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*They say computers make a heart colder*

On September 11, 2006, the president of the U.S. addressed the nation. I am half way done with the book The lost gospel: the quest for the gospel of Judas Iscariot. I especially like this excerpt taken from The gnostic gospels

The formation of the New Testament as the Christian Bible was a gradual process that took centuries to complete. Finally, at the Council of Trent in 1545, the Roman Catholic Church acted to recognize its list of biblical, canonical books as final, that is, closed to any additions or subtractions.

–Marvin Meyer

The story of the codex is fascinating in that it is described to have been stored in a vault (for about 20 years) at a Citibank building in New York—possibly not far from the September 11 desecration—and makes for an interesting urban legend about the codex's curse.
  I'm sure the president didn't allude to such superstition in his speech.

* * *I saw a fascinating play yesterday* * *

Now that the codex, which is described as containing enough evidence to believe it to be the gospel of Judas, is in the country, it is being studied by scholars trying to decipher the text. But I wonder how Donald Jackson, the brainchild of St. John's Bible, might be interpreting the discovery.
  I think it is a noble gesture to try to act out what scribes endured in the middle ages when monks hand printed the bible with quills and reeds. The only problem I have with it; I would forget about printing the entire bible with a quill pen, and I definitely would not use a font such as Chancery and expect to be taken seriously. I think the main script that is being used for the St. John's Bible is either Italic or Chancery. It should've been Roman because it seems to me that the scribes who printed the bible by hand used the most common letter form known at the time. Perhaps that form was indeed Chancery, but it's only common sense that Donald Johnson, in taking on the task of simulating the scribes' work, hand print the bible as best he can in today's most common font, Times Roman. Otherwise, it just seems to be irrefutable acts to redux a diminished artform. Perhaps he isn't striving for re-enacting the grief of monks and their hidden agenda, but simply seeking forgiveness the only way he knows how.
  It seems the country is split. The school system enjoys teaching students the proper way to execute good penmanship, yet there are scholars pouring over the oldest manuscripts known trying to translate the coptic language it's written in to gain some enlightenment. It's obvious to me that the education system doesn't budge in their interpretation of learnt script by honoring its origin and history the way Jackson openly embraces such a pointless project. Schools don't care if he's getting it right or wrong; so why should they be so heart set

* I don't really talk this way *

against Sütterlin, a script derived from the alphabet structure of gothic cursive script (fraktur). The English departments in a vast array of educational organizations will say that this language is rooted from Germanic. Because I think the German language has adopted to the letter font Times Roman with little indifference, I think the education system should offer some recognition to the appreciation of letter form and respect an individuals preference for writing in that style. Otherwise, I don't think Americans are much different from the Nazi's.
  It is because Times Roman is the closest form of letter that holds true to the shadowy characteristics of black letter with their serifs and sightly objective that I believe it imperative for the understanding of æsthetic properties in letters. Although it's helpful to read how printing evolved from pictographs to lettering by hand. Then, saw improvements in printing by embossing and lithographs to typewriters and computers, a person cannot see the links that an umlaut symbol has to the letter 'e', or a circumflex to an 'n', a cedilla to (I don't know yet), tildes, etc.
  So until I hear plans to educate the educators, I remain in full confidence that hypocrisy is nothing new in America, my beloved country. I may be ridiculed for my logic, even thought of a recovering stroke victim for my handwriting, but that's something I can live with considering I made it through a public education where corruption of indifference governs the masses.

* I'm really just crying out for your responses *

Tags: books, crazy world, writing

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