Showing posts with label Kylo Ren. Show all posts
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Thursday, 16 January 2020

He Who Hesitates May Yet Be Found

It is The Hard Heart that Kills.

If your killer instincts are not clean and strong you will hesitate at 
The Moment of Truth.

You Will Not Kill.

You will become dead marines and then you will be in a World of Shit, because,
Marines are Not Allowed to Die Without Permission.

It is The Hard Heart that Kills.

If your killer instincts are not clean and strong you will hesitate at 
The Moment of Truth.

You Will Not Kill.

You will become dead marines and then you will be in a World of Shit, because,
Marines are Not Allowed to Die Without Permission.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


"There's a Korean word, Han, I looked it up. 
There is no literal English translation; 
It's a State of Mind; of Soul, really. 

A Sadness; a Sadness so deep no tears will come. 

And yet still, there's Hope. "

Imperial Recruitment Officer :
What's your name, son? 

Han :

What's your name, son?
Han what?
Who are your people?
I don't have people.
I'm alone.
Proceed to transport ID 83 for
the Naval Academy at Carida.
Good luck, Han Solo.
We'll have you flying
in no time.

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Imperial Recruitment Officer : 
'Han' what? Who are Your People? 

Han :
I don't have people. I'm alone. 

Imperial Recruitment Officer :
Han... (TYPING
Solo. Approved. 
Proceed to transport ID 83 for the Naval Academy at Carida. 

Good luck, Han Solo. 
We'll have you flying in no time.

BARTLET [to Jai] 

I'm sorry to say I cannot let you defect. 
Do you understand me? 

[Jai's playing slows right down

You have to keep playing. 

[Bartlet now sits on the piano stool next to Jai

There's an important nuclear agreement being worked out. 

Do you understand my English?


I try to stay, you arrest me?




You give me back to them. 

BARTLET [emphatically
No. Freedom means choice. 
You must decide which is the most responsible course. 

You know Korean word 'Han'? 


[the Korean handlers walk over to Jai and Bartlet

I could practise the fingering every day for the rest of my life, I'd never be able to play it like that. 

It is... this. 

 Jai begins playing softly and mournfully.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Han + Leia

Han Solo :
We had a responsibility beyond The Cause.

We had a Baby.

We were so consumed by our principles, that we abandoned our Most Fundamental Duty.

Princess-General Leia Organa, 
Founding Mother of The New Republic
Senator for New Aalderaan : 
We were doing our duty.

Mimi Lurie: 
The struggle doesn't end just because you got tired of it. 

Nick Sloan: 
I didn't get tired of it. 
I grew up. 

Mimi Lurie: 
Well, we promised each other we weren't going to do that. 

Nick Sloan: 
Yeah, but it happened.

I am not the one fooling myself, it was over!

It wasn't... over.
It's still not over.
Every single thing we said then, is true today.
And every single day, it's getting worse.

That's not the point.

Oh, it's exactly the point, Nick!
I won't give myself up to a system I despise.
I won't give up my freedom and accept their version of what life is supposed to be.

Mimi, how free are you? Really?

Well, I'm not in jail.
I don't expect you to understand.
They have you.

Oh, like hell.

A system that protects the super-rich, and the super, super, super-rich,
And fucks over everyone else, and the planet to boot.

Mimi... Mimi, would you just stop?
Everyone who's given up and given in, they're living at the expense of what they once believed.
It's so sad!
You understood this, I'm sorry you've forgotten.

I wish I had forgotten!
Because my problem is
I can't stop remembering.

So if you've built a wall so high, more power to you, you're stronger than I am.
I'm will turn myself in... the day the politicians and corporations turn themselves in for all they've done.
That's the day I'll hand myself in.
Scout's fuckin' honor.

Stop hiding behind your fucking revolutionary rant.

Oh, don't turn it on me.
You know what I see?
I see the same person.
I see it, kid.
I see it in your eyes.
You can hide from everyone else in the world, and be somebody else, but not with me.
What are your memories, Mi?
The ones you can't run away from.
We had a responsibility beyond The Cause.
We had a Baby.
We were so consumed by our principles, that we abandoned our most fundamental duty.

We were doing our duty, Nick.
We made a plan, that if anything ever went wrong....

Never should have carried out that plan.

...we would know exactly what we had to do.
We both agreed.

We were wrong.

We had no choice.

We should have known that we were wrong.
We both accepted it, and we both had to live with it.
It wasn't a dream... it was a possibility, we could have made a reality.

