The Dutch are dropping off their condolences for a dead sparrow, here, at a special website constructed in its honor. The bird got loose in a domino tournament and knocked over 23,ooo dominos before it was shot. I actually think shooting it was a little over the top. Why not just shoo it out the door or something? But the Dutch have done overboard with the grieving. The BBC writes:
Not since Cock Robin has the death of a tiny bird caused such emotion.
The shooting of a sparrow on the set of a Dutch world record
domino-toppling attempt sparked outrage among animal lovers and led to
threats to staff. ... The head of a bird protection agency appealed for
calm. ... [T]he Dutch animal protection agency threatened to
investigate, and radio stations offered bounties for anyone who could
knock down more of the dominoes before the event.
I think it would be best if no one told them about the pheasant Prairie Biker shot today. Or about all those turkeys that were killed for Thanksgiving. There could be serious psychological repercussions.
I've been thinking abstruse thoughts this morning, and I intend to inflict them on you. Here goes. When you think of a particular spiritual belief -- not a doctrine/concept, like kenosis or dharma, but a nonphysical, i.e., spiritual, thing or place, like angels, for example -- whether you believe it or not, how do you think you should try to understand it? As factual (e.g., how is an angel like a tree)? As metaphorical (e.g., how is your image of an angel like your image of something that is as real to you as a tree)? Or as something completely different? For me, it's something completely different, but I'm interested in what you all have to say before I try to put it into words.
Among the 13th century table manners, one book tells diners not to pick
their teeth with their knives, and to "refrain from falling upon the
dish like a swine while eating, snorting disgustingly and smacking the
lips." --Lance Gay, Scripps Howard News Service
Gay points out, however, that the medievals could practice their good manners on many more interesting foods than we have at table today, including "starlings, vultures, gulls, herons, cormorants,
swans, cranes, peacocks . . . , dogfish, porpoises, seals,
whale, . . . hedgehogs, . . . [and] lamprey eels.".
Many of the brethren chew tobacco, and I have
advised them to be modest about it. Do not take out a whole plug of
tobacco in meeting before the eyes of the congregation, and cut off
a long slice and put it in your mouth, to the annoyance of everybody
around. … If you must use tobacco, put a small portion in your
mouth when no person sees you, and be careful that no one sees you chew
it. I do not charge you with sin. --Brigham Young