There's an interesting post over at Quaker Street (BG linking to Quaker blogs? Get used to it.)
Apparently Jean Paul Sartre wrote about Christians coming out of church with smiles on their faces and deduced that happiness was a hallmark of Christian living or some such nonsense. Any quote from French philosophes of the twentieth century prompts "the taking of the Advil" at Chateau Blue Gal. Here is my comment from there:
I have known Christians who felt some obligation to be either happy or sad but I'm with the Buddhists on this one: mere human emotion is Monkey Mind.
I think the hallmark of a true Christian is both a broken heart and a joyful one. We've been to hell and come back. We know the pains this world can produce and we know the way out is hard, but we're not alone and we don't have to be afraid.
My recent leadings (and yes I'm a newly Convinced Quaker) have been both sad and joyful.
Other things to read today:
Manila calls the founders of Live Earth, "the Man." He's right.
Blogenfreude loses it. And shouldn't we all?
Are you an English teacher? Please prepare your red pencil and give Mitt Romney's finance chair an "F". Then expel her. From the English-speaking world.
Off to the airport and lots of waiting. Should have wifi but may not have power supply. We'll see.