26.7.03

Greek drama still lives
I went yesterday to the finals of the annual Greek Drama Presentations conducted by the Macquarie Uni. Ancient History Teachers Association. Excerpts from ancient writers are presented by high schools from a wide area of the state. As usual, the productions were excellent and I am glad I was not a judge. I am always awed by the portayal of emotions and events which the students are hardly likely to have experienced. As Andromache's child was ripped from her arms to be killed, even the teenage boys in the audience were deeply affected.

Tom Hillard, one of the professors in the department, gave a very topical summary at the end. The women left to mourn their dead and their sacked city could well be the women of Baghdad today. I was not the only one who made the comparison of the release of the photos of Saddam's dead sons with Creon's refusal to allow Antigone's brothers the decency of burial after defeat.

Antigone raises questions still asked today: do we obey the laws of the gods or the dictates of the state? (put in her terms, of course.) And what about the actions of the women who refused their husbands to bring about an end to war? What can be done today?

A thought provoking and stimulating day.

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Rugby league
If I were a league fan, which I'm not, I would tell you that Australia defeated the Kiwis last night, 48-6.

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23.7.03

How about taking some responsibility?
According to a newspaper report, a uni student is complaining because he was penalised for plagiarism. His excuse? The person from whom he had copied the assignment hadn't told him it was plagiarised in the first place. Another student handed in work, not realising that large slabs were from the text the lecturer had himself written.

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21.7.03

Put another way, if we were a praying people, about everything in our lives, we'd find ourselves quite a bit more God-centric, and less self-centric. Mostly because one of the primary purposes of prayer is to first change our own attitudes.

Thank you Dean for this . It was what I needed to hear this morning. Read the rest of Dean's cache at blogs4God. He begins by speaking about Pat Robertson's apparent dictating to God what to do. (Aren't we all prone to this at times?) Dean then moves on to his comment about putting his faith to a practical application. Then this about the effect of prayer on our lives.

We are told to renew our minds in several passages. Prayer is a major way of doing this. As we pray, we begin to see how God sees and hopefully, as Dean mentions, we become more God-centred.

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