Apoptosis

“Cell suicide, or apoptosis, is a normal part of the development of tissue.  More cells are produced than required, and the redundant cells are instructed to kill themselves by chemical messengers.  After their death, their remains, which contain valuable cellular material, are digested by other cells.”

The concept was illustrated in a matter of fact way.

In the biology text book.

The first thing that strikes me

is how very ghastly this is.

The second thing that strikes me

is how very universal this is.

“Species suicide, or extinction, is a normal part of the development of life. More species are produced than required, and the redundant species are instructed to kill themselves by an excess of predators and a lack of prey. After the death, the niche, which was required to be filled by something in the system, is taken over.”

That description does not occur later in the same book.

in the section on speciation and population dynamics.

Once the scale becomes recognizable,

I suppose,

it becomes a bit more hearless to progress in this manner.

“Company suicide, or going out of business, is a normal part of the development of a free market economy. More businesses are produced than required, and the redundant businesses are instructed to kill themselves by the utter lack of profit. After their death, their remains, which contain valuable business materials, are purchased at going-out-of business sales.”

I am sure that no text

on free market economics

has ever put the concept in just this way.

But

it wouldn’t be far from the truth.

 

“Relationship suicide, or growing apart, is a normal part of the development of a life. More relationships are entered into than are required, and the redundant relationships are instructed to kill themselves off by dear-John letters and by “let’s just be friends” talks. After their death, the remains, which contain valueable experiences, are picked over for nuggets that might be used in the next relationship..”

You’d have to dive

between the lines.

To find that meaning

in a self-help book.

“Individual suicide is a normal part of the development of societies. More lives are produced than required. Redundant people are instructed to kill themselves by their utter lack of success.   Occasioanlly the suicide is a literal one.  More often the body keeps going after the souls has been give up on.   After the deaths, when the hollow shells of men and women keep going on, the valuable fruits of their lives are harvested by those who keep going.”

 

 

 

Species suicide, or extinction, is a normal part of the development of life. More species are produced than required, and the redundant species are instructed to kill themselves by an excess of predators and a lack of prey. After the death, the niche, which was required to be filled by something in the system, is taken over.

 

Company suicide, or going out of business, is a normal part of the development of a free market economy. More businesses are produced than required, and the redundant businesses are instructed to kill themselves by the utter lack of profit. After their death, their remains, which contain valuable business materials, are purchased at going-out-of business sales.

 

Relationship suicide, or growing apart, is a normal part of the development of a life. More relationships are entered into than are required, and the redundant relationships are instructed to kill themselves off by dear-John letters and by “let’s just be friends” talks. After their death, the remains, which contain valueable experiences, are picked over for nuggets that might be used in the next relationship.

 

Individual suicide is a normal part of the development of life. More lives are produced than required. Redundant people are instructed to kill themselves by their utter lack of success. After their deaths the remains are incenerators or left to rot in cemetaries.

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The stories that speak to our soul begin at a home where things are good. Cinderella is happy with her father. The three little pigs have grown up and are ready to move on. Bilbo Baggins knows his shire. Adam and Eve walk with God in the garden. My story isn’t much different. There was a time and a place where it was so good. There was a community for me. And there was joy. We were filled with a sincere desire to do what God wanted us to do. We possessed explanations and understandings that went a certain distance. We offered security and tradition and laughter. For a lot of years, that was enough. I have this sense that it was also necessary. I have this surety, now, that it certainly wasn’t everything. There were some things that became increasingly problematic as time went by. There was a desire to package things up so very neatly. Sunday morning services were efficient and strategic. Responses to differences of opinion were premeditated. Formula began to feel more important than being real. A real desire for everybody to be one of us, but also a real sense that there is an us, and there is a them. They carried a regret that it has to be this way, but deeper than this regret was a surety that this is how it is. I began to recognize that there was a cost of admission to that group. There were people who sat at the door, collecting it. Those people wished they didn’t have to. But I guess they felt like they did have to. They let some people in, and they left others out. There was a provisional membership. My friends did possess a desire to accommodate people that are different… But it would be best for everyone concerned if they were only a little bit different. I did make many steps forward in this place. Before I went there, there were lies that I believed. Some of the things that I learned there, I still hold on to. But that place is not my home anymore. Those people are not my community anymore. There were times it was hard. I am engaged in a different community now. And I am working hard at finding a place in many different places now, embracing many different kind of families. I don’t always get it right. I am trying and I am learning and I am moving foreward. I have this sense that I am not alone in these experiences. I believe that we are tribe and we are growing. We are pilgrims, looking for a new holy land. Perhaps we won’t settle on the same spot of land. But if you’ve read this far, I am thinking that we are probably headed in the same general direction. I have begun this blog to talk about where my journey is taking me. In every space, we find people who help us along. And maybe we can get to know each other, here. We embrace ideas that provide a structure for the things we believe, and perhaps we can share these too. Maybe we can form a group, a tribe, a community, if we can figure out a way to work through the shadow of these kinds of groups, if we can bigger than the us-and-them ideas that have caused so much trouble in the past. As important as they are, I think the very nature of online interactions will lend itself to something equally powerful. I am stumbling onto these practices that my grandfathers and great grandfathers in the faith engaged in. I am learning about these attitudes and intuitions are so different than the kinds of things we call doctrine today. I don’t know about you, but I am running out of patience, and even interest, in conversations about doctrine. I hope that maybe you’ll share a little something about where your journey is taking you, and maybe our common joys and challenges might help each other along, and we might lift each other up. Thanks for doing this journey with me.

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