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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Too Big to Fail

Please first view Clip from American football-related movie Concussion (in link here)


The psychological drive for invulnerability is a huge influence in human affairs.  The wonder of paradox is its glaringly counter-intuitive nature.  The more resources—The Bigger they are—can be an express ticket not to “Better” but to Disaster.  A resource from this point of view can be considered money, status, muscle, market position, credentials, or even self-confidence.  The race of the Turtle and the Hare is a template for innumerable hard and decidedly unromantic lessons of life.

A central lesson of Christianity is that humility is mightier than arrogance.  As that translates in science it means that hypotheses are tentative and subject to verification.

We are all too familiar with the phrase “Too Big to Fail.”  We should be warned that this denies the texture, complexity, and paradoxical forces of life.

Those versed in Scripture appreciate the “horizontal” person-to-person aspect of life and the “vertical” nature of our relationship with God.  Thus, relationships with other humans can be sketched out in a continuum from absolute preoccupation with self on one extreme to unconditional denial of self and affirmation of others on the other.  Jesus suggests a balance in his affirmation that we are to love others as ourselves.  This view of justice is not complete however since it assumes a totally Godly nature of the societal status quo—it assumes that possession is 9/10s of the law whereas in truth wealth creation can be ridiculously unrelated to the distribution thereof.  It is at this point that believers join to prayerfully seek the Lord’s will.


When viewing movie Concussion, note the Christian/democratic/disciplined arts and sciences approach of absolute loving particular note how the doctor lovingly addresses his deceased subjects--this approach participates in our Creator"s great love for us--the only true wonder open to objectivity.   After the movie, sit through the credits and be humbled by the vast number of creators involved and their abundance of disciplined gifts.
(Movie Trailer below).


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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Long Tracks of Organic Memory and Allied Inorganic Technology

Recognizing the Bitter-Sweet Keepsakes of Whistle Stop Townships:

(Link to edited clip from classic movie Fried Green Tomatoes)


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rocky Mountain Highs

Patriots tend to focus on freedom as having a governmental attribute often characterized with tribute to the many who have suffered and died to protect and defend nation-state democracies. The homeland is ultimately underwritten domestically by the application of the Sword of the State which identifies and curtails hurtful anti-social behavior that has been duly codified.

During my stay at Saint Anthony's Hospital this week, I complimented the attending Registered Nurse (Don) for his thoughtfulness and proactive courtesies shown to my friends who occasionally stopped by to visit me. He immediately replied with a question…"You know why?" When I shook my head “No", he replied, “FREEDOM"  He could see I was searching for further clarification, and he said “My manager (Jackie) gives me the freedom to do such things.”  I knew immediately what this meant.

For like many others who would joyfully serve up their very best in expansive fields of sunlit uplands, we can find ourselves instead crawling through a maze of  dank Indiana Jones underground caverns whose floors seethe with angry scorpions ready to fire cocked-and-loaded stingers when incited by the perverted and overweening pleasure of the self-appointed masters of the universe.  

This condition is rightly seen as heavily toxic to the divinely solocitous and creative better angels of our nature. Their thuswise crippled performance serve to remind us of the huge importance that due regard suffuse a structure with persistent self-constraint and humility (power under control) necessary to nourish a ruddy social climate of freedom and responsibility--intertwining the wonder of paradox with the interwoven mystic chords of soul.  

The larger point to make is that freedom's enterprising spirit should extend to the maximum extent possible.   What's the point of living in a free nation-state if  chained daily by cruel circumstance to a local workplace satiated with poisonous sadism thinly disguised as no-nonsense tough-as-nails management.  Surely by now we humans should see through this deception which finds no joy but in the desecration of human hope and happiness.