Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Power Is Yours


"You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding."

- Terence McKenna

The Demise Of Guys: Internet, Video Games, And Porn

"Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, 'Why are boys struggling?' He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons."

Overlooked


“If we do not expect the unexpected we will not discover it, since it is not to be searched out and is difficult to apprehend.”

- Heraclitus

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

D. H. Lawrence, "Wild Things In Captivity"


"Wild things in captivity
while they keep their own wild purity
won't breed, they mope, they die.

All men are in captivity,
active with captive activity,
and the best won't breed, though they don't know why.

The great cage of our domesticity
kills sex in a man, the simplicity
of desire is distorted and twisted awry.

And so, with bitter perversity,
gritting against the great adversity,
they young ones copulate, hate it, and want to cry.

Sex is a state of grace.
In a cage it can't take place.
Break the cage then, start in and try."

- D. H. Lawrence

Saving The Economy

"'Saving the economy' is the slogan used to defend every sort of injustice and negligence, from defeating health-care legislation to ignoring the Clean Water Act to shunning the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. But should we save an economy in which the finance industry claims over 40 percent of all corporate profits and a single hedge fund manager claims an income equivalent to that of twenty thousand households? Should we save an economy in which the top 1 percent of earners rake in a quarter of all income? Should we embrace an economy in which one in ten households faces foreclosure, 44 million people live in poverty, and 51 million lack health insurance, an economy in which the unemployment rate for African Americans is above 17 percent and for all workers is nearly 10 percent? Should we defend an economy that even in a recession generates a GDP over $14 trillion, a quarter of the world’s total, and yet is supposedly unable to afford to reduce its carbon emissions? Should we serve an economy that represents less than 5 percent of Earth’s population and yet accounts for nearly half of world military spending? A reasonable person might conclude that such an economy is fatally flawed, and that the flaws will not be repaired by those who profit from them the most."

- Scott Russell Sanders

Saturday, August 27, 2011

John Trudell On Fearful Obedience


"I get concerned sometimes that maybe people are afraid to even think about challenging the concept of democracy and that's where all the good little nazis come from, the ones that are afraid to challenge the concepts when they see the contradictions in the concepts. That's where you get the good little nazis. And the distortion and the feeding process off of us to keep us distorted and insecure, that's to help us become good little nazis. It's all got to do with planting that seed and that idea and concept of fear."

- John Trudell

Video: "Subconscious War"

"Subconscious War is a short documentary on media, reality, and the culture of violence, It covers the prophecies of Aldous Huxley and Neil Postman's grim assessment of our Brave New World and relates these to our violence and the cultural influences that fosters it today."

If I could summarize this video using only one word, "chilling" would be most appropriate.

David Foster Wallace On Perception And The Purpose Of An Education

Part of David's Commencement Address to graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. 

"But most days, if you're aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently at this fat, dead-eyed, over-made-up lady who just screamed at her kid in the checkout line. Maybe she's not usually like this. Maybe she's been up three straight nights holding the hand of a husband who is dying of bone cancer. Or maybe this very lady is the low-wage clerk at the motor vehicle department, who just yesterday helped your spouse resolve a horrific, infuriating, red-tape problem through some small act of bureaucratic kindness. Of course, none of this is likely, but it's also not impossible. It just depends what you want to consider. If you're automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won't consider possibilities that aren't annoying and miserable. But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.

Not that that mystical stuff is necessarily true. The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're gonna try to see it.

This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.

Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship--be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles--is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.

Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful, it's that they're unconscious. They are default settings.

They're the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that's what you're doing.

And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of men and money and power hums merrily along in a pool of fear and anger and frustration and craving and worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the centre of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about much in the great outside world of wanting and achieving.... The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.

That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

I know that this stuff probably doesn't sound fun and breezy or grandly inspirational the way a commencement speech is supposed to sound. What it is, as far as I can see, is the capital-T Truth, with a whole lot of rhetorical niceties stripped away. You are, of course, free to think of it whatever you wish. But please don't just dismiss it as just some finger-wagging Dr Laura sermon. None of this stuff is really about morality or religion or dogma or big fancy questions of life after death."

