Monday, July 18, 2011

tryin wordpress

maybe this will be batter ?

a funny thing happened on my way to Google+

having just joined a "circle" ~ hey I'll try anything once ~ appreantly all my images a no longer available here = what to do? well there's all ways this:

Asking a good question is better than having a good answer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

unintended consequences and the big uneasy

in the middle of harry shearer’s movie there’s a description of the economics behind the canal they call Mr Go down thair in na-or-lins (New Orleans) and it kudda bin the exact same description of the mortgage backed securities that torpedoed the global economy and it got me to thinkin that maybe it’s not about systemic failure at all but an intrinsic part of our shared humanity.

Ya see this canal was supposed to cut through the rangy way the Mississippi Delta wiggles out to the Gulf and chop a whole buncha nautical miles + time for the barges floatin in an outta there. Trouble is they, the Army Corps of Engineers that iz, hafta dredge it like constantly since it’s dug into soft bottom wet lands that don’t necessarily like to hold their shape. Well, it turns out, it also kinda lets in a whole bunch of salt water too, that kinda kills off the cypress trees that kinda hold the wetlands together that kinda act as a naturally absorbent barrier to the destructive forces of all them hurricanes they have down there ~ but I digress.

What got me going was this statement: (and I paraphrase) “the cost of the canal was spread out among a broad base while the profits accrued to only a few and at the same time all the risks were hidden” ~ which sounded like an exact description of these brilliant financial instruments we all bin hearing so much about since the Fall of ’08.

Now how is it that a nearly identical description could be so fitting for two separately distinct human endeavors? We all know about the greed on Wall Street especially after Michael Douglas told how good it is and all, and systemic failures, and lack of oversight, and the complexities of the modern global economy, and federal jurisdictions vs local control, etc. ~ BUT ~ i wonder now if they aint sum thin a lot more basic and a whole lot less sinister connected with this whole bizzyness and the nature of human creativity?

What I am tryin to get at is this: what if there were some innate flaws in the human psyche that also allows for us to become more “civilized”? And if so maybe we are destine to always be the victims of the unintended consequences of our collective “improvements” to the point where somehow some way it can make perfect sense to go ahead and destroy the village in order to save it?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I dunno how about U ?

These certainly are uncertain times ~ we can be certain of that. maybe we crave certainty because we want to be certain of the things we depend on ~ or maybe we create the illusion of certainty to shield us from the unpredictable nature of nature?

I am certain that everyone will stop at stop lights, not cut in line, use prepositions correctly. I am certain that the ground beneath my feet is solid even tho I live in EaRtHqUaKe country. Certainty certainly seems like a grand illusion now doesn’t it ? ~ yet how can we live without it?

“ah there’s the rub” like our favorite psycho prince says. After I check my remarkably accurate 10 day weather forecast I start my day and start my car.  But if the weather poops out 5 days hence I think, “well the weather is pretty unpredictable ya know” but if my car doesn’t start that morning then, “well . . .

we live in a continuum of nature that has no beginning (unless yer a religious type or a big banger) and no end tho we ~ us hue beans ~ do. unkle george says: someday the earth will just shake us off like a bad case of fleas and at the rate we’re going it’s certainly hard not to see how he’s not right. But the earth, and whatever comes after, will just keep rollin along no madder watt we due ~ we can be certain of that.

Monday, July 4, 2011

connect with your inner landscape

Mismatched vacation pictures intermingled with old letters and restaurant menus with a sprinkle of distant camping trips and family fights thrown in for color. It is more than our view of the world but a skillfully crafted hodgepodge of sensory impressions along with memories and our thoughts and feelings that arise from all of it. This is our inner landscape.

Intriguing, or as the Germans say (at least the ones that eye know), making more curious. Until we have explored a few of the darker nooks and crannies of our personal inner landscape we are hopeless to roam the fields of another. This is why we need to first connect with our own inner landscape in all its seasonal breath taking beauty and the parched heat waves of drought, the sudden terror of floods, or the laconic blessing of our own boredom.

Now is not the time for passivity. Now is the time to go deep and make connections ~ while we still have the chance.