We could make them stop.
Yeah, we could change things, if we could make a difference.
I still believe in that possibility.

Is that all you believe?

Friday, 4 January 2019

Nothing's Really Left or Lost Without a Trace - Nothing's Gone Forever Only Out of Place

Nothing's Really Left or Lost Without a Trace - Nothing's Gone Forever Only Out of Place

Our distress signal's been received at multiple points, but no response.

They've heard us, but no one's coming.

We fought till the end. 
But the galaxy has lost all its Hope. 
The spark is out. 

I know what you're gonna say - I changed my hair.

It's nice that way. 
Leia, I'm sorry.

I know. I know you are. 
I'm just glad you're here. 

At The End.

I came to face him, Leia. 
And I can't save him.

I held out Hope for so long -
But I know my son is gone.

No one's ever really gone.

Master Luke.

 It's Kylo Ren. Luke's facing him alone.

Well, we should help him. Let's go.

No, wait. Wait.

Did you come back to say you forgive me? 
To save my soul?


He's doing this for a reason. 
He's stalling so we can escape.

Escape? He's one man against an army. 

He's not, actually – 
He's One Man against Less than one man :

One Man, One ManBoyChild's 
Monomaniacal Nihilistic Obsession

and Luke intends to give CryLow exactly what he wants.....

We have to help him, we have to fight.

No, no. We are The Spark that'll light The Fire 
that will burn the First Order down. 

Skywalker's doing this so we can survive.
There's gotta be a way out of this mine. 
Hell, how did he get in here?

Wrong Question 
(as it turns out)
Completely irrelevant and immaterial

(See What I Did, There?)

Because Luke's apparition of the image of
inside the fence, behind the barricades of the redoubt
did not require there to be any means of gaining physical entrance 
through the worked-out and abandoned caverns of the mine -

There wasn't one until Poe began believing that there must somehow be one, somewhere (and so led the Rebel survivors in an earnest and determined search effort to find it)


in working through from The Other End of The Problem, 
Please Call Me Rey acted on her earnest belief that her endangered friends, who were trapped and backed into a corner, looking for a way out, would succeed, would make it to the back door, at the . conclusion of their passage under The Mountain 

Sir, it is possible that a natural unmapped opening exists. 
But this facility is such a maze of endless tunnels that the odds of finding an exit are 15,428....

Shh. Shush. Hush. 
Shush up. Shut up!

C-3PO: one.


My audio sensors no longer detect the....


Where'd the crystal critters go?


Follow me.

What are you looking at me for? 
Follow him.

Jedi Master : 
I failed you, Ben. I'm sorry.

I'm sure you are! 

The Resistance is Dead
The War is over
And when I kill you, 

I will have killed The Last Jedi.

Jedi Master : 


Every word of what you just said was wrong.

The Rebellion is reborn today. 
The war is just beginning. 
And I will not be the last Jedi.

I'll destroy her, and you, and all of it.

Jedi Master : 
No - Strike Me Down in Anger 
I'll always be with you. 

Just like Your Father.


Jedi Master: 
See you around, kid.


Do you ever lie
Awake at night
Just between the dark
And the morning light
Searching for the things
You used to know
Looking for the place
Where the lost things go

Do you ever dream
Or reminisce
Wondering where to find
What you truly miss
Well maybe all those things
That you love so
Are waiting in the place
Where the lost things go

Memories you've shed
Gone for good you feared
They're all around you still
Though they've disappeared
Nothing's really left
Or lost without a trace
Nothing's gone forever
Only out of place

So maybe now the dish
And my best spoon
Are playing hide and seek
Just behind the moon
Waiting there until
It's time to show
Spring is like that now
Far beneath the snow
Hiding in the place
Where the lost things go

Time to close your eyes
So sleep can come around
For when you dream you'll find
All that's lost is found
Maybe on the moon
Or maybe somewhere new

Maybe all you're missing lives inside of you
So when you need her touch
And loving gaze
Gone but not forgotten
Is the perfect phrase

Smiling from a star
That she makes glow
Trust she's always there
Watching as you grow
Find her in the place
Where the lost things go

Wednesday, 29 August 2018


scawager, from scawage "toll or duty on goods offered for sale in one's precinct" (c. 1400), from Old North French escauwage "inspection," from a Germanic source (compare Old High German scouwon, Old English sceawian "to look at, inspect;" see show (v.)).

