Saturday, April 19, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 169

Anything But

On Institutions And The Individual

Any environment tends to be imperceptible to its users and occupants except to the degree that counter-environments are created by the artist.
Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me

Any large company composed of wholly admirable persons has the morality and
intelligence of an unwieldy, stupid, and violent animal. The bigger the
organization, the more unavoidable is its immorality and blind stupidity.
...without freedom there can be no morality.
C. G. Jung

"Know all men [sic] by these presents, that I, Henry Thoreau, do not wish to be regarded as a member of any incorporated society which I have not joined." This I gave
to the town clerk, and he has it. The State, having thus learned that I did not
wish to be regarded as a member of that church, has never made a like demand on
me since; though it said that it must adhere to its original presumption that
time. If I had known how to name them, I should then have signed off in detail
from all the societies which I never signed on to; but I did not know where to
find a complete list.
Henry Thoreau

We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system.
Charles Bukowski
(thanks to Maria Popova)

We are designed, coded, it seems, to place the highest priority on being individuals, and we must do this first, at  whatever cost, even if it means disability for the group.

This is surely the driving idea behind democracy, and it is astonishing that the system works at all, let alone well. The individuaI is the real human treasure, and only when he [sic] has been cultivated to full expression of his selfness can he become of full value to society.
Lewis Thomas
The Medusa And The Snail

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 168

Along The Way

The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.
C. G. Jung

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 167

Nuggets Dark And Bright

I am a vain fellow, and have a great many ideas
on all sorts of subjects, and like to put them into words and harass the human
race with them.
H.L. Mencken

Such as Women's issues in an abundance economy, Nutsy Land, and fun with Death!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 166

Confronted By The Turn

I taught them all my creating, and striving to create, and carry together into one what in man is fragment, and riddle, and dreadful accident. As creator, guesser of riddles and redeemer of accidents, I taught them to work on the future, and redeem with their creation all that has been.
Nietzsche’s Zarathustra

The new reality being invisible... leading industrial technology's everyday, working reality into the ultra- and infra- visible- the macrophysical and the microatomic,
electronic, metallurgically alloying chemically reacting micriobiologically,
astrophysically exploring ranges of the electromagnetic wave-spectrum of
Universe. And 99.9% of these very real activities are non-directly
apprehensible by the bare human senses and are practically discovered and coped
with only through powerful macro-micro operative instruments.
Buckminster Fuller

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 165

Juking The Orthodoxies

The newborn infant synchronizes body-movements to speech used around her or him... speech is a body-process to the child... the name is in no way distinguished in the child's mind from the thing or event itself. The name enters into logical feedback as a component part of the event, exactly as its smell, taste, touch, and sight do.... a physical response of musculature... the child's thought process is his physical action... by adulthood, the movements have become microkinetic, discernable only by instrumentation, but nevertheless clearly detectable....

...Talking out one's world is frowned on as the communicative, rather than identifying aspects of language are stressed and expected. Along with a continually growing demand for conformity is a demand for silence, unless communication is intended...  ... so the talking out of one's world gets internalized. The internalized language function allies with the secret self operating beneath the mask of outer conformity...
Joseph Chilton Pearce, Magical Child

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg