Among the ancient questions are: Is there life after death? If so, can the living communicate with the dead?
Anyone who’s ever thought about dying has probably cobbled together an answer they can live with. Most world religions have done more than cobble; they’ve exquisitely designed complex ideas on the matter. Among these is Catholicism’s “communion of saints” which says everyone lives on after death to become a community of souls who can relate to one another from both sides of the grave.
OK, lets see how that works….!
* If you’ve taken the time to plumb the depths of the dead, there’s an excellent chance you might be able to commune with their ideas as well. For instance, I intuit Lincoln would have had some problems with today’sTea Party and anyone else who seeks to crush the role of government in our lives. He fought with tens of thousands of lives to preserve that very government.
* If I try to commune with Teddy Roosevelt, I’m pretty sure his trust-busting policies would be saying to today’s plutocrats: Enough! It’s again time for you to stop reaping rewards tantamount to rape.
* Communing with FDR, I’m pretty sure he’d remind me how he loved his country so much that even he, a wealthy aristocrat, felt obliged to stand up to the “economic royalists” of his day.
* As for my Dad, I’d have a wonderful conversation about the American Dream. As an immigrant, he dreamed it and then lived it. He became a business owner. I can still hear him saying “the business of America is business.” Although he would have a helleva problem with today’s Wall Street’s version.
Who do you commune with at night…? If you do, I suppose you too are banking on a hereafter. Right or wrong, the very thought might make a lot more politicians a lot more decent this campaign.
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