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

My Father Said it Would be Fire.

Fire consumes all. Water cleanses. 
It separates The Foul from The Pure. 
The Wicked from The Innocent. 

And That Which Sinks 
from That Which Rises. 

Noah, The Chosen One : 

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :

Noah, The Chosen One :
This is your great-grandfather.
Show him respect.
Tell him your name.

Shem, The Future :
I am Shem.
My eldest.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
Come closer.
Let me see you. You're a lucky boy.
I think you must have Your Mother's looks, not Your Father's.
Come tell me about yourself.
So, what do you like most in The World?

Shem, The Future :

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :

Shem, The Future :

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
Berries, yes.
What can compete with fresh, ripe berries? Nothing.
Yes, it's been so long I can barely remember the taste of them.
Tell me, did you bring me any?


I'm craving them now.
Well, perhaps one day.
You must be tired.
It's a long way up here.

Shem, The Future : 

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
Why not rest?
How perfect.
What we need to discuss is not for boys.

Noah, The Chosen One : 
You know why I've come?

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :

Before he walked on, my father Enoch told me that one day, if man continued in his ways, The Creator would annihilate This World.

Noah, The Chosen One :
So what I saw is True?
All life blotted out because of what Man has done?
Can it not be averted?

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
Noah, you must trust that He speaks in a way that you can understand.

So you tell me

Can this destruction be averted?

Noah, The Chosen One :
He sent me here.
Why send me if there's nothing I can do to stop it?

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
Well, perhaps He simply sends you here to share a cup of tea with an old man.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
So, is that all you saw?
The Fires of destruction on this place?

Noah :
No, not Fire.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
My Father said it would be Fire.

Noah, The Chosen One :
I saw water. Death by water.
I saw Death.

And I saw new life.

There's something more, Grandfather.
Something I'm to do. I know it.

I just didn't see what it was.
New life.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
Well, perhaps there is more for you to see.
Did He not send you here to drink a cup of tea with an old man?

The Medicine Always Tastes Bad.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
She was the only one moving.
Was she hurt badly?

Shem, The Future :
She had a big cut on her belly.
Mother helped and I held her hand.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
That must have made her feel safe.

Noah, The Chosen One :
Fire consumes all.
Water cleanses.
It separates The Foul from The Pure.
The Wicked from The Innocent.
And That Which Sinks from That Which Rises.

He destroys all, but only to start again.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
You sure?

Noah, The Chosen One :

The Storm cannot be stopped.
But it can be survived.

Luke Skywalker, The Old Man of The Mountain :
You may need this.
It's a seed.
From The First Garden.
From Eden.
Remember, Noah,

He chose you for a reason.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Kylo Ren

It Judges You By It's Existence.

"Kylo Ren idoloises Darth Vader [The Spirit of The Ultimate Father] - not Anakin Skywalker."

- JJ Abrams

"Somthing's Wrong.... 
I'm not The Jedi I'm Supposed to Be...
It's all Obi- Wan's fault - he's holding me back..!!"

It Judges You By It's Existence.

"I want every gun we have to fire on That [image of a] Man."

It Judges You By It's Existence.

"I'll Destroy Her, and You and All of It."

It Judges You By It's Existence.

"And then we have the story of Cain and Abel...

Those are the first two people in history, essentially. 

They make sacrifices, so that goes along with the idea of the discovery, and necessity, of work, and the discovery of The Future. 

And then exactly what you’d expect happens: one segment of mankind, let’s say, makes the sacrifices properly, and prevails, and the other segment makes the sacrifices improperly, and fails. 

That’s perfectly reasonable, given what you see around you, because that’s what seems to happen all the time. 

And then, more interestingly, I would say that the sacrificial failure produces embitterment, 
and that embitterment produces a hatred for Being, and a desire for revenge

That seems perfectly appropriate. 

When I look at people who are bitter, and want revenge, it’s generally because their sacrificial efforts have failed. 

Now, I’m loathe to say that that’s a matter of their own doing—
Although, sometimes, it clearly it is.

 The embittered and vengeful complain to God, and blame him for the structure of existence.

I read about the Columbine massacre and the kids who undertook it. 

That’ll make your hair stand on end, if you want to read something that will really disturb you. 

Reading Eric Harris’ writings will really disturb you. 

No matter how much you know about human beings, reading Eric Harris’ writings will disturb you. 

Eric is Cain, you know? 

