“The sun with all the planets around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.” ~ Galileo Galilei
“When the intelligent and animal souls are held together in one embrace, they can be kept from separating.” Lao Tzu
Quotes from deep thinkers just feels right today. That and coffee. It’s been awfully quiet outside this morning. I only heard one dog barking, and although gruff her voice had a songlike quality within, and somehow I knew the dog is female. What is up with the thing about calling dogs ‘he’ all the time? And cats ‘she’? Alas, accuracy of language and expression ain’t ‘xactly trending these days. I could be totally rude about some things, more so than usual in fact, but I will forego the urge to go there in favor of waiting until such expression is well bidden, which hopefully is not at all, thank you very much. Just mind y’all’s grammar, k?
Intellectual stuff is kinda sorta haunting me of late. I’ve been reading Debra Diamond’s Life After Near Death, and she’s got me thinking about consciousness again, and about what the heck the NDE thing is all about. She’s a good writer, with an easy style; easy to read, and brave to take on such an intense topic. There is a complexity involved that is as challenging as it is intriguing. And the death of Italian writer and semiotician Umberto Eco has got me going as well. His admonition to examine the relationship of culture and cognition is compelling, to say the least. Look at the Trump phenomenon to find some source material there. His adamant followers have become a culture unto themselves. Think of that in terms of cognition, and the question that arises is just this: what are they thinking?! Or are they? Of course they are. I know that my thoughts are so far removed from that mindset so as to be essentially otherworldly by comparison. I kinda like it that way. Imagine Trump’s first State of the Union address, then let’s move on, I have a headache.
As for my more materialistic concerns, the fact that I may well retire in eight months is worth at least a giggle. I think one of the greatest learning challenges we face in life is to reconcile physical reality with the fact that the mind does not age.
“Old man look at my life,
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two” ~ Neil Young
Thought I’d throw that in there. It is starting to look like I am sitting on a rock and roll mood this morning. There’s a lot to be said for that, indeed. There seems to be a low-grade fire in the belly. It woke me up early but I feel good regardless. And what about this?! Nah, never mind that. I ain’t even gonna tell y’all where I was going with that. As Dana Carvey said, in his comic impersonation of George H.W. Bush, “wouldn’t be prudent”. Truth be told I feel like nipping at some ankles this morning. I’d have to look back to do that, and there are plenty of candidates to choose from, including in my most recent past. I won’t feign any sense of honor or wisdom, I simply would rather not. That seems wise enough for now, reckon?
Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.