February 6, 2017
Humans are obsessed with self-description, the “I”, the big “I”. Plants just “are.” They are “being,” the verb. Humans are self-aware, self conscious, an image frozen in a mirror. Humans are all about “self-aggrandizement.” When humans see a tree, they think only of what the tree means to them, to their well being. Perhaps it is a thing of beauty which may give the human a rush of euphoria and today this will be registered with photos or with what is referred to as selfies in front of the tree. It may mean shade. It may be something needing removal, something in the way. When the tree is cut down, it’s “being” is transformed by the busy human into a thing. An inert substance that becomes a floor or a cabinet or a luxury item, an object, much like the human, who possesses it. That once this tree was home to civilizations from our own Animal Kingdom, as well as from the other Kingdoms whom we can’t see, is lost to us. That this tree can, to paraphrase a scientist, Tim Plowman, “eat light,” store carbon, provide oxygen is lost to us. And this short sightedness, if not corrected with a heightened intelligence(HI), will eventually kill us.
February 2, 2017
With time unwinding through the reel of a fly rod releasing its bait into our pool of reality, we can find, looking back, each revolution a repetition of a character or an event, never the same but similar. In this case the accruing of power in the hands of those behind the scenes. Martin Bormann, Hitler Secretary; Saloth Sar, the hidden power behind the Khmer Rouge, later known as Pol Pot; and our very own Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump master mind of what the writer would call the Theory of Vengeance.
- Martin Bormann (1927 – 1945): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Bormann
- Saloth Sar (1963 – 1978): The Vietnam Experience: The Aftermath: Chapter 3, Revolution Against Revolution
- Stephen Bannon: (2016 – ?): contemporary media.