- Wallace's entire speech:  http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

Words


"The words you speak become the house you live in."

- Hafiz

Children - Supersaturated With Structure

"In the journal's latest issue, experts argue that a decline in unstructured outdoor play among kids has left today's whippersnappers screen-addled, hyper-protected, or worse. "For every child, there was a dad standing there coaching every move—moving the kids’ arms, catching them as they came down the tiny slide, doing virtually everything for them," former Psychology Today editor-in-chief Hara Estroff Marano writes of her now-wimpy neighborhood playground. 'When my kids were young, we parents sat around the perimeter, let the kids play, and didn’t get involved unless someone had a bloody nose or something like it.'

Marano goes on to argue that while today's helicopter parents agonize over the prospect of sexual predators, germs, and broken bones outside the home, they're really depriving their children of the health benefits of exercise, the immune-strengthening effects of playing in the dirt, the social skill development of spontaneous socialization, and even the ad-hoc training to participate in a democratic society. Anthropologists David F. Lancy and M. Annette Grove write (PDF) that by creating, organizing, and playing games on their own, children develop social intelligence that is lost in highly adult-managed activities like (horrors!) Little League. Peter Gray gets even more serious on play, claiming (PDF) that as kids engage less and less in 'free play,' the're put at greater risk of 'anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism.'"

- Entire Article: "Helicopter Landing: Let Kids Play By Their Own Rules"

Friday, August 26, 2011

Take Your Medicine



Stunning!

Immeasurable Nature


"There is no ‘enough' in nature. It is one vast prodigality. It is a feast. There is no economy: it is all one immense extravagance. It is all giving, giving, giving: no saving, no penury; a golden shower of good things forever descending."

- Richard Jeffries

Thursday, August 25, 2011

HK Stewart, "Where Nothing Is Free"

"Where nothing is free,
nothing is sacred.

Where nothing is feared,
everything is sacred."

- HK Stewart

HK's insightful blog: Christian Taoism

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Soaring


"You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?"

- Rumi

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ukelele Gently Weeps

One of my long-time favorite musical videos.  The second half gets super intense in a super good way.

John Welwood On Love, Relationships, And The Caged Soul


The soul cage
Perhaps you learned to be tough in order to survive in your family, or to gain respect or approval. So you come to think of yourself as "someone who's in command" -- and that becomes your soul cage. When you find a good, loving relationship, it will confront you with how this identity obstructs an open, direct meeting between you and the one you love. Your compulsion to be in control also cuts you off from a whole range of inner resources -- spontaneity, trust, receptivity to love, letting go, facing the unknown, and genuine strength. If you want to be fully present to life and to another person, this identity has to dissolve.
But of course, you're likely to feel tremendous resistance at that point, because your whole sense of self -- your survival, strength, and self-approval -- is so tied up with being tough and in control.
What to do
The operative principle is to start where you are. We need to feel and open to the pain of being stuck inside the prison of our old self-concepts. And we need to recognize that our love is calling on us to break out of this prison and become the vast being we truly are.
We often feel tremendous resistance to letting love all the way into us, because love is a power that can break open the shell of the false self. We start to think: "I didn’t get into a relationship to have my most precious strategy for security and survival threatened like this!" At this point, we imagine something is desperately wrong -- with ourselves, with our partner, or with the relationship. Yet this is actually a tremendous opportunity to break through to a larger and truer sense of who we are.
Focus on suffering
Not just suffering -- because everyone suffers anyway -- but conscious suffering. Making your suffering conscious. Having to maintain control is suffering, but you may not realize that until your love for another shows you how trapped you are in that identity. Because love makes you want to expand and connect, it also lets you see what's keeping you contracted and isolated.
Identity and belief
When we put an identity structure under the microscope of awareness, we find that it is made of a number of little beliefs linked together. Each of those beliefs needs to be exposed. If you always have to be in control, for instance, what beliefs are behind that? Maybe you imagine that if you're not in control, others will control you. Or maybe you think that being in command is the only way you can get respect. It helps to understand what purpose this control identity serves -- because it did serve a useful function at some point in the past. Becoming free of that structure requires this kind of inquiry.
Conscious relationship can be a vehicle for regenerating soul in our culture, for rediscovering community and sacredness in daily life. Through learning to speak truthfully and listen respectfully to one other person, we start to practice genuine meeting and dialogue -- which is exactly what our world most needs on the collective level.


