Wednesday, December 9, 2009

things of the day

There's a white cat with brown patches on my lap. He thinks blogging is silly.

Yesterday, I borrowed a truck and hauled stuff we can't use, sell, or recycle to the city dump. The dump should be depressing—it's a lousy way to handle resources—but I like working outside and getting rid of things that are ugly and useless.

I took this test last night and didn't save the result, then thought I should post it in case it was useful for anyone, so I took it again this morning. Last night's score suggested I was a bit more depressed than this does:

Your Score
Major Depression:
Very Slight
Very Slight
Bipolar Disorder:
Seasonal Affective Disorder:
Postpartum Depression:
Take the Depression Test

I should try it again in a week or two. I think I'm becoming more accepting of my inability to change large things. I've been coming out of a long depression based on many things—capitalism in general, publishing in particular, well-intentioned people trapped by identity politics, my sister's death, the health needs of parents and friends, the awareness that I don't know what path my life will take next but it will change soon.

From A Glimpse into the Mystic, Folk Islam of Bangladesh:
Counterfeit gold exists
because there is such a thing
as real gold.
- Rumi

...Also Quran celebrate the diversity and affirm that this differences must never be a point of dispute or argument but should be seen as divinely fashioned.

To every community have We appointed [different] ways of devotion, which they ought to observe. Hence, do not let those draw you into disputes on this score, but summon unto your Sustainer: for, behold, you are indeed on the right way. - The Quran 22:67

To every one of you have We appointed a [different] law and way of life. And if God had so willed, He could surely have made you all one single community: but [He willed it otherwise] in order to test you by means of what He has vouchsafed unto you ... - 5:48

For, every community, faces a direction of its own, of which God is the focal point. - 2:148
That last, 2:148, suggests that making everyone pray to Jerusalem or Mecca is antiQuranic. I've heard the direction of prayer was suggested by Muhammad, but I wonder if it was a retcon by the Islamic equivalents of Constantine and his advisers. (See Qur'an: A Work of Multiple Hands?)

Roadtown: Linear City Proposed 100 Years Ago Would Work Well Today