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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 Web Final

August 2016

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity THE WEIGHT OF ETERNITY “You know, you don’t throw a whole life away just ‘cause he’s banged up a little.” Tom Smith, in “Seabuscuit.” “I don’t know what to do with the kid who’s had a good life, who’s psychologically healthy. Give me the kid with a chip on his shoulder and fire in his belly. I can make something out of him. A coach of my acquaintance The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, Thou dost not despise. Psalm 51:17 What is it that draws us to a spectacle of deep suffering, and of redemption? Why is it that all great works of literature deal with suffering, proceed from a premise of innocent suffering? As Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell (and many before them) knew, we’re not a blank slate. Human beings enter this world with an inner landscape that’s part and parcel of being human—that is in many ways what makes us human. There are, to be sure, personal variations proceeding from our individual life experiences; but there’s a deeper common well from which we all draw. And, as Campbell and Jung point out, most of the activity in our inner life, our real life, is at the level of the subconscious, unavailable to the mundane mind. The commonality of our inner landscapes, Campbell asserts, is why the mythologies of all cultures recount the same tales. He taught that, though the characters’ names change, the Hopi and the Bantu, the Hellenist and the Saxon and all the others, share the same primal myth—the account of the hero’s quest. Campbell says that this image is ubiquitous because it profoundly resonates with the deep places of our consciousness; that it speaks to each us of our life-long quest for an answer to our deepest need. In whatever terms a particular version of the great myth may frame this “pearl of great price’”—whether it’s the Grail in Arthurian legend, or home and hearth in Homer’s Odyssey, or the hand of the princess in Sleeping Beauty, or the deliverance of the Republic in “Star Wars”—we each find the story compelling because it speaks of our own, personal inner life. Or, at least, it speaks to what we intuitively know our inner life ought to be. The decline of Christianity in the West—manifested in the sense of most moderns that Christianity is irrelevant to their lives— derives in large part from the centuries-long effort of the Western confessions (beginning with the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation) to uncouple the faith from the mystical, and to reduce it to an intellectual or moral system or to an emotional experience. While such efforts have been undertaken with good intentions, the unforeseen and disastrous consequence has been a dissociation of the faith from the deep life of the average Christian, the life of the nous. Eastern Christianity, in contradistinction, has been spared the humanist assaults that have so confounded the Western confessions. It has required neither “Renaissance” nor “Reformation.” It has not been changed by Thomism or distorted by an “Age of Enlightenment.” Christian Orthodoxy’s timeless worship and ancient culture remain intact, in continuous, unbroken memory stretching back through the early desert fathers, and to the first century and beyond; through the Temple in Jerusalem and the tabernacle in the desert, through David and Moses, and to Abraham. All chapters copyright © 2016 by author Nick. Martone.; inquiries c/o St. George’s Church, P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. (252) 482-2006. And it is within this seamless, timeless culture, flowing in all directions from Golgotha and the empty tomb, that those who have an ear to hear and eyes to see may enter into the Tradition, where can be found access to the life of the nous, the deep places of the heart. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016

Don’t pull out your gun unless you use it I get a lot of questions concerning when a concealed weapon carrier should reveal that they have a weapon during a hostile encounter. In this issue, I’ll try to answer that question by using a couple of true stories. I was in court in Pasquotank County a few years ago, and saw a case tried that involved a mild-mannered computer repairman from out of town. He was about 45 years old, with no criminal record, and a concealed carry permit. He was driving out on the 17 bypass when he passed a carload of young locals. The locals took offense, either real or imagined, to the way he was driving, and began riding alongside him, shouting profanity and making threatening gestures. He became frightened. Not wanting trouble, and hoping to scare them off, the man held up his pistol so that they could see it. That was exactly the wrong thing to do. Both cars called 911. The man took the exit by WalMart, and turned into the road where the Honda dealership is now. The other car blocked him in. When the police arrived, the locals took out warrants against the man for Assault By Pointing A Gun. The poor repairman was mortified. He didn’t know these people, and had no reason to assault them. Yet, he was on trial for a violent crime. Because he had shown them the gun, the troublemakers knew that it was a silver-colored semi-automatic. Of course, the gun seized by the cops was a silver semi-auto. The troublemakers argued that they had to be telling the truth, or else they would not have known what kind of gun he had. It was a very tense trial, right to the very end. Thanks to him having a good lawyer, and drawing a judge with some common sense, he was found Not Guilty. But it could have ended much differently. Unexpected Elegance You will love the versatility of Magnabilities Interchangeable jewelry. Inexpensive Value and beautiful choices… or design your own Magnetic inserts for $8.00 Mention this ad and you will receive a $5.00 discount on your first order. ties-Jewelry-Sales-by-Lynne-B- 494654930708079/ 252-339-5218 Contrast that story with what happened to a friend just recently. He was walking to his car from a grocery store when he noticed a man he did not know following him. He stopped and asked the man what he wanted, and the man kept coming at him, finally mumbling something about needing a ride. He said he couldn’t help him, but the man kept coming. The man’s demeanor and aggressive motions made my friend uncomfortable, so he reached in his pocket and put his hand on his pistol, but did not draw it. He said in a loud voice, “Stop. Don’t come any closer. I don’t want to talk to you. If you come any closer, I’ll take it as a threat. Just leave me alone.” The man took the hint and walked away. Never draw or display a weapon until you are ready to use it to defend yourself or someone else from imminent bodily harm. Even if you don’t point it at the threat, you may be breaking the law by merely displaying it. Virginia has such a law against “brandishing” a firearm. There are people out there who have nothing better to do than abuse the court system to create trouble for others. I’ve seen it many times over the years. The repairman ran into just such people. Don’t give them information they can use against you in court. Instead, follow my friend’s example. If you feel threatened, make preparations to defend yourself without displaying the weapon. Attract attention. Tell the threat in loud, clear, unmistakeable terms to stop and leave you alone. Hopefully, a passerby will hear you and be able to testify for you in the event that you do have to shoot. Use gestures when you warn the threat. Security cameras are everywhere these days. Holding up the palm of your hand means “Stop” in any language, and video showing you tried to warn the threat would be valuable in your defense. Go to where there are lots of people, like back in the store, if you can. Call 911 and stay on the phone with them until the threat has passed. You need a record that you did everything you could to avoid using the weapon. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Paint and Craft Parties with Lynne, located in the Hobby Lobby Store in Elizabeth City. Dates: July 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Sept 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Oct. 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm Please register by calling 252-339-5218 Lynne Every second Tuesday of the month. $25.00 includes all supplies and you take your painting or Craft home. Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 9