- Excerpts authored by John Welwood, from "Conscious Love and Sacred Community"

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Radically Naked Bible Study


A Traditional Interpretation Of 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

A Reinterpreted 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so the power of the soul may live through me. As a living soul I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. The warm winds of rebuke feel like food to my soul. The hot fire of failure fuels the light of my soul. For when I fail, then I am strong in spirit and walk through its open door to redemption. Therefore I sing the song of my soul without fear, that when my mouth closeth I finally know complete rest in the the kind of silence that is one with the Father within.

If knowing that you do not know is the beginning of wisdom, then questions are like an open door to a new world. The Quest is contained in the question. The question is a journey for which destinations are only temporary. Its complete answer can never arrive, but only deepen in unfolding like another signpost on the way.


- Excerpts fom Lucid Tribe Media's essay, "Naked Compassion"

The World At Large

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rainer Maria Rilke, "Put Out My Eyes"


"Put out my eyes, and I can see you still,
Slam my ears to, and I can hear you yet;
And without any feet can go to you;
And tongueless, I can conjure you at will.
Break off my arms, I shall take hold of you
And grasp you with my heart as with a hand;
Arrest my heart, my brain will beat as true;
And if you set this brain of mine afire,
Then on my blood-stream I yet will carry you."

- Rainer Maria Rilke -

Scott Russell Sanders, "Breaking The Spell Of Money"

"So the crucial question is, why? Why are those of us in the richest countries acting in such a way as to undermine the conditions on which our own lives, the lives of other species, and the lives of future generations depend? And why are we so intent on coaxing or coercing the poorer countries to follow our example? There are many possible answers, of course, from human shortsightedness to selfish genes to otherworldly religions to consumerism to global corporations. I would like to focus on a different one—our confusion of financial wealth with real wealth.

To grasp the impact of that confusion, think of someone you love. Then recall that if you were to reduce a human body to its elements—oxygen, carbon, phosphorus, copper, sulfur, potassium, magnesium, iodine, and so on—you would end up with a few dollars’ worth of raw materials. But even with inflation, and allowing for the obesity epidemic, this person you cherish still would not fetch as much as ten dollars on the commodities market. A child would fetch less, roughly in proportion to body weight.

Such calculations seem absurd, of course, because none of us would consider dismantling a human being for any amount of money, least of all someone we love. Nor would we entertain the milder suggestion of lopping off someone’s arm or leg and putting it up for sale, even if the limb belonged to our worst enemy. Our objection would not be overcome by the assurance that the person still has another arm, another leg, and seems to be getting along just fine. We’d be likely to say that it’s not acceptable under any circumstances to treat a person as a commodity, worth so much per pound.

And yet this is how our economy treats every portion of the natural world—as a commodity for sale, subject to damage or destruction if enough money can be made from the transaction. Nothing in nature has been spared—not forests, grasslands, wetlands, mountains, rivers, oceans, atmosphere, nor any of the creatures that dwell therein. Nor have human beings been spared. Through its routine practices, this economy subjects people to shoddy products, unsafe working conditions, medical scams, poisoned air and water, propaganda dressed up as journalism, and countless other assaults, all in pursuit of profits."

- Essay in its entirety:  http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6343/

Art

Artwork by Marek and Maia Wysoczynski





















This?  This is lovely!

Being Too Handsome

"In many species, males woo females into mating with them. This means they need to find a way to be attractive, which includes everything from elaborate plumage to melodious mating calls. But there's such a thing as too handsome.

