On Intention, Stumbling towards a Loose Rigor


Here’s a series of statements, let’s see where they lead. My intention is to be effective. To be effective is to avoid futility. Intentional striving is futile. To be effective requires letting go of intention. * Is this squaring the circle? Or describing a paradox?

On Conservatism


Humans have been profoundly conservative for most of our existence. That statement is rendered meaningless if we take conservatism to mean what is sold in its name today, or believe in what passes for the span of human existence as our self-professed conservatives would insist it to have been. Let’s pry the term away fromContinue reading “On Conservatism”

Sowing Doubt…


I’m not sure what this post will be about. Trying to avoid predictions, and all that. There’s something about intention that’s been lost in my focus on finding a way to look at action without intention, putting will into the background. We have wills. The will-to-live, for instance, is universally lauded. It’s only problematic whenContinue reading “Sowing Doubt…”

The love of the Fire-hose


The sign that we’ve arrived is to be complemented – and self-congratulating – on our capacity to “drink from the fire-hose.” The elite universities are fire-hose drinking academies. Their graduates’ claim to fame, ticket to success, that they can thrive at the fire-hose. The Future! is always seen as a place where even greater fire-hoseContinue reading “The love of the Fire-hose”

What does it mean?


Tying our existence to a belief in destruction as the ultimate good is such a contorted position to be in! How we got here, what it means, where it will all lead; these are also questions whose answers appear in glimmers and hints, passing doubts, premonitions and inklings of what is down there, at least as it all appears from “up here.”

Aloof


Reading Simon Winchester‘s Atlantic, I came across an etymology for the term, aloof, deriving from a-luff, the order to maintain a course with sufficient distance for safety off a lee shore. Let’s unpack that. A lee shore is a danger that is downwind, a-lee, of our position. If we lose way, we are in dangerContinue reading “Aloof”

The Limits of Imagination


I want, I want! I WANT!” “Well, you can’t have! YOU can’t HAVE! YOU CAN’T HAVE!

The Real Trouble with Secrecy


Secrecy is an approach to power. It holds that there are short-cuts to achieving one’s will and that they are hidden. It’s followers believe that a self-generated aura of mystery, the tingle of insider knowledge, will put them in touch with the roots of power. It’s a cargo-cult as ridiculous and sad as any other. Too bad it has our entire culture under its sway.

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!”