Singing Your Song or Telling Your Story

Different versions of the following story can be found, as retold by various authors*:       When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she’s pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends. Together they pray and meditate until they hear the baby’s unique song. As they attune to it, the women sing it aloud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else. When the child is born the community gathers and sings the
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Walking Blues

Starting with Robert Johnson’s Walking Blues, many a blues song begins with “When I woke up this mornin’…” With all due respect to Robert Johnson, this is no coincidence. Before you awake in the morning, are you there? Is there a “you” to be worried about whether your “baby started her low down ways”?… It depends on what it is you call “you.” When we awake from dreamless sleep, at first, there is no thought, and therefore no identification with
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Knowing vs. Believing

I mistakenly thought, when I chose this topic for this blog post, that I would easily be able to make my point. However, the more I looked into the subject, the more I realized that pinning down a definition for “knowledge” and “belief” was an uphill battle. So instead of presenting to you a coherent, well thought out and well researched essay, I will just share my musings with you. When all else fails, turn to Wikipedia. The entry for
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