Saturday, June 30, 2018

no, why

I live

I die

I wonder


Friday, June 29, 2018

when nothing seems right


No matter how many no’s.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

mixed blessing

Monk, mystic, maniacal fool!

This is what is required today.

Pray for the grace to be an idiot in service to compassion and forgiveness, acceptance and radical complexity consciousness.

And may all cynical power sluts be retired from their offensive offices!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

don't believe, see

Roethke wrote, "In a dark time the eye begins to see."

If so, now is the time to open eyes.

watch your


1. Recognize that which is wrong.
2. Receive the reality as it is.
3. Respond with transformation from within.
4. Retrieve what is good.
5. Give up all hope of exterior reality changing.
6. Practice enlightenment.
7. Embody practice.

it's us

Scholars say -- yes, this is America.

Not much has changed. We're still prejudiced. Still phobic about folks from away.

So, we find a cushion, bow, sit, and observe breath. Maybe someone reads a psalm or Panikkar or Rohr.

We read, pause, think, dialogue, and say thank you.

The really hard work of democracy is moving through anger and depression to pragmatic creativity.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding

through the night
                       (a haiku for Richard S.)

first watch, sailor so-
los, eight bells topside, logging
journey together

                            [26june18, after death of wife Nancy S. 3 days earlier]

Monday, June 25, 2018

asked of us today

Interesting relationship between fear and bureaucracy.
MS. TIPPETT: I'm Krista Tippett and this is On Being. Today with literary historian Lyndsey Stonebridge, exploring the present-day resonance of the 20th-century thinker Hannah Arendt. Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” in her 1963 book about the Jerusalem trial of Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann.
[music: “Dance of Death” by Andrew Bird
MS. TIPPETT: So one of her famous phrases is the “banality of evil,” which was an observation she made about Eichmann, and that was controversial. But you said something about the bureaucratization, which was part of that banality, a refuge for — instead of thinking, you are part of the system, and you follow the rules, and you enact the rules. 
And again, I really would not compare Eichmann to anyone alive right now in full, but the revulsion and the sense of alienation people all over the place have from bureaucracy, which in our age is globalized, right? The way the phrase “the government” will be received in many places in the U.S., the way the phrase “the E.U.” is received in England, there are echoes of something that goes wrong in human societies that were still with us or we’re feeling again. I don’t know. 
MS. STONEBRIDGE: One of the first things Arendt did when she finally got to New York, one of her first jobs was to help edit Kafka’s diaries. You remember the story of The Castle, the stranger — it’s certainly a migrant story. The stranger arrives in a new place, he comes for work, and then he can’t work out what’s going on, and he can’t settle, and he’s blocked by this bureaucracy that no one understands. 
Anyone who’s worked with refugees or migrants in the last ten years will know all too well K’s experience as he tries to make good on the offer of work for the castle. I think it’s very interesting that she actually chose that. She chose it because it resonated with her experience. But it goes back to the earlier conversation. I suppose the more we become fearful for what we call life, the more we try to bureaucratize to keep other people out, the worse it gets. And also with the logic that is no logic. That’s the other thing. It’s the capricious nature of bureaucracy. If I think about the E.U. 
MS. TIPPETT: Even well-meaning bureaucracy takes on these dehumanizing characteristics. 
MS. STONEBRIDGE: Well, this is the very interesting. Exactly. Humanitarianism is a very good example of — how do we administer for human life? And once you start to administer human life, you have very difficult decisions to make. And before you know it, you are in a situation where you’re running very close to not committing atrocities but getting very, very close to causing harm rather than doing good.
(--Lyndsey Storebridge, The Moral World in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now, On Being with Krista Tippett)
Is it better to be organized well? Or to face the fear uncertainty brings?

What of the alternative? The person wishing to destroy everything and replace it with a cult of individual personality wherein nothing matters but the appeal of the person at center of attention?

The choice is earthshaking.

Perhaps the compromise is to give to no one the power to dictate your life. Not a person, not an organization, not a congregation of other individuals (demos) whose opinions coalesce into popular custom and habit.

As I said, a significant and earthshaking choice.

Asked of us today.

while sitting in a blue chair in my home

68.5 million people, worldwide, are displaced. (Interfaith Voices) 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

what I am here to do.

We connect with words.
Rama Kandra: Karma's a word. Like "love." A way of saying "what I am here to do." I do not resent my karma - I'm grateful for it. (The Matrix)
They help our thinking.