- "One looks, and one does not see, one listens, and one does not hear; one eats, and one does not know the savor of food." -Confucius
- We should come home from far, from adventures, and perils, and new discoveries every day, with new experience and character.
- why does water get 'old?'
- I survive by keeping my thoughts on high things...
- Never hesitate at a gap in a fence
- My body will find its home, if its master shall forsake it, as the hand finds its way to the mouth without assistance.
- Its hard to write thoughts, for i can never tell what to put first, as it kills me; and then there is spelling to be attended to at the same time!!!
- 'by george'
- Our agreeable set of rules, called etiquette and politeness.
- This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space.
- Why should i feel lonely?? Is our planet not in the milky way??
- Men are generally still afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced.
- Why do you look at what is always to be seen? Will tou merely be a reader, student or a seer? Or will you read your fate, see what is before you, and walk on into futurity?
- Not all books are as dull as their readers.
- We are a race of tit-men. and sour but little higher in our intellectual flights than the columns of the daily paper. -thoreau
- Any man will go out of his way to pick up a silver dollar; but here are golden words, which the wisest men have uttered, yet we learn to read only as far as easy reading.
- We must laboriously seek the meaning of each word and line...
- Time is but the stream i go fishing in. I drink by it, and while i drink and gaze and catch glimpse of the sandy bottom i detect how shallow it is.
- We are all a slush of opinion, prejudice, tradition, delusion, appearance and alluvion which covers the globe.
- Why should we live with such a hurry and waste of life?
- Few are the ears that hear it, and even fewer are the ears of those who understand it.
- Earnestly live life, from beginning to end.
- There is a disturbing part of society that puts greater emphasis on fashionability, or at the least clean and un-patched clothes, than to have a sound conscience.
- Men have no time to be anything but machine...
- Why should we begin digging our graves as soon as we are born?
“In disputes upon moral or scientific points,” Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, “let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”
He offers what he calls “the best antidote [for the] tendency to caricature one’s opponent”: a list of rules formulated decades ago by the legendary social psychologist and game theorist Anatol Rapoport, best-known for originating the famous tit-for-tat strategy of game theory. Dennett synthesizes the steps:
How to compose a successful critical commentary:
Do you know what I learned from writing [How We Die], if I learned nothing else? The more personal you are willing to be and the more intimate you are willing to be about the details of your own life, the more universal you are… And when I say universal, I don’t mean universal only within our culture… There’s a lot of balderdash thrown around — “You don’t understand people who live in Sri Lanka and their response to the tsunami because you just don’t know that culture.”
When you recognize that pain — and response to pain — is a universal thing, it helps explain so many things about others, just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other people’s behavior. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It essentially tells you what everybody needs. You know what everybody needs? You want to put it in a single word?
Be kind for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden.
Everybody needs to be understood.
Nature works as a whole
The Holistic Management is based on the premise that human beings, their environment and their economy are an inseparable unity. At the heart of this approach lies a simple testing process that allows decisions that simultaneously consider the ecological, economic and social issues, both short and long term.
Let's turn to the high point
of our consumerism.
Let me take a drink...
Some of it
I am regularly drinking it,
I must admit it.
But are we aware that
when we buy a cappuccino -
from 'Starbucks', we also buy
quite a lot of ideology.
You know when you enter
a 'Starbucks' store -
it's usually always displayed
in some posters there, -
their message which is:
Yes our cappuccino is more
expensive than others -
but - and then
comes the story:
We give one percent of
all our income to some -
to keep them healthy.
For the water supply
for some Sahara farmers, -
or to save the forests, to enable
organic growing coffee...
Now I admire the ingeniosity
of this solution.
In the old days of
pure simple consumerism -
you bought a product
and then you felt bad.
My God, I'm just
a consumerist -
while people are
starving in Africa.
So the idea was you had to
do something to counteract -
your pure distractive
For example, I don't know,
you contribute -
to charity and so on.
What 'Starbucks' enables you
is to be a consumerist and -
be a consumerist without
any bad conscience -
because the price
for the counter measure, -
for fighting consumerism -
is already included into
the price of a commodity.
Like you pay a little bit more
and you are not just -
a consumerist but you do also
your duty towards environment -
the poor starving people in
Africa and so on and so on.
It's, I think, the ultimate
form of consumerism.
"Let's take the English riots of august 2011. The standard liberal explanation really sounds like - a repetition of 'Officer Krupke' song. We cannot just condemn this riot as delinquent vandalism. You have to see how these people live in practically ghettos - isolated communities - no proper family life, no proper education.
They don't even have a prospect of a regular employment.
But this is not enough because man is not simply - a product of objective circumstances.
We all have this margin of freedom in deciding - how we subjectivise these objective circumstances - which will of course determine us. How we react to them by constructing our own universe. The conservative solution is we need more police.