As far as neotropical túngara frogs are concerned, the most handsome males are those that make the most appealing calls. These calls are a combination of one long 'whine' and a succession of short 'chucks.' As a general rule, the male that puts on the most chucks is going to be the one most likely to attract his choice of mate.

But what's interesting is that females have an inbuilt limit on how much they can appreciate these calls. While their overall preference is based on the ratio of chucks to whine, at a certain point they can no longer tell the difference between, say, 50 chucks and 55 chucks. There's no point for the males to add any chucks beyond a certain point, and so this places a limit on the adaptation of male mating calls.

This may well speak more generally to why males of other species do not evolve longer tails or more colorful feathers. At a certain point, it's all just overkill, and so there's evolutionary advantage to being ridiculously good-looking. (Emphasis on the quite literal use of 'ridiculously' there - being generally attractive is obviously still advantageous in an evolutionary sense.)"

- Source: http://io9.com/5828533/females-can-control-the-evolution-of-male-handsomeness

Friday, August 19, 2011

Radiance


"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."

- Hafiz


Genetically Modified Bacteria In Our Intestines?

Robert Jensen, "Nature Bats Last: Radical Political Theology"


"The phrase 'nature bats last' circulates these days among people who have their eye on the multiple, cascading ecological crises. The metaphor reminds us that nature is the home team and has the final word. We humans may be particularly impressed with our own achievements - all of the spectacular homeruns we have hit with science and technology - but when those achievements are at odds with how nature operates, then nature is going to bring in the ultimate designated hitter and knock the human race out of the ballpark. The point is simple: We are not as powerful as the forces that govern that larger living world. So, we need to see beyond the egotistical rhetoric of our technological fundamentalism - the claims that infinitely clever humans will solve all problems with gadgets - and end the human war on the rest of the living world.

The radical political theology I believe we need for this moment in history would acknowledge, rather than try to mask, our confusion and uncertainty. Facing that takes a new kind of courage. We usually think of courage as rooted in clarity and certainty - we act with courage when we are sure of what we know. Today, the courage we need must be rooted in the limits of what we can know and trust in something beyond human knowledge. In many times and places, that something has gone by the name 'God'. Religious fundamentalism offers a God who will protect us if we follow orders. Technological fundamentalism gives us the illusion that we are God and can arrange the world as we like it. A radical political theology leaves behind fear-based protection rackets and arrogance-driven control fantasies.

The God for our journey is neither above us nor inside us but around us, a reminder of the sacredness of the living world of which we are a part. That God shares the anxiety and anguish of life in a desecrated world. With such a God we can be at peace with our powerlessness and alive in hope. With such a God, we can live in peace."

Essay in its entirety: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/08/2011817123937422833.html

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Courage


“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'”

- Mary Anne Radmacher

Sexual Disarrangement


Sexuality.

They like to categorize.
They like to compartmentalize.
They like to make you into an easily discernible, set-in-stone statistic that can be reproduced for the world to see.

There is no reading in-between the lines.
It is not allowed. 

Are you but one answer to a multiple choice question?
Is that all you are?

(a)?
(b)?
(c)?

They make it seem like there is no such thing as "all of the above".
But even if there were, it is not much better.

You are not (a).
You are not (b).
You are not (c) .
You are not any of these!
You are much more than all of these.

You are everything.  You are nothing.

The hesitation you feel is very good.
Absolutely!  It is good to feel confused.
The talking box tells you otherwise, but you know the truth.
You do not have to listen to the men in the temples.
And the teacher?  She listens to the scantron.  
The scantron is not alive.  It does not even know you. It is dead.  

Are you straight? 
Are you gay?
Are you bi?

Ha! What a silly game.
Pinball machines smack you up, 
but you always roll back down towards whatever it is you are.

So what are you?
You are human!
Even more so, you are alive!

To say anything more is to deceive.

You are all, and all is love.

