Kindness, Laughter, & Revolution

“Along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us, participants within the vast imagination, or Dreaming, of the world.” ~ David Abram

“Our surmises regarding the subtle functions of neural processes within the brain are profoundly constrained by the fact that the brain did not evolve in order to understand itself. The complex organization of the brain evolved as a consequence of our sensorial and muscled engagement with the landscapes that surround us.” ~ David Abram

“If we speak of things as inert or inanimate objects, we deny their ability to actively engage and interact with us—we foreclose their capacity to reciprocate our attentions, to draw us into silent dialogue, to inform and instruct us.” ~ David Abram

There’s no sense in looking back now. The existential force of the pandemic is starting to sink in for me. Things changed. They are not going back. Personally, I’m working harder than I care to, but the benefits are clear. In my mind the cost/benefit ratio looks very much like a yin/yang. Just sayin. I’m cool with it. It’s fun, fulfilling, pays pretty good, and I have the added benefit of being reminded of my age when I get out of bed each morning. Ouch. It was some serious pain this morning. No, I’m not whining. The late great Umberto Eco said that a writer’s duty is simply to observe and report. That’s what I like to think I am doing.

“To survive, you must tell stories.” ~ Umberto Eco

You want the dramatic story, I feel like Indiana Jones when he tumbles down a rock slide in a cave while reaching for the Grail. Thump. Like dude put your hat back on dude and persevere. Perseverance furthers. Indy seemed pretty much of a Parsifal Holy Fool. I prefer Coyote when I need a model in playing the Fool. I’ve been listen to a recorded Keynote speech given by the amazing Jean Houston. She talks about how myth gives birth to the world. I totally get that. I attended that speech in person. Awesome stuff. The main thing I got out of it is the concept of subjective time, but I haven’t time to discuss that right now. Gotta get into the flow of the Essential Pandemic Warrior of Kindness. That’s the existential thing for me. I reckon with all the the scary shit in the world, it would be best if we all endeavor to be more kind more often. That and laughter are a slow-burn revolution that cannot be stopped.

All is well. Goof gloriously.

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