Learning how to see


If we have relatively good eyesight it's easy to think that's all we need, "I know how to see! Just open my eyes and look!" One of the first lessons from learning to draw and paint was that I had no idea what was involved in seeing. Not just that I was lacking techniques useful… Continue reading Learning how to see

Hanging on


Cognitive Dissonance occurs when perception shows us what we are unable to accept. We fail, actually refuse, to see something because to see it will break something we rely on for our deepest security. This challenge to our world view is too much to bear. It is felt… we just can't…. Who would have thought… Continue reading Hanging on

The Politics of Nostalgia


As any hope of an actual break with business-as-usual fades into the heat and glare of a summer in which discontent does not lead to action to address its causes; but becomes nothing more than a nuisance of disaffected noise signalling on both sides of our political theater that everyone – with the strongest push… Continue reading The Politics of Nostalgia

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

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?

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?

It’s a crime, part II


Must we be pure? Whenever we confront the depths of our corruption we hear this whining plea. Ego deflates us, How can I meet such a standard? A false question. We are what we are. We will do what we feel we must do. What is in question is what do these questions mean? Who… Continue reading It’s a crime, part II

Beyond Judgments and Opinions…


We all have opinions. We all make judgments. None of us is satisfied…. What if these are connected? I've long felt a hankering for getting beyond opinions. It's easy to see this as a form of striving after certainty. We see opinion, as it relates to truth, as a negotiation with authority. Whoever has authority… Continue reading Beyond Judgments and Opinions…

This Means War!


Rufus T. Firefly scuttling center stage to make his pronouncement…. There's always a hidden glee behind the crowd's reaction. "Before, I had to hold it together. Now? I can let go. A free pass. No resort is too extreme. We're at war." The next stage is the rush to, "Get in the fight!" After all,… Continue reading This Means War!

Awe and Wonder


It's customary to link awe with shock these days. "Shock & Awe!" Followed by that grimacing grin primates and dogs instinctively make when something that pleases them also uncovers a deep well of shame. The look we came to identify with W…. Shock & Awe would come to be the signature spell of the late… Continue reading Awe and Wonder

Intelligence


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… Continue reading Intelligence