We need courts, which pass severe judgements. I think this solution is too simple. If I listen closely to some of David Cameron's statements - it looked as if ok, they are beating people, - burning houses, but the truly horrible thing is - that they were taking objects without paying for them. The ultimate things that we can imagine. In a very limited way, Cameron was right - there was no ideological justification.
It is the reaction of people who are totally caught into - the predominant ideology
but have no ways to realise - what this ideology demands of them so it's kind of - a wild acting out within this ideological space of consumerism.
Even if we are dealing with apparently - totally non-ideological
brutality, - I just want to burn houses, to get objects. It is the result of a very specific
social and ideological - constellation where big ideology, striving for justice - equality etc, disintegrates.
The only functioning ideology is pure consumerism - and then no wonder what you
get as a form of protest. Every violent acting out is a sign that - there is something you are not able to put into words. Even the most brutal violence is the enacting - of a certain symbolic deadlock."
The Green Infrastructure Foundation is currently fund raising for the next phase of this ambitious program - the Living Architecture Performance Tool Program. I am super excited about this and hope that LEED and other building performance methods continue to incorporate and award more "points" and tools for living architecture.
Over the last two decades, thousands of building owners and professionals have been incorporating and increasing number of vegetative technologies on building envelops and within the interiors of new and existing structures. Voluntary standards such as the USGBC’s LEED programs and more recently Sustainable Sites, combined with a variety of local government public policies have supported the growth of these ‘living architecture‘ technologies.
Living architecture is a subset of green infrastructure that may be defined by the integration of inorganic, non-living structures with organic, living structures for superior ecological, social and economic performance. Living architecture currently includes well known technologies such as green (vegetative) roofing systems, green facades, living walls, and living machines. There are multiple performance benefits provided by living architecture technologies which cut across social, economic and ecosystem domains. The complexity of their performance benefits is both a strength, and a weakness.
This lack of a comprehensive framework of clear performance benefit metrics for Living Architecture threatens their long term application to green buildings and sustainable sites thereby jeopardizing the many benefits they provide building owners and the broader community.
The focus of the LAPT is to develop consensus-based performance criteria and metrics for all major types of living architecture, beginning initially with green roofs and green facades, and then in later phases incorporating other technologies which integrate living and non-living building systems.
For more information about this program please contact:
Steven W. Peck, Board Member, (416) 971 4494 ext. 233 and view their website here.
Feminism is not a rule book, but it is a discussion, a conversation, a process.
Be unapologetically present.
Some truth and inspiration from my favorite Zen Pencils!
I have been to Paul Gyodo's meditation classed in Boulder a few times, but not as often as I should, or would like to. I do get his weekly emails to his Zen Group: Boulder Zen Meditation and there is always some amazing themes, and ideas to ponder...This one I received from him this week particularly stayed with me, and I wanted to share it. Check out the Boulder Zen Mediation Group Meetup by clicking here.
"I'm finding myself in conversation these days with more and more people who are sincerely seeking a connection with their deeper selves. After two and a half millennia, the observations of Siddhartha Gautama, whom we call the historical Buddha, still ring true.
His basic observation was that our "normal" way of understanding ourselves and our world is conditioned in such a way that we can never be truly satisfied, due to the way we constantly push away what we do not like, and crave what we don't have or want more of (usually pleasure and security). The resulting attachments keep us from the Present, where real joy, power, love and equanimity reside.
Unfortunately, our conditioned understandings are baked within our subconscious, and they crucially affect our taste of the world. How can we un-bake our experience? Simply by paying attention to our lives moment by moment.
A member of the group shared with me a principle he uses in his counseling work: he says people need to go from the mind of "What If?" to the mind of "What Is". I like this very much. So much of our lives are spent living out some story of how we think things are and how we can make them better for ourselves; planning courses of action, even words you will say, to make matters work out your way. But it is all based on speculation and ideas. How often has the future ever conformed to what you thought was going to happen? Maybe.... never?
Actually, I like it even better if instead of saying "What Is", we say "What Is?" Cultivate the mind of "What Is?" When we approach the world with total curiosity and openness, things unfold in very surprising ways. At work, at home, with family, with intimate partners (especially with intimate partners!), to listen without prejudging can radically shift the way you experience your life.
This of course is just another way of looking at Dharma Gates, which we spoke about last week. "Dharma gates are omnipresent; I vow to enter and experience them." From the feedback I got, that discussion really resonated with a lot of people.
It is liberating to view your life with the attitude that everything that arises to your awareness can be a gateway to a deeper sense of self. Even sadness, confusion, discomfort. When you are sad, be sad; when confused, be confused. Feel what is going on in your body with curiosity, but without judgement. If you don't add anything to it, or spin out your story about how your feelings arose and how you can make them "better".... you will step into a very lively world. " - Paul Gyodo
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