- Teddy Grahams

Monday, August 15, 2011

D. H. Lawrence, "Lies About Love"

"We are all liars, because
The truth of yesterday
becomes a lie tomorrow,
Whereas letters are fixed,
and we live by the letter of truth.
The love I feel for my friend, this year,
is different from the love I felt last year.
If it were not so, it would be a lie.
Yet we reiterate love! love! love!
as if it were a coin with fixed value
instead of a flower that dies, and opens a different bud."

- D. H. Lawrence

Derrick Jensen, Hope, And Symbolic Death

"A WONDERFUL THING happens when you give up on hope, which is that you realize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope didn’t kill you. It didn’t even make you less effective. In fact it made you more effective, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your problems—you ceased hoping your problems would somehow get solved through the magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the Sierra Club, valiant tree-sitters, brave salmon, or even the Earth itself—and you just began doing whatever it takes to solve those problems yourself.

When you give up on hope, something even better happens than it not killing you, which is that in some sense it does kill you. You die. And there’s a wonderful thing about being dead, which is that they—those in power—cannot really touch you anymore. Not through promises, not through threats, not through violence itself. Once you’re dead in this way, you can still sing, you can still dance, you can still make love, you can still fight like hell—you can still live because you are still alive, more alive in fact than ever before. You come to realize that when hope died, the you who died with the hope was not you, but was the you who depended on those who exploit you, the you who believed that those who exploit you will somehow stop on their own, the you who believed in the mythologies propagated by those who exploit you in order to facilitate that exploitation. The socially constructed you died. The civilized you died. The manufactured, fabricated, stamped, molded you died. The victim died.

And who is left when that you dies? You are left. Animal you. Naked you. Vulnerable (and invulnerable) you. Mortal you. Survivor you. The you who thinks not what the culture taught you to think but what you think. The you who feels not what the culture taught you to feel but what you feel. The you who is not who the culture taught you to be but who you are. The you who can say yes, the you who can say no. The you who is a part of the land where you live. The you who will fight (or not) to defend your family. The you who will fight (or not) to defend those you love. The you who will fight (or not) to defend the land upon which your life and the lives of those you love depends. The you whose morality is not based on what you have been taught by the culture that is killing the planet, killing you, but on your own animal feelings of love and connection to your family, your friends, your landbase—not to your family as self-identified civilized beings but as animals who require a landbase, animals who are being killed by chemicals, animals who have been formed and deformed to fit the needs of the culture."

- Derrick Jensen

Essay in its entirety:  http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/170/

Sing Out

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Not Who You Think You Are


They make you, you do not make yourself.

This may be contrary to public opinion, but it is true!

Who you think or imagine yourself as is your interior identity. Interior identity (self) is not an accurate depiction of who you are if it is never effectively expressed outside of the mind in which it was born. Living in a virtual video game rather than the physical present is a good example of this concept. The video game cannot  be physical reality, and should not be treated as such.  It is purely a simulation (Some could say that "real" life is also a simulation, but even so, the video games would be nothing more than parallels to this simulation.  They cannot replace what we are all living out right now).

Your outward identity is vastly affected by the type of audience that is present. If people think you are a certain way, they will intentionally and unintentionally train others around them to view you the same way, thereby limiting the outward scope of your true and passionate expressions. This ultimately traps you within predefined conditions of who you are (to everyone else except yourself).

Labels rampantly destroy. If you are always around a crowd of people who view you as the conservative religious girl, it becomes that much harder to even think about being anything else. Likewise, if people see you as the overtly analytical philosophizing boy and little else, then more often than not, that is what you will continue to be.  Even if the label is partly true, it still limits who you are because it places greater emphasis on one part of you rather than your entirety.

The way to overcome the chains of constrictive labeling is through the act of mystery. Mysteriousness cures judgement and its associated limiting factors.

Mysteriousness is not simply acting strange or mystically cooky. People do that all the time and often end up getting judged and misperceived even more. In fact, maybe mystery is such a loaded word that other descriptions are needed.

Instead of being stereotypically mysterious, be covertly naked. Toss aside all affiliations, wash away your past, and blur the future.  Do not be afraid to show any part of who you are. Bare it all, even if it feels uncomfortable (which it should, sometimes).  Do not be afraid of you!  Do not be afraid of others being afraid of you!

