The latest Best of My Symphony is online. For those unfamiliar with this particular blog carnival, it takes the best posts of blogs, with one requirement -- that any post submitted is at least two months old. This week's episode has a Babylon 5 theme, and since that's the best TV show ever made I had to submit something. My A Deeper Notion of Marriage got associated with Vir Cotto, the lowly servant to Ambassador Londo Mollari of Centauri Prime, the servant who became Ambassador to Babylon 5 himself and later ended up leading a revolt against the Drakh occupation of the Centauri homeworld and eventually becoming emperor. He was one of the few Centauri characters in the whole series to have even an ounce of moral decency, though he himself had it in spades, much to the chagrin of Ambassador Mollari. I guess that's not a bad association.
You've got to love some of these quotes. The Ranger Marcus Cole always had a strange combination of smooth charm and dour pessimism. "You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." There's something dreadfully right about that. J. Michael Strascznski, at times, shows great philosophical insight, particularly when it comes to human nature, though I think whenever he settles on any answeres to the questions he raises I end up being repulsed by his moral outlook.
A View From the Pew has a wonderful reflection on how much Christians today (and he uses 'we' to include himself) are like Jonah. We all have someone we'll call those people, at least in our hearts if not in our actual words. We might preach the call to repentance that Jonah did. Do we really want those people to respond with repentance? Jonah didn't, even once he was willing to deliver that message. He didn't want to welcome those people into his circle of us. It's not as often along national lines as it was in Jonah's day, where the nation of those people was the conquering and oppressing empire of the known world (though keep al Qaeda in mind!), but Warren suggests some other ways that we do this quite regularly.