I should state that I am not now a practicing member of the church.
If Mr. Romney was elected and was sitting in the oval office some morning. And if the phone rang and on the other end was the president of the Mormon church. The then President Romney would most certainly take the call. And if the president of the Mormon Church made the statement. “Mitt, I had a revelation last night. The Lord spoke to me and told me that the Chinese were planning a preemptive nuclear strike tomorrow. I thought you ought to know.” President Romney, I assure you, would act upon those words as though they came from God. By reason of his faith the president of the church is, to Romney, “prophet, seer and revelator.” The president of the Mormon church is presumed by its members to have a direct communication with God. If President Romney were to turn his back on information given to him as revelation by the president of the church he would be turning his back on his faith.
I know that this is hard for people to believe but to the best of my knowledge with all my experience as a tithe-paying member of the church, this is a true statement.
Make of it what you will.
It is something to have wept as we have wept,
It is something to have done as we have done,
It is something to have watched when all men slept,
And seen the stars which never see the sun.
It is something to have smelt the mystic rose,
Although it break and leave the thorny rods,
— Alan Watts (via theuniverseworks)
Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (“The Blue of Distance”)
mythologies of blue
The two brightest planets of the night sky, Venus (the brighter) and Jupiter, meet in the evening sky of Brittany, France.
— Hafiz, “Venus Just Asked Me” (TY erospainter)
From Parabola newsletter, free: <www.parabola.org>. They are also a most interesting and intelligent magazine devoted to myth. Some nice poetry too.