Separation Anxiety


We’re expected to, “Get over it!” In a time with few acknowledged initiation rituals this traumatic breaking of unity is almost universally accepted as a rite-of-passage. Why does separation – let’s consider it in any and every form it can take. Why does it create anxiety? What does this say more generally about the violence,Continue reading “Separation Anxiety”

Meaning & Action


” … minor twists of fate and individual decisions very often have much more dramatic consequences in dark ages than they do when the settled habits of a mature civilization constrain the impact of single events.” JMG “Failure provides clarity. We perceive that our knowledge is incoherent.” David Bohm Two comments that circle each otherContinue reading “Meaning & Action”

The confusion arising from doing everything twice.


We’re all familiar with the frustrations of being caught in a feedback loop where everything is out of synch. We hear things twice. We respond, but then cannot verify that it registered so we do it again, hit a key, or repeat what we’re saying. This only sets off another cascade of rebounding echoes andContinue reading “The confusion arising from doing everything twice.”

A hint concerning a relationship with power


What if the trouble with power is in our insistence that it can be accumulated, stored, and then controlled by will? If this were the case, the trouble with power dissolves when we accept that it exists. It moves through and around us, and we have access to it, and can influence its direction andContinue reading “A hint concerning a relationship with power”

“What IS the problem?”


The title comes from a comment made to a recent post. The “answer” seemed too glib, unfair actually, to throw the question back by responding that the problem is our habit of looking at everything as if it were a problem needing to be solved. But this is true. It could be useful to sayContinue reading ““What IS the problem?””

The Outer Ring, a Permeable Membrane


Let’s begin at the outside. We live in a holographic universe. The whole is encoded in every part. Maintaining this quality in whatever we endeavor to do, as opposed to cutting away all we would rather not consider as the reductivist’s knife would have us do, is a way to keep contact with a deepContinue reading “The Outer Ring, a Permeable Membrane”

Sometimes…


Habits are powerful. When in the middle of a run of posts, it seems easy to just hit the keys and have another one spill out onto the screen. When the smooth flow is broken by events or, more precisely, by the way we react to events, then it can be difficult to get backContinue reading “Sometimes…”

Dwelling and Conviviality in Art, a cross-post from Light on Canvas


Ivan Illich‘s work turns on two related concepts. One is of our need to dwell, to inhabit a home, to have a place. The other is our need for conviviality. We cannot exist in isolation. We are vulnerable and part of everything as everything is part of us.

Self Mastery, not Self Control


The title of this post is a nod at an earlier post, Mastery, not Control, in which I laid out a case for distinguishing between these two terms and showing the consequences related to each. In the end, that post did rely on distinguishing self-mastery from the will-to-control. This is still the case here, butContinue reading “Self Mastery, not Self Control”

Living Like a Caveman


I’ve had the pressure of a thought building up for a while. It has to do with what is so misdirected about the entire virtual-world-based enterprise. You can see that this might give some pause. Still, this day of Steve Jobs’ passing might be the time to flesh it out. I sit here writing onContinue reading “Living Like a Caveman”

Why I Write the Way I Do


Why do I use this archaic and ponderous style of writing? Why do I insist on trudging along from equivocation to aside? Why do I avoid the stirring hook? I’ve got to say the main reason is because this is the voice that shows me more than I would have found if I denied it.Continue reading “Why I Write the Way I Do”