March 3, 2002
FREE & UNINHIBITED EXPRESSION
The thing I like most about email is the opportunity to meet so many
interesting persons from different cultures and religions. I live in
Tennessee and love the place I live and the people I live among. But I
yearn for people who live in totally different places and have differing
ways of living and being.
One of my correspondents disagreed with something I wrote a year ago
when I questioned the value to me of divination techniques like Tarot
Cards, Uuija Boards, etc. We had a spirited exchange of opinions. I
closed out my part of our exchange by saying, "Thanks for the free
and uninhibited expression of your views. That's a vital part of
If I belonged to any group where I could not enjoy free and uninhibited
expressions of views, I would have to get out. There's no other way to
learn. There's no other way to test the validity of your own views. The
only way you can grow in such a situation is to grow more like the
others in the group. In other words, more un-free and unexpressive.
I don't like cookie cutter organizations. I don't want to be a cookie. I
want to be a Moon Pie. Today. Tomorrow I may want to be a vanilla wafer.
My friend Cyn sent me some Chocolate Honey Chewys last week. For days I
was a Chocolate Honey Chewy. But this morning I was a Carob-covered Rice
Well...to tell the truth, it's because I ran out of Chocolate Honey
Chewys and Moon Pies.
But thanks, Nanjo, for that free and uninhibited exchange a year ago. I
learn a lot from your words and even more from your grand and glorious
THE FINAL AMEN FROM DONNIE
Donnie Jenkins is one of the most intelligent and creative persons I
know. A grand musician and songwriter. A thinker who should be putting
his thoughts down regularly for people to cry and laugh over, then rub
their chins and say, "I wonder what he meant there?" and
sometimes just leap up and say, "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
Let me close today's Journal with one of my favorite quotes from one of
his emails: "Studying Christ's lessons is like seeing the Van Gogh
painting, A Starry Night. It whispers and shouts. It will make you jump
for joy and cry like a baby. It is rich, detailed, and endlessly in a
process of your discovery. It is a wonderful unending question, not a
cold one-time rock-like answer. It lives and breathes and has its one
life. And it makes the life of any open-minded person a work of art,
All I can say is, "Amen." No, that's not all I can say. I want
to add, "Praise God!"
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