Wednesday, April 30, 2014

APRIL 2014 - BLOG POST SYNOPSES

4/24 - I AM THE PAUSE BUTTON ON LIFE. - Much of life today is on automatic pilot. Trains of cause and effect, pulling cars loaded with habitual thought, leave our stations bound for a one way journey to a predetermined outcome. The pause or gap, is all about freedom. We at least should be free in our heads and responsible for our actions if life otherwise has us boxed in.

4/22 – CALENDAR OF VIRTUES – APRIL 20 – MAY 20 – HERE’S HOW TO PARTICIPATE - Here's how to participate in the slow research project and follow the calendar of virtues.

4/22 – DEVOTION BECOMES SACRIFICE: THE SEED - I am the Seed. I am all about Devotion to my species. I am also all about Sacrifice in order to transform myself into a plant. I think I'm gonna need some help.

4/21 – MONSTERS WHICH KEEP US SAFE KILL US - Have we created a world of monsters that are now raging against us? How do we protect ourselves against outer monsters? Anguish. But even that is not enough.

4/19 – I AM GALILEO AND FACEBOOK IS MY TELESCOPE - I have concluded that you have been under a significant mis-apprehension! Things are NOT as they seem.  The individual citizen is NOT the center of your society any longer. Your Citizen-Centric society has been an ILLUSION caused by geometry! There is a new and larger entity that influences all the other spheres. This discovery explains why certain things are not as they seem to you and why others gone so wrong!

4/15 – I AM THE TONGUE OF THE LIAR - It's a great era to be the tongue of a liar!  A Golden Age. This is the age of massive lies told with sincerity.

4/8 – I AM YOUR MASK - Inside me is the real person you're working on becoming - the REAL you.


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DANDELION WINE: ALCHEMICAL BATTING PRACTICE


WHO AM I?
     I am just an old guy with a paper grocery store sack out on his lawn at dawn on May 1, plucking dandelion flowers, dealing with creaking knees and sciatica. I always hope to fill the sack quickly, but the repetitiveness of the task makes it tedious to me and I have to focus on what I’m doing. That is my part of the alchemical nature of the process – having to overcome tedium and remember the lofty spiritual process which I am undertaking. While I am picking I try to think about next Winter’s Solstice, how dark and cold it will be at that time of year and to remember all the blinking ice and snow which only melted a few weeks ago here in New England.
     As the kids begin to drift by on their way to the middle school up the street, I realize just how slowly I have been working having to remember all these things and pick and keep reminding myself I am doing a mighty and alchemical transformative task, a spiritual task.
     Picking is a spiritual practice, I tell myself. Just like Miguel Cabrera does batting practice in order to win a Triple Crown, I do my spiritual practices in hopes of having a spiritual experience. Can’t make Dandelion wine without picking.
     When the kids ask, “Whatcha doin’?” and I respond, “Batting practice.” And they look up at the house and note its features to remind themselves later where that “old nut-case” geezer lives so they can avoid this part of the block completely.


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Sunday, April 27, 2014

I AM GRASS - AN ANALOG FOR YOUR IMMIGRATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

“A People without a history is like wind on the Buffalo grass.” - Sioux Nation proverb

WHO AM I?
     I am grass, 20% of all vegetation on earth, 10,000 domesticated and wild species, our cereal sisters sustain your easy-going life - perhaps 20% of your economy. Our family is one of the oldest on earth. True grass, the Poaceae (alled Graminae) the cereals (corn, maize, wheat, etc.), bamboo and varieties you use of lawns. Cousins are the sedges (Cyperceae), rushes and others. You do not know your history with me.
     Anglo-European paranoia over grass started with the name “lawn” from the Middle English word launde which originally meant an opening in the woods. English mansions created artificial stretches of lawn, without trees, to provide an open view of approaching hostile, visitors. This was your first – and is stilL your prevailing environmental and immigration attitude – someone wants to do you harm so you’d better dominate them first.
     The prairie grasses were some of the mightiest grasses on your continent – 10-foot high with spectacular waving seed clusters and graceful leaves that towered over you. In the 1800s you cut them deep with the John Deere mold-board plow, massacred the prairie grasses, turned over the belly of the Earth and called yourselves “sod busters”.
In the “Roaring 20’s” your Department of Agriculture, pushed as they always are to try to make profits for American industry, attemted a genocide on grasses and promoted widespread use of herbicide in chemical farming, and pushed the rapid mechanization of farms with small tractors and combine harvesters. You stripped the midwest and what land was too rough to plow, you overgrazed in a decade of environmental shame. 
Some farmers in Europe saw the decline immediately. They asked Rudolf Steiner about non-chemical agriculture and the agricultural world split. Most went the chemical-industrial path with it's economic models, hybrid seed and scientific management. Others went the qualitative and environmentally concerned path to biodynamics and developed organics as we know it today. 
     The payback for foolishness was quick. In the U.S. in the 30s was a “dust bowl” with gigantic “black blizzards” blowing topsoil hundreds of miles. It devastated America's heartland. Farms were lost. Lives ruined. Suicides common. And, why? What was learned as the result of destroying part of nature’s fabric - the grasses? By the 1940’s Secretary of Agriculture, Henry A. Wallace lamented the tragedy as only a bureaucrat could and waxed eloquent about “the strength and quiet of grass.” Your economy was only saved only by a military industrial complex which caused more deaths in WWII.
By the 50’s no lessons were learned - all this was forgotten - you never embraced grass but assigned grass to sports fields and tract houses and, you indiscriminately sprayed the roadsides. Your militaristic spirit led to spraying DDT from airplanes which resulted in wide-spread environmental damage and a “Silent Spring.”
And still it continues today through your agro-chemical industrial world economic domination, forcing a “green revolution” on poorer countries which has caused environmental degradation, farm failure and farmer suicides as massive as those the 30’s in the U.S.
And consumers have been silenced at home and told GMO’s are “the same as other plants”. Sure. So, how is it detectable in breast milk? What will it do to children? And now global warming. Isn't there something about carbon uptake from grasses you haven't heard about? Bamboo is grass. “The wind over Buffalo Grass.”


