Energies And Expansion

Drop a pebble in a pool of water and waves ripple out. Drop a word and thoughts ripple out. So too with emotions, behaviors and all the products of creativity. At some level, given enough time, everything affects everything. And because we’re interconnected—everyone. I thought I would provide the entire image that I use for […]

The Evolutionary Spiral

  The metal stairway in this image evokes in me considerations of the evolutionary spiral, the universe’s operating system, which we know to “favor” increased novelty, diversity, adaptation, complexity and higher levels of organization and awareness. Along the bottom steps of the oil tank, I see the significant ordering that has already occurred. In the […]

Qualities Of Character

There are certain people in the world who bolster my estimation of humanity and contribute hope for the future. By the quality of their character defined by social theorist Amitai Etzioni as “the psychological muscle that moral conduct requires,” they show the best in us to the rest of us. Tom, in the image above, […]

Our Story Is A Birth

  Religion aside, about two-thousand years ago a radical idea was born, presaged by a star that guided wise men to a cave in Bethlehem. “Love they neighbor” is a simple admonition, admired by many but so challenging that, after all these years, humanity is still having trouble putting it into practice. As with physical […]

May You Have A Joy-Filled Season Of Light!

  Light by Rabindranath Tagore Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light, heart-sweetening light! Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the center of my life; the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth. The butterflies spread their sails […]

The Fabric of Society

  This cloth  is fraying in places. Threads are broken and holes are appearing. Is it beyond repair? Or is there something I can do to keep it from unraveling further? One of the lessons I learned from Robert Pirsig’s Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was that when a system is breaking down, whether […]

The Fabric of Society

  This cloth is fraying in places. What can I do about it? Some threads are broken and holes are appearing. Is it beyond repair? One of the lessons I learned from reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was that when a system is breaking down, whether a flag, motorcycle or […]

What Lifts Us Up?

  Spring came early this year. The crocuses and daffodils are already in full bloom. Having made the above image last week I thought about using it here because daffodils represent rebirth. This being the Easter season I thought that “resurrection”  might be an appropriate theme, but then I learned that strictly speaking, the word refers to an individual being […]

Fear

  My posted contemplations are primarily about appreciation, gratitude and perception. While fear is generally an undesirable sensation, I appreciate it too as one of the primary forces that affects human behavior universally. It has survival value for individuals, and socially it’s an evolutionary driver. I also appreciate it’s significance as one of the most […]

Fireworks For The Soul

  Peony Flowers know the secret of beauty. 130 million years ago, plants learned that modifications in their form, texture, color, and odor can evoke the experience of beauty in other sentient beings. And they have been doing it ever since, wherever plants grow. Still today, flowers exercise the power of attraction as a reproductive strategy—so strongly, that 70 billion units of consciousness […]