Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey. Today we’ve got a new Marc Latham Folding Mirror poem that was mainly inspired by a news story about organisms found on a rock possibly being evidence of alien life that could have kick-started life on Earth.
Daniel hernandez la muerte de socrates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It also plays on the fact that while humanity is no doubt a wise animal, it still doesn’t know exactly how it came to be any more than the Greenygreys… as Socrates famously observed 2500 years ago… about the wisest humanity knowing its limitations, not that Socrates knew the Greenygreys unfortunately.
Marc Latham’s Religious History
Marc Latham had no Jewishness in his upbringing, and he didn’t feel any particular spirituality when he visited the Middle-East in 1988; he felt more in the Nepalese Himalayas in 2009, when he was up in the highest mountains of the world, amongst particularly spectacular nature. But there was no great epiphany.
So while he believes that the Jewish people deserve a land in the Middle-East because they were there historically, he doesn’t think they were promised it by Abraham; any more than he thinks Islam has a right to form a global caliphate.
The Jewish people just seem to want a land in the Middle-East though, rather than trying to take over the world as Islam is, and threatening Britain and Europe with terrorism and hegemonic takeover. That is why Marc has more sympathy for Jews than Muslims in the current world order.
Marc did have a mildly Christian upbringing, but didn’t really believe in it from a young age. The Islam-inspired rise of monotheism in the last twenty years made Marc take more interest in religion, and now he supports Britain’s original ‘religion’: paganism. He doesn’t believe in a world-changing paganism, just a respect for what nature is left in an over-developed country and world.
Paganism is also polytheistic, and doesn’t seem as prejudiced, warmongering and repressive as the Middle-East monotheistic religions. While it is mostly the Islamophobia crew you hear from in the U.K. (as I’ve often heard Peter Hitchens say, a phobia is an irrational fear of something, so I think Islamophobia is a misnomer if ever there was one, and has been used to cover up a host of crimes in the U.K. and to propagate Islamism in the world) there is apparently a strong Jewish lobby in the U.S.A.
Jewish Lobby Can Talk Rubbish
We don’t usually hear much about them in the U.K. but recently there was a news story on Planet Rock that featured them criticising the Roger Waters (formerly of Pink Floyd) stage-show for featuring an inflatable pig and Star of David.
English: I took this photo from the 25th row, center, using a Kodak Playsport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Waters explained the pig represented the ‘evil of errant government’ rather than any particular regime. Like many protest groups, I think the American Jewish Committee jumped in to something they didn’t understand, picked out one aspect of a bigger whole, took it out of context, and interpreted it as they wanted.
Marc Latham thought so too, and wrote this comment back on September 5th, prior to the recent Peter Herbert ‘Y’ word row:
Roger Waters Wall stageshow, Planet Rock News Sep 5th 2013
‘Agree with others that this is an example of protest groups justifying their existence and creating easy publicity… putting two and two together and coming up with five because they don’t know the context of the equation. I think I recently read Waters criticise Islamic fundamentalism, so he’s criticising all kinds of oppressive authoritarianism, and both sides in the Middle-East morass.’
Religion Should Be Personal, and By Choice
At the Greenygrey we think religion should be personal, and the Middle-East monotheists should allow Britain and Europe to continue developing in an intelligent informed scientific secular way to how it has been over the last century.
Alice in Chains seem to want this too, from their new single and video The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which also first came to our attention on Planet Rock News. It criticises television evangelists for misleading; and profiting from their deception. It’s now available on YouTube, and is embedded here:
New Mirror Poem Compares Earth and Plants
Along the same lines as Marc Latham’s ant theory, his new mirror poem on fmpoetry.wordpress.com compares our planet to a plant, after reading that recently discovered possible space rock organisms might have fallen to Earth and started life on our planet.
English: Voyager Instruments Português: Voyager Instrumentos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thanks to scientific developments, we now know the universe is beyond belief massive, and that there are more stars in the known universe than there are grains of sand on our planet.
Voyager recently became the first human object to leave our solar system, which is probably like a small part of a grain of sand leaving a beach on our planet in the great scheme of things.
Anyway, here’s the poem to ponder:
English: Venus flytrap anemone (Actinoscyphia aurelia). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gaia’s Gravity, Alien Attraction
Venus fly trap
sucks living insects
betwitching luscious leaves
crunching nutritional value
in our planet’s bogs, swampy world needed life
comets provided particles
bubbling thermal vents
sprinkled space organisms
Earth hot stew
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