The Currency of Trust


The last post has brought us to the point of examining trust. This phrase, the currency of trust, appears to hold some promise. Let’s begin with another word, seriousness. Serious, trust, compassion; these are among a suite of terms we fear today, or hide our fear behind disdain at their current condition and denatured meanings.Continue reading “The Currency of Trust”

Catalytic Conversation, a Concentric Approach to Dialogue


There is a vacuum of attention as we persist in focusing on our perceived problems. We are trapped within our confusion that arises around our conceptions of clarity. We arrive at clarity. It cannot be manufactured. How can we find/create a portal, a place through which we might pass and come together in dialogue? –Continue reading “Catalytic Conversation, a Concentric Approach to Dialogue”

Coherence is Provisional


Ideology works through the process of consensus. Someone’s ideas gain followers and a movement is born to support these ideals and find ways to garner wider support; either through negotiated agreement or through some form of overt or covert coercion. Some movements gain broad support. Others limp along, held in high regard by a fewContinue reading “Coherence is Provisional”

Resistance


Nothing exists solely to fulfill a single purpose or to take a singular role in a single process. How can I realize that the “answer” is not to remake the world in my image, that no singular image of what the world “should” be is either possible or beneficial? If these are true, then whatContinue reading “Resistance”

Driven by Fear


Coercion, hostility, anger, rejection; are all signs of fear. They cease to exist when there is no fear. These are paraphrases of points Krishnamurti made repeatedly. The dynamics surrounding fear cannot be ignored. They inflect not only how we react and respond ourselves, but hold some key to how we can find ways to speakContinue reading “Driven by Fear”

Complicity and Contingency


We live somewhere in tension between complicity and contingency. It’s not a linear polarity, this space. These are not categories with any sort of rough equivalency. Complicity is a state. We are within a relationship to the forces that seek to destroy. Some of these we are aware of, others are hidden from us, someContinue reading “Complicity and Contingency”

Domination is domination is domination


Here’s why he won’t bend to feminist desires. They insist he and his cohorts, “Stop everything, these men are doing good work!” The above was a passing detail in an online apologia for a lack of feminist sympathies from someone I follow, but won’t name here. It brought me to an agonizing halt.

Space at the end of the year


The close of this year has me once again in a curious form of free-fall, as if the inertia of past impetus is losing to the sheer force of gravity. I tend to welcome these periods. Without the chance to notice the tug of futility it’s easy to get caught-up in enthusiasms that might entertain,Continue reading “Space at the end of the year”

A Fragment On Security


I don’t pretend to know anything beyond a string of insights, some borrowed, some arrived at through following strands of words running on to pull them together. One of the greatest voids in what I know is how to deal with issues of strength and power when they surface as physical conflict. While I’ve takenContinue reading “A Fragment On Security”

It’s All Holographic, Stupid!


This phrase just popped into my head after reading Alex Fradera’s post on an event he led at Atlantic College recently. To be clear, and fair to Alex, it’s not directed at him! I’m not even quite sure what it means, that’s what sitting down to write this is for. It just seemed a niceContinue reading “It’s All Holographic, Stupid!”

Why I Write the Way I Do


Why do I use this archaic and ponderous style of writing? Why do I insist on trudging along from equivocation to aside? Why do I avoid the stirring hook? I’ve got to say the main reason is because this is the voice that shows me more than I would have found if I denied it.Continue reading “Why I Write the Way I Do”

Between Knowing and Understanding


Is there a space between knowing and understanding? Not if we equate understanding with the power to control. “We understand.” That was the last message tapped out on the cold steel of the pressure hull of the submarine S-4 off Wood End. * He’d never heard them speak, just had secondhand accounts, by way ofContinue reading “Between Knowing and Understanding”