2011.05.29

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
—Mother Teresa
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Life Politics

2011.05.29

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

– William James

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
– Arthur Rubinstein

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.”
– Epictetus

2011.05.28

Day 7- How do I feel?

Wikipedia defines the “Gaia hypothesis” (a.k.a. Gaia theory or Gaia principle) as a theory that suggests that, “all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.”

Here’s the link to the wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis

I then stumbled on this interview with a Stephen Harrod Burner (who I’m in the process of learning more about, but have already become really impressed with what he says regarding the science of herbalism and healing).

In this interview, Stephen Burner uses Gaia theory as a tool to understanding humans and our relation to the world. It was super interesting and had me thinking about all kinds of stuff, so of course, I’m sharing (this article links to Stephen’s site and ‘The Foundation for Gaian Studies’–which I’m also going to have to research):

http://www.gaianstudies.org/articles8.htm

2011.05.22

‘Sounds of the summer, day and go wise

Cold wind blowing through, a city on fire

Moments of the past, came here to find you

Not to relive them, just to remind you’

-Lupe Fiasco (Song Lyrics)

Some of the random pictures that are starting to show up on this blog roll are me finally taking initiative in learning how to use basic features of my WP blog –so are some of the recent (super technical) changes in text color, font, and lay out—that I *know* are  getting me noticed.

Thank me later, b-words.

Now, even when my life energy is being drained here, rambling and ranting without rhyme or reason–as a means of procrastination (that is, instead of working on the blog posts that I actually get paid to write)– it will ( at least) get channeled more creatively.

Fun Fact:

I chose to learn all these new e-features to the (befitting) tune of ‘Digital, Digital Get Down’ (one of a countless number of N’Sync tracks delivered to the ignorant masses well ahead of it’s time).

Boy band lyrics that thought provoking are (doubtless) a dying phenomena.

Can’t go there though-can’t let it get me down. Got to stay positive. Keep my shit upbeat.

so y’know, I’m sure there will be other (mad-machine-produced) boy bonds with lyrics whose depth and complexity rival that of our generation’s pioneers of sound and thought: N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and (who could forget?) O-Town.

hahaha, O-Town       ..fuck those guys.

(seriously though, who remembers O-Town?)

But wait, now this rant can be accompanied by tantalizing imagery:

Title: ‘Remembering O-Town’

If the guy in the middle, let’s call him O-Town’s ‘Sweetheart Spice’, doesn’t attach this photo to his suicide note..trust, he’s not telling us the whole story.

I kid. None of them should be contemplating suicide. The one in the back right got that gig on Twilight…so that’s big. Baby Spice to the far right was always only just a clone of Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys, and those are supposed to be easy to put down. Let’s see..I’ll go ahead and call same-sies on the fate of the JC Chavez (N-Sync) clone (left-back) and AJ McClean (backstreet boys) clone (left-front).

2011.05.18

‘Come to the edge, he said.

They said: “We are afraid.”

Come to the edge, he said.

They came.

He pushed them…and they flew.’

-Guillaume Apollinaire

2011.05.18

2011.05.18

I don't want your staring  judging  pathetic determined lonely eyes watching
I'd rather
hot glue guns shooting globs up into my own eye balls
I'd rather
my blistering pupils in a blender
in a splendor blender
I'd rather die

2011.05.18

and it was like
all of a sudden    I'm standing there
just sitting here
thinking
I can't stand this    here     anymore

2011.05.17

left to her own devices   she plotted and she planned
until all her memories got gob gob
gobbled up

2011.05.16

The Favorite Quotes section of my profile was getting ridiculously long.

Now I have this medium, so I can transfer and add as many quotes as I want , and won’t feel bad..

