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A Reflection on Firsts

The Slow as Molasses Press

To the extent that 
I understand Firsts 
as originating in feelings 
(derived 
I infer 
from some effort to 
sense what is 
"coming up" 
in one's consciousness, 
having willed to 
seek to 
plumb it, 
it seems to me 
that a First 
begins with 
that feeling 
and that it is 
then named 
with one or more terms. 
For example, 
Loose Ends or 
Unfinished Business.
 
Naming 
(using words to 
describe signs 
or feelings) 
is our 
editing of 
reality. 
We determine 
what a first is 
by such a process of 
feeling and 
naming. 
I am referring to 
the actual experience 
I have 
when I engage in 
intentional, 
conscious thinking. 
I wonder 
if this is
others' 
"experience of a first". 

To continue 
the exercise 
I have mentioned, 
the "experience" 
might more generally be 
called "the past" 
or "what is not now". 
It is exactly 
what I went through 
yesterday 
on returning home 
from a weekend filled 
with things that left me 
quite overloaded 
(loose ends, 
the past, 
etc.) 
Or so I felt.
 
The result of 
my cogitations 
was a few actions 
and expressions 
I doubt 
I would have had 
the "presence of mind" 
to do 
if I had not allowed 
the process 
to move through 
an ethical index 
and culminate 
as it did.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…