What would the Buddha have said? Monkeys have been trained to put themselves into a Zen-like trance – but out of desire for marshmallows rather than enlightenment. . . Two of the four monkeys tested learned to put themselves into this state within two training sessions; the others took four sessions to get the hang of it.
Without further ado here are a couple of my variations of the original I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?Lolcat image, as inspired by this New Scientist article. Needless to say I *am* counting on Zen Buddist monks, and Buddhists more generally, to have a well developed sense of humor and hopefully get a chuckle or two out of these LOLmonks images -
And subtitled - The Link Gets Deep with Deepak Chopra
Here is the comment that I just submitted to that article with some additional embedded hyperlinks to pertinent online resources -
Gotta love how Deepak Chopra disregards his own rather questionable spiritual advice about not blaming and criticizing people when Richard Dawkins is mentioned. . . ;-)
Besides being an intolerant and even somewhat bigoted anti-religious "idiot", the not so Bright professor Richard Dawkins *could* be described as an Atheist Supremacist. . .
Oh dear. . .
It seems that *someone* at my old alma mater Concordia University's 'The Link' has already "memory holed" my original comment, so I just resubmitted the comment exactly as it is presented here with the two embedded links and will post a screen-shot here for good measure.
Wow! They did it again already. . .
Here is the screenshot of my second resubmission of the comment and follow-up comment asking 'The Link" to refrain from censoring my legitimate comment on the “Richard Dawkins is an Idiot” article -
And here is the screenshot of Deepak Chopra's much ReTweeted Twitter Tweet asserting that -
"When you blame and criticize others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself."
And. . .
Just for some additional good measure here is the somewhat cheeky but well-meaning Tweet that I sent to Deepak Chopra regarding his name-calling of the pompous ASS* Richard Dawkins as an idiot. . .
"@DeepakChopra Forgive me for asking Deepak but, when you name-call Richard Dawkins an idiot, are you avoiding some truth about yourself? ;-)"
Liberal Christian British Unitarian minister Rev. Andrew James Brown who is a University Chaplain to Cambridge University, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Regional College and a Police Chaplain for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, blogged about the New Testament story/myth of the Magi aka Three Wise Men on his CAUTE blog today. Some of his words reminded me of an old science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke and I decided to post a cautionary comment about 'The Star' to this blog post. In searching for a web page or two to link to that would help Rev. Andrew James Brown and other Unitarian*Universalists to enter into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of not only my comment but the theological implications of Arthur C. Clarke's 'The Star' I discovered that a version of 'The Star' had been televised on 'The Twilight Zone' which of course was hosted by famous Unitarian Rod Serling. I feel that it is worthy of posting my comment here as a kind of Christmas story for Unitarian*Universalists albeit a somewhat "less than wonderful" one.
"To be faithful to the Christmas story and science is simply to keep looking for the new star and to be prepared to follow it *wherever* it leads, despite the profound challenges it will always bring to old ways of being and thinking."
And what if *wherever* that new star, or indeed rediscovered and/or resurrected "less than new star", leads you to causes profound challenges to current ways of thinking that have "less than pleasant" implications Andrew? You might want to read Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction short story 'The Star' written way back in 1955 to get *some* idea of what I am talking about here. Trust "famous Unitarian" aka "famous U*U" :-) Rod Serling to try to put a positive spin on the Twilight Zone's televised version of 'The Star'. . .
Who is to say that the "new star" in the east, that allegedly heralded the birth of Jesus Christ, wasn't a supernove that wiped out an alien civilization? But there are other "news stars" closer to home that have rather disturbing implications.
"Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that."
Just asking. . .
Come to think of it. . . World famous "fundamentalist atheist" if not Atheist Supremacist Richard Dawkins' apparent belief that religion is just "harmless nonsense" lacks supporting evidence.
Most of the Richard Dawkins quotes are unmodified exact quotes. A few quotations have been slightly tweaked for the purposes of parody and satire, not that the completely unmodified Richard Dawkins quotes aren't hilarious. . . :-)
In 1992 I underwent a profound revelatory experience of God which revealed that the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" is a "Sign in the Heavens" that symbolizes God's divine omniscience. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal contemptuously dismissed as my "psychotic experience" here: http://revelationisnotsealed.homestead.com - This revelatory religious experience inspired me to propose an inter-religious celebration of Creation that would take place whenever a total solar eclipse took place over our planet. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan and other leading members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal falsely and maliciously labeled as a "cult" here: http://creationday.homestead.com - I am now an excommunicated Unitarian whose "alternative spiritual practice" includes publicly exposing and denouncing Unitarian*Universalist injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy. The Emerson Avenger blog will serve that purpose for me and hopefully others will share their concerns here. Dee Miller's term DIM Thinking is used frequently and appropriately on this blog. You may read more about what DIM Thinking is here - http://www.takecourage.org/defining.htm