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.”-Wilfred Peterson

“When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?”-Rene Descartes

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music..”
-F. Nietzche

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”-Gandhi

“The mind is everything.”-Buddha

“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.”- Simone de Beauvoir

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” -Romans 12:2 NKJV

“What is demanded of man is not, as some existential philosophers teach, to endure the meaninglessness of life, but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaningfulness in rational terms” (p. 118) –Victor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”-Albert Einstein

“The willingness to let go of the familiar and undertake a self-transformation that at first looks like death, but is really the path to life, is the courage without which philosophy is impossible.”-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.” -Jean-Paul Sartre

“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for the truth; and truth rewarded me.”-Simone de Beauvoir

“Gender might not even code as difference, might not mean distinction epistemologically, were it not for its consequences for social power.”-Catharine MacKinnon

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”-Buddha

“I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God’s creation, woman, the object of our lust.”-Gandhi

“Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.” -William James

“I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”-Galileo Galilei

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”-Albert Einstein

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”-Albert Einstein

“Institutions – government, churches, industries, and the like – have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction.” -C. H. Cooley

so maybe avoid the "I do" and "I swear" or "I promise"
and the "until death do us part" pageantry
and maybe avoid the labels altogether
that you are associated with this
 "school of thought"
or that "specialization"
within this "career track"
(for as long as you can get away with it)
and maybe especially avoid
the  "no matter what" and "I would never" bits
and the  "forever" comfort-speak:
let it go

2011.05.08

inducing
anxiety ridden
logarithm
tumultuous turbulent trepidation
you are He
who I can't be
around
and stable
and free
to not be attached to anything
except the idea
that you can choose to attach
(or detach)
your   self
to any   thing
or place
or person
or idea
Discern
Detach
Downsize

Cary and I were driving up to Jacksonville for Art Walk yesterday and Cary decided to drop some knowledge on my ass while I kept my paws on the wheel and eyes to the road ahead.

Cary explained this intuition: that she felt the art of creating really great metaphors was a much more challenging task, and rare a talent, than may be readily apparent to most.

She then shared this related intuition she harbored:  that, perhaps, it is through this subtle art of metaphor we can most accurately come to learn and gain knowledge about the science and art of the reality that is our Universe.

I know what you are thinking and the answer is, ‘No, she didn’t state these ideas that articulately’ . After all, this is Cary we’re talking about and so let’s not kid ourselves.  Am I right or am I right? 

Of course, I’m right.

I immediately shared her enthusiasm over these intuitions. She drew on her experiences from writing and reading poetry. I mentioned fables, the Bible itself, and then just started to let my mind wander..

I thought maybe the pathways of the planets around suns in solar systems and the make-up of these galaxies we think we perceive in the sky are not unlike those pathways  and the make-up of the protons and electrons around the nuclei of our cells.

Then I thought about how Cary is a metaphor for the universe trying to apprehend it’s own operating principals.

Consciousness intentionally attempting to transcend yet again and gain just enough awareness to reconstruct and recreate revolutionary principles and pathways that will generate more Cary’s and Mary’s, all increasingly eager to understand, navigate, perpetuate, and recreate their own unique reality frames of reference and relation to the universe  in increasingly profitable configurations.

Then I focused back on Cary, then the music, and finally back on the road.

In that order.

I thought about that for a moment, too.

-Devendra Banhart (Song Lyrics: ‘I Remember’)

-Source:  Magic the Gathering card #36   ( Braids, Conjerer Adept)

intended to display that 'we belong to you'
understood as 'we owed you' by us
and  'we were owned by you' by others of you
none of that is necessarily real
but may those of us with the first person experience suggest
to our could have been
would have been
forever Masters
that in the future and for the sake of simplicity and honesty and good will
and posterity
you keep your precious metals and man-made cuts
for your Self
which is to say 
please don't force feed your loan shark loans 
and misleading ideas of ownership and  fruitless notions of possession
 
at least not to us formally freed slaves
don't add insult to injury
 
especially now that our breed is aware
that the interest rate on your pretty rings
can be such  a(n increasingly dependent) Bitch