Solace of the Solitary
Your post is truly touching, Ashley, and makes good sense.
Adam, I sense a lot of anxiety and fear in your belief system. I wonder about the intense need to place such limitations upon yourself. You certainly don;t need to respond to my musings; they are, after all, just thoughts that are in my mind.
Whoever wrote about the bible - shortly put, I've spent a number of decades studying biblical history, including living in Israel for some time to further my studies. The bible is a wonderful account of history, that's for sure. Everything else about it is up to interpretation due to translation being done in so many languages throughout time, and also because of alterations made by the Catholic church in the 10th century (stuff added in, stuff taken out). And when it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, no one knows anything about God's existence, what that means, doesn't mean, etc.
Last, regarding Native Americans in VietNam - my husband of 31 years is a Viet vet, my bil is, too, and I've spent all of my adult life around Viet vets. It is entirely true that oftentimes Native Americans were placed on point when the guys were humping the boonies.
I've experienced fairly severe itchies since my hair began dreading years ago. When the itches get unbearable I use a few drops of peppermint oil in cold water, either in a spray bottle or just dip my fingers into the peppermint water, dampen my scalp and take time to gently but thoroughly massage (with my fingertips NOT nails) allll over my scalp. That always stops the itching.
Hi Snick, I agree - the dreaded journey can sometimes be one of solitude, sometimes one of plain aloneness/loneliness. So much really does depend upon one's geographical location.
Actually, your post reminded me of something I read today:
"Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it." --Simone Weil, philosopher and mystic
Hi, I was reading through some threads & saw this one. I make wool dreads for myself & also sell them. They're a fantastic was to decorate your dreads...they truly do look like your own hair. I love 'em because they are so lightweight & soft. Wool locs don't put any strain on existing dreads & they last for a long, long time....I've never had any wear out or break; they get stronger.
I leave mine in for days or even weeks at a time (I make wool dreads with small loop-tops, so just slide them onto a loc). I wash them along with the rest of my hair & never had a prob with them smelling icky.