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It Started With Timothy Leary And A Liberal Nun

I was so fortunate to come of age in the sixties. Born with a voracious appetite for knowledge into a strict Catholic family, I had to learn how to control and conceal the explosions of discovery I experienced through drugs and literature. And a particulately insightful teacher.
Already aware and dubious of cultural conformities, at age 12 I was writing poetry and stories, reading books my older brother had in his library: Sartre, Camus, Salinger, Copernicus, Uris, Dostoevsky, Turgenev.
Finally, in the Catholic school I was in, one nun with a mission to enlighten us (to the church's detriment!) Held a class in comparitive religion.
Boom! What I suspected was confirmed. So many paths to the same spiritual core.
And along came Tim. Boom!
What has followed is a long and fruitful wallow in the joys of theology, philosophy, and astronomy.
angsty angsty 61-65, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2010

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D., you nailed it again. Sweet sister!

but the jesuits love learning? and there's teilhard de chardin and his noosphere...and sister wendy! i remember seeing something on youtube or somewhere about the astronomer priests at the vatican...i think catholics are more open to learning than many protestants...which is partly why i retain some fondness for the religion i was raised in.joyeux noel!