Force and Faith: Forgiving is the Way of the Light Side

Force and Faith Sabers SquareSome might say that it has been a rough couple of weeks for us here in the United States.  Others will be happy because a contentious season has passed.  Still others may be indifferent to the imposed emotional frenzy.  No matter where we find ourselves on this spectrum, it is necessary for each of us to live with each with grace and forgiveness.

Some think the Galactic Empire is being channeled, and some think the Rebel Alliance has emerged victorious.  Honestly, I think the rich are still getting rich, and I’ll still be in relatively the same place in 4 or 8 years regardless of the larger political world.  And that is as it should be.  My life should not be dictated, controlled or overly influenced by politicians.  I still have neighbors and family members by and through whom I hope to become a better man. Read more

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Force and Faith: What Lies Beneath the Masks

Force and Faith Sabers SquarePerhaps it was Billy Joel or Kierkegaard who once said:  “We share so many secrets, there are some we never tell.  Why were you so surprised that you never saw the stranger?  Did you ever let your lover see the stranger in yourself.” Sometimes the stranger we are looking at is in our own mirror.  We are afraid to get to know the face that looks back at us because the challenge will be too burdensome to bear.

It was indeed Billy Joel; on the cover of that album he is peacefully reclined, looking into the eyes of a mask.  Is it his?  Is it his lover’s?  We will never know, but the donning of masks is a ubiquitous act that divides us and instills fear in the other.  Think about it.  Kids on Halloween may be cute, but if you want to make Fozzy Bear creepy, make his face out of molded plastic, poke two eyeholes in it and affix that useless elastic strap around the back.  And let’s not even bring clowns into this.

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