Update: Gandhi, Jefferson, Emerson, … Easter Island!

Everything is a Model for Everything Else! 

How one story and its information can be used to reflect on another!

 

Dear Reader!

I won’t describe in full detail my current distractions from writing, other than to say contractors and pre-winter yard work are both involved. My house is a ‘Victorian cottage’ with much more need for ‘reconstruction’ than I intended; my yard is about 1/3 acre and a recent light snow knocked down weeds I was ignoring as the finches liked their seed – so I’m trying to clear the weeds while also placing them in “finch friendly” piles.

Evenings have given me fodder for writing, but the two distractions named above prevent for a day or two the kind of ‘musing’ that leads to posts.

So I share links here that I’ve found in the last 2 days, and plan to return to soon!

Gandhi:  Spending time with Gandhi stirred thoughts of the confusion and ‘mystery’ of who Jesus might have been, some comparisons, witnessing a remarkable leader in our very own time, whose model and teaching nevertheless could only go so far in easing our human way toward peace.  Comparisons between India at Gandhi’s time, our own time. Differences and similarities.  Lots to think about in Gandhi’s story!

Mahatma Gandhi – Pilgrim Of Peace google video (Biography series, 45 min) http://video.google.com/?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hl=en&tab=wv

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohandas_Karamchand_Gandhi#Brahmacharya especially see anarchy, also see entire article

http://video.google.com/?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hl=en&tab=wv     gandhi.avi the movie.  (Not sure about the link – used google, video, ‘gandhi’ to find the 3 hr movie.)

Jefferson:     Today’s “Jefferson Hour” audio explored consistencies and inconsistencies in Jefferson’s life and choices. The difference between an ideal, and its realization. The importance of ideal, even if it is not realized. Find “listen to the show” on left side list of links, choose “Jeffersonland” to hear today’s airing. http://www.jeffersonhour.org/ (Hearing this and contrasting Jefferson to Gandhi caused me to think about “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” which led to Emerson’s essay.

Emerson: Essay: “Self Reliance”  http://www.youmeworks.com/selfreliance.html  (website also offers “Self Reliance translated into modern English” for those uncomfortable with Emerson’s vocabulary and language style.) Scarcely a sentence in this 14 pg essay is not worthy of elaboration and exploration! (Emerson’s ‘hobgoblin of little minds’ remark is more involved than my incomplete quote above.)

Psychology:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/magazine/04anxiety-t.html?pagewanted=9&_r=1 article  on anxious/non-anxious personalities, may be useful to revisit ‘pop vs real psychology’ previously posted article; also solid reference to environment as influential.  Significantly includes neuroscience findings.

Film making (and advertising) making use of neuroscience measuring technology. Heard a radio interview with a company representative whose company works with entertainment film industry. Lost the source – while trying to track it down I found this link related to marketing using same/similar techniques: http://www.commercialalert.org/issues/culture/neuromarketing/inside-the-consumer-mind-what-neuroscience-can-tell-us-about-marketing

Last of the collection: Easter Island!

Lengthy article strongly criticizes popular notion the people “ate themselves out of house/home” and books supporting this point of view. Article is critical that the errant point of view then leads to Easter Island as model for where Planet Earth may be headed. Frequent mention of slavery and European disease – author documents this near the article’s end; it sounds like a major influence on what happened. Scroll past first brief article or two (and beautiful photos) to get to article by Benny Peiser, Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Science. The article certainly offers a look at how ‘historical truth’ can be quite murky, yet can feed common belief. http://www.sacredsites.com/americas/chile/easter_island.html

(I want to know, among other things, why at least one tree species did not regenerate once the population was so decimated. Goats and sheep are mentioned, but I don’t know how many are present these days! …It makes me wonder about other climatic factors .. and there is inconsistent comment about topsoil.  I also wonder why no one – to my knowledge – is experimenting with re-establishing some forest cover.)

I invite you to check out any of these if they seem to interest you!

I hope to be back here soon but did not want to leave the impression I might have fallen off the earth! Given yard work, and present contractor work which is basement related, it is more as if I have fallen into the earth!

My Very Best to Each and All! – MaggieAnn

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About maggieannthoeni

A description once given of me was "rooted in the earth while roaming the stars" - and this has felt 'right'. I believe in something akin to this for each of us. I am a passionate supporter of discovering the autonomous self while serving the whole as primary intent. I believe in discovery of innate principles, clearing the overlay of socialization that obscures this from us. I believe it is our responsibility to leave no one behind - most particularly to respond to suffering as best we can whereever we find it, whenever we are made aware. I believe in this for the insect as well as the most magnificent form of humanity. I believe in brother/sisterhood without boundary. I believe in righteous indignation when it is appropriate, but do not believe in an enemy. I believe in consciousness, in intelligence, in logic, in rationality, in emotion, in transcendence - and am convinced until we generally practice explore and honor all this in ourselves, we remain profoundly immature. (I believe real maturity is known and practiced by many young children, and not enough adults!)
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