The Space We Need


Art school was where I learned that success was a trap. How limited my teachers were. Experts. Hemmed in by reduction. It would take thirty-five years for this to sink in. Not surprising if you consider the trajectory of the intervening decades, beginning with the height of their positions at the time. The accumulated authority… Continue reading The Space We Need

The fantasy of control


So long as we keep expecting that what funnels through public discourse are choices that lead to results we are stuck in the nightmare fantasy of control. Brexit. Trump versus Clinton. All of the day's public questions are mired in manipulations. We remain complicit so long as we feel we must make the choice our… Continue reading The fantasy of control

Security & Well-being


It's a common expression. We consider the two must go together, "How can we feel good if we're not secure?" Here's John's recent comment on An Exploration, Navigating Without a Map: Tony, I have read and re-read your original posting, and I think I have a better grip on where you are going with it.… Continue reading Security & Well-being

An Exploration, navigating without a map.


I keep returning to the lessons of futility. We are admonished to, "Try harder!"in the face of that which we cannot change, leaving us spinning our wheels…. It has to do with cause & effect…. But this is only part of what's going on. If we participate in the creation of what-is. And, if we… Continue reading An Exploration, navigating without a map.

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a few days…


… mostly in a single night. In it we find the yet unborn Twentieth Century – and its long tail, cracking like a whip over us even now. No need for any more warnings than that. By then others had already begun to populate dystopias and pronounce prophecies: Milton, …. What if a culture could… Continue reading Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a few days…

What is at the root of our crisis of leadership?


We expect a leader to "play the part." Anyone caught-up in roles has nothing to offer us in our predicament. Facing our predicament requires that we embrace uncertainty and set-aside the doing-things-twice role playing forces upon us. Someone acting in this way just does not, "Look like a leader." Not that anyone else does these… Continue reading What is at the root of our crisis of leadership?

Lies


We fall for lies because we want to be told what can't possibly be true. This formulation came to me recently. Shouldn't be much of a surprise why lies might come into focus these days…. The only way I know of to gain traction with what troubles me/us is to find how my own expectations… Continue reading Lies

Build new cities?


We tend to think the concentration camp was something that came out of World War II. If we're a bit more versed in western history we might think of the Boer War, or even the American Civil War…. But what is a concentration camp? How is it materially different from a city? Perhaps not a… Continue reading Build new cities?

What is missing…


The change of the seasons is so powerful…. It is disorienting…. We tend to view this as a collapse of whatever momentum we had developed over the months spent within a circle of similarity that allows us to feel a kind of certainty building. Yes, even for those of us talking endlessly about the pitfalls of… Continue reading What is missing…

So much that is irrelevant…


How do we move beyond rebellion? Implicit in this question – if it is to be anything but futile – is another, How do we keep from cycling back around? Only to end up that much further down the same barren path? What seems missing as each cycle repeats could be described as letting go… Continue reading So much that is irrelevant…

Cause & Effect


The greatest difficulty when we turn our attention on something like Cause & Effect comes from the astounding inertia of conditioned assumptions. To make a case that Cause & Effect is an illusion is to put one frail voice up against thousands of years of common sense. This is why it's so important to sort… Continue reading Cause & Effect

Plasticity Takes Time


Our neural systems are not just like roots: growing, dying back, seeking nourishment, and succumbing to obstacles, poisons, pathogens. They are roots. They deal in connections, finding and bridging phenomena. How do we increase clarity and coherence? We can only do this by letting go of the assumptions based on the illusions of power. When… Continue reading Plasticity Takes Time