“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
― Robert M. Pirsig
The din of a thousand words echoing
decrying each other’s faults
criticizing each other’s actions
feeding on the blood they sense in the wind
on the water
at their feet.
Yet in their mirrorless existences
for they cannot see their reflections
and will not reflect on their thoughts
except when echoed by others.
Unkind? Unjust? Unfair?
Perhaps only human
for am I not committing the sin
by naming it
by blaming it
by shaming it?
I will uncover my looking glass
and gaze into the water
and reflect on myself
and change from within
and evolve from without
and resolve to be kind
— G A Rosenberg
“If only humans see humans
The same way artists see artworks,
Everybody is beautiful.”
— Jerico Silvers
I love going to art museums. The art is a source of constant inspiration. Lately in addition to the pictures, I have developed a new interest in the galleries. I love to watch the people looking at art.
I see the serious and thoughtful art students studying pieces they have seen only in books in rapt fascination.
I see others obviously bored looking at their phones and wishing they were anywhere else but even they will occasionally be grabbed by a particular painting or two. It is as if a new light shines in their eyes.
I see kids running and playing being herded by their parents and overly patient boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives somewhat vicariously enjoying their loved ones expressed interest. Each person is a work of art and study in contrasting emotion and mood. Each worthy of at least a passing glance.
“Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”
― C.G. Jung
I wrote the following in response to a post by someone expressing their doubts about Astrology. I have read many arguments for and against the validity of Astrology and I find that often my chart when done by someone who is knowledgeable and intuitive gives me some remarkable insights both into myself and the cycles that I am currently going through:
From the point of view of hard science, astrology should not work. It is based on placement and shapes of constellations from quite a long time ago that don’t hold true. Vedic Astrology is a bit better in this regard from my understanding.
However, astrology and predictions (readings) from professional astrologers hits true much more often than random chance and statistics would have it.
I believe that this may be true because of the collective belief in astrology that each planet’s placement at any particular time has consistent meanings and consistent relationships with other planets. This collective belief has magically reshaped reality enough that you can look at someone’s chart and gain some insight into their personality and behaviours and be able to look at their chart in relationship to current positions and gain insight into the cycles that they are going through.
Newspaper horoscopes on the other hand tend to hold as much relationship to people’s lives as the average fortune cookie.
“The more you reason the less you create.”
— Raymond Chandler
I am sitting down so I will not stand to reason. If not unhinged, I have the hinges on my mind reversed so that it opens outward to let the tired thoughts out. Soon I may be empty and yet I still feel stuffed. Inner residue of lost dreams parade as they head towards the exit. Some are louder than others but then there are always those last few guests that stay just a little too long at any party. At least one or two have helped carry out the empties and swept up a bit tho the lights are still on and the DJ is still putting away his equipment. Once all is silent something new may grow from the emptiness. Perhaps a poem or image will work its way through. Tomorrow I shall be open again to new thoughts but tonight’s endeavours are at an end. Farewell coherence, you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.
“Live fast, die old, and make very sure everyone knows you were there.”
— Alan Cox
There is something to be said for fame or even infamy but when its all over I would rather be like the wind. Most people only recognize the wind in passing tho they may feel thankful for the cool breeze. Others may find the wind overwhelming as a storm topples buildings and trees remarkable not for itself but for the reminder that little is permanent. The wind communicates music and whispers of those who are close to us. The wind lifts up kites and occasionally hopes. People need not know I was there as long as for some I made a difference.
“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”
What do the words choice, responsibility, authenticity, and fate mean to you? At a personal level?
Choice- Something I make every moment of every day.
I am responsible and accountable for the choices I make and their consequences. I may bitch about the results all I want. I can rationalize how my choices were inevitable given my upbringing, my culture etc yet especially at the point of life I am at now. I am responsible for recognizing how much each of those things play into my choices.
Fate is the pattern of our lives. It is the path of least resistance and can be altered.
The more my choices and words reflect my true self, beyond influences of my past or my culture or even my mood, the more I am being authentic.
There is a word in there that you missed, – Accountable.
It is close to responsibility but not quite the same.
When we screw up our choices for any of the above reasons, we still have to say “I screwed up” and try to make it right if possible or at least own up to it. We can’t merely hide it away or blame it on ways we have been abused etc. These are our choices. We have made them. To blame them on anyone or anything else is to give away our power.