Words are not paving stones, though some would find that an acceptable picture -- a path though the garden of reality. Words can be, the edge of cliff....
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Words are like paper airplanes, folded, creased, and set aloft. The fun is that they sail. There is no mystery, the laws of aerodynamics explain the lift, the course, the drift. Words are like consciousness itself. The event is not something carried along, but the flight itself. The sharp nosed paper aloft is consciousness. Any point, moral, import, message, is not the point. It is aloft, and no spiritual dimension is required to explain it. The mystery is not what the meaning of these short-lived flights contains, portends, suggests -- the words are from the past, their folds are part of consciousness but to expect some verbal baggage from the flight is to let gravity. Many seek just to stay aloft --such is the struggle, the effort, and a reward.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Whether or not you doubt ordinary entertainment can have an enduring artistic aspect, you can ask whether the scenario in Gravity is so popular because it resonates with basic human dramas and one of these, one not discussed at all at the level of ordinary consciousness, is, why aren't more people drawn to, and constructive in, the anti-gravity efforts of a few. I refer of course to the struggle of The Work. Why are not more people interested in, and rewarded by, this eternal human dimension.
At first glance it may seem there is nothing so scary as being untethered from the satellite station. Floating free, with an untrammeled view, and of course certain doom. Doom because there is no one to talk to ---- no no, of course I meant no one to hear you. My suggestion is that there is a parallel between the untetheredness of space, and the goals of a mystic.
Death is the one thing that Jan Cox allowed as a human "problem." And then, his allowance of any real problem confronting man was begrudging. Yet who can doubt that the phrase 'certain death' is redundant.
And so I exclude that plot point in my metaphor. Is there any help in our struggle to be gained by considering the question of the appeal of the movie Gravity?
How is it that a facsimile attracts more attention and devotion that the original of which the facsimile is a sketch?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Now days you have to assume all photos are false. That every photo you see has been processed. What is the good of fake photos? Why spend your heart on a fox photo that only purports to capture a dainty moment?
You are believing the photo captured a real moment when you think "how cute is that." You are not thinking, "what a clever photographer to have added a smile to this wildlife creature so we will find it enticing, and share it and make the photographer famous." Nowadays you have to assume all photos you see are false, because sometimes they are so good you cannot tell.
Same is true of your thoughts too.
Friday, February 14, 2014
There should be no argument about whether people are becoming more alike, on the planet. I mean a lot more than the ascendance of western civilization, That is not the theme in today's post. In honor of the holiday I will point out that Jan said once, that harmonious couples had a much in common with each other. Again, all this is peripheral, though not irrelevant.
Today's theme is the audible evidence of humanity's evolution. The media commentators previously had a certain timbre in their voices. This is referenced by the phrases 'radio voice', and 'universal accent.' Cronkite had it, and you still hear today in the United States, especially in veterans at NPR.
But that deeper tone, more measured enunciation, on the air waves is disappearing. It is replaced by a jauntiness, a tendency to sarcasm, and a higher pitched voice, from on air sources we assume to take themselves seriously. We can hear in the voices we hear, that man is living more in his imagination. A necessary step for the growth of humanity as a whole. Not so good for real romance, but that is slim price to pay, for the quicker action and consensus on issues that a more evolved humanity allows. We speak of course about an ongoing drama.