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Left and Right

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

I’ve often thought that much of the polarization in our Church and in society can be traced back to basic ways in which we comprehend reality. “Conservatives” and “liberals” merely approach the same situation from different viewpoints. It’s a part of our diversity, something to be treasured and appreciated, rather than an occasion for setting up opposing camps — no matter how annoying the other may be!

And to illustrate that idea is an amazing test compliments of the Daily Telegraph in Australia. Do you see the dancer spinning in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction? It offers a clue to which side of your brain is dominant. If you see her spinning clockwise, your right brain dominates, and if you see her spinning counter-clockwise, your left brain dominates. And if you try, you can see her spinning in the opposite direction of what you originally perceived. What a wonderful analogy for life!

Left brain/right brain test

Left Brain Right Brain
uses logic uses feeling
detail oriented “big picture” oriented
facts rule imagination rules
words and language symbols and images
present and past present and future
math and science philosophy & religion
can comprehend can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
knows believes
acknowledges appreciates
order/pattern perception spatial perception
knows object name knows object function
reality based fantasy based
forms strategies presents possibilities
practical impetuous
safe risk taking

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About Our Partner Site

Monday, October 15th, 2007

You’ll notice there’s a site listed as a partner site. What’s that about?

Cathedrals of California is a photoblog project undertaken by Deacon Eric (moi) and Francesco Curá, a fine arts photographer. The goal of the project is not only to offer images of the art and architecture of each cathedral in California, but also to chronicle the vibrant liturgical life that takes place within cathedrals as well as the outreach and social services centered in so many of them. Along the way, we hope our efforts will help many to gain a new appreciation of the roles of cathedrals in our society.

Francesco’s photography is truly wonderful. Here’s a taste for you. It’s the sanctuary crucifix icon at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, where we did a photo shoot last week:

Sanctuary crucifix at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles

The Cathedrals of California project is an ecumenical endeavor. While both of us are Roman Catholics, we also wish to explore the diversity of Christianity in our state by including cathedrals of Anglican and Orthodox traditions. As far as we know, that makes 35 cathedrals in the Golden State, more than any other.

So do also check out Cathedrals of California regularly. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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