moby and me: good friday and happy easter

Good Friday and Happy Easter

Below, my humble, fleeting gift to you: a listen to Enya, We are free now

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Good Friday

moby writes:

“This weekend in acapulco, i’ll be dj’ing, not playing live. just want to make that clear. same thing is true in miami. at some point in the next few months i might play live again, but for now i’m happy to just be a bald beer drinking dj.”

For some, today is Good, Holy or Great Friday- the day to remember Christ dying on the cross. Today is the day that the Roman Catholic Church has designated the anniversary of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The date of Good Friday changes every year. But I don’t know how they pick the date. Anyway, I stopped at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bucharest. There were long lines to the confessionals.

It is a long-held Christian tradition that Jesus died on a Friday (Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 23, and John 17-19) and rose from the dead on Sunday (John 20:1). For Roman Catholics, today was a special day of fasting- eating only one full and meatless meal on this day. In the UK, some of my friends there will be eating Hot Cross Buns.

On Good Friday, if you didn’t know… the Christian tradition tells us that Jesus was handed over to the Romans, beaten, flogged and made to wear a crown of thorns. That he was forced to carry his own cross until he could no more. That a man named Simeon was pressed into service to carry it the rest of the way. That the cross was erected, Jesus was nailed to it and he died upon it.

Through Christ’s death and sacrifice, Christians believe that Jesus removed a problematic that generally prevented humans from attaining to the fullness of humanity which includes an eternal, spiritual dimension. In other words, Christians believe that Christ’s sacrifice made salvation, redemeption and complete human fulfillment possible to those that believe. The precise definitions of salvation, redemption and complete human fulfillment tend to vary according to the soteriology (theological study of salvation) of the different Christian churches.

Yeah, this is the cliff notes’ version. There’s no moral to this summary. I didn’t want to get all up in your face about things…

Aynzli Jones

moby writes:

“some people read spinoza, i watch cartoons.”

Since Aynzli Jones is featured in Alice,.. in your soon to be released album, Last Night… I decided to check Aynzli out on you tube. Here’s some things that I found on that 15 minute spree:

Freestyle – iz so so

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I don’t Listen – iz alright

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Had enuff – iz getting better

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And then, I found this unrelated clip from ATB and I liked it better than what I found for Jones:

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War

moby writes:

“today is the 5 year anniversary of the start of the war in iraq. 4,000 u.s soldiers have died so far, 40,000 u.s soldiers have been badly wounded, 90,000 iraqii’s have died, and it’s cost u.s taxpayers close to one trillion dollars…

it’s all such a shame, and my heart breaks for the soldiers, their families, and the iraqii’s who’ve had their lives torn apart by this pointless war.”

I agree. War is never pretty. It’s never beautiful.

Nor can it ever be so happy for those who set war into motion… to compensate for the loss, tears and broken hearts of mothers, lovers, sisters and brothers…

Not to diminish the personal loss of the families, lovers and friends who have suffered – you are not so naive nor lacking in imagination to believe that war does not serve a purpose or multiple purposes of those who own and control the world. They are a law and fact of life… just like gravity.

We must not close our eye in ignorance. There is always a motive for War. No war is ever, absolutely, pointless. And, Iraq served several purposes and if not for you or me, for someone for sure. Whether or not you want to believe it is a just war… is another matter entirely.

Since you [moby] like lists so much, I can dash off a quick list of tongue in cheek suppositions… for you to consider during your cartoon breaks:

8. Keep down prices at the US and Western European gas pumps – W would argue that someone has to do it.

7. Get some business going for some of W’s friends, campaign contributors and masonic bed buddies (domestic and foreign)

6. Distract Americans from the fall of the dollar and the ascension of the euro, pound, gold, etc.

5. Generals would say we have to develop troop readiness for combat- our boys and Nato troops need to see some real action if we are going to have superior ground forces

4. Distract Americans from the economic problems – the problems started in 1999 and were postponed for some years. W and others believed it mission critical to keep the public attention off the facts because confidence is everything

3. Increase value and reposition the W family business, Zapada, Zapata, or something or other

2. Extend the reach of American and European commercial interests into the Middle East – some economists would argue we need more markets for our

1. Because some believe that we need someone who hates us as much as they hate themselves- anyway, terrorists allow government to assume powers which contradict constitutional rights to privacy, speech, guns and due process.

And, to imagine, one trillion dollars got all that! Heck, W may be glad that we were lucky we didn’t have to pay in Euros! [big smile]

And now for a mental plane shift… Dolores O’Riordan (remember the Cranberries?) sings Schubert’s Ave Maria, below.

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If W or anything one else was interested in encouraging Democracy and Freedom in the Middle East; the US would enjoin NATO or the UN to commit to the following:

1. Ensure the security of a Palestinian nation

2. Facilitate the development of educational and cultural exchange institutions in the new Palestine including adult education, university extension programs, etc.

3. Do the same in Iraq

4. Facilitate the development of Freedom of Press and democratization of information in the Arabic-speaking world through radio, television, print and internet.

5. Find more ways to focus on similarities as opposed to differences

Easter Sunday

moby writes:

“traveling around and sitting in hotel rooms and eating tex-mex food is making me fat”

I’ve been fasting. Tex-mex would be a welcome sight and smell to me. I haven’t had a great burrito since I said good bye to Los Angeles in 1993.

Tomorrow, I’m heading for the upper country of Romania to the region that used to be known as Bucovina; Bucovina was known as a land of milk and honey. In this region, the great Romanian king, Stefan the Great (Stephen III of Moldavia) is buried in a n Orthodox monastery called Putna.

I’ll be spending some time on my knees in the ancient painted monasteries (likely two or three from the hardcore list – Moldovita, Sucevita, Putna, Humor, Voronet, Dragomirna, etc.) and, definitely, at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Cacica- a small, neo-gothic, brick church nestled amid rolling hills in the Northern Romanian country-side.

The little church was once visited by Pope John Paul II who declared it a “Basilica Minor” by papal decree and he also put the little church under the direct protection and sponsorship of the Vatican.

Originally, St. Mary’s started out as a cavern church in the nearby salt mine. The cavern church was carved by Polish-Romanian miners and opened for service in 1791. Mortally injured salt miners were brought there to die in peace. Currently, the mine church has been converted into an Orthodox room.

I’ll take some pictures and post them- if I get a chance.

Yes, there are rumors of small and great miracles happening at St. Mary’s- especially those miracles associated with the “Black Madonna” icon high above the altar. Important Church VIPs have been coming there for years, but locals don’t like to speak about the miracles. The locals just want things to be simple and quiet in their small, humble village.

Splendidly armored and decorated, great angels hold court in this little church. And, perhaps, Holy Mary, may avail herself.

I look forward to seeing the familiar faces of beatific beauty. I hope they feel the same.

They move so fast. Like movement seen out of the corner of your eye. If only they would slow down a bit, I might try to read the words rolling on their eternal lips.

Acapulco

Is it Spring break yet? Are planning on a little cliff diving? Will you check out the underwater chapel?

Before you go, how about a little homily for your pre-game? You can play it below.

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Or, perhaps, a little poetry…

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Anyway, have fun in Acapulco.

More importantly, happy Easter. And God bless you.

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Stan Faryna
March 21, 2008
Bucharest, Romania

Note: I edited this post on my return as I had written and published it with unusual haste.

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Stan Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

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Mr. Faryna is editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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