Saturday, March 17, 2018


Being,       Embodying,       Becoming

Here,         Now,                  This

Beher Emno Beth

Friday, March 16, 2018

A long way beyond

It’s very big out there.
There is an edge to what we are able to see and could ever possibly seein the universe. Light travels at 300,000 kilometers per second (186,000 miles per second). That's top speed in this universe—nothing can go faster—but it's relatively slow compared to the distances to be traveled. The nearest big galaxy to our Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy, is two million light-years away. The most distant galaxies we can now see are 10 or 12 billion light-years away. We could never see a galaxy that is farther away in light travel time than the universe is old—an estimated 14 billion or so years. Thus, we are surrounded by a "horizon" that we cannot look beyond—a horizon set by the distance that light can travel over the age of the universe.  
This horizon describes the visible universe—a region some 28 billion light years in diameter. But what are the horizons of a civilization that inhabits the most distant galaxies we see? And what about galaxies at the limits of their vision? There is every reason to think that the universe extends a long way beyond the part of the universe we can see. In fact, a variety of observations suggest that our visible patch may be a small fraction—maybe an infinitely small fraction—of the whole universe. 

It’s very  deep in here.

poem No Saying
      (An Adaption from Zen Monk Ryōkan

No path leads to an awakening;
No path leads to a destination;

When we see a glimmer
And head straight for it,

It recedes and recedes.
When we seek truth with our heads,

Even if we find good ethics,
We have taken a wrong path.

I cannot say how my path is;
When I describe it,

It falls to pieces

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

afraid of the dark

From The Guardian, May 2011:Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story' (In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence)

An excerpt:
I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he said."I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark," he added.  
Hawking's latest comments go beyond those laid out in his 2010 book, The Grand Design, in which he asserted that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe. The book provoked a backlash from some religious leaders, including the chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, who accused Hawking of committing an "elementary fallacy" of logic..
 Stephen Hawking died today.
BornJanuary 8, 1942, Oxford, United Kingdom
DiedMarch 14, 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom 

what does in mean to be here

What does it mean to ‘be there’? (In German, Dasein, there-being)

What does in mean to be here?
And borrowed from the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813–55) and others –Alienation: Cutting oneself off from the (ontologically) true, unified self.                       (—from, Introducing Heidegger, A Graphic Guide, by Collins and Selina) 
 The notion of racial purity, apologists for Heidegger point out, is not singular to Nazism. A similar pattern of thought, they say, can be found in Jewish history about relations with non-Jewish peoples. The effort to retain Heidegger’s contribution to philosophy travels this route:
"Philosophy is about learning to be aware of problems in your own thinking where you might not have suspected them," said the British philosopher Jonathan Rée about the black notebooks. 
"The best of what Heidegger wrote – indeed the best of philosophy in general – is not an injunction to agree with a proffered opinion, but a plea to all of us to make our thinking more thoughtful."
When notions or ideology tumble into severe political or military activity, there is much both to decide and deride. The deficient and detestable efforts to eliminate those not fitting into your ideology is unjust, cruel, and horrifying. Hitler’s attempts to cleanse Germany, like the attempts in “other” places, is terrifying.
In the past 150 years, tens of millions of men, women and children have lost their lives in genocide or mass atrocities. Millions have been tortured, raped or forced from their homes.The past genocides and mass atrocities described below represent just some of the historic examples that serve to remind us what’s at stake if we let genocide happen again. We must learn, remember and take action to end genocide once and for all.                                     (Cf.
 “Cutting oneself off from the (ontologically) true, unified self,” is the beginning of fear and hatred and killing of the other.

We have to be aware of problems in our own thinking.

We have to make our thinking more thoughtful.

We have to learn how to carefully and caringly feel.

We have, correspondingly, to be here (sei hier).

With-one-another! (miteinander).



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

through night

blizzard mutes maine

the only sound

soft white falling still

Monday, March 12, 2018

mere location

Prayer is relationality with attention to the internexus.

Awareness to what is between is the activity of prayerful intention.

We might not know how to pray, but we can find ourselves in the middle of not knowing with an open heart and open mind.

This mere location is the beginning of the practice of prayer.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

who says I am



a poem

to dwell


who knew so man(y) meanings hide in plain sight

If you think

Government is the problem

You’re probably right