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.”

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

Out of the Depth of Our Numbness


Once we begin to recognize what it feels like to be alive it can still be a shock to acknowledge how much of our lives is spent in circumstances that are dead and threaten to engulf us once again in the numbness we've just begun to leave behind. But, if we fail to let this… Continue reading Out of the Depth of Our Numbness

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

By the time…


By the time we add in the complications and machinations of media it is damn impossible to know what is going on. Some call it Marketing 3.0…. How do we keep from being fooled by perception? We must begin by understanding how weak perception is at providing us with enough dis-ambiguous clues to figure out… Continue reading By the time…

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.

There’s no freeing the mind without respecting the limitations of the body.


"(Taoism) isn't a process of learning more facts or greater skills. It is the unlearning of wrong habits and opinions." — Alan Watts It's not just the Singularity Boys who get this wrong…. What is unlearning? This question has taken a lot of sitting. Resting attention on a feeling that something's missing. On the tip… Continue reading There’s no freeing the mind without respecting the limitations of the body.

This is key


I just stumbled upon Donald D. Hoffman's work in The Atlantic Magazine. It was one of those exceedingly rare moments when a crucial new piece is added to the puzzle. He's a cognitive scientist. He's been studying the roots of perception and his research has led to his articulation of a key missing link if… Continue reading This is key

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…

Gifts


long term effects of emotional abuse: a distrust in your perceptions a tendency to be fearful or on guard self-consciousness or fear of how you are coming across an inability to be spontaneous a distrust of people and in future relationships anger that bursts out unexpectedly sensitivity to anyone trying to control you This list… Continue reading Gifts

Addiction & Creativity


Addiction is getting stuck. Seeking relief from suffering instead of perceiving proprioception, we chase a form of release. It is temporary. Its effects lessen each time we resort to it. Our connection to clarity of perception – including a lived sense of its limits – weakens. Repetition digs us deeper. Addiction is our organism's reaction… Continue reading Addiction & Creativity