Action without Striving


This concept appears to be the most difficult to comprehend. It’s also the one I’ve had the greatest difficulty discussing. We tie our notions of action so tightly to the process of striving. We cannot seem to imagine one without the other. We tend to fall back on rationalizations that to reject striving is toContinue reading “Action without Striving”

Cross-post from Antonio Dias Art


I’ve created a new site for my painting. I’ve cross-posted a series of essays from this site to introduce to readers/viewers there. Now this post goes in the opposite direction. ‘There’s a dimension that we don’t understand.” In Stephens’ & Swan’s biography, deKooning, (Milton) Resnick said, “There’s a dimension that we don’t understand. In otherContinue reading “Cross-post from Antonio Dias Art”

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”

Stories


There is a world of difference between a map and a story. The power of the reductivist world-view resides in the ruthless insistence that everything can be boiled down and that signs are equivalent to reality. Whatever doesn’t fit is thrown away as an externality or dismissed in disgust as chaotic. The rush to efficiency is not to be slowed because of any “messy” “complications.”

What Choice Do We Have?


Further thoughts on the limits of imagination, As we experience the destruction occurring “in our name” we seem to have two choices available to us. Either we chose to turn a blind eye and “make our own way,” which is taken to mean that we try to maintain our compartmentalization and keep our innate senseContinue reading “What Choice Do We Have?”

The Nature of Conditioning


Without this insight there can be much confusion between any action we might contemplate or take and striving. This confusion can lead either to paralysis or frustration. By linking striving to the attempt to outrun conditionality connects the futility of an approach to life that sees only division and seeks to find answers to self generated problems with the deepest manifestation of that impulse in the desire to transcend our conditioned natures.

Changing Gears


My pace here has definitely slowed down. In part because of a shift in priorities towards painting and getting my fiction out in front of people. In part it’s also been through a bout of life’s intrusions and the breaking of the fine balance – some might call it obsession – I need to beContinue reading “Changing Gears”

Things Out-of-Place


Oil spills, nuclear accidents, we’re talking about things out-of-place. We assume the derailment is in the accident when the intended “use” of the oil or the radioactive isotope is broken and they leave their “normal” pipeline or containment.

Nuclear Jitters


Do any of us show any glimmer of intuitive self-preservation? Do we feel the slightest twinge of shame at what is being done in our name? Our betters, our owners, will spread the word via their organs of propaganda, “That’s just nuclear jitters!”

Fukushima


The somnambulist’s dance goes on until the last possible moment, but then something either awakens the dreamer or they die. This event is enormity writ large. It follows on last year’s enormity and depicts a trend of escalation that shows no sign of letting up. The inability of owners to continue to convince themselves that their fate can be isolated from that of the world at large becomes more viable at every moment. Of course it’s a long leap from a general recognition of irrelevance and one of their kind actually leaving the stage gracefully – just look at Libya….

Quid Pro Quo


Effectiveness is coupled with having a workable set of controls. We can even be effective if we are saddled with cross-wired controls – so long as we compensate for them and learn how they actually work.

Maintaining the Lie of Invulnerablity


Strength versus power. We tend to see them as synonyms. Or that strength is a measure of the power available to us. In a Newtonian sense this may be true, but what if we go beyond reduction? Let’s start by asking, “Who’s strength and who’s power?”