He says it, straightforwardly: he hates human beings; he hates Being itself. 

He would destroy everything, if it was within his power to do that. 

And, of course, him and his colleague were motivated to produce far more carnage than they managed, that day. 

What was successful was only a fraction of what they had planned. 

And Harris said, very straightforwardly, that he had set himself up as the judge of Being, and that it lacked all utility, in his eyes. 

Human beings, certainly, should all be removed from the face of existence, because of their pathology, and because of the fundamental horrors of Being itself. 

 So there’s nothing in the Cain and Abel story that isn’t Real. 

It’s Real. 

Cain complains to God, as people will, when their dreams are dashed. 

And that goes for people who don’t believe in God, too. It doesn’t really matter. 

It’s harder, I suppose, if you’re atheist, to figure out who to blame. 

But that doesn’t mean that the sentiment is any different, right? 

The same drama is being enacted: 
You shake your fist at the structure of being, rather than at God Himself. 

But it doesn’t make any difference, except in the details.

So God responds to Cain, and tells him that he’s got no right to judge Being, before he gets his sacrificial house in order. 

And, even worse, he says that Cain is the architect of his own downfall—that he invited catastrophe into his own house, willingly, entered into a creative union with it, and, therefore, brought about his own demise. 

It’s that additional self-knowledge—imagine you’re facing the failures of your life, and let’s say that you had a failed life. 

You’re bitter about that, and then you meditate upon it. 

You think, 
‘Why has this come about?’ 

And then you think, 
‘Well, perhaps I did something wrong.’

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote The Gulag Archipelago, which is the book that detailed the catastrophes of the Soviet Union, and helped bring it down. 

There’s one part of that book that struck me so viciously, when I read it. 

He was in the gulag, and he was there for a very long time. 

He said that he observed a variety of people in the camps, who he really admired. 

They were rare. 

They were usually religious believers, in his experience, who were not participating in the pathology of the camps—at all; period; no matter what. 

He said he learned a lot from watching those people. 

He had a hard time believing that they could even exist. 

But he said that one of the things that he was brought to—as a consequence of watching those people live their contract with Goodness out, even under the most horrifying of conditions—was that it was possible that he himself was responsible for his position in the camp.

Now, it’s a very dangerous line of argumentation, because who wants to be the one who blames the victim of the catastrophe? 

You have to be very careful, when you walk down that road. 

But Solzhenitsyn was speaking about himself. 

He was a communist, and he arrogantly and forthrightly moved the movement out into the world, and had not fully gone over his life with a fine tooth comb, to find out what mistakes he had made that brought him so low. 

But his contention, eventually, was that part of the reason he ended up where he ended up was because he, and many others, had completely forfeited their relationship with the truth, and had allowed their society to degenerate into deceit and tyrannical catastrophe, without mounting sufficient opposition. 

And so he decided, when he was in the camps, to straighten himself out, bit by bit. 

That culminated in the production of The Gulag Archipelago, and that book really demolished, once and for all, any moral credibility that the communist totalitarian systems had left.

 And so one man, in the depths of catastrophe, who determined through good example, at least in part, to stop lying, produced a book, eventually, that demolished the foundation of the very system that had imprisoned him. 

That is really worth thinking about. 

That’s one example of the absolute grandeur of the human soul, and the capacity for transformation that it has, when let loose properly on the world.

So let’s say you’re conceptualizing your own failure, and you meditated on it, and you come to the conclusion that God forced Cain to: 
‘Hey, not only have things not been going very well for you, but it’s actually your fault. 

And not only that—you brought it on yourself. 

And not only that—you knew it all the time.’ 

Well, then you might think that you’ll wake up, and fly right—you’ll get your wings in order, and fly right. But there’s no reason to assume that, at all. 

That’s not what happens to Cain. 

The conclusion just makes him more bitter, and you can understand that, if you think about it for just a second. 

It’s bad enough when something horrible happens to you, but then to have to swallow the additional pill— 
To have to take in the information that you could have done something different; it was avoidable, and you knew it at the time, and you decided to do it anyways. 

 I think people are in that situation a lot more often than anyone is willing to admit. 

You have that little voice in the back of your head that says ‘don’t do it,’ and you override it. 

You know it’s arrogance that makes you override it. 
 It’s always arrogance. 

It always warns you. 
It’s always arrogance. 
‘Yeah, I can get away with it.’ 

It’s like, no; you can’t. 

