Jeff Shampnois wrote the following as a response to "It's not a process." My comments are interleaved within… You rang my tuning fork with this. We seem to enter the territory beyond the precipice through a natural negation, a letting go of conclusions, of static structures. Maybe that wind dismantling the meaning of words is… Continue reading “Now the wind exceeding the sail is beautiful.”
This common complaint came to mind recently in relation to the resistance I often encounter to my interest in looking at the basics, at how we tend to glide right past fundamental discrepancies – incoherence – in a rush to "Get on with it!" What came to mind was how this had been the attitude… Continue reading I haven’t got time for this!
This statement demands clarification. Coherence it is not a synonym for reason, reasoned, reasonable. Neither is incoherence: unreason, unreasonable, unreasoned. The key to understanding coherence lies at the root of these distinctions. I've found this talk given by Anthony McCann valuable in illuminating this distinction. Anthony uses language centered around what he calls Gentleness. His… Continue reading Coherence is not reasonable.
We have resigned ourselves to accept that life's purpose is to chase after comfort. This leaves us in a very uncomfortable position. We begin to prod and peer to see what might come after comfort…. Money, power, agreement, advantage; these all promise comfort. The key here is in promise. In our appetite for comfort we… Continue reading After Comfort
an anecdote about Martin Luther King, who apparently said to Harry Belafonte, just before he (i.e., King) was assassinated, that he thought he might have been making a big mistake; that he sometimes felt like he was herding people into a burning church. This is a very different insight, quite obviously, than the notion that… Continue reading Shadows, Murmers & Inklings
Dialogue is an opportunity to proceed as climbers do. We are tied together and are able to alternately anchor each other as we move into precarious territory. We can rely on each other to warn us of dangers beyond our own views. Within dialogue we can go where it is impossible to go any other… Continue reading Conclusions
In Qi Gong, at least in the ad hoc mongrel form I practice, there are three opening phases in our relationship to Qi, to the life force. I do not approach Qi Gong, or anything in life, from within whatever might pass for a mystical view. I do not willingly bring beliefs to any confrontation… Continue reading Discover, Find, and Gather
We all know what that means! What does it mean? To make is to put together. It's not quite the same as create. Not as pedestrian as assemble. It does imply a matter-of-fact doing. The emphasis is on competence and taking things as they are and putting them together so the result will function as… Continue reading Making Sense
We are dissatisfied. And then we expect the other, the world, to change to accommodate to our dissatisfaction. Our dissatisfaction stems from our confusion. Our expectations compound our confusion. The sheer wrongness of this position holds us as if hypnotized, paralyzed, and unable to take in what the other, what the world, is showing us.… Continue reading We Are Dissatisfied.
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
We all act as though what we mean by wealth is obvious and lacking in ambiguity. Wealth is enough money to wield power so as to conserve one's ability to keep a lot of money. Hmmm… That's probably not what you had in mind. Has wealth always been the same thing? Is it going through… Continue reading Further Notes on the Meaning of Wealth
Dialogue, negotiation, both sound reasonable enough! We can glaze over any differences and use them as synonyms, right? That's how power insinuates its way into every relationship. In the wink and nod, in a silent conspiracy to agree not to say what we mean, to hide away our agendas and bask in the glow of… Continue reading Compassion, the distance between Dialogue and Negotiation