January 19th 2016, 12:00 pm
Bike the Blizzard 4: Arctic Road
Results from my 2016 winter cycling adventure
"When I was a little boy, I believed that if you put a tooth under your pillow, a fairy would come in and take away the tooth and leave a dime. Now, I believe in myself more than anything. I suppose in a way that's also believing in God. If there is a God and he made you, then if you believe in yourself you're also believing in Him. So I think everybody should believe in himself. That doesn't mean you've got to believe in heaven and hell and all that stuff. But it does mean that what you do is your religion. I can't express myself in easy conversation; the words just don't come out right. But when i get up on stage; well, that's my whole life. That's my religion. My music is electric, electric church music, if by 'church' you mean religion."
"I am electric religion" – Jimi Hendrix
According to the Legend of Faust, Mephistopheles is the demon next in line to Satan. He is Satan's representation on Earth, the one with whom Faust made his deal.
The story is rooted in superstition, and tells a tail of a bored intellectual that yearns for human knowledge, and rejects divine authority. Faust calls on Satan to make a bargain. In exchange for his soul and a few years off of the end of his life, Faust gains further knowledge and, presumably, technology that probably looked a bit like magic.
The time period in which the legend comes from coincides with The Protestant Reformation, and it was a time in which the Catholic Church was strictly against scientific theories that threatened dogma and the infallibile power structure of the church. "Satanist" was a label applied to people devoted to the scientific method, astronomists, and others who defied Papal authority in pursuit of knowledge. Galileo was condemned and confined in Rome during this period because he developed and supported a theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This was a time when many scientists and philosophers were persecuted by the church, which brought with it many untruthful impeachments of witchcraft and idol worship.
Some interpretations of the legend say that Mephistopheles was merely Faust's knowledge-hungry, truth-seeking alter ego. Hundreds of books, movies, plays and even sitcom episodes have been based on this legend.
Mephistopheles represents my love and passion for knowledge, and my devotion to the scientific method. It also represents my love for music that is impure, that shakes boundaries and breaks down walls. It represents the side of me that always questions authority, and believes that we must be accountable to the well-being of Earth and its many creatures. Mephistopheles is not about Satan-worshiping, witchcraft or black magic. It's about my love for humanity, my passion for music and my hope that through community, activism, and art, we will make this world a better place to live.
Ponystream is a way to share a video playlist with friends. Create a playlist of youtube videos and broadcast your channel. Connected users can add videos to the list, but you curate and moderate the playlist. Keep the conversation going with a built-in chat room. Think of it like turntable.fm for youtube videos.
The Detroit Egg is a spicy pickled egg that is wrapped in a mixture of sausage and maple syrup, then dipped in cornbread batter and deep fried. It can be made entirely of products that are grown or made right here in Michigan.