I don’t think you ever get away with anything. 
And maybe your experience has taught you different, but my suspicions are that it hasn’t. 

And if you think it has, well, the other shoe hasn’t yet dropped.

So Cain doesn’t take the opportunity to let God’s wisdom reorient his character. That could have been the outcome. 

He could have got down on his knees, so to speak, and said, 
‘Oh my God, I’ve been wrong all along. 
I’ve been living improperly. 
I’ve been making the wrong sacrifices. 
Abel deserves everything he has. I got exactly what was coming to me. 

Could I possibly, now, straighten myself out, live in repentance, and improve my position?’  

That’s not what he did, at all. 

He said, 
‘All right. Fair enough. I get it. 

I’m going to go after the thing I most admire. 

I’m going to destroy it, and I’m going to do that despite its cost to me, and I’m going to do that just to spite the creator of Being.’

That’s exactly what Harris did at Columbine. 

It’s exactly what he says, in fact, in his uncanny writings. It’s why the mass murderers always shoot themselves afterwards, and not before

Because you might wonder, 
‘If you’re so upset with the structure of Being, why don’t you just commit suicide, in your basement?

 Why do you have to go out and mass murder, before you top it off with a gun to your forehead?’ 

Well, you don’t make the point as effectively, if you just commit suicide, in your basement. 

It’s like, 
‘My life means nothing to me—but neither does anyone else’s, and neither does the structure of Being itself. 

I’ll take all my revenge as much as I possibly can, and then, just to show you how little I care, I’ll tap myself off at the end.’ 

People say, all the time, 
‘I don’t understand how that could happen.’ 

I don’t believe that. 

I think an hour of real thought about your darkest feelings about existence itself illuminates the pathways to that sort of behaviour quite clearly. 

I mean, I might be wrong. 

I might be a darker person than most. Hah. 

Well, at least, I think there are plenty of people out there who are sufficiently dark to know exactly what I mean, when I’m saying these things. 

I would also say that, if it doesn’t lead to your understanding how that pathway might be illuminated, then 
You need to know a lot more about yourself than you actually know, now. 

Because whatever you might say about someone like Eric Harris, he was a human being, too.

There’s this idea in the New Testament that Christ was he who put the sins of The World onto himself. 

It’s a very complicated idea, but part of it is associated with the idea that 
He Met The Devil in The Desert
as well. 

To take the sins of mankind onto yourself is to understand that within you dwells exactly the same spirit that committed the atrocities at Columbine, and ran the camps at Auschwitz, to actually understand that that’s part and parcel with your makeup, and then to take responsibility for it. 

I think that, in the aftermath of the terrible 20th century, that’s what we’re left with: we’re left with the necessity to take responsibility for the most terrible aspects of ourselves. 

And that way, perhaps, we can stop those terrible things from happening, again. 

That also means that you don’t look for the purveyor of malevolence outside yourself—it isn’t someone else, even though, sometimes, it’s someone else. 

You know what I mean. 

There are identifiable perpetrators, but that’s not precisely the point. 

And then comes the flood, which seems perfectly, miraculously reasonable to me. 

It’s so amazing that the story of Cain and Abel segues into the story of The Flood. 

It is the case that the catastrophes that beset society can best be conceptualized as the spread of individual pathology into the social world, and the magnification of that pathology to the point that everything comes apart. 

And I truly believe that, if you familiarize yourself with the last hundred years of history, that that’s the conclusion that you would derive. The people who are most wise, that I’ve read, who commented on that, say the same thing, over and over: the key to the prevention of the horrors of Auschwitz and the gulag, in the future, is the reconstruction of the individual soul, at the level of each individual. 

And that’s a terrible message, because it puts the burden on you. 

But it’s an amazing message, because it also means that  
You could be the source of the process that stops that catastrophe, and malevolence, from ever emerging, again

It’s hard for me to imagine that you have anything that could possibly be better to do with the time that you have left.

Well, then we see Noah, who walks with God, and whose generations are in order—which means that he’s entered this contract with the Good, let’s say, that has the protective function of The Ark. 

He’s put his family together, and he can ride out the worst catastrophe. 

He’s actually our ancestor. 

It’s so interesting—these people that get their act together properly, and make a contract with The Good, are constantly presented as the genuine ancestors of mankind. 

That’s a really positive element of the story, as well, and it’s one I believe. 

It hasn’t been easy for us to get here. 

