Monthly Archives: February 2011

Thoughts about the ‘grasping reflex’ and the importance of learning to ungrasp

There is something which I often call the ‘Grasping Reflex’.   This is basically the tendency we all have to grasp for things in life.  Through this reflex we as if grasp out into life and take hold of it.  Through … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the glorification of rioting and rebellion and the problem of the concept of ‘people’ in democratic thinking

There is a common misconception in democratic thinking.  Basically, it’s this idea that if the ‘people’ rebel or riot it’s for always for a good cause and because the people are right.  In democracy there is this mistaken notion that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on cold war thinking and how it is out dated

Way back during the cold war the US developed particular patterns of thinking.  These patterns reflected the times and the situation of the times.  They were relevent then and had a truth, at least from the American point of view.  … Continue reading

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A disapointing gloom is cast upon me

A disapointing gloom is cast upon me an image set too high . . . fell with a crash that yearning, that desiring want, frustrated and dissatisfied oh how I’ve been led off the track, given a wrong direction I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the origin of the ‘ruffle’ and tie in fashion

The origin of the ‘ruffle’ and tie in fashion is interesting. In the 1500’s it became popular, particularly in Germany, to wear two layers of cloth.  The outer cloth was usually thick, colored, and often had design work on it.  … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the ‘false calm’ – learning to live with oneself

I have found that many people seem to be calm people.  This has always made me skeptical.  Something always told me that this is not quite what it appears. From my experience ‘calm’ is more than a calming of emotions, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Catholic monks tonsure

The Catholic monks tonsure is an unusual thing, I always thought.  It made me wonder what it was and why it was done.  You never see it nowadays but, at one time, it was widespread. The Catholic monks tonsure represents the … Continue reading

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Confronting the wall of existence

Confronting the wall of existence . . . I do fear the terror! . . . the terror! ever knowing that somber truth whistling so in the breeze crying out to me in anguished tone: “exist! . . .  exist!” the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on what I call ‘strained speech’, I guess a form of poetry

Over the years a style of speech has appeared in me.  I often call it the ‘strained speech’.  It’s a product of my experience in contemplation.  It appeared, as if from nowhere.  When it appeared it had a quality of … Continue reading

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A smoky mist catches my eye

A smokey mist catches my eye  what luminous depth! entrancing . . . mystifying a solid volume I behold oh, the mesmorizing delight turning away, I can only return the mysterious hunger of want and of need chases me to the one … Continue reading

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