Old wine, better by comparison
A couple months ago I was surprised
by a new AM station popping up with CLASSICAL MUSIC. The music turned out to be an airtest, not the format. I admired the unusually high fidelity of the signal, well above other local AM signals. Reminded me of old pre-1960 radio when classical was an expected part of AM broadcasts.
Now the station (KFIO) is fully operational, and it turns out to be a return of Tom Read's commercial Christian station to AM. I used to listen fairly steadily in the early '90s, then wandered away. Read's outfit has bounced around the AM and FM bands since then. Much of the programming is 'old wine in new bottles'.
Since the alternatives were even more annoying, I went ahead and listened to good old J Vernon McGee's daily sermon.
In the early '60s McGee recorded a 5-year sequence that runs through the entire Bible. The sequence has been repeating on Christian stations ever since, with modern intros and outros.
Today's segment dealt with another repeating sequence, a piece of Levitican Natural Law that I hadn't heard before: the fractal 7s. Every 7th day is a sabbath for human labor. Every 7th year is a sabbath for land and other assets. After 7 sabbath year cycles comes a Jubilee year, which forces an end to debt and serfdom contracts. Land contracts and labor contracts were supposed to be priced in proportion to the time remaining before Jubilee, providing a positive feedback loop to keep the Jubilee running. (No excuse for skipping it because a contract was priced for a longer term.)
McGee was a serious scholar who knew how to handle the linguistic and mathematical aspects of this law, and a good teacher who could translate the laws to modern purposes. I didn't appreciate his depth before. Perhaps the rapidly falling quality of everything else makes the gradient or delta steeper.
Could we bring back a sabbath-year sequence as real government-backed law? It would help to break the power of banks.
Labels: Natural law = Sharia law, Patient things