Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Eternal Spring

Los Angeles and the surrounding environs brought the promise of eternal spring and architectural fantasy creations in abundance, accessible from one’s own automobile
Disneyland was so successful that within the first six months of it’s opening on July 17, 1955, a million people had already passed through its gates. In its first decade, one quarter of the United States population had visited Disneyland, and in its 50th year, over 500 million people had visited Disneyland.

Nothing else except maybe Pacific Ocean Park, was like Disneyland when it was created- visit here to read its amusing ancestry.
The first roller coaster built in America was a gravity powered mine train. After the mine shut down, the coaster became a full-time attraction. This coaster was powered by gravity. When two mules brought the coaster up the hill and let the coaster go, the gravity would kick in, and the coaster would fly down the hill. While it is going down, the cart seems to coast. That is probably why it got the name "roller coaster".

(Disneyland back in the mid 70's)

Kinetic energy is the Greek word for move. The word energy combined with Kinetic means the ability to move. The greater the mass and speed the greater the amount of kinetic energy there is. As a roller coaster goes down a hill potential energy that is stored is turned to kinetic energy. Potential energy is stored energy.
Why am I going here? Because I remember when I was small, I used to run and leap over the ivy my dad had growing all around our house..well I can't get that energy back, but I know I'm not alone either..

The Fountain of Youth was a mythic spring that would supposedly grant eternal life and vigor to whoever drank from it. Legends and myths about the tale have existed since ancient times, but the most famous concerns the exploration of the New World (Robert Vaux)

My friend Ginny, just posted something about this here (The Fountain of Life), maybe you'd like to check it out-
"People are more intrigued by the story of looking and not finding than they are by the idea that the fountain might be out there somewhere," says Ryan Smith, in the thrill of the chase.  Is that what you meant Ginny?

During his twilight years, American author Mark Twain noted that "life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18."
Twain's quip was only one of many complaints about aging that have been recorded for as long as humans have dreaded the downside of a long life. The ancient Greek poet Homer called old age "loathsome," and William Shakespeare termed it "hideous winter."

So it's not hard to understand why there have always been hopes and rumors that something soon to be discovered—magic waters, say, or maybe stem cell research—will do away with old age.

Alexander the Great, who conquered most of the known world before he died around 323 B.C., may have been looking for a river that healed the ravages of age.
Rev. 21:6 "Then He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost".

At first glance, 2 Cor 4: 7-12 doesn't sound so fuzzy..but it really is good news-
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you"
Zoe~means absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic "logos" and to Christ in whom the "logos" put on human nature 
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgement, but has passed out of death into life" (John 5:24


Regina said...

My friend I was about to add that verse.
Amen! such inspiring and beautiful post!
I've been so busy for quiet a while and still is.
Have a wonderful new week.

Sandra said...

I vote for Mark Twains born at 80 and go down slowly to 18. now that is a fountain of youth. I would love to have ridden in the tea cups, but not the roller coaster. the things they had when it opened are now bigger, better, faster and scarier.

Sandra said...

forgot to say I like your background, a lot!

Ginny said...

Thank you for the kind mention, Regina! I think men need to dream up mysteries, because what is life without mystery? Nothing to long for and wonder about, and we need the wonder. Bette Davis said "Old age Ain't for sissies", and she's right! It is a grinding down process for those of us who don't go suddenly. My knee has been doing a LOT of grinding lately, so that's literally true. All juisy things dry up, and things that should be dry start to liquefy. I love your little story about jumping over the ivy as a child, we all have those memories of the particular things we did as a child but could never do now. Now here's a little secret about a blog I'm going to post. It has been found that the anticipation of something is better than the actual thing. I think that may include the golden years, which should be called the rust years.

Leenie said...

A lot here to chew on. I'll get back to you on this one when I have more time. Have a great day!

The Write Girl said...

I enjoyed your post...I've learned so much about early Disneyland. I think the spiritual connection you make is intriguing as well.

rainfield61 said...

"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18."

This is a counting down process which never feel lovely. We are like sitting in an open book exam; we know the answer but it is there hiding in somewhere.

By the way, love this post.

Let's be perfectly clear- the war on free speech is spiritual!