Horizons of Significance

Searching out a new compass: Compassion, Conviviality, Creativity & Dialogue

I only exist in so far as I intrude into your view…*

by Antonio Dias

To you I only exist in so far as I intrude into your world-view. As an acquaintance, someone you barely know – we do not share much of a history – I’m; someone who does not appear particularly physically threatening; my existence – in your eyes – is a fleeting and transient phenomenon; my hold on your attention is precarious and, at best, fleeting.

Now, of course, the same is true of you and your existence in my eyes, in the eyes of others. Perhaps this is why we hold onto our belief in our distinct individual existence so fervently. Why we defend it so stridently. Why we are willing to risk and destroy so much if we feel that even looking at the question might risk that belief.

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by Antonio Dias

Tossing the Die

One thing coming into view is that intelligence is not….

I began to write in earnest when I discovered – not that what I had to say was hard to say – but that I needed to work at….

For me, language is a freedom. As soon as you have found the words with which to express something, you are no longer incoherent, you are no longer trapped by your own emotions, by your own experiences; you can describe them, you can tell them, you can bring them out of yourself and give them to somebody else.

Jeanette Winterson


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by Antonio Dias

Peeling away layers of Ego I found anger and disappointment blocking the way to compassion. There’s another block hiding beneath them, contempt.

We see it all around us. This is a society choking on contempt. Every faction and group is held together by the contempt in which it holds the rest.

The path to anger, to disappointment, to hatred passes through contempt it seems.

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Startling Sleepwalkers, On the Prospects of Waking Them from Their Nightmares.

by Antonio Dias

The New York Times article on Paul Kingsnorth and Dark Mountain.

I’m left with a feeling that – if my response were to be reported in The New York Times – the headline would read,

“Petulant Doomer Disappointed at Being Misunderstood!”

As calm as this story is, its passive aggressive antibodies hidden from view by a reasonable tone and a desire to be fair, it’s an example of how those who wish not to understand tell a story. It appears to be a neutral report while framing an event as a particular kind of story. This framing then makes whatever might have been disruptive easy to dismiss.

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Isolation, Cross-post from Concentric Dialogue

by Antonio Dias

One of the great killers, leading beyond mere death into extinction, has been the fragmentation of biological communities. Our networks of communication and trade have cut through its living fabric, reducing undisturbed remnants into scattered scraps too small to maintain abundance and diversity. A death by a thousand cuts. Not as dramatic as harpooning whales or poaching elephants or clear-cutting rainforests, but this has been where the day-by-day work of death-dealing takes place, destroying our ecosystem across vast swaths of entire continents. Its signs, like another dead opossum or flattened skunk on the road, so commonplace as to pass unawares.

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