Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Good Example of Medieval Saints

Your correspondent does go on a little about the Medieval Saints. There's a small county in N scale Kentucky named after a Medieval Saint of Anatolian origin - a part of the world now called Turkey. Not to mention our hero, who is about to reacquaint himself with a great many people who could be under the illusion they are Medieval Saints. It's true also that many fine Medieval Saints have been struck from the roles of Sainthood following suspicions in Rome that some of their miracles might have been just a little self serving, totally unbelievable or even unchristian. Hate to remind everyone but a certain Saint Timothy has been so badly treated. And I think if there's ever a point to the narrative, it's the idea that Medieval Saints were local phenomena rather than products of a far away bureaucracy and we all know what bureaucracies become over time, especially with things like computers and comment sections. I also have to admit that I think in those far away days when no one was forced to outlive their usefulness Christianity was just a great deal more fun than it is now days, not so hide bound by the role of reason in the tomes and tomes of apologies for simply believing. Instead a complexity upon complexity of understandings which instead of generously admitting to the incomprehensibility of consciousness, turns something we can only experience into concrete form or a written wrong or right answer.

It's not just Christians who have Saints. Sufi's have Saints, they might be more like miracle performing poets than a Christian idea of saint. I think the Jews have an interest in the role of prophet as contributors to an understanding of leadership and direction, not sure that strictly speaking Prophets are Saints. Not sure that Muslims have Saints, their beliefs have been written more in terms of property, bloodlines and inheritance of the will of God, kind of like Christians following one or other of Jesus' direct relatives. And while it's entirely possible that the Muslim and Jewish tradition have fewer schisms in their understanding of fatherhood when compared to the Christians, it's worth remembering that before succumbing to its own success Christianity had its origins in the beliefs of a multicultural underclass, rather than from its beginning being a set of ideas by which to rule the masses. But don't get me wrong, which is easy to do, in my own personal understanding when I die, I'm gone. Fortunately for me the only part that lingers are the elements of matter from which I'm made, each with its own set of preoccupations and each possessed by the ambitions forced upon them by their role in the universe, which for consciousness as everyone knows is more like a slope than anything else. So yes, I'm a big fan of the Medieval Saint, consider them more appropriate examples for us who live in these interesting times.

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