Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Monday, May 22, 2017

Active rest

   Feeling anxiety in both senses of the words


Asked advise=or fro advice on what to do this summer.

He recommended play. Let the mind wander and enjoy life and literature..

Brought to mind the idea of "active rest" used by competitive middle and long distance runners

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fighting for what is right

What happens when you find yourself doing evil for good?

I find that this is a huge issue in that we often justify horrendous behavior based on the "other"

This seems to me an unacceptable way to operate. If one becomes evil in order to fight evil.....

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cultures and uniformity

   I consistently argue that the uniform hides the man.

So far I seem to be a minority of one.

Baggy pants? A youngster trying to fit in. Or maybe a budding drug dealer gangster....

The lady who comes to school meeting in her pajamas?  Disrepectful ignorant angry rebel. Or maybe she doesn't care what society thinks

Military uniform?  Hero of  0 faults? Or order obeying killer...

Man in a suit? Successful moral leader.  Or the man who deliberately tanked the economy for millions or billions.

But if you can't trust the uniform ....

That is too scary for most. This means you would have to be open and thoughtful and vulnerable every time you met a new person.

You would have to judge words and actions over time.

Way too much work... for most

A few have told me that they can tell a persons attitude and whether they respect and have self respect by the way they dress.

A demur. I believe that if you understand another persons culture family and environment , you then have a good chance of understanding what, if any , message they are trying to convey through their clothes.

Otherwise it is just a shot in the dark

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The evil of the worship of greed

         I am continually shocked by our worship of greed and selfishness in my society.

It saddens and distresses me that those who are most generous in the truly useful ways are not only not rewarded, but are ridiculed for being idealistic and naïve.

    Those who think that greed is good seem lost to me. I wish there was some way to help them. I keep trying and nothing seems to work.

The true evil of greed related to fear

   The horrid fact that people accept what I call greed as a good thing continually shocks and dismays me.

     I don't even know how to begin to explain to people that their paradigm is by, their own damn religion, evil and known throughout all the world as an evil

We all laugh and enjoy the line in The Godfather "It's just business" but I do not find it amusing when one defends lying greed selfishness etc. in real life.

     I am looking for a way in. The armor of fear and violence is strong though. These people filled with fear and tribal loyalties seem unable to let anything in for fear of losing themselves or losing to the "other" is almost impenetrable.

I feel a strong drive to "fix" and to save. Yet to some degree tis is another version of the armor which protects one from the new and scary experiences of the world...