April 30, 2007

Reponding to Enemies: With Love

In these tumultuous times, it seems freedom-loving people are being bombarded with bad news and oppression on every front. Although it may be tempting to get angry and seek revenge against the people who are causing all the bad news, Christ had a different take on the situation. Rather than encourage us to take up arms against our enemies or instruct us in effective warfare techniques, he called on us to do good and pray for those who harm us. Those are not just words on a page, they are a core element of the Christian walk.

The New Testament has much to say about this most difficult of Christian concepts:

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies] and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-45)

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble (1 John 2:9-10).

I poked around on the web and found several sites offering help on how to respond to enemies with love:
Love your enemies bible study
How to love and pray for your enemies
On loving one's enemies

Regardless of your faith background or your approach to God, treating your enemies with respect and including them in your prayers is a good way to raise yourself out of the mire of anger and despair.

- Katherine Albrecht

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April 5, 2006

Kevin Warwick - One scary dude

kevin-warwick-cyborg-book.jpgRecently, a radio caller asked me if I had heard of a British researcher named Kevin Warwick. Though I had a vague notion of his work, after checking out his website I was sickened to the point of nausea.

Warwick's website states that "Kevin Warwick has taken the first steps...using himself as a guinea pig test subject receiving, by surgical operation, technological implants connected to his central nervous system...Overriding everything, at the expense of a normal life, is Kevin's all encompassing scientific quest and desire to be a Cyborg...part human part machine."

Warwick achieved a degree of dark notoriety back in 1998 when he became the first person to publicly announce he had had a microchip implanted in his flesh . I suppose you could call Warwick the anti-Adam of the brave new world of numbered, computerized humans.

Not content to stop there, Warwick then had himself surgically sliced open so that a "micro electrode array" could be inserted into his left arm. Now he can control an artificial hand with it. Next he plans to start embedding this garbage into his wife. (You couldn't make this stuff up, seriously.) Warwick's obvious love of the scalpel reminds me of those women who can't stop having plastic surgery (or maybe Michael Jackson.)

Warwick explains that he wants to shed his humanity altogether, and exchange it for power. (Hmm, that's a pretty ancient theme. Where have I heard that before?) Here is an exchange from his FAQ:

Q: In your article for "Wired", you said "I was born human, but it was an accident of fate". Do you think humanity must change itself because it has the power to?

A: Humanity can change itself but hopefully it will be an individual choice. Those who want to stay human can and those who want to evolve into something much more powerful with greater capabilities can. There is no way I want to stay a mere human.

If ever a soul needed prayer, this man does.
-Katherine Albrecht

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March 17, 2006

Pat Showalter and her goats

Pat Showalter is the Washington state goat herder who made a passionalte appeal against NAIS on Coast to Coast Wednesday night. Pat is a grandmother, artist, goat milk soap maker, educator -- and now a committed activist.


When I see her standing on God's green earth tending to these beautiful animals , I am reminded of something Helen Keller wrote in her extraordinary autobiography:

"...I hastened to the green nook, where we have a little cottage....We knew that beyond the border of our Eden men were making history by the sweat of their brows, but we little heeded these things. These things would pass away; here were lakes and woods and broad daisy-starred fields and sweet-breathed meadows , and they shall endure forever. [snip]

In the country, one sees only Nature's fair works, and one's soul is not saddened by the cruel struggle for mere existence that goes on in the crowded city....The sun and the air are God's free gifts to all, we say; but are they so? In yonder city's dingy alleys the sun shines not, and the air is foul....Oh, would that men would leave the city, its splendour and its tumult and its gold, and return to the wood and field and simple, honest living! Then would their children grow stately as noble trees, and their thoughts sweet and pure as wayside flowers. It is impossible not to think of all this when I return to the country after a year of work in town.

What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness!"

For now, at least, we can still return to the innocence of God's green earth, fresh and free and wholesome. That's what we're fighting to preserve -- a place of solace from the filth of our cities and the deadening oppression of our own technology. I am fighting to preserve Pat and her goats from the staring glare of the State and its voracious desire to number, monitor, and subjugate her, her goats, and ultimately every living thing on earth.

Agree with me? Go to http://www.NoNAIS.org and take a stand against the mandatory numbering of farms and animals.

- Katherine Albrecht

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