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A Reply to Burl Hall's Nostalgic Article "Can a Verb Based Language Bring Peace to the Planet?"

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In the book DECADE OF NIGHTMARES: THE END OF THE SIXTIES AND THE MAKING OF EIGHTIES AMERICA (2006), Philip Jenkins details how conservatives capitalized on anti-60s rhetoric to rally American voters to movement conservatism.

Burl Hall mentions "the motto of the 60's hippy, 'make love, not war.'"

I thought that motto was silly, and I still think it is silly.

Invoking that motto is not going to be an effective way for progressives and liberals today to counter the anti-60s rhetoric that conservatives to this day use effectively.

In the 1960s, I marched in protests against the Vietnam War. More recently, I have deplored the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

So I share Burl Hall's anger about those American wars, even though I do not like the motto he quotes with approval.

As a result of the emerging cultural conditioning under the influence of the communication media that accentuate sound, people in contemporary Western culture are undergoing a deep restructuring of their psyches. In short, the deep restructuring of the psyches of educated people in Western culture as a result of print culture is now undergoing a further deep restructuring.


Among other things, Burt Hall mentions that the Tao is the Way.

In the short new book POPE FRANCIS' REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS AND LOVE: THEOLOGICAL AND PASTORAL PERSPECTIVES (2015), Cardinal Walter Kasper says, "The word way [is] a fundamental word in the Bible for God's journey with his people; Jesus himself said he is the way (John 14:6), and the first Christians understood themselves as the people of the New Way (Acts 19:9, 23)" (pages 5-6).

But more to the point, do people in certain cultures experience the Tao, the Way, as a result of being born? Or do they have to learn how to experience the Tao, the Way? If they have to learn how to experience the Tao, the Way, is their learning experience similar to, or different from, the learn experience of self-described Christians who attempt to follow the way mention in John 14:6?


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