10/08/13: (1) Posts have become somewhat sporadic again – as I’ve warned for some months. Two causes: one is late summer/fall must do yard/house pre-winter prep, including harvesting last of garden and preserving (mostly by drying and/or curing for winter storage); and total at-home computer system crash, (am on borrowed laptop; replacement system in the works, but takes time as no local quick remedy). (2) I’ve been pleased to pass along ‘reblogs’ as a way to share thoughts and insights while I find it hard to concentrate on blogging given pre-winter distractions. From my point of view, each post offers “something relevant”, “something to think about” that could help bring a better world. (3) The world moves along – nationally and globally with significant intermixing of the two. I’m listening, reading, thinking … it seems to me there are at least 3 challenging critical fields of understanding humanity has not yet mastered. One is earth-care (see anything on Fukushima reality, or on foolish disregard of damage to oceans, land, forests and watersheds through mega projects such as Keystone XL pipeline – and each is only one example). A second is related – our inability to connect capitalism’s need to “expand/exploit” and to “best others” as some kind of “true path” to humanity’s full blossoming. (I.e.: we still don’t’ get it – cooperation as an approach is superior to competition – psychologically, creatively, and supportively). The third is also related and underlies the other two: We remain ignorant and unimaginative when it comes to understanding how our inborn, very normal, psychological needs drive human motivation , belief, and choice (action). Critical questions we do not yet routinely ask are “What do I believe?”, “Where/how did I learn this?”, and “Where did those who taught me learn these memes and paradigms?” (4) Editing posts/pages – some gains through summer. Mega editing of neglected posts/pages needed – ‘links’ and ‘fridge door’ – especially, but not yet touched. I’ve made a list of several others but the list is on my crashed system so will have to wait. If I ever feel I’ve cleaned up editing – I’ll never mention it again! (5) A reader might ask: “What’s this blog’s position on ‘spiritual vs rational‘?” Answer: First, I appreciate arguments against ‘magical thinking’; Second, ‘staying blissed out’ is escape from active responsibility in societal issues like poverty, marginalization, and war. Third, I make no claim to know Buckminster Fuller‘s insights well – thoughts, math, or science. But I imagine my understandings compatible with his: There is an ‘integrity’ to forces at play within natural laws that drive the cosmos; the integrity is profound enough to be recognized as ‘sacred’ in some sense. ….. This blog’s overall theme? Questions, thoughts, and challenges that encourage us to know “who we are” and “how we can more closely realize deep human promise.” — WELCOME! Comments and share options on nearly every page or post!