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  1. I found the excerpt below from a speech by Pope Emeritus to accurately describe what music is, where it comes form, and how it is received. "One of the first sources is the experience of love. When men are seized by love, a new dimension of being opens in them, a new grandeur and breadth of reality, and it also drives one to express oneself in a new way. Poetry, singing and music in general stem from this being struck, by this opening of oneself to a new dimension of life. A second origin of music is the experience of sadness, being touched by death, by sorrow and by the abysses of existence. Opened also in this case, in an opposite direction, are new dimensions of reality that can no longer find answers in discourses alone. Finally, the third place of origin of music is the encounter with the divine, which from the beginning is part of what defines the human. All the more so here in which the totally other and the totally great is present, which arouses in man new ways of expressing himself. Perhaps, it is possible to affirm that in reality also in the other two ambits – love and death – the divine mystery touches us and, in this sense, it is the being touched by God that, overall, constitutes the origin of music. I find it moving to observe how, for instance, in the Psalms singing is no longer enough for men — an appeal is made to all the instruments: reawakened is the hidden music of creation, its mysterious language. With the Psalter, in which the two motives of love and death also operate, we find directly the origin of sacred music of the Church of God. It can be said that the quality of the music depends on the purity and the grandeur of the encounter with the divine, with the experience of love and of pain. The more pure and true this experience is, the more pure and great also is the music that is born and develops from it." I have always been a proud U2 fan. U2 helped all Americans not just talk about the great hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but to sing about him. Now U2 comes out in support of baby murder. In the United States this baby murder too often results in the deaths of African American children. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is on record supporting eugenics “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of.” Today, I am no longer a U2 fan. They have chosen death over life for the weakest. I support #savethe8th, and know that this cause for life is further buttressed by Padraig Pearse’s statement, “People will say hard things of us now, but we shall be remembered by posterity and blessed by unborn generations.”
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