Born in Miami, FL, but have spent 98% of my life in the Great Lakes Basin. I love America's big freshwater inland seas.
Earth is a school for souls. Most of us need many lessons (lifetimes) before we 'graduate' to higher planes of existence. It's all about choice and the consequences of choice and learning to see through the illusion of duality, learning who and what we really are. The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao, but she or he who names It is nonetheless part of it.
What Gives Me Hope
The Sun keeps coming up every day. Despite sometimes-frequent setbacks, most people keep looking for something better. Spring returns, new lambs are born, and life renews itself. This happens despite wars and famines and death. The human spirit persists.
And now, of course, we Americans have chosen hope over fear by electing Barack Obama.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Do my best to separate health care from the profit motive. Every health care worker deserves a decent salary, but nobody should be making a profit from the suffering of others. Excellent health care should be considered everyone's right, not a privilege to be enjoyed only by the well-off and not a commodity to be bought and sold in the marketplace.
What/who changed my life and why
One of my favorite fables is "Fahrenheit 451" (both Ray Bradbury's book AND the 1967 film) because it embodies the twin currents of despair and hope that characterize our times.
Julie Christie brilliantly plays two contrasting roles in the film -- the shallow, vacuous wife of Montag and the intelligent school teacher who helps Montag find the Book People.
The society portrayed in "Fahrenheit 451" has been turned upside-down by a totalitarian government which has banned the written word and whose fire departments start fires in order to burn books rather than putting-out fires. The story's Book People spontaneously resist, hiding books first within their homes and ultimately within their minds. Their love of literature and learning conquers their fear of repression and death.
The fireman Montag, growing-up in the stifling atmosphere of the regime and helping it burn books, finds that his human curiosity and thirst for learning are stronger than the ignorance, fear, and apathy that surround him. He has a good life by most people's standards, but he is looking for something better. Not just bigger, stronger, faster, flashier, or more luxurious -- but something fundamentally better.
This is a fable for our time. The United States of today resembles Montag's society in too many ways. Our government is run mostly by lackeys of the corporate power elite. There has been a deliberate dumbing-down of our mass media by their corporate owners. Television news, once operated as a public service and full of journalistic integrity, is now just a branch of the entertainment industry. Television reporting has become increasingly superficial and slanted, thoughtful analysis increasingly rare. We are told what to think by bloviating blowhards from Rush Limbaugh to Glenn Beck. Critical thinking is becoming rarer while the feel-good faith promoted by mega-churches and their huckster pastors attracts more followers.
But there is also a backlash. Many people are waking up, saying, "Wait a minute. Is this really the world in which we want to live?" These people are today's Book People -- curious and hungry for learning, not satisfied with the aphorisms spoon-fed to us by our corporate government and media.
I'm with the Book People.
What Bugs Me
What Scares Me
"This we know: The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." -- Chief Seattle
Thanks Bob! Hope all is well. Here's a google image of a new and could be interesting series. Blacklist James Spader's a great character actor; and here he's the bad guy transforming himself into the good guy. - All of us are transforming. -
Nice to hear from you, and thanks so much for the encouraging green star!
1 hrs ago (27 replies) Hi BOB C. - Please feel more than Welcome to add some POSITIVE to our Group. As you already know, I am unable to post but can read those interesting words and most special visual images that you contribute. Thank you in advance if you can do this! no worries, be happy - with love2care, dot alexander [hopefully you can click on the ABOVE 'time to be POSITIVE* from this comment]
Hi Bob, I miss you on the Care2Spirituality page~ My Friend, - The good mind is like a brillant star in the night - it finds us in the darkest hour and brings our thoughts to what is beautiful and full of life. May the star of light guide you -> each day and always, Thank you for being my Friend, love2care4U, from Dot A