Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Zen Tuesday: #4



On Zen Monday (or in this case, Tuesday) you experience the photo and tell us what you think, rather than me telling you what to experience from viewing it.
There's no right or wrong.
If the photo evokes something in you, that's all it is.

34 comments:

Bernie K. said...

… and He's starting with yellow.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ is no more real than Santa Claus is real.

Vanda said...

"RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – Complaints have led to the removal of an atheist group's "Imagine No Religion" billboard in this San Bernardino County city."

"Billboards Gone Wild: 4,000 Illegal Billboards Choke L.A.'s Neighborhoods"

Cafe Observer said...

But probably more real than "anonymous."

dina said...

Together with "Healing body acupuncture" this is a piercing message. (ouch)
I like most the juxtaposition with STOP.

USelaine said...

What would Scooby do?

Anonymous said...

ginab: I'm with cafe observer on this one.

altadenahiker said...

What's this about Santa Claus?

Pascal Jim said...

A message I've heard for the past seven decades. Waiting for Godot......

Vanda said...

Imo, religion is like sex: it should be private and personal.

HearkenCreative said...

If only they would let Jesus judge, instead of them doing the judging...(oops, sorry, getting off soapbox.) Then again: throwing paint balls at the billboards is judging. Too much judgment all around. I'm guilty of it too...

The lower right of the billboard is kinda like a countdown to Armageddon: 10:9:8:7...

Like Dina said, it's good that you included a plea to "STOP" in the photo's composition.

Lindsey said...

I believe December 23, 2012 may be the second coming of Christ (or something involving Mel Gibson)...one of the two.

Cafe Observer said...

A private & personal religion? Well, then what's the point? It's supposed to make a positive contribution our lives so we can then be better people to contribute to a better society

But i agree, if some hide behind it, using it for a negative impact (eg, terrorizm) then those are redefining religion for their own selfish purpose.

GinaB: how's the home internet coming along?

elizabeth said...

For some reason, I picture a teenage delinquent Wayne Gretzky in an old pickup with a bunch of friends driving around, playing their version of mailbox baseball. Except this time it's hockey with paint balloons instead of a puck.

(you know, the old joke:
Jesus saves, but Gretzky gets the rebound... he shoots... HE SCORES!)

Vanda said...

By private and personal I mean, don't push it on others. Nobody wants to see a billboard promising salvation in S&M and bondage.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

A target for the paint ball crowd.

Irina Netchaev said...

Love Elizabeth's comment about visualizing young Gretzky... gave me a good laugh. THANK YOU!

Miss Havisham said...

Jesus waited on me at Conrad's and mentioned a color search engine for Flickr. He did say he'd be judging White@Altadena and I repented with my mouth open.

marley said...

Well this one caused quite a debate!

I just think the state the world is in we have already been judged and this is our punishment, not that I believe in God!

lynn said...

Well, I mean, when exactly is He coming? My diary's filling up. I do, however, have a window around March...?

lynn said...

This is what your photo made me think of...

Yellow by Coldplay

lynn said...

lyrics are quite apt I think.

Ted Thompson said...

Jesus saves, Moses invests.

Ok, nuff of that

Hmm, Stop White Altadena came to my eyes...

But over all, I see a plea to just stop - a statement against all facets of modern society.

Wouldn't that be interesting? If we could all just pull back and untangle the rats nest of modern ideology? Each of us keeping what WE find important, discarding the rest, unencumbered by the expectations of our neighbors and peers and without the need to impose what we hold dear upon others?

Vanda said...

You can Stop Whitey, but not yellow.

Tash said...

JC is coming SPLAT! You'll be saved SPLAT! SPLAT! It's a rough crowd in billboard- & blog-land.
(And to think I almost MISSED Zen Monday on Tuesday :o)

Christie said...

Isn't it interesting the types of things that are felt when religion is mentioned? Even when on a billboard? I may not agree with how the billboard is so blunt, I prefer to live quietly yet in such a way that others know that I am different. It is personal, but also there for anyone to see. Thank you, Petrea, for such a thought and comment provoking post!

Petrea said...

Thank you all. Another interesting discussion.

A couple of you made me laugh, C.O. and Tash especially!

Miss Havisham, why isn't the Flickr Color Selectr called the Flickr Colr Selectr? It isn't right.

Lindsey, first time commenter, on a Zen day, no less! Welcome.

I thought someone would say something about the horrors of vandalism. I guess that would be me. You know, the old "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it" speech? I figure whoever bought this billboard has as much right to advertise their message as anyone else. I don't see Spearmint Rhino strip club's creepy, smarmy sign all splattered with paint.

Now there's an idea.

Ms M said...

Right below the religious sign is another: "Body Healing, Acupuncture".
Along with "Stop", it makes for an interesting juxtaposition...

But now I see Dina has already noted that! And I like her "ouch"

Vanda said...

One could argue that the installation of billboards is a kind of vandalism. Screaming eyesores jabbing at your brain.

Lindsey said...

Haha! Actually I'm an old friend returned. I've just been in financial fiascos.

You know, near the restrooms today at Mervyn's (closing soon, after 60 years...) amongst the graffiti, I saw this carved into the stall:

"Jesus loves you - John 3:16"

That has to be the last thing I'd expect in a restroom, but it can't be as bad as the men's restroom *shudder*

lynn said...

Vandalism did occur to me but I thought surely not. I decided this was an expression of some kind.

D.C. Confidential said...

Jesus is coming?! Why am I always the last one to find these things out?!

Therese said...

I would not qualify this sign as a Zen sign.

Petrea said...

Therese, thanks for your comment. I wouldn't qualify the sign as a Zen sign either. The idea of Zen day is based on the Zen tradition of teaching through experience or thought as opposed to through words. In this case I walk a fine line because there are words in the photo! But it is the *photo* I hoped for you to experience, and not just the *sign.* If that makes any sense.