Archives for March 2008

Evolution’s a process of designing

Evolution is both a design and a designer; it’s a process of designing.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power…

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix

They must find it difficult…

“They must find it difficult…
Those who have taken authority as the truth,
rather than truth as the authority.”
Gerald Massey

love, egotism, openness

Love is that which calls us out of our egotism and self-centredness into an openness to, and a deeper interelatedness with, others, and with the universe as a whole.

The Wisdom in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’

“For certain you have to be lost to find the places that cannot be found.”
Captain Barbossa

“It’s not getting to the land of the dead that’s the problem, it’s getting back.”
Captain Barbossa

“For what we want most, there’s a cost must be paid in the end.”
Calypso

Science Circle

Science could be compared to a great circle. The points in its interior denote all scientific achievements. What is outside the circle represents not-yet discovered regions. Consequently, the circumference of the circle should be interpreted as a place in which what we know today meets with what is still unknown, that is, as a set of scientific questions and unsolved problems. As science progresses, the set of achievements increases and the circle expands; but, together with the area inside the circle, the number of unanswered questions and unsolved problems becomes bigger and bigger.”

Michael Heller: from ‘Creative Tension’

growing pains

Love is an attitude towards someone that, while wholely accepting who they are, anticipates, and willingly labours towards, their most fulfilling and enriching growth. Towards, we might say, the disclosure and expression of ‘who they are, fully and completely’. Towards, their wholely mindful, and wholehearted, liberation.

But growth is ongoing, and growth is change, and growth requires that we never settle, or get too comfortable. It requires a fearlessness, a relentless willingness for transformation, and an ongoing openness and vulnerability to others. Openness and vulnerability are, not infrequently, rewarded with pain, and so it is no wonder that there is a resistance to growth. But the price for freedom from pain is freedom from growth.

Growing … pains.

love is revelatory

This process of loving, and of being loved, is intrinsically revelatory.
There is much in ourselves, and in the deep structures of societies, which resists revelation.

Close Haul

It’s unwise to underestimate the discomfort, antipathy, and even hatred, that can be engendered by openly expressing oneself honestly, sincerely, and with as much compassion and intelligence as one can muster.
Some folks won’t like it.
Won’t like it at all.
It’s worth reckoning this antipathy into one’s navigational intentions, like factoring in a strong wind blowing away from one’s destination.
It’s worth designing one’s vessel, and crafting the rigging, for a very long close haul.

it’s difficult to love the difficult

It’s a testament that some folks seem to need Jesus, heaven, everlasting life, and the threat of eternal damnation, to be willing to love someone.
I’ll take it as a testament to how difficult love is.
And how very difficult it is to love the very difficult.