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When Atlas Shirked, by Nynia Chance

In honor of #MayDay, I have managed to get my new novel available in eBook form for free! In When Atlas Shirked, a dystopian Christian America uses love and fairness to forge peaceful community solutions to political & class warfare.

The novel is part Orwell, part #Occupy, part Christlike-Christian, and all Hope. It’s the antidote to the selfish and cruel version of atheism* of Atlas Shrugged, as it explores the powerful force of a community combining forces to defeat the poverty and isolation that had overtaken their alternate America. In comparison to Ayn Rand’s infamous novel, I like to say it’s All the Politics, Half the Page-Count, and a Hundred Times the Heart.

*Note: This novel is not anti-atheist, it’s anti-bigotry, anti-hate, and anti-malice. It explores the concepts of equality, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights and Social Justice through the experiences and evolving Biblical understanding of a young Christian woman. Others’ views have a voice in her story as well, showing that there is also another side to Faith or even simply reasoned Philosophy. Take a look. You might be surprised.

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Okay, I really need to figure out how to remember to post when I’m in a position to, rather than only when I’m not.

I’ve been meaning to write something about this idea of “free love” I had a week or two back. I was thinking in terms of “free radical“, as in the idea of atoms, etc. with an open structure that allows them to readily interact in important ways.  From Wikipedia:

Free Radicals play an important role in combustion, atmospheric chemistry, polymerization, plasma chemistry, biochemistry, and many other chemical processes.

Anyway, I had a thought about being able to truly and freely love involves not being totally closed off or hung up with too strict a structure.  Too often our love is unwittingly tied up on the boundaries with needs and expectations that close us off more than we would otherwise choose.  If we can find ways to identify those bindings and open them up, we too will open up with deeper and freer love.

I’ll see if this thought gels more, and if so I promise to share soon after.

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Today’s thought is yet another saying I’ve had by my desk to think about when I notice it. I don’t have much to say about it because it’s something I’m still turning over in my head. It’s like a full-growing garden, I suppose: every time I look at it something else comes to my attention, and each person will likely see different blossoms (and weeds) than I.

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God…

– Walt Whitman

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This morning I read a bit of quote from Lao Tzu (author of the Tao Te Ching):

Free from desire, you may realize inner peace.

– Lao Tzu

I love that translation, and have thought about it off and on through the day. The words are perfect for the way I see them —

    Free from desire: You may have preferences and passions (rather than the cold word ‘want’), but you aren’t chained to them. You’re free, regardless of how they turn out.

    You may: You have permission. You are allowed. It’s not guaranteed — the choice is yours. But without chaining your happiness to the exact fulfillment of specific desires, you’re giving yourself the possibility to BE happy.

    Realize inner peace: Peace is that cozy state where you’re not in conflict, not fighting. In this case, that’s not fighting inside yourself, you’re in harmony. The word realize – here it means that you already have that state of inner peace inside you already, that place where you’re in equilibirum and have your perfect balance. You just need to realize it.

So… Savor your wishes and your passions, then release them to the sunny breeze and let them (and yourself) be free for however life brings you. Let yourself remember that place of acceptance and harmony inside yourself, and rest.

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