I am sorry if I have hurt you. I did not realize that you were trying to get in touch with me because I got none of your email(s?). My comment was made in a state of blind panic being faced with the prospect of not having made the deadline for room draw. I realize that it hurt you, but I want you to know that there was no hurt or pain intended. I am not the best communicator over long distances, especially when the time zones are so off and it costs so much to call. I also would like to request to have your cell phone number, because I do not have it. I did not mean to insult, hurt, or confuse anybody. I guess I just messed up (again) and I ask you for forgiveness. I want to reiterate just how much you mean to me, not just as a stupid proxy but as a friend. I have never had a friend like you before, and your friendship means so much to me. To have someone that I can trust so implicitly and who is always willing to help me is an indescribable feeling. I can only be glad that you are my friend. I hope you forgive me.
I'm sorry. Yesterday I behaved in a manner that may have offended and/or frightened people, and for that I am sorry. I can offer no explanation that would satisfy either yourselves or me, but in my saner perspective after a good night's sleep I realize that the only thing I can do will be to apologize.
as, 5 of you apparently, know, I created a group on thefacebook.com for our awesome CooLS community. you should all join, and worship it, but let me know because I made it so that I have to accept people to join it.
I found a book written by Mormons about the life and times of Jesus the Christ.
They only mention Judas as an utterly despicable character who profaned the sacred face of the Lord with a betraying kiss. They also claim that mortals cannot understand Jesus's agony and ecstacy. Therefore we know that they are a false text.
However they do have some information about Judas and his role within the Apostoles. They call him complaining, avaricious, hypocritical, unprincepaled, and dishonest. He was apparently something along the lines of a Treasurer (ie, the complaint about the expense of the ointment) and as a man who kind of ran errands and conducted exchanges for Jesus and his followers. What they neglect to mention is why Jesus would give such an important role to a despicable man who he did not trust.
At the last supper, he has his feet washed by Jesus with the rest of the disciples, and afterward Jesus says that one of them is still unclean. Then Jesus spends the entire Last Supper slying beating up Judas. Then (either before of after the Last Supper and the receiving of the body and blood) Jesus feeds Judas a sop (bread in wine) in order to mark him out, and says "That thou doest, do it quickly." Judas then leaves, and it is possible that it is only a few who understand that this is the betrayal, everyone else just assumes that he is going on a errand.
When he comes into the garden of Gethsemane with the Roman guards, Judas goes up to Jesus, hails him as master, and kisses him. As a footnote, the text points out that in the Greek of Matthew and Mark, it is not a single kiss but many kisses, some quite effusive. Jesus asks if he betrays the Son of Man with a kiss. Then Jesus calls Judas 'friend' and tells him to do the deed. The text says that this appellation is a sign of underserved mercy on the part of Jesus for Judas, but we all know what is really going on there.
Judas's suicide is given no mercy. They say that he felt bad, excruciating pain, and then hung himself. This earns him a ticket to be flung into hell with the sons of perdition. It is a very strange section. They work up all this sympathy for him, even trying to point out that Judas tries to give back the 30 pieces of silver, and then almost gleefully say that the people used the 30 pieces to by a potters wrokshop and they buried lots of nasty people there, including Judas.
The most interesting part is a note after the death of Judas which points out that in later times there have been apologists for Judas Iscariot. They mention German philosophers and psychoanalysts who attempt to clear his name. While the point of the note is "Judas evil spawn of Satan bitch whore", I think you should look into that and see if you can find those Germans who explored the figure of Judas.
Okay, so we are all going into the last week of classes, and then two weeks of finals.
Or, as I like to call it, one week of Godspell and two weeks of gay boys.
Make that three weeks of gay boys.
Everyone should make small posts here about some of their expectations and desires for next year and the kick-off of Our Commonwealth of Lunar Satellite.
I shall be writing our Credo, a constitutionalish document laying out the structure and beliefs of Our Commonwealth. If you have anything you feel should be in the Credo, give a comment or make a whole post about it.
And yes, Jes, a major part of the Credo is "I believe in the redemption of Judas Iscariot and his place at Jesus Christ's side in the kingdom of heaven."
I'd like to also clear something up about our religion. Our official religion is Superstar Christianity. This is not an exclusive religion. This is a religion based on love. The Love that Jesus and Judas share both in Heaven and on Earth, albeit in a more angsty form. It does not disallow Gothic Catholicism, various levels of Judaism, eastern mystic religions, the worship of pagan gods, Wiccan Lesbianism, the Cult of Athena, Aetheism, the divinity of monkeys, and Bryn Mawr. In fact, it would not exist without all of these and more.
As I stand before you here today, having humbly become dictator of this glorious land, I would like to invite you all to address me in a familiar manner, by my nicknames, ‘Dictator’ or ‘Sir.’ I don’t want any uncalled for conceit to come between us – I want to be the kind of dictator with whom people feel they can carry on a real dialogue. Meaningful dialogue, that involves me giving orders and people obeying them while dutifully replying: “Yes, Sir, Dictator, Sir!”
I like to encourage that kind of closeness.
To commemorate this historic day, I would like to thank a few people:
First, I’d like to thank my Mom, who always told me I was perfect. So, Mom—thank you! You were right, I am perfect.
Second, I’d like to thank God, who gave me the good start that got me where I am today. I know it is every teacher’s wish to see the student surpass his own accomplishments, so I can only imagine how happy God must be right now.
I’d like to thank the President, whose hideous incompetence and possible alliance with True Evil inspired the platform and slogan for my rule of this fair commonwealth – ‘Just Be Glad I’m Not Bush.’ A more convincing platform could not otherwise have been conceived.
I would like to thank all the people who helped me get where I am today, wittingly or no. I couldn’t have done it without you. Those of you who stood in my way—someone will be along to speak with you shortly.
And finally—because I like to keep this kind of thing short— I want to thank all of you, my subjects, whom I hope to rule with a fair and benevolent hand. I plan to make ‘teh homo gay’ our largest import, so I don’t imagine that there will be many problems.
So thank you, all of you. You’ve made so terribly, terribly happy.