SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

Share Your Merry World 12-10-18

What’s the worst topping you could put on popcorn?   (credit to Teresa for this one)

Anything other than salt and maybe butter. But I can’t eat it anymore. Too slivery for aging gums.

In what country did Silent Night originate?

I was sure it was Germany, but am now told Austria. Go figure, right?


WARNING! The following question is NOT meant to start a fuss.  It’s merely a good discussion question in my opinion.  Most everyone knows where I stand on this. If you feel like arguing about it, please give it a pass.) We’re all adults and sensible ones at that.  We can be mature about such things, right?


How would you react if there was irrefutable proof that God doesn’t exist? How about if there was irrefutable proof that God does exist?

I wouldn’t believe it regardless. You can’t prove (or un-prove) faith. It’s an opinion, yay or nay. Unless God personally drops by and shows me his a photo ID, it’s faith.

What is the scariest non-banned item you could take on to a plane?

I haven’t the slightest idea. I’m not even sure what IS banned and I have no intention of traveling by plane.

Which version of the holiday celebration do you and your family enjoy?  By this I mean do you follow Jewish traditions with Hanukkah; Christian celebrations with Christmas and (for those over the pond) Boxing Day; or some other festivities that I’ve overlooked?   Please do share with everyone!  I truly feel that this sort of question lets us know a little more about our fellow bloggers without getting too personal (i.e. revealing too much of private lives, which some folks prefer to keep private.)

We just have a little tree. We watch old holiday movies. Garry loves Christmas Eve church, but it always gets held right at dinner time, so we never get there. Which is a pity, because regardless of religion, I love Christmas Carols and know a ton of them. I learned them for Glee Club in elementary school. That was before we weren’t allowed to learn anything with religious content. I didn’t even know the songs were Christian. I just thought they were pretty.

Actually, thinking about it, I know more religious music than most people because, as a music major, I spent years learning Gregorian chant and other early Western music. I’m sure I had my mother very worried.

If you study music, an awful lot of it is religious. Western music started as chanting and “grew up” in churches. When you study music, it’s a long time before you emerge from religious music to “modern” music … and a lot of our modern music is based on old church music too.

I don’t think anyone should be forced to follow anyone else’s religion, but I also think trying to remove all traces of religion from the world is silly. You can’t do it. Religion and religious thought are woven into the way we think. It’s organic. Nor do I think there’s any reason why you can’t believe in god or gods — and yet be a scientist or mathematician. I have never understood why one thing negates the other.

Not all of the things we believe are Judaic or Christian, either. There’s a lot of much older stuff woven into modern thought. There are many reminders of more ancient religions which are part of “modern” thinking.

Sorry for going on so long. This was what I studied in school. It began with music but moved into religious philosophy. I wrote papers about it. I still dream about it.

The near decade I spent in Israel was no coincidence. Despite what I may have said, my travels had nothing to do with how many times I read “Exodus” (the novel by Leon Uris, not the second book of the Torah).

I needed to be there. Because I needed to understand. Things.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

14 thoughts on “SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Very nicely put Marilyn! Thanks for Sharing Your World with everyone. You’ve brought the gift of education (musically speaking) to the table, and what could be more appropriate right now? Thanks! 🙂

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    1. I think few people realize that MOST music in this part of the globe was originally based on the music that came first from chanting (Middle East) and then, chords and compositions written for the Church. You really can’t study western music — at this point, ANY music — without getting deep in religious composition. I’m pretty sure my mother got worried when I walked around the house chanting pieces of the Catholic Mass 😀

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  2. We have three or four friends and their dogs at our house for Christmas dinner, and everyone contributes something for that. We have a 6ft. tree, a mantel with small lights, and lights on the outside framing two windows and the porch. We have such a good time at the table talking and laughing that it takes a while to get to exchanging gifts in the living room.

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  3. If there was proof that there wasn’t a god – I’d say phew – I guess there’s no hell either. If there was proof that there was a god – I’d say phew – there goes free will. Some times it’s better not to know.
    Leslie

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  4. For me, Christmas isn’t about getting or receiving, it’s about being together to share love laughter and song. I particularly appreciate this year as the teens are getting older, one is finishing school this year, the other, next and they’ll be going off to university and or jobs. The two little ones are 10 and 8 and there’s time to be spent with them yet. Jobs and school invariably interfere with togetherness.

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      1. Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. There’s too much emphasis on everything that weighs people down and they don’t take enough time to enjoy, laugh, sing, acknowledge one another’s existence and input.

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  5. Very brave of you to take on religion. I separate organized religions – which I believe have the power for good if they don’t get into politics – from spirituality which is based on personal experience. Unfortunately too many religious leaders have wandered into poisoned waters and leading their followers away from and to a full spiritual experience.

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    1. I gave up trying to make sense of dogma. Whatever “religion” is, it isn’t churches, it isn’t dogma, it isn’t theology. It’s something else and I don’t know what that may be.

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  6. I am utterly amazed at the number of different popcorn topping we sell at work. Why? As you say… butter and/or salt and why would you want to put anything else on it? Popcorn toppings have almost gotten to be as ridiculous as potato chips when it comes to inventing so many useless and disgusting flavors…

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