Of course, if you are going to effectively "bare it all", you should not run around naked in front of Grandma.  Sometimes going barefoot is extreme enough.  Be smart with it.  Find balance.

To sum it up, wander alone. Don't be your Facebook profile. Be you. Intuition will guide.

Sparkle. Glimmer. Fail. Smile. Go crazy!

Be the lighthouse in the fog on a treacherously rocky island terrain amidst a horizon brimming with pirate ships (to make things exciting). But do not expect to "lead" anyone, only yourself.

Arrrrrr!

- Teddy Grahams

Answers


"I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I've been knocking from the inside."

- Rumi

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Life

Have fun.


Mind


"The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong."

- Carl Jung

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Genetically Modified Sweet Corn Coming To Americans' Diets

"Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest vegetable seed maker, said it will begin selling genetically modified sweet corn in the U.S. this year, the first product it has developed for the consumer market.

The sweet corn seeds are engineered to kill insects living above and below ground and to tolerate applications of the company’s Roundup herbicide, Consuelo Madere, Monsanto vice president for vegetables, told reporters at company headquarters in St. Louis today. They will be introduced to growers serving the U.S. fresh corn market starting in the autumn, she said."

- Article in its entirety: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-04/monsanto-to-introduce-engineered-sweet-corn-in-u-s-this-year.html

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Knowing Self

Image By Jessica Harp, The Art Institute

"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."

- St. Augustine

Massive Attack - "Teardrop"



Lyrics:

Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath
Gentle impulsion
Shakes me, makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

Night, night of matter
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Of a confession
Fearless on my breath

Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

You're stumbling a little
You're stumbling a little

Fundamentalist Consumerism


"While some progressives are fond of calling fundamentalist religion the 'opiate of the masses,' they too often neglect the pacifying nature of America’s other major fundamentalism. Fundamentalist consumerism pacifies young Americans in a variety of ways. Fundamentalist consumerism destroys self-reliance, creating people who feel completely dependent on others and who are thus more likely to turn over decision-making power to authorities, the precise mind-set that the ruling elite loves to see. A fundamentalist consumer culture legitimizes advertising, propaganda, and all kinds of manipulations, including lies; and when a society gives legitimacy to lies and manipulativeness, it destroys the capacity of people to trust one another and form democratic movements. Fundamentalist consumerism also promotes self-absorption, which makes it difficult for the solidarity necessary for democratic movements."

- Bruce E. Levine

John Taylor Gatto, Educational Obedience


“The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions.”

- John Taylor Gatto

Trailer: "Play Again"



"At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?"

Monday, August 1, 2011

Communication

“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more 'manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”

- Alex Karras

An Societyally-Atypical Love Poem


"I am not here
to give people
what they think they want
when they want it.
My promise is not one of
wish-granting
personality serving
or easy satisfaction.
I don’t supply those corrupt demands
our privilege whines for
Don’t serve your notions of
happiness
comfort
success
don’t pander to or exploit
your secret insecurities
like some cartoon 'devil.'

I am here
to remind people
of what they truly long for
in the sacred green landscape
of their inner world.
My promise is one:
Invitation
to
I AM
That I AM
Whole
Being
Filled.
I serve to coax
our shiny, fabulous, Heaven
selves out into the sunny
Earth truth,
I serve that ONE
who does not have to
send love from him to you
like some cartoon 'God'
That one
Who is love.
I serve restoration
to the state
where our pleasure/torture notions
of being 'in love'
are like faded photographs
next to
the temple-knowing
I AM love."

- Helena Barrera

Osho, God, Contradictions, and Honesty

"In a series of excerpts from an interview with Jeff McMullen of Australia's '60 Minutes' Osho offers a series of one-liners about Gandhi, Hitler, the Pope and Mother Teresa -- and goes on from there to talk about his reputation for being controversial, contradictory, and, in the words of the interviewer, 'one of the funniest people I've ever met.'"



"A man who is consistent his whole life must be an idiot."

- Osho