James Barclay

Joined: Jul. 29, 2013


M,M,Celt,67,,M.S.,ret.RNC,MENSA,formerISP,B.Lake Charles,LA, raised Knoxville,TN, 63-69 AF/USN, ling involvement w CWM and Intentional Community Move., former IWW, VISTA, study of CW, comunalism, anarchism, collectivism, read, write, computers, Classical pipe organ and music, composing, math and cypher, semiotics, Voynich Manuscript, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, Alex Jones, C2C, cooking, collecting books and recordings, volunteering and utopian movies (La Belle Verte, etc.)

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To revive the forum

Aug. 17 at 3:44pm | Comments: 14 | Most recent comment: Aug. 30 at 8:29pm

I am hoping that with this little hook I can start a bit of debait (get it?) about Personalism.  Having been involved with the Catholic Worker Movement in some way or other since 1977 and reading quite a lot I thought I knew a bit about it.  From simply reading from this site and continuing to read and re-read other Personalist books my appetite has been reawakened.  I need ideas to bounce off of, people who know more...

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Re: "No Good Options"

Sep. 28 at 12:26pm | see this comment in context

So long, Y'all.  I've decided to move on.  I want to thank everyone here, especially those with whom I've corresponded.  I've learned a great deal and hope along my intellectual and practical journey to learn more.  The main reason I am leaving is that I am inadequate to divine the Catholic culture, its bent and certainly Canon law.  I am also not an intellectual peer having only expertise in two fields not too many would find cogent to the conversation, Medical Science and Mathematics.  I still consider myself a personalist and live my life as best I can in that manner.  And I still consider Jesus the avatar of personalism. (Not bad for a Jew, eh?)  Once again, thank you and may each of you be happy and healthy in the fullness of love.-  Jim Barclay

Re: The bible: which parts are culturally relative, which parts are timeless?

Sep. 27 at 8:55pm | see this comment in context

I am a fan of history in that great time period when and where Jesus lived and I have a pretty good idea of how it really was.  Nasty.  There is a new book out that has taken the literary world by storm:  "Zealot:  The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Rezaa Aslan.  I haven't read it yet, but have heard the author speak on radio.  Hosts were very nice to him, but some who are Catholic disagreed strongly with him.  He is Muslim and was born in Iran, coverted to Evangelical fundamentalist Christianity, then became a Catholic.  He says a Jesuit convinced him to return to Islam.  On the shows he has gotten very strong positive and negative responses, some more violent than others.  He says he has been getting death threats.  I just have to get ahold of this book and read it formyslef.  I have "Bandits, Prophets and Messiahs" and Aslan says he used it as a reference.  This ought to be very interesting.

Re: A Problem of Translation?

Sep. 27 at 8:42pm | see this comment in context

Rev. Richard Wurmbrand said "A bird is not one of its wings" and I won't say a religion has a Right or a Left wing.  If someone wants to introduce factionalism I suppose that is his or her business.  But attaching such wholesale political assignments, to me, is a part of de-personalization and a part of social propagandizing.  In fact, its right out of the book "Propaganda".  If someone thinks his or her religion is not beyond that it probably means that we have no common ground because of it.  I just won't be entrapped by it.

Re: Guilt feelings

Sep. 25 at 12:29pm | see this comment in context

Jules, I can't get myself into the Catholic "guilt" thing.  I just don't think its healthy or does have any productive value because I see guilt as external, egoist and self destructive.  I do accept shame in that it is internal, considering, self examining and leads to redemption and reconcilliation.  The Pope's call for coming together and rejecting bigotry reminds me that I have, and sometimes still, an "us v them" mentality.  I try to work on that.  I try to find out which discrimination I will exercise;  Some discrimination is good especially when it comes to personal choices man moral issues.  "Please forgive me." is vastly better, to me, than simply saying "I apologize" or "I'm sorry".  It appeals to conscience.  You have expressed a very important issue of the recognition of the pain we acuse others when we err or act badly.  That is called empathy, something most people simply don't exercise or even care to.  It is an essential trait of the personalist.  Just because we feel pain from another's actions or words does not mean they have injured us.  Many times it means that we have, by our own judgementalism, injure ourselves.

Re: Women in combat.

Sep. 20 at 8:00pm | see this comment in context

How can anyone call him or herself a personalist and argue about what is required of the gender of someone else?  How can one be a personalist and dictate what freedoms are allowed or not allowed?  Individuals must have the freedoms to make life choices and be and act as they must.  I've spent a good deal of my life at that and am still dedicated to it.  Let the gender bigots come. I'm ready here and now to enlighten. Any takers?  Both of these points are- pointless.

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