Saturday, March 8, 2014
Speaking Out And Up
As he well knew, man's voice is an all-powerful charm.
of Jesus, from Kazantzakis's
The Last Temptation
Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with
the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all
ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million
outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most
original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from
others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts …
imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”
thanks to Maria Popova,
Posted by Jack Saturday at 10:47 AM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Flâneur's Field Notes
Let your world hear all the voices wanting to speak.
Sheila J Ramsey
A certain mouse inhabiting a cornfield is invisible, being so small, but once it makes a
sound, then people know it by means of its sound. And so, people are utterly
immersed in the cornfield of this world, and your essence, being extremely
subtle, is invisible. So speak, that they may recognize you.
Posted by Jack Saturday at 9:40 AM
Saturday, February 22, 2014
It's All A Digression
Consciousness is nothing more than maintaining conversation
We've Had a 100 Years of Psychotherapy And The World's Getting Worse
Posted by Jack Saturday at 12:10 PM
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Lots of violence, rambunctious profanity, mass psychosis, and fun! And in case you missed some events, an extended newscast to keep you informed of what you really need to know. If for some inexplicable reason the newscast gets tiresome, the news sequence ends at just after 21 minutes in - feel free to fly over the News like Dorothy flew over the Hammerheads to the land of the Quadlings. There's great stuff after that.
Thanks to Norm MacDonald
Thanks to Mark Maron, WTF podcast.
The term profane is derived from the Latin pro (before) and fanum (temple). …the wild realm of the sacred as it was/is before being caged into the temple of Father Time. It is free time/space. This prehistoric sacred is prior to the patriarchal sequestered "sacred" not merely temporally, but more importantly, in range and depth. Since it is not confined within the walls of any spatial or temporal temple, it transcends the "accepted" dichotomies between the sacred and the profane. The... journey into the wildly sacred background is movement into wholeness/integrity... ...we have to be free to dis-cover our own distinctions, refusing to be locked into these mental temples... ...to try to fit... into these categories is attempting something analogous to fitting natural feet into foot-bindings which at first deform and later function as needed supports for contrived deformity.
Mary Daly, Gyn\Ecology
Posted by Jack Saturday at 9:06 AM
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Autodidact's Intelligence Gathering
All great ideas and innovations began life as "disruptive" from the periphery, from "outsiders" -- those people just going it alone, often "outside the box." Morris Berman calls these people the New Monastic Individuals (NMI), and Berman thinks this is where the future lies. I'm inclined to agree with him. Berman puts forth a "new monastic" model of action whereby individuals/groups get on and create new ways of doing things, without fanfare or large billboard announcements. Such monastic work, so to speak, often operates below the radar, being authentic in activity rather than seeking visibility. The monastic worker, in seeking change, chooses a way of life that has meaning and that can be a heritage for the family. Often the monastic worker strives for assisting change within their own communities. They are like ink dots on the paper, slowly spreading their impact by diligent yet creative work. What makes this model not only more appealing today, but also much more effective, is the rise of global communications and distributed networks. Now, the hard-working monastics can connect, share, and collaborate.
The New Monastic Individuals
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.Sociologist, writer, co-founder of WorldShift International
Posted by Jack Saturday at 10:14 AM