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 controlContinue 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 theyContinue reading “Telling Strength from Power”

Process


process early 14c., “fact of being carried on” (e.g. in process), from O.Fr. proces “journey” (13c.), from L. processus “process, advance, progress,” from pp. stem of procedere “go forward” (see proceed). Meaning “course or method of action” is from mid-14c.; sense of “continuous… As with so many words, we rarely look at where they cameContinue reading “Process”

On Responsibility


Another post I’d like to recommend. On Responsibility from cricket7642. My friend shared a memory with me, from years ago, of a doctor she once met. Something he had said at the time has stayed with her all these years: people, he reflected, talk about their rights and responsibilities, but really “we have only responsibilities.” WonderfulContinue reading “On Responsibility”

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 ofContinue reading “On Wealth”

Beyond Zombies and Vampires


Zombies & Vampires, Oh My! This post, an essay for Vinay Gupta’s The Future We Deserve, delineated the lay of the land today. We are hemmed in by these two types, both of behaviors and of ways of looking at those around us. But, in the end, is there anything to be gained by remainingContinue reading “Beyond Zombies and Vampires”

Between Wanting and Finding


There is a point at the start of a painting when there is a precariousness between what the painting “is to be about” and the first touches of what is actually there. Something I’m only arriving at now is that the former, while of great interest and concern at the start, is of no account.Continue reading “Between Wanting and Finding”

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”

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 toContinue 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 psychologistContinue reading “Relationship, not Integers”

Ecocidal Suicide, Where does the violence begin? The Gulf Between a Trail and a Path


Recent misunderstandings have helped breed a new insight. I’ve been reluctant to post on the subject as I’ve looked for ways to write about it that do not remain focused within the drama that incited them. Driving down what passes for the loveliest lane in the area the other day brought to mind the wayContinue reading “Ecocidal Suicide, Where does the violence begin? The Gulf Between a Trail and a Path”