RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Eternal Youth? (Nikos Kazantzakis)

“He murmured to himself, ‘It’s really a shame, that youth in human beings doesn’t last a thousand years! Is God perhaps afraid that we’ll take His throne away from Him? Is that why he craftily dismantles us, piece by piece? He pulls out our teeth, screws our knees up stiff, wears out our kidneys, dimsContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Eternal Youth? (Nikos Kazantzakis)”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Pontus Pilate’s View of Jesus

“Pilate had awakened, washed, anointed himself with aromatic oil, and was pacing nervously back and forth on the high solarium of his tower. He had never liked this Passover Day. The Jews drunk with their God, would work themselves into a frenzy, come to blows again with the Roman soldiers-and this year another massacre mightContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Pontus Pilate’s View of Jesus”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: The Rabbi Wonders is it Jesus or Satan?

“During all these days and weeks that he had been running behind Jesus, battling to understand who he was, his ramshackle body had completely melted away. Nothing was left now but a sunbaked hide wrapped around bones to which the soul clung and waited. Was this man the Messiah whom God had promised him, orContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: The Rabbi Wonders is it Jesus or Satan?”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Judas and Jesus

“The redbeard (Judas) growled and bared his teeth like a sheepdog that hears his master’s voice. Head bowed, he turned around and marched heavily over the bridge, talking to himself. He remembered when he roamed the mountains with Barabbas-God bless him-and the other rebels. What an atmosphere of ferocity and freedom. What a splendid leaderContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Judas and Jesus”

RKS Literature: Judas and Jesus

“Judas listened to him and knit his brows. He was not interested in the kingdom of heaven. His great concern was for the kingdom of the earth-and not the whole earth, either, but only the land of Israel, which was made of men and stones. The Romans-those barbarians, those heathens-the Romans were trampling over thisContinue reading “RKS Literature: Judas and Jesus”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Charity and the Day of Reckoning at the Gates of Heaven

“And you whose immortal soul opened a money changing shop: you sit on the threshold, plunge your hand into the sack, give alms to the poor, lend to God. You keep a ledger and write: I gave so many florins for charity so and so on such and such a day, and at such anContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Charity and the Day of Reckoning at the Gates of Heaven”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Living our Own Murder Mystery

“The sad fact is that there are no natural deaths, despite what doctors say. Every death is felt by someone as a murder, as the unjust taking of a loved being. And even the luckiest of us will encounter one murder in our lives: our own. It is our fate. We all live a murderContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Living our Own Murder Mystery”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: House Love

“Love is a house with many rooms, this room to feed the love, this one to entertain it, this one to clean it, this one to dress it, this one to allow it to rest, and each of the rooms can also just as well be the room for laughing or the room for listeningContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: House Love”

RKS Literature: German Big Business and National Socialism

“The meeting of 20February1933 and its aftermath are the most notorious instances of the willingness of German big business to assist Hitler in establishing his dictatorial regime. The evidence cannot be dodged. Nothing suggests that the leaders of German big business were filled with ideological fervor for National Socialism, before or after February 1933. NorContinue reading “RKS Literature: German Big Business and National Socialism”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: What Did the French Revolution Accomplish?

“If we disregard various incidental developments which briefly modified its aspect at different periods and in different lands, and study it as it was essentially, we find that the chief permanent achievement of the French Revolution was the suppression of those political institutions, commonly described as feudal, which for many centuries had held unquestioned swayContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: What Did the French Revolution Accomplish?”