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Month: February, 2012

Word of the Day: Apokatastasis

Allen Ginsberg: …The conditions of revolution in late twentieth century are conditions unforeseen by any other civilization. We are going to the moon, we have drugs that go to the moon inside, we’ve recovered the archaic knowledges of the Australian aborigines, most primitive societies are available to us if we take the effort, many different forms of magic warfare or peacefare are available, apocalypse, classical Armageddon, destruction of the planet, millennium, all this is a possibility. So it’s now unlike it’s ever been in history, this should mellow everybody out and make it possible for everybody to work together, to create a revolution that has no enemies, a revolution by apokatastasis.

Interviewer: What do you mean exactly?

Allen Ginsberg: Apokatastasis is the transformation of satanic energy to celestial energy. In that sense the former notions are irrelevant to the revolutionary steps of consciousness that we’re forced to take in order to survive without tearing the earth asunder. It means that Americans have to stop calling policemen pigs and use a different mantra on these human souls in order to transform them into helpers of the gods rather than enemies of the gods. That’s the direction.

–Allen Ginsberg, from a  1972 interview


Spontaneous Mind cover

Memory is a Mysterious Thing

When  I was reading Proust
And about 200 pages into Swann’s Way

I suddenly remembered  a friend
Who had told me about his friend

Whose father was the CEO of a major transnational corporation &
Whose mother went to daily Mass in a bullet-proof limousine with armed guards

Lest kidnappers be tempted to interfere with
Her consummate devotion to the Blessed Sacrament


memory is a Myserious Thing

Somos amantes de la poesía

Querida Doctora (que es tan querida),

Una pregunta:  ¿Te gusta Neruda?

Si “sí,” entonces usted está calificada para introducirnos a Pablo. Este es un grupo de aficionadas. Por favor, considere compartir con nosotras.




The concern for the other breaches concern for the self. This is what I call holiness. Our humanity consists in being able to recognize this priority of the other.

Emmanuel Levinas, Is It Righteous to Be? Interviews with Emmanuel Levinas, edited by Jill Robbins

Crosses, Values, Options


“Really living like Christ will not mean reward, social recognition and an assured income, but difficulties, discrimination, solitude, anxiety.  Here, too, the basic experience of the cross applies:  the wider we open our hearts to others, the more audibly we intervene against the injustice that rules over us, the more difficult our lives in the rich unjust society will become.”

–Dorothee Sölle, Germany


“In the university, the essential character of the society comes across: no matter what the students are told to read, the values of the world outside those college gates constantly intrude.”

–Daniel Berrigan, U.S.A.


“Marx did not invent class struggle—much less did we. It’s out there. And any true pastoral activity will be conflictive as is the gospel itself. To opt for the poor of the earth means opting in a saving manner ‘against’ the rich of this world.”

–Pedro Casaldáliga, Brazil