Hanging on


Cognitive Dissonance occurs when perception shows us what we are unable to accept. We fail, actually refuse, to see something because to see it will break something we rely on for our deepest security. This challenge to our world view is too much to bear. It is felt… we just can't…. Who would have thought… Continue reading Hanging on

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A Space for Community


Art, even more so than craft, cannot be contained by technique. If you think, "I know what I'm doing!" You're either mistaken or you are killing whatever art you might have been capable of creating. Hampered your capacity to enter an involvement in an act of creation. An artist's materials can be a useful medium… Continue reading A Space for Community

Rational


We believe we are rational. We use logic to confirm it. We ignore the circularity of our arguments. How do we drop defensiveness? We live in a tumult of fear and anxiety. There is a gap between our beliefs and what we know we are hiding from behind those defenses. We are at least in… Continue reading Rational

Consuming the Internet


We consume the internet. A movable feast. Lights kept on by a belief that someday it will "pay." Or. that it is just too good an attention trap to let it go. It's supposed to be easy. It's supposed to provide visions of "freedom." Where free means there is no up-front cost to us. Somebody… Continue reading Consuming the Internet

Political Failure, a Clarification


There's a critical piece missing from the last post. That is, what does political failure entail? If we look at it from within the assumptions of "the game," the conclusion that what is needed and inevitable is a grand failure will be misunderstood. Saying that any one leader, any one party should fail, is just… Continue reading Political Failure, a Clarification

Sufficiency without number


Sufficiency is an attitude not a quantity. Chasing after desires we have lost any sense that happiness can be anything other than a list checked off. Pursuit. Nothing could be more destabilizing. Either for an individual or a culture. And, before we get caught up in some form of zealotry…. Yes, the desire to control… Continue reading Sufficiency without number

Telling Strength from Power


A useful image occurred to me. Strength is what we use when we break free of a rut. Power runs us harder along the same old trail, bouncing through the ruts until we destroy ourselves. Strength is a capacity. Power is an external source of energy. Power seduces. It gets "results." It's just that they… Continue reading Telling Strength from Power

On Wealth


Wealth is an abstraction. It is the taking of value from the realm of the actual, the fabric of a living earth, and creating a gradient of poverty. What is read as wealth is a condition of lesser poverty than those wealth pushes into the maw of destruction and diminishment it shoves along ahead of… Continue reading On Wealth

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 and… Continue 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 and… Continue reading A hint concerning a relationship with power

Joy lies beyond where disappointment hides…


The will to control is a hard habit to break. It finds places to hide away, working in secret. This shouldn't be surprising, it is magical thinking after all! One place where I've found it hiding has been in an inclination to carry a grim cast of mind, a perpetually pessimistic outlook that seeks to… Continue reading Joy lies beyond where disappointment hides…

Relationship, not Integers


As much as I avoid it, there can be something to be gained by listening to public radio once in a while. On a long drive over the holiday I heard a piece on studies being done analyzing the differences between an innate logarithmic sense of quantity and rational, integer-based counting. A French developmental psychologist… Continue reading Relationship, not Integers