We are the descendants of the Great Heroes of The Past, and if you took all those heroes, and you told their stories, and you distilled their stories into a single story, maybe you’d have a story like the story of Noah, or the story of Abraham—

The story of the successful; the story of our forefathers, and not the ‘cancer on the planet’ that certain people tend to think that we are. 

And so the goal is to be one of the people like that. 

There isn’t anything better that can possibly be done. 

The alternative is something like Hell. 

And so Noah rides out The Storm, and that’s what everyone wants. 

You want to ride out The Storm. 

You don’t want to be happy, because that’ll just happen

But you definitely want to constitute yourself so that you can ride out The Storm, because The Storm is always coming. 

So then you’re fortified against The Worst, and that’s what you want, because, well, the best, you can handle—
The Worst, you have to prepare yourself for.

And then we see the same thing repeated in the story of Abraham, essentially. 

Abraham makes this contract with The Good, and he constantly renews it. 

That’s his sacrifice, and his worship. 

He constantly renews it. 

He has the adventures that are sufficiently typical of the adventures of a human being who’s alive and engaging in the world. 

He bumps himself up against all the horrors of existence, and yet, the story is told in such a manner that reveals that his primary ethical commitment to the overarching good is sufficient to protect him against the vicissitudes of existence. 

Well, that’s an optimistic story. 

As a pessimistic person, I appreciate an optimistic story that’s believable. 

There’s great demands placed on Abraham. 

It’s not just as if this comes to him as a gift. 

He has to be willing to sacrifice whatever’s necessary in order to maintain that contract. 

That seems, to me, to be realistic. 

There’s no reason to assume that life isn’t so difficult that it actually demands the best from you—that it’s actually structured in that manner, and that, if you were willing to reveal the best in you, in response to the vicissitudes of life, that you might actually prevail, and you might actually set things straight around you. 

Well, what if that was True?

 That would be a remarkable thing. 

I can’t see how it would not be True, and I can’t see that it’s not stamped on the soul of everyone who’s conscious.

 I think we all know this perfectly well, although the stories remind us.

Socrates believed that all knowledge was remembering. He believed that the soul, before birth, had all knowledge, and lost it at birth, and then experience reminded the soul of what it already knew. 

There’s something about that that’s really True, because you’re not just a creature that emerged 30 years ago, or 40 years ago: 
You’re the inheritor of 3.5 billion years worth of biological engineering. 

You have your nature stamped deeply inside of you—far more deeply than any of us realize. And when you come across these great stories—these reminders—they are reminders of how to Be, properly, and they echo in your soul, because the structure is already there. 

The external stories are manifestations of the internal reality, and then they’re a call to that internal reality, to reveal itself.

Well, and then we come to the end of the Abrahamic stories—at least this section of them—with Sarah’s death.

[ The Death of The Princess ]

 Abraham was called upon to make the supreme sacrifice. And, interestingly enough, because he was willing to make the supreme sacrifice, he actually doesn’t have to. 

That’s an interesting thing, as well. I believe that it’s reasonable, from a psychological perspective, to point out that, the more willing you are to face death, for example, the less likely it is that you’re going to have to face it, at least in an ignoble manner.

And so with that, then we’ll bring this 12-part series to a close.

I think that applause is for everyone. I hate to say that, because it sounds so New-Agey. Hah. But it really does seem, to me, that this is a participatory exercise, and that it would not be possible for me to go through these stories, without having you here to listen. I always think—when talking to a crowd—that it’s a dialog. It’s a dialog. You sit, and you listen, and you’ve all listened. Thank God for that. That gives me a chance to think, and it gives me a chance to watch, and it gives me a chance to interact. You’re emblematic of humanity at large. I suppose that’s one way of thinking about it. For me to be able to craft what I’m saying so that it has an impact on all of you, here, also means that I can, simultaneously, craft it so that it has an impact that, in principle, can reach far beyond this place. 

I’m really hoping that one of the things that can start to happen with this, at least, is that we can put our culture back on its firm foundation, because it’s something that’s desperately needed. 

In order to do that, we have to understand both the evil and the nobility of the human soul. 

That’s a Fundamental Truth, 

I don’t think you can get to the nobility without a sojourn through the evil. 

I really don’t believe that, at all. 

It’s no place for the naive to go. 
That’s for sure.

 Anyways, I would like to thank you—as you thanked me—for your close and careful attention, and your support, during all of this. 

It’s been really a remarkable experience. 

It’s certainly developed beyond my dreams, so thank you. "