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Zachari Smith

hollow men, rebellion and the tyranny of democracy – Zach Smith

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Descartes said “we rebel, so we are”

This correlates well with my troubling visit to Dachau where i wrote this poem sitting under a tree.

pain gives way

human: to grow upon

the reception of love.

with power our everyday evil

becomes reality,

our slave owning tendencies

do come true, our hate is

fully realized.

“this is the way the world ends,

this is the way the world ends”

with a failed assassination

and a million blind eyes.

A basic part of being human is the ability to rebel, to stand up to tyranny . This defines the ages, the dictators can only put their subjects down like animals for so long before humanity rises up. For example, the Velvet Revolution and on the grandest scale WWII. The problem, i think, is that rebellion is always a last resort. Our North American unwillingness to rebel has lost us the respect of the politicians who no longer fear us; we fear them.

the merging of histories – Zach Smith

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I’ve been thinking about the history of Christianity and it’s relation to the even more distant past. We saw in Siena, Italy a place where ancient Greek thought was mixed with the history of Christianity. The engineers of this church believed that Virgil and Dante were prophets of christian thought.

I think this thinking is really amazing and it can really help a Christian today. When we believe that this prophetic good can come from non-Christians I think our worldview is much more Chirst like. Our eyes can be open to the beauty and truth that comes from all kinds of poeple.