View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Baba Dada

I continue my silly game over at the newspaper blogs.

Our local newspaper offers blogs. They do give people an opportunity to spout, though they are really just a way to get people to the newspaper's site to read the content and see the ads. Newspapers have to figure out some way to survive.

Most of the blogs are little read, and, to be honest are dreadful. Some are written by sincere folks who do indeed want to share or express their thoughts and feelings. (I have no problems with them.) Sometimes, though, they are places for the barely literate and the sons and daughters of Savage and Limbaugh to spew. Still others are intended to promote some business or organization. Free ads.

So I started posting words of "wisdom" from Baba Dada. Sometimes the sayings or stories make sense. Sometimes, there are silly. Sometimes they are Dada in nature. (Dada was an art and literary movement that, to be simple, offered satire, nonsense and the irrational in the face of the horrors the rational world was serving up at the time of WW I. The aim was to mock and shock and rebel. Saner souls "rebelled" by turning to faith, as, for example, did G. K. Chesterton, or even one of the Dada leaders, Hugo Ball.)

Here's a few of the more recent sayings of Baba Dada.

Unrestrained freedom is a prison.

The worker deserves his wages - and a coffee break.

When you really consider my words you will realize I have nothing to say.

Acknowledging virtue means denying popular delusions.

For the partisan, truth is negotiable.

Your underwear is fourth dimensional.

Fornicators are unfaithful to themselves.

Nourish your soul and you will never die.

Keep an eye on the man who picks his toes in public indifference.

Translation is the uncle of the essential.

Never underestimate the power of repeated ovine ignorance.

Never engage in a pregnant circle dance with a knowing man.

We cling to shadows to avoid loneliness.

That which is the most private is often the most universal.

It might seem irrational for a rational person to attempt rational discussion with an irrational person, but such irrational rational discussion might make the irrational rational.

Even the enlightened soul sometimes needs a flashlight.



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