Running, solitude shared, reverie & repetition

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Dear Russell,

Your apology was as gracious as it was unnecessary.  You care about accurate representation more than anyone I know.  I’ve never found you to be deceptive, manipulative, or rude.  You’re human.  We both (we all) make the mistakes that we learned about in the critical thinking course.  The best thing about that course for me was that the professor encouraged me to identify those logical fallacies in myself, not in others.  You’ve modeled that for me and I appreciate it.  Is it a coincidence that he was a president of the New England skeptical society and that you are my first true skeptical friend?  I think not.  It is an inevitable result of having many friends and reading (or listening) to many books over many years.  I assign absolutely no significance to this random event.  [insert wry, semi-sarcastic smile here]

As we discussed this weekend on the trail run, your last three posts have certainly not been ignored.  I’ve read more of the references and background than any of your other missives.  It was a worthwhile investment of hours. I’ve learned.  I’ve learned more about your objections and more about why we could have such similar upbringings, such similar intellectual capacity and yet stand in such different places now.

I usually run alone and will likely continue to do so most of the time.  I need the time to process, and its honestly where I do most of my thinking and praying.  I did enjoy our shared time and the five miles went by quickly, but I repeated the same run last night after the rains.  It was only then, in the trails by myself and with a primal concern for balance that some of your words sank in.  I found your post waiting for me when I returned.  Friends do admit when they are wrong.  Friends also think the best of each others motives – – the base rate in Bayesian terms.  So, as your friend, I can honestly say that although I saw your contextual mistake I never assumed malice.

Where am I reading in the scriptures?  I’m reading Jeremiah.  I started when you struggled with the cursed lineage.  I wanted more context.  I need Jeremiah to understand Israel, both ancient and contemporary.

My next post will address your last – – what of the resonant creation, flood, and deity accounts of ancient societies?  I agree that we can do better than a back and forth and perpetual argument.  We need to positively construct our reasons for caring about this world and pursuing justice – – we’ll always have that in common.

Until our next written words or next shared run,

Pascal

–1:16

*Mud Run by Jada Bloom, my own photo, licenced CC, wikicommons

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