Consignment Shop Of Music – It’s New To Me no. something (hour 2)

Written by on May 28, 2018

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So this be the second hour of the episode of Box of Chocolates (Live Sundays 7-9 AM on KPSU.org) that originally went out over the digital air waves.

As per usual I am returning to this VERY long running fictitious speech from the novel The Story of B  by Daniel Quinn.

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Slavery became a huge, international business, and of course would remain one down to the present moment. It’s estimated that at the midpoint of the fifth century every third or fourth person in Athens was a slave. When Carthage fell to Rome in 146 B.C.E., fifty thousand Roman slaves rebelled; when the revolt was put down, twenty thousand were crucified, but this was far from the end of Rome’s problems with its slaves.

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But new signs of distress appeared in this period that were far more relevant to our purpose here tonight. For the first time in history, people were beginning to suspect that something fundamentally wrong was going on here. For the first time in history, people were beginning to feel empty, were beginning to feel that their lives were not amounting to enough, were beginning to wonder if this is all there is to life, were beginning to hanker after something vaguely more. For the first time in history, people began listening to religious teachers who promised them salvation.

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It’s impossible to overstate the novelty of this idea of salvation. Religion had been around in our culture for thousands of years, of course, but it had never been about salvation as we understand it or as the people of this period began to understand it. Earlier gods had been talismanic gods of kitchen and crop, mining and mist, housepainting and herding, stroked at need like lucky charms, and earlier religions had been state religions, part of the apparatus of sovereignty and governance (as is apparent from their temples, built for royal ceremonies, not for popular public devotions).

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Judaism, Brahmanism, Hinduism, Shintoism, and Buddhism all came into being during this period and had no existence before it. Quite suddenly, after six thousand years of totalitarian agriculture and civilization building, the people of our culture—East and West, twins of a single birth—were beginning to wonder if their lives made sense, were beginning to perceive a void in themselves that economic success and civil esteem could not fill, were beginning to imagine that something was profoundly, even innately wrong with them.

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Playlist:

Track

Artist

Album

  • Low Key
    Tweedy
    Sukirae
  • Cruiser
    The Cars
    Shake It Up
  • Here, In The Dark
    The Tragically Hip
    Man Machine Poem
  • Eminence Front
    The Who
    It's Hard
  • Ode To Sad Disco
    Mark Lanegan Band
    Blues Funeral
  • Running Away
    Jill Scott
    The Original Jill Scott: From the Vault, Vol. 1

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