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17: Plenty – The Abundance of Simplicity

March 27, 2012

Like any good story, the Garden of Eden story can be read in numerous ways. It could be read, for example, as a story about a tyrannical god who likes to make up stupid and capricious rules, to test us and catch us, like a bad parent who says “I LOVE you! Have an apple! Just don’t eat it, or I’ll kill you – forever. Because…I love you SO much!” Or, one might read the story this way: a God lovingly creates free and liberated creatures, and then instructs the naïve creatures on some basics of living creaturely life: there are certain parameters within which creaturely life must be lived. If you grab for too much, if you try to eat, taste, consume, control, have and hold just every-thing, then you will no longer be the beautiful, free creature you have been made to be. You will find yourself trapped within the confines of Death.

This latter way of reading the story makes more sense to me: for in the ensuing story-line, the plenty and abundance of life is lost due to grabbing and taking, fearfully and mindlessly insisting upon always having more and more. In such a world, we may accumulate much, but have no abundance. We may have lots and lots, but never know plenty. We may find pleasure, but never rest. Meanwhile, the good creation itself is marred and burned, and fellow-creatures enslaved and oppressed.

So tonight we look for tokens of plenty and simplicity, of an abundant and satisfied life, and we welcome you.

1: Instrumental

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

2: Tokens Theme

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

3: Opening Monologue

Lee C. Camp

4: Satisfied Mind

Odessa Settles

5: The Simple Life

Tokens Radio Players

6: My Own the Light

Boy Named Banjo

7: Interview: Jeremy Barlow

Jeremy Barlow with Lee C. Camp

8: Red River Valley

Suzy Bogguss

9: Steve Jobs Visits God

Tokens Radio Players

10: Froggy went a Courtin'

Suzy Bogguss

11: Intermission Sketch

Lee C. Camp and Greg Lee

12: Class & Grass

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

13: Sponsorship Announcement

Lee C. Camp

14: Instrumental

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

15: Tokens Theme Reprise

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

16: Love Her all the Time

Boy Named Banjo

17: Besttronix

Tokens Radio Players

18: Mozart Concerto

Adam Booher

19: Classical Harmonica

Buddy Greene & Jeff Taylor

20: Day is Dying in the West

Lee C. Camp, Buddy Greene, and Suzy Bogguss

21: Wanna Baraka

University Singers

22: Interview: Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus with Lee C. Camp

23: Tale of Amrita Devi

David Fleer

24: Hector the Hero

Our Most Outstanding Horeb Mountain Boys

25: Gum Tree Canoe

Buddy Greene

26: Brother Preacher & Hound Dog

Greg Lee

27: The House Where Nobody Lives

Lee C. Camp

28: Careless Love

Suzy Bogguss

29: Closing Monologue

Lee C. Camp

30: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Odessa Settles

31: Small Up, and Simple Down

Company