German prelate Cardinal Ratzinger has been selected as the next pope of 1 billion catholics worldwide. Ratzinger was the architect of the anti-gay, anti reform policies of the vatican over the past 25 years, which led to the deposition of the beloved archbishop of Seattle, Raymond Hunthausen, among other events, such as the excommunication of gays and politicians who vote in favor of abortion rights, and forbidding catholics to take communion with Lutherans. Ratzinger was the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern iteration of the Inquisition. He is a divisive figure who will do nothing to reform the church and will increase feelings of discontent among more progressively minded people of good will. This is a good thing for Christians--because it inspires people to seek their own relationship with God rather than relying on a human intermediary. Anything that destabilizes the central authority of the church is a good thing because it increases human willingness to look within for answers. God does indeed work in mysterious ways.
Welcome to Blank Space. In art, blank space is negative space. In writing, blank space exists between the lines of printed text (the black space). It is the unique perspective that a reader brings to the work; what the reader experiences in a work of fiction that may not be set down explicitly on the page. A work containing blank space has no overlong exposition, backstory or explanation. It is simple, direct and active.
Michael Hacker writes fiction, is a former stage actor and director, is interested in all forms of storytelling both character and plot-driven, loves to discuss philosophy, ethics and psychology, and criminal psychopathology. He is interested in crime and the legal system. He loves computers, but as an end-user. Mike's overall philosphy is stoic acceptance that mixes Christianity with the philosophy of Epictetus.