Archive for July, 2010

The Paradiso by Dante Alighieri

The Paradiso is the last volume of Dante’s Divine Comedy (which includes The Inferno, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso). The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320. The Paradiso is Dante’s ascent through heaven. Dante’s vision of heaven (and God) is so poetically beautiful and well done that much of today’s Christian belief is steeped in The Paradiso. In fact all the volumes of The Divine Comedy lends some basis for the Christian beliefs of the afterlife.

Like the first 2 volumes Dante uses The Paradiso to denounce the corruption in the church. He sees Popes and other religious figures while in Hell and Purgatory (He names the people he sees). In Paradise, St. Peter calls the leaders of the church (including the sitting Pope) corrupt lairs who uses the church to get rich. St. Peter tells Dante to go back and tell all what he says. I’m amazed at the blatant heresy he got away with in his time, and the fact the church even allowed the publishing of The Divine Comedy.

As Dante moves through heaven, his awareness and understanding of God’s love and goodness comes into focus.

The Divine Comedy is a must read for everyone. No matter your religion, even if you are an atheist or agnostic, I would be surprised if you didn’t enjoy this trilogy. The poetry is beautiful and the visions Dante creates range from horrifying justice of hell, to unimaginable beauty, bliss and love of heaven.


Blaming BP

Since the oil spill started in the Gulf of Mexico (months ago) the outrage against BP has grown rampant. The public has found out that BP has been lax in safety and that the organization in charge of watching over oil production has been letting oil companies get away with just about anything they want.

BP has also done what they could to down play the spill, from under estimating the amount of oil gushing into the gulf to trying to control the images and information the public gets to see and hear. Unfortunately our government has been little help, except to BP.

There have been calls for boycotts and calls to plug the leak with BP executives, and other well placed acts of knee jerk anger. Over time it has come to light that boycotting isn’t as easy as it sounds. Most BP gas stations are owned by citizens who bought a franchise from BP and BP oil is in many more products than just gas. If everyone did stop buying oil from BP and they were to go out of business, who would pay to clean up the mess?

To those who bought a BP franchise, I say, business is a gamble and you backed a loser. So stop complaining that the boycott is hurting you. Instead call up BP and complain that their operating practices are hurting your business and they need to change.

To those who have vowed to boycott BP, I say, broaden your attack and cut back on all oil usage. Include not buying bottle water,until they start using petroleum free bottles, call the company and tell them how you feel. Most important, call your representatives and tell them it’s time for clean renewable energy.

Every President since Nixon (at least) has said it’s time to reduce our dependence on oil. Unfortunately our representatives are in the pocket of oil companies and seem unwilling to change.

I have done my research and have sent emails (and signed petitions) letting my representatives how I feel and if they don’t change they won’t get my vote!

Here is a site where you can get a partial list of items made with petroleum

Make a Change!