Saturday, April 20, 2013

Atonement with the Father

Peter described the ending of the novel he's been writing.  Ironically, the major theme emerging is Atonement with the Father, a term from Hollywood and mythic structure, which allowed us to segue easily back and forth into its theological siblings, and the major theme of my two poetry chapbooks.

And where does veganism fit in?  Atonement with the Father--moving into further harmony--body, mind, soul and spirit--according to what we eat, physically or spiritually.

Do you hear the click of the circle closing on this conversation?!  We are psychically exhausted but eminently satisfied.  And almost to our next destination. The lobster rolls are in the back seat.

"Veganism interferes with victimization, laziness and passivity.  It calls for responsible eating,"  Peter concluded.

"What about the lobsters?"

"Um....can we make an exception?"

"Only for sustainable aquaculture."

"Whew--I can't give up seafood!"

"I'm not sure I can matter...Jesus interferes too, and calls us to responsible living.  The one who made us surely knows how to guide us past lobster traps, high fructose corn syrup, and GMOs!"

The Vegan Jesus…an apt metaphor for the journey we have embarked on for the last couple of years, writing, eating vegan, discovering the spiritual impact it's having on us.  Or maybe the spiritual impact of recent years is changing the way we eat?  Whatever, I'm delighted to finally be sharing Peter's passion for cooking and eating, while he enjoys mine of writing.

Till the next car ride...  

PS: I'd hyperlink "Atonement with the Father," but you would have to wade through many mythological paragraphs you might not enjoy--so, from, I give you this:

Atonement with the Father
In this step the person must confront and be initiated by whatever holds the ultimate power in his or her life. In many myths and stories this is the father, or a father figure who has life and death power. This is the center point of the journey. All the previous steps have been moving in to this place, all that follow will move out from it. Although this step is most frequently symbolized by an encounter with a male entity, it does not have to be a male; just someone or thing with incredible power. For the transformation to take place, the person as he or she has been must be "killed" so that the new self can come into being. Sometime this killing is literal, and the earthly journey for that character is either over or moves into a different realm.

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