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In my Inbox today came a note from a long-time friend, passing along something received from a loved one overseas who is living, day to day, in a region that has taken several hard hits by suicide bombings, which I humbly offer for your consideration:
Or, as my hubby as oft been known to chide:
Hurumph!!! Can you imagine that??? My message... "too long"!!! And here I thought I was being succinct, getting expediently to the point -- albeit in a leisurely and meandering sort of way. But still...
The idiographic truth of the inherent contradiction stood out. That is, what good does it do to have a "public forum board" upon which the length of comments is limited...??? And even if some potential measure of good could be derived by, for example, prohibiting a certain class of posts, the prohibited class was being defined only by "quantity" -- which is entirely unrelated to "quality" -- and the whole concept of "prohibition" and/or the "limiting of the free expression of thought" is in direct contradiction of the fundamental tenets upon which the Internet was originated and shall, if we are wise about it, continue to prosper and grow.
Yet to grow the harvest we prefer, we've got to annihilate our own acquiescence to "going along with" the marketing propaganda that defines such "limitations" as "an improvement" of services. I mean, come on... We know better than this, don't we???
Yet what do we do...???
Well, for one thing we could choose (for example) to ONLY post to forum boards where no such limitations were permitted and/or where posters to a group have authority to set the limitations for their group alone (see: Gozarks Community Forum) -- which may also be the case in the initially referenced forum, but about this I do not know.
What I do know is that, In the bigger picture, we are capable to act to strengthen the mettle of our collaborative (virtual and corporeal) existence by never choosing to "settle for less than the best." Which of course raises the question: "What is best..." Which of course raises the only "real" answer, which is that both no one and every one knows.
But of course I'm digressing (Hurumph!!! My post was TOO LONG!!!), as I'm oft known to do. So I'll meander back on topic, which is Critical Thinking, which was the subject of the response I intended to post to the forum which chose to limit my expression of critical thought, which in its entirety read:
I agree with Willy, that "Critical
thinking requires us to move beyond egocentric attitudes and
Woodpeckers Must Go...!!!
I wish I could read the artist's signature on the above image, which was emailed to me by a Bee Branch (AR) friend, so I could write a personal note, thanking him or her, for putting into picture form just exactly how I feel about so much of what has been going on around me in that huge thing called life.
And I was equally taken with the note that came with the image. It read:
Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark... One: Don't miss the boat. Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat. Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark. Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. Six: Build your future on high ground. Seven: For safety sake, travel in pairs. Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. Nine: When you're stressed, float a while. Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals. Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting..
That is, doesn't it seem to you that this note contains the instructions for solving the problem depicted in the picture...?
Also from the guy who sent this, came a recent edition of an email newsletter he subscribes to that talked about the "Harmonic Concordance" marked by the occurrence of a particular "6-pointed star" astrologic pattern in the skies known as a Grand Sextile.
Interestingly, according to widespread mythological belief and spiritual principle, the six-pointed star represents harmony and union of the masculine and feminine energies. And the appearance of this symbol on the galactic stage from an earth-bound view signifies the beginning of a "state of balance."
According to Christiane Northrup, a "Grand Sextile has never been seen before in recorded history, and is being called the Harmonic Concordance by John Mirehiel, to link it with its ceremonial predecessor, the Harmonic Convergence of 1987."
Now when I read this, it really brought back some memories. That is, in 1987 I was rather involved with a bunch of Harmonic Convergence stuff.
The Harmonic Convergence was, depending on how you choose to see it, discovered or invented by Jose Arguelles, a Boulder Colorado writer and art historian. Also a student of ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures, Arguelles popularized the "convergence" idea that human (and all other) life evolves in somewhat predictable cycles which are governed by a sort of "universal intelligence" and organized to elevate "consciousness" and "awareness" to increasingly higher, deeper, broader, and yet more specifically focused spectrums of "being."
As Arguelles told it, the Harmonic Convergence of 1987 was a "portal" type of event when extra "meta (intellectual, spiritual, physical) energy" would pour into our solar system and, in essence, enable us humans to quantum-leap into a new dimension of destiny.
Now though I did not personally buy-in to all of what Arguelles depicted (for example, he sees the "universal intelligence" as "alien life forms" and I see this divine guidance as God), I know enough about science and physics to know that a lot of what he was saying about cycles and evolution, and even ancient cultures was true. But I digress...
Because the point I was wanting to make here is: On his website, John Mirehiel links last week's intense solar flare activity as a kind of galactic trumpeting, heralding an announcement that greater things are to come. "Like its spiritual ancestor, the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, the Harmonic Concordance of 2003 also is a call to the Spirit of humankind to awaken to the idea that we are, in fact, spiritual beings sharing a physical experience."
And according to the folks who have convened themselves as experts of such studies, this galactic window of opportunity commenced November 8 and culminates with a solar eclipse on November 23. Now the question... What am I going to do with this information? Is it going to influence the stuff I do in my day-to-day???
Yes, and no.
That is, I will definitely (choose to) be more intensely aware of the fact that we have the makings of a wonderful, beautiful, convivial planet here, keeping myself focused on "doing it" (aka: being wonderful, beautiful and convivial all the time), but this is already my prime directive, so that won't really involve any significant change in my routine.
And along with the gal who wrote the
newsletter about the Harmonic
Wishing all of us a life worth living, filled with all those things we prefer, desire, wholeheartedly celebrate and richly deserve to enjoy.
PS: My top pick for a site to digest this week: Veterans For Common Sense.
PPS: WOODPECKERS MUST GO!!!!!!!!
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