"All words are symbols that represent unspeakable realities. Which is also why words are magical." (Donald Miller tweet)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

words, words words

Hamlet is my favourite of Shakespeare's plays. Makes me giggle.

I read a couple of books while I was on vacation.

This one just before departing and on the plane ride there...

It was fascinating. The general idea being that about every 500 years or so, Christianity experiences a massive shift. Like - humongous. The good news is - it never fully eradicates what came before. The tough news is - the shift can be painful. But it can be good. And we're about due for a shift again.

And this one between Lviv lattes and on the plane ride home...

It was fascinating. It was published in 2009. So it's history, but very recent history, but then again - not current. I'll be the first to tell you that me and economics are barely acquainted, certainly not close friends. Nevertheless, I underlined and scribbled furiously and gained (I think) a better understanding than I had before of how Ukraine's government works, and what some of the underlying influences are in events happening now.

Next up: a giant textbook. I'm in another course for the summer, and have some catching up to do, having hopped off to Ukraine on vacation right after the first lecture.

I got back into the office super early today,
downloaded 241 emails into my inbox,
and managed to reduce the number to 39.
Felt good about that.
Yay me!


Ken said...

Does "The Great Emergence" discuss whether the participants know a shift is happening while it is happening? Or from the other angle, do we always think that the change that affects us is another Great Emergence?

Patti said...

Well, for example, the Protestant Reformation would have been the last shift. People certainly knew a shift was happening; some violently disagreed that it was a good one. And out of that, not only was something new born, but the old (Roman Catholic) was re-born as well. However - if you had asked people before that shift took place - what the Church would look like in 150 years - would they have even imagined what was to come? So yes, participants know, in a manner of speaking. And no - every change is not a monumental shift.

For the record, it's a rare day in which I fully agree with every single thing written in a book. This is not one of those days. :) But still I thought the author was onto something important.

I think you'd enjoy it, Uncle Ken. :)