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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There Is a Gulf Between Foraging and Mining


There is a gulf between two attitudes and ways of working that can be described by looking at the distance between foraging and mining. When we forage we gather what we need. We also limit our effort. If a spot is too resistant to our efforts; if what we're after is scarce; we move on.… Continue reading There Is a Gulf Between Foraging and Mining

A Monopoly on Violence


This is the term of art used to describe and justify government's control of military and police functions. There is an obviousness, an inevitability to the rationale behind it that leads from, "There are bad-guys." to "We need to defend ourselves against evil-doers." to "Stop! Or I'll shoot!" And, then we accept the entire package,… Continue reading A Monopoly on Violence

I haven’t got time for this!


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!

Saying No to Facebook


The Violence Behind Likes and Opinions   I recently removed myself from Facebook. I joined reluctantly and have regretted it since the beginning. Was pushed along by expectation and crowd-mentality. I've long felt that Zuckerberg is the worst kind of nerd entrepreneur. Caught-up in fantasies of egotistical superiority requiring that he WIN at all costs… Continue reading Saying No to Facebook

Violence


There is a pressure on every interaction we have. A push. Sometimes an impatience to get to a result. Sometimes a leeriness that we are being manipulated. Sometimes a form of disappointment in advance, an expectation that things will not go well. Taken together we might call the result anxiety. Meta-worry another cause to add… Continue reading Violence

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

Stop Counting


In dreams we approach a form of knowing that we find difficult to access while awake. We tend to discount the sensation that there was "something to it." Or, we displace our fascination within the dream in a vain attempt to narrate its dramatic particulars. As this fails to match our original wonder, as we… Continue reading Stop Counting

“Why Is It Important for You That History Have a Direction?”


This question is asked by John Michael Greer in a reply to a comment on his most recent post. He has been slogging through the log-jam of our cultural resistance to abandoning the bi-polar insistence that we are bound either to Heaven or Hell, Utopia or dystopia. That if we cannot have our heart's desire… Continue reading “Why Is It Important for You That History Have a Direction?”

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