The Primacy of Attention


Fear makes you stupid. Fear swamps intelligence. Fear takes us out of Being. We resort to strategies in an effort to re-establish certainty. Fear drives us to reject what-is in favor of any expedient that feels as if it will deflate our fear. We lose track of whatever may have initiated fear, whether an actual… Continue reading The Primacy of Attention

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Whiteness, a Community of Narcissists


This post was drafted in August of 2015. At the time I was concerned whether it was complete enough. Whether it said enough. On looking it over today I am struck by how this theme has continued to strike us day after day. And how little, outside of the works of James Baldwin and his… Continue reading Whiteness, a Community of Narcissists

On Reflection… part 2


There have been times when it has seemed appropriate to appeal to the metaphor of a snake shedding its skin. This last year brings to mind a different serpentine behavior, stupor induced by the effort to digest an enormous meal. An Anaconda at these times can be mistaken for a fallen tree trunk…. The giant,… Continue reading On Reflection… part 2

On Reflection… part 1


David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti were right in posing that the incoherence of thought is our greatest challenge. Some thirty years later the burning question is; why has their legacy not borne fruit? What did they miss? What's gone wrong? By miss, I don't mean to imply negligence on their part or that their capacities… Continue reading On Reflection… part 1

Realms. How we position.


"How we position." Seems to call for an object, "What?" before we can get into wondering about "how;" or even, who "we" are; we want to know what. I could not add a what. Any of the possibilities that come to mind seem too limiting. Not necessarily in the ways we might expect. For instance,… Continue reading Realms. How we position.

Twists and turns…


…the story of a man who inadvertently got into the role of himself. He saw it as a mistake. That is what people say who fall into a hole. "Hell and damnation, I have fallen into a trap and the trap is myself." They always treat themselves as the greatest mistakes ever made. Carl Jung,… Continue reading Twists and turns…

Writing, we invoke…


Writing we invoke. If it is ever to be anything more than a display of cleverness, writing is an act of prayer. We seek out; we ask for; we hope to receive something from beyond what we think. What we think we know. The craft of writing, looking for the right form, the right word,… Continue reading Writing, we invoke…

“Let’s be realistic!”


We feel the weight of this admonition upon us everywhere we turn. It stands like a wall between us and it echoes in our minds. We take it as a warning. In fact it is our prison. To "be realistic" we assume is to believe in cause & effect. That usually means a cause for… Continue reading “Let’s be realistic!”

Navigating Quality


We're inundated with arguments and counterarguments over what are considered facts and counter-facts. There is a scramble to create ever-larger data-farms to handle…, well, all the data. There's also been a curious turn of phrase used by one buffoon, George Will to describe another, Donald Trump. Will has claimed that "Trump doesn't know how to… Continue reading Navigating Quality

On Isolation


Isolation. I wrote about it here. * Lewis Lapham has had a seminal influence on me. he's always been a writer pursuing what lies beyond the superficial. I read Harper's religiously when I was young, amazed at how anyone could see so clearly, write so well…. His recent remarks remind us of the birth of… Continue reading On Isolation

“Relax! Take it easy.”


We hear this often enough. These days it probably sounds like good advice. Yet behind it is a troubling assumption. One that touches on how we keep running in circles, returning to the same traps again and again. We confuse ease with relaxation. What does it mean to be relaxed? The term appears to point… Continue reading “Relax! Take it easy.”

From 9/11 to 11/9…


Fifteen years between these two dates. Seventy eight years since Kristallnacht…. Landmarks on the path to disillusionment. A road we've not seen the end of…. A road from complacency and an unearned certainty to humility. A humility we may feel we don't deserve. A humility that brings us no where we wanted to go. Hard-earned.… Continue reading From 9/11 to 11/9…