Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

“And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made…”

(Paul Simon • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group)

Mind and Murder

Elites supply meaning by enforcing order, but even religious elites cannot supply purpose because an aristocracy in its orthodoxy cannot embrace chaos. (Orthodoxies demand strict adherence to rigid understandings, strata of realities.  Reality, of course, is not stratified and does not submit to rigid layers as stratified perceptions deny change