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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

ECONOMICS, Pop quiz. Match the beatitudes.

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit,
2. Blessed are those who mourn,
3. Blessed are the meek,
4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
5. Blessed are the merciful,
6. Blessed are the pure of heart,
7. Blessed are the peacemakers,
8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

a. For they shall obtain mercy.
b. For they shall inherit the earth.
c. For they shall be comforted.
d. For they shall be satisfied.
e. For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
f. For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
g. For they shall se God.
h. For they shall be called sons of God.

This weekend I finished reading Lamb by Christopher Moore. It’s a fictional account of Christ’s life with a humorous account of Jesus and his best friend writing the Sermon on the Mount. There’s a brief discussion about including a beatitude beginning “Blessed are the dumbfucks…”

On a more serious note at Hullabaloo poputonian wrote a Labor Day entry that ties together three Hoosiers (Eugene Debs, Powers Hapgood and Kurt Vonnegut) and the Sermon on the Mount.

BTW, like Albert Einstein, Vonnegut believed in preventing war through world federalism. Rather than using military force to resolve international conflict we’d use political and legal institutions.


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