There are two things in life that we confuse. Values and character. Values are what make us do what we do. They are freely chosen. They require acts of will to attain fruition in deeds. Then there is character which has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with how you are seen by others and by yourself.
That’s the question that dogs me after putting up this post. I have always been a partisan of community and of new cities. Fifty years worth of energy has been expended writing about the dangers of continued allegiance to oil and the car. Speaking of which traffic jams are now news with the length of a jam the headline. China had one exceeding 60 miles. LA wonders if it can beat China.
Charity raises what can be a most ugly head. We have the most shabby information when it comes to understanding charity and how it relates to capitalism and how the two create a world in which the result is benign genocide. That is my thesis BTW. It wants some proving I will admit. The surface remains unscratched.
I cannot for the life of me understand how I could have written about Obama for years and never had one personal encounter with the Obama folk. That is a recurrent theme because it asks the question what side am I on. I am one of the privileged. I live in the metropole of metropoles. I have freedom of speech. I should be grateful. I should be thankful. And I should be under no illusions about which side I am on.
But I do not feel on the side that I came from. Nor do I have the gall to pose as if I do not come from that side. So I do the only thing I can do. Put words out that advocate as I believe that the goal of existence is to realize the universality that is in us all. Ultimately we are on no side. We are one.
When we fail Abba succeeds. I wonder if Abba will smile if and when we consign the entire world to economic disaster. It will not be pretty and it will not bring out the best in us. It would be vastly better to limp forward without a crisis of such proportions.
- We Will Not Win the War on Terror Until it is Not War (stephencrose.wordpress.com)
- Abba Was in the First Ape Who Cried (stephencrose.wordpress.com)
- Three Windows on Williams College in the 1950s (stephencrose.wordpress.com)
If we can all be said to be philosophers, my philosophy is one in which the words realist and idealist are prominent. I am never quite sure what either means but I know they are not dualist or nominalist and that is good enough for me. In essence I am a universalistic quasi-mystic iconoclast which I suspect is close to the norm. Why shouldn’t it be. After all, we are human and to be human, I believe, means that we come with universalism as our default and we also come with ontological values which are the default. These inner realities, they might be seen as a spark of life, get skewed by what the Bible calls principalities and powers whose weapons include division (dualism) and obfuscation. All this is pretty obvious and not far from where many are. So why write it. Only to quest for a bit of clarity as we survey the wall of stuff out there.
What is interesting to me is the spectrum of consciousness whereby a person who might become fearful and even paranoid in one setting would be completely at ease in another. I tend to feel that the more we begin building from the ground up the society which is more face to face, more trusting and more integral, the more hope can be kindled. The matrix we are in now needs to be shaken a bit so that something new can take its place. Something greener and more environmentally savvy. Something fairer. Something more attuned to the values of Abba’s way.
One evening when he was sitting quite alone in a large room in the bowels of the Independence, he watched as what appeared to be a family walked through the far entrance. The light was neither dark nor bright. It was an odd place for anything momentous.
Dualism divides everything into twos. Thinking naturally moves to threes unless one has been convinced that there are never more than two options and that there is no way forward.
From a growing archive filed as Obama Diary.
Could Brian Schweitzer Have Been Obama’s VP? Flashback to 2008 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com: “Does Barack Obama have a Western Strategy for winning the 2008 Presidential election? Yes he sees the West as winnable and he is campaigning there in earnest. But I’m talking about something larger.”
New Yorker Cover Savages Obama July 2008 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com: “The notion that it is satire to portray the Obamas this way is disingenuous and ultimately false.”
McCain was Doomed Well Before He was Nominated in 2008 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com: “McCain may not end up being nominated. I am not saying the odds are 50/50 but they are moving in that direction. The reason is simple. The man is outdoing Hillary Clinton in underestimating his opponent.”