July 8th, 2008

Revelation

While living out of the hotel room, I read through Revelation, which was available as the last book of the Bible, courtesy of the Gideons.  Growing up Catholic, we called it the Apocalypse, which I think is more colorful, not to mention closer to the Greek title.  But, really, apocalypse just means "unveiling," which is pretty much a synonym for revelation.

I had often looked at the work, but I had never quite gotten through it.  It's so... wacky.  In the past my brain rebelled against its vague symbolism.  But this time I was able to just go with it as a mysterious vision whose cognitive meaning is opaque, but whose emotional meaning is clear.

It really seems to simmer with anger and the desire to see the wealthy of the world brought down.

It's so opaque
no one can make
complete sense
of its why and whence.

Not on the Map

It feels like a "here", even though
it's a once-a-year traveling show. 

UPDATE: Oops. Sorry, I was hopelessly cryptic. I must have had a bad case of brain fade or jet lag not to attach an explanatory preface, along these lines:

At conference, we were talking about the way people say "Were you here last year?" It's a funny use of the word "here" because "last year" was always at a different place. I suppose this happens with traveling trade shows too.