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

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Tangible


Reaching after whatever strands of connection may pass though this virtual medium's cables; we are reminded, yet again, just how limited it all is. The promise of instant, frictionless connectivity across any distance in the blink of an eye looks thinner and thinner with each passing day. Some wonderful connections have been made this way; but… Continue reading Tangible

The Quietest Voices


Ideas pull on us. They work to turn our perception in particular directions. We are compelled to make-sense in only a few ways. Ideas, call them voices, are insistent, demanding. They drown out any other response. Instead, let us listen to the quietest voices. – How do we keep falling into the same traps? How… Continue reading The Quietest Voices

Compassion is Attention


Attention is Compassion One of the first things we encounter on beginning some form of meditation, any way for us to empty out the rush of unbidden thought and pause to see what might lie behind it all, is the question of compassion. Does this come directly from our confrontation with attention in and of… Continue reading Compassion is Attention

A Cross-post from Fine Lines: Further Notes on Craft


The trouble with talking about Craft is that everyone thinks they already know what it is. Let's take a deep breath and set all those assumptions aside. Easier said than done. To begin, here's some of what Craft is not: Backward Anachronistic, and therefore not a viable way to proceed. Continue…

Ideological Justification


In recent decades, American politics has been dominated, at least rhetorically, by a battle over the size of government. But that is not what the next few decades of our politics will be about. With the frontiers of the state roughly fixed, the issues that will define our major debates will concern the complexity of… Continue reading Ideological Justification

Missed Opportunity, the Failed Legacy of John Boyd


I've recently had reason to look back at John Boyd's work. This has led me to review his "legacy." Even today his writings are only available through a network of self-styled acolytes and has been enshrined as the rationale behind a lot of very dangerous and very silly thinking that's "informed" U. S. military adventures… Continue reading Missed Opportunity, the Failed Legacy of John Boyd