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beloved country - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2013
I am emigrating from South Africa to Canada
in February 2013.
The progress in South
Africa had just become too much for me. We have climbed every ladder and list
of dubious goals in the world, reaching for the top of each. Although we have
not reached any of the top positions yet, we might, with some perseverance,
reach them soon. These lists include the most corrupt country, country with the
highest crime rate, country with the highest murder and rape rate, and other
such coveted accomplishments.
Our murder rate for a peaceful South Africa is still in excess of those
killed in Syria at the height of their civil war, and far in excess of those
killed in Afghanistan and Iraq - what a noble feat. Peace has never been so
What do you not want to see?
- By P.K.Odendaal - January 2013
I was inspired by the article by Annemie titled: 'What do
you see?' She inspired us to look deeper into everything to see the detail,
emotion, meaning, creativity, art, light and darkness, texture and colour,
harmony, emotion and passion in everything.
Of course, there are also times when we do not want to see,
and these are times I call: 'What do you not want to see' - the things you turn a blind eye to. It is times when we wish our
eyes were closed. Some people then stick their heads in the sand, but I, not
wishing to get sand or smoke in my eyes, look, but do not see, plainly because some
things make my eyes sore, and some things make my heart sore. What would happen
if I really tried to see these things? I think the world would be a much better
place, if I also saw that. However, I am programmed not to see it.
Dialogue with an atheist - Part 7 - Spirits - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2012
GLC:Hi Atheist, why are you coming back time
and again. I thought you would have shunned my company many moons ago.
Atheist:I don't know. I do not like Christians, but
somehow you give me something to think about now and then. You sometimes have a
point - a weak one, but still. And you do not shun or force Christianity down
my throat immediately, like other Christians do. I am so fed up with them about
that. But ... what are we talking about today.
GLC:We are going to jump directly into the
spiritual world - the one you are so sure does not exist. You must have
gathered from the subject of our previous dialogue, called 'Evil', that I would
now follow with Spirits, because spirits are the abode of evil. Evil does not
exist anywhere else, despite this humorous poem by Lewis Carroll (from
Dialogue with an atheist - Part 6 - Evil - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2012.
Atheist:Last time you talked about evil, and I wish
to take you up on that. Why do you say Dawkins and company are evil and the
Israelites are not? I thought the latter were indeed the worst - if one can
believe the Bible.
GLC:Sorry for the ambiguity. I meant that I
regard Dawkins and company as evil, but they cannot be described as evil to an
atheist, because there is no concept of evil for an atheist. Evil, Satan, Hell,
Perdition and the Last Judgement are words defined and created in the Bible -
by God and the writers of Scripture. Of course, if you do not believe in God,
then Evil, Satan, Hell and the Devil are also non-existent concepts.
Atheist:That is an insult to me - of course I know
what evil is and means. I see it around me every day.
Dialogue with an atheist - Part 4 - by P.K.Odendaal - December 2012
What is an atheist really
GLC:Hi Atheist, interested in another
session with me, about things material and immaterial? Or shall I say physical
and meta-physical? Or what about this one ... carnal and spiritual?
Atheist:You have this funny effect on me - I detest
you, but still I cannot help but listening to you - the same effect as people
like Dawkins and hitchens
have on Christians.
GLC:I do not mean it to be a sort of
punishment, but rather an excursion into realms and domains where you would feel
ill at ease, but still domains which exist. I know you are a materialist, and
that you only believe in physical things, but leading a life of bondage in only
one domain must cramp your lifestyle immensely.
Atheist:Ok, go ahead, what do you have in store