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 other… Continue reading Meaning & Action

“Process” may not be the right word for this…


We are accustomed to thinking that what we do involves processes. Let's stop right there and unpack that statement. "Accustomed" is another term for conditioned. "Thinking…" well, there we go…. So, by the time we get to "process" we're already in suspicious territory! What led to this question was a mediation on creativity and its… Continue reading “Process” may not be the right word for this…

An extended reply…


John Cline commented on the last post, Coherence is Provisional: I really like what you are saying. I wonder, though, what would happen to human personality if this model of thinking was the norm. We are mostly tribal in our actions. We gravitate too easily toward charismatics, and like lemmings will follow a bad idea… Continue reading An extended reply…

Coherence is Provisional


Ideology works through the process of consensus. Someone's ideas gain followers and a movement is born to support these ideals and find ways to garner wider support; either through negotiated agreement or through some form of overt or covert coercion. Some movements gain broad support. Others limp along, held in high regard by a few… Continue reading Coherence is Provisional

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 when… Continue reading Sowing Doubt…

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."

Not Individuals, Not Groups


One open question around the brain/mind formulation is what it does to our conception of individuals and groups. It seems easy to criticize a practice of attention that opens us to mind and sees the conditioning of the brain – thought in Bohm's characterization – as an impediment; either as swallowing up the individual into… Continue reading Not Individuals, Not Groups

“Movement” toward Dialogue


Along with other actions in which we allow a switch from striving-to-become to simply manifesting an experience of Being, this form of dialogue nurtures the conditions that help us get out of the illusions of Ego and the habits of our brains. Beyond that, it is a fulfillment of our interconnectedness and a refusal to treat the "other" as a commodity, or a means to an end.