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Q's characters share their responses to the daily litany of woe they read in the newspapers and what they do to keep from being overwhelmed by it. This Dialogue can provide much food for thought.
- Do you resonate with their feelings of being overwhelmed by the news? If so, what do you do in response? Are you a news junkie . . . or do you get most of it from Stephen Colbert's and Jon Stewart's shows? Do you just put your head down and drop out? Other options?
(Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, said that with a few exceptions, accidie among them, in our time most of the traditional Seven Deadlies wouldn't keep you from becoming a member in the local country club, let alone bar you from going to heaven! He proposed Seven Deadlier Sins, and in his Bond novel each villain represents one of them plus the sin of accidie, from which Bond and Fleming both persistently suffered. It's the only sin that shows up in each book. His Seven Deadlier Sins are: The Twins of Violence: Cruelty & Malice, Avarice, The Twins of Duplicity: Hypocrisy & Self-righteousness, Moral Cowardice, and Accidie. (See the book by W. Benjamin Pratt footnoted on page 112.)
- Advocatus talks about The Seven Deadly Sins and how they were used to analyze aspects of the ego's movement through life. Have you heard of them before? Are they sometimes useful in examining what's happening? What do you make of them?
- Have you tried Snark's practice of keeping a daily gratitude list? If so, with what results?
- Margaret speaks of how meditation helps her keep from being overwhelmed and teaches them her "Colorful Prayer" meditation. Is her view of prayer new to you? Old hat? Have you tried some forms of meditation? "Conventional" prayers that you say? Are your prayers "answered?" What do you think of praying for others and their situations (intercessory prayer)? Do you think about putting some parts of quantum physics together with intercessory prayer? Say what . . . ?