While sitting zazenAs breeze brushes branch and leaf
Earth alive whispers
Heidegger begins his “Letter on Humanism” by noting that our notion of action is too often narrowly thought in terms of cause and effect. Consequently, the human being is conceived as only an acting agent. By action or activity one simply means the power to cause an effect—i.e., a causality. As such, the value we attach to any being or activity is construed only in terms of utility, that is to say, what an act does or can do for a particular end or purpose. Action in this sense is merely a means toward the actualization of mechanical, utilitarian ends. According to Heidegger, we are in the habit of thinking of action within the heteronomy of means-ends, a habit whose genealogy can be traced in the evolution of the idea of making-actual from ενεργεια (energeia) to actualitas to Wirklichkeit, and so forth. One recalls here Hegel’s famous dictum: “Action is the clearest revelation of the individual, of his temperament as well as his aims—what a man is at bottom and in his inmost being comes into actuality only by his action” (See Hegel, Aesthetics, Vol 1, p. 219).
(--from, Be Late. A blog by Paul Nadal, Thinking Being Human: Notes on Heidegger’s “Letter on Humanism" https://belate.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/heidegger-letter-on-humanism/Whatever the explanation, I'm tired. I understand the Pope is in the United States. I hope he has a good time. He seems a thoughtful and kindly fellow.
In the realm of reality we have so much to strive for, so much conflict, so much complexity. In actuality we have nothing, there is nothing to achieve, there is the simplicity of nonexistence.
Where we have the illusion of living is in reality, and where we appear to have nonexistence is in actuality, but where we have actual life is in what is next. We are neither the construction of the relative reality nor the nonexistence of the actual, but the crackling release of quantum potential, the fact of manifestation, the relentless energetic movement of becoming.
The quantum expression is the actual come alive, an acausal, aqualitative occurrence. If we are to live fully in this new actualism, we must first abandon any belief in reality as we have known it by abandoning belief itself, and our belief in belief is anchored in the superstition that the known tells us what is next. This belief in the known is reinforced because we reside in reality, which is known, and in reality, the known informs us what is next, because what is next is more of what we know. The belief in the known, the belief in belief, cannot step outside what it knows. Once outside the known, we must face that all our beliefs and all of what we know tell us nothing at all about an acausal universe.
(--p.66, in What's Next After Now? Post-Spirituality and the Creative Life, by Steven Harrison)Pope Francis talked about Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.
(in ancient Greece) a person who received
free meals in return for amusing or impudent
conversation, flattering remarks, etc. 1530-40;
Latin parasītus < Greek parásītos one who
eats at another’s table, orig. adj.:
feeding beside, equivalent to para-
para-1+ sît (os) grain,food + -os adj. suffix
(--Dictionary.com)How we go on.