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an easter meditation and tiananmen memorial

I wonder why, in a postmodern age, we in a default, and perhaps monolithic mode of interpretation deny existence until it can be proven by 'tangible' data.

What do I mean? The scientist is in many ways in the same position as the prophet. He sees the reality beyond the data he sees, and translates that for the uninitiated. As the scientist's discovery leads in successive iterations toward truth, and many times paradigm shift, the prophet through vision appropriates that truth, and bestows it to others. Are there seraphim in our church service (Isaiah 6), I dare say if there are we don't see them, and that's probably a good thing.

Further, my point is that when narratives *collide*, or rather when we see in one gospel account 2, 1, or no angels at the tomb, and women, or nobody there, how do we account for these? Our default mode is to throw it all out as contradictory. I mean, the wave-particle duality of light hasn't been sufficiently accounted for, perhaps light doesn't exist either. Why are we so quick to impose our principle of non-contradiction, especially in a non-rigorous domain as literature, or narratology. What a facistic mode of interpretation.

So to clear things up I commend us to Tomb Sweeping Day (April 5), in the Chinese tradition, a day reserved to pay homage to the ancestors, and protect them from evil spirits. This day led, in 1992 to the Tiananmen Square incident, which, facist China perpetrated on individualistic consciences. Do not go gentle into that dark night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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