Reality? I take existence to be a subset of Reality. I take it that existence is neither exclusively (materially) deterministic nor is it totally random in its expression. Rather,—what with seemingly random factors like the presence and influence of quantum energies—from a scientific point of view, the nature of existence is seen … Continue reading Science and predictability
Vital distinction Last week we differentiated grief (our internal thoughts and feelings in experiencing loss) from mourning (our external expression of the thoughts and feelings experienced in grief). Our culture tends to conflate the two and often mistakenly uses the terms interchangeably. The first is rather automatic, the second only somewhat so. While mourning is … Continue reading Grief revisited (part 2)
a mystical möbius Easter missive... Covid-19 Apocalypse revisited Is Easter an Apocalypse? Of course! It's an annual remembrance and celebration of Christ's work in the opening of our hearts! Easter is an annual opportunity for opening our hearts to the eternal dynamism of the Real—e.g., an anniversary through which we observe a celebration of … Continue reading Easter Apocalypse
Vulnerable intersection - Primal assault We have spent time in the past on the blog talking about the primacy of breath—G-d's Divine Presence. Most if not all mindfulness training begins with attention to one’s breath. The novel coronavirus, Covid-19, is a respiratory virus. In its most fierce expression it takes one’s breath completely away by … Continue reading Grief revisited
Covid-19 context As we're still responding, this is not really the best time to begin engaging a full-on after-action review of the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We trust there will be plenty of time for those of us who remain (almost all, we hope) to do that later. I think we already know … Continue reading Oxymoron
Life inverts art? This week I recalled (faintly) a 1971 made for TV “ABC Movie of the Week” entitled, “Death Takes a Holiday.” In the story ‘Death’ is personified in human form for a three-day weekend to try and discover why humans so tenaciously cling to life. For three days, while ‘Death’ interacts with the … Continue reading Covid-19 Apocalypse?
Uncomfortable question to ponder: What does our massive national messaging campaign around our "Stay home" mitigation response to the Covid-19 pandemic say to our half million homeless citizens and residents? Unsolicited punditry (if that)! Well, they say only the brave—and the retired—dare speak difficult truth. However, because of institutional control-systems, "the brave" never last … Continue reading Show me the money!
Spread out! In the course of the past couple weeks a curious new phrase has been seared into our consciousness. "Social Distancing," but what does it mean? Well, it means March 2020 may well be maddening, but will have no "March Madness" in terms of college basketball. However, the impact of Covid-19 concerning the widespread … Continue reading Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, hush
Trolling? The earliest known attestation of ‘internet trolling’ is 1992, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, or so says Wikipedia. Without really knowing what it was called at the time, the first memorable instance of trolling that I recall seeing came eight years later. In February, Pope Francis called Christians to a particular fast, e.g., … Continue reading Political achievability?
Counterpoint Before I state my case on why/how President Donald J. Trump wins re-elect, I'd like to start with a viewpoint that completely overturns my humble reluctant sorrowful assertion. Rachel Bitecofer is a rising star on the U.S. political analyst/forecaster stage. She makes an outlier argument that persuasion aimed at Independents is of questionable value … Continue reading Potus Trump wins re-elect