Archive for February, 2011
On my ‘dislike’ of our cultural CUSTOM of celebrating birthdays
(parties/celebrations and exchange of best wishes are great, but can’t we trigger them differently? [and avoid cyclic repetition])
just in case anyone is interested, my dislike of our custom of celebrating birthdays is explained as follows. (more…)
My feeling is that a ‘true rant’ should spontaneously emerge, like the howling of coyotes orchestrated by the rising of a full moon.
But I have lost my coyote voice and coyote ways so I feel as if I am stuck with language.
Language is a poor vehicle for my rant because it divides everything up into subject and object and then has to set everything in motion using verbs. My experience of the world is nothing like the way it is served up in language. The world of my experience is an innovatively unfolding spatial-relational continuum, a ‘flow of becoming’ that includes me. (more…)
Musings on the globally pervasive quest for ‘more personal’ community: . . .- It seems that many people have grown tired of living within a system that is ‘constantly bickering with itself’ and seems, in many ways, to be growing more ‘internally intolerant’. The discomfort is not coming simply from differences in views and their associated debates, since these have always been accepted as part of normal living and the normal social dynamic. It seems instead to be coming from the growing un-civility of it all. We may applaud the significant extension to our ability to communicate furnished by cell phones and internet technologies, but these technologies open the door, as well, to an extreme impersonality [e.g. ‘bullying’ that exposes the private life details of an individual to a voyeur crowd that can easily exceed the capacity of the Coliseum] and to the infusing of discordant notes that continually accumulate and never seem to get resolved, engendering a lingering ambiance that is sort of graffiti like. In the new media, many speak in abusive and derogatory tones that ‘would not be tolerated in a physical space’. At the same time, the boundarylessness opens the way for new connections that have the potential to bring people together in a ‘more personal’ community.
What kind of change is in its birthing process? (more…)
‘Theory’ is a way of understanding how the world works which in turn shapes our behaviour and how we relate to and engage with one another and with our shared living space.
‘Theory’ can be either religious or scientific and the theories of our culture are infused into us early on in our lives. As B. F. Skinner observes; “Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.”. That is why children who grow up in a culture that embraces particular religious theories (God created nature in the form of a collection of local material beings) and scientific theories (the earth occupies the centre of the universe) tend to believe in the same theories, and to infuse into their children at an early age, these same theories. As in the examples in parentheses, there tends to be overlap in these religious and scientific theories; e.g. the ‘absolute being’ of ‘local material bodies’. Since the world is evidently ‘evolving’, there have been different religious and scientific theories that try to reconcile a world undergoing continual ‘becoming’ and a world portrayed in terms of a ‘collection of material beings’. (more…)
This essay is for sharing with those who may have interest in the intuition that rational thought is screwing up our understanding by ‘going with vision, thought and language’ rather than with our ‘feeling experience’ of situational inclusion in the unfolding spatial plenum.
Rational thought turns us into judges that accept, LITERALLY, the forms we see ‘out there in front us’ and ‘their actions’ as if we were ‘not included’ in what we are looking at ‘out there in front of us’. Thus an oppressive regime that allows extreme wealthy and poor classes to form (protects the continuing disparate wealth shift by ‘right to own and possess’ laws, sees ‘theft’, the inevitable ‘short circuits’ that develop between such extremes, as actions in-their-own-local-right perpetrated by forms or ‘beings’ that exist in their own local right. This notion that ‘local forms’ and their actions are ‘real’ is something that we gather from our visual sensing and that we further affirm in thought and language by defining and word-labeling these forms. As John Stuart Mill observed; “Every definition implies an axiom, that in which we affirm the local existence of the object [form] defined.” (more…)