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

I AM THE PAUSE BUTTON ON LIFE.


WHO AM I?
     I am the gap, the pause, the time-out, the recess, the break, the praylaya, the moment between systole and diastole or stimulus and response. The sliver of a second when the pitch leave’s the pitcher’s hand and the batter commits. I am the “uh-oh” moment AFTER you’ve committed to a huge force like gravity, or love or a fist-fight - an action you can’t undo. I am all these things EXCEPT, you are able to consciously step into that gap before the pitch arrives, before you fall down the rock face, plant the kiss or the punch - and are able to stand between cause and effect.

WHY AM I HERE?
     This is not about time – it is about timing. It’s about being able to imagine forward and backward and see the gaps in time. It takes practice. In German this is called the rückshau (rook-shau) and it means “back view.” Rudolf Steiner (1879-1925), a social scientist, recommended the practice of reviewing the day in reverse each evening before going to sleep. You literally imagine your day in reverse like a motion picture going backwards.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

MONSTERS WHICH KEEP US SAFE KILL US


WHO AM I?
     Even when we turn on the Turner Classics or the Movie Channel or are streaming the Game of Thrones, and we are sure there is no one here but us, we still know there are monsters in the world. They are raging against us each and every day. We gave them life and now they rage against us and fill our lives with dread. We made them.
     GMO’s, TSA, erectile dysfunction, leaking panty liners, heart-healthy cereal, fracking wells, security leaks, IEDs – they come from every corner.
     Protection? Even the protection is monstrous! Nationwide drops trees and air conditioners and this causes us to worry about those large pines at the back of my tiny lot. Those pines are on my neighbor’s property. Progressive Insurance wants us to take the gizmo to compare. Even the little green lizard has used a mnemonic so we will remember. There is no escape. Perhaps the freezer bags with the extra seal zip-lock top?



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I AM GALILEO AND FACEBOOK IS MY TELESCOPE


WHO AM I?
     I am Galileo and social media is my telescope. I have been observing the relationship of the various spheres in the constellation of your social life through my telescope. These consist of three spheres of what has been a Citizen-Centric society: the Economic sphere, the Spiritual/ Cultural sphere and the Rights/ Political sphere.
     Each of these spheres have been presumed to revolve around the individual citizen (hence Citizen-Centric) and be governed by a specific ideal, virtue or principle: the Spiritual/ Cultural sphere governed by Liberty or Freedom – freedom to worship, study, learn, and follow the arts; the Rights/ Political sphere governed by Equality – all are equal under the law; and the Economic sphere governed by Brotherhood – producer and consumer in a mutual relationship with one another.
     I have been watching these spheres through the social media telescope by which I see the vast comings and goings of behaviors, ideas and concerns of your citizenry.
I have concluded that you have been under a significant mis-apprehension! Things are NOT as they seem.  The individual citizen is NOT the center of your society any longer. Your Citizen-Centric society has been an ILLUSION caused by geometry! There is a new and larger entity that influences all the other spheres. This discovery explains why certain things are not as they seem to you and why others gone so wrong!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I AM YOUR MASK


WHO AM I?
     I am your mask. Inside me is the other person you're working on becoming - the imperfect, but REAL you. Inside your mask is your true character. Or so you hope.  You went with that common advice -'fake it until you make it.' So, I am what you think people want to see that you are - the really good wife and mother,  the professional woman, the student, the attentive and caring father, the nice neighbor or some other kind of pretentious bullshit that buys you cred with THOSE folks on the outside you want to impress. I may be the work mask. The Church or religion mask. The guy/gal-pal mask. The volunteer service mask. Keeping all this straight, takes a lot of energy - more energy than being truthful - being who you really are. And then, there is the problem of getting caught in your mask forever - forgetting to spend time building the REAL you so that at the end of the day all you have is a really strong mask and you're soft - or empty - in the middle.

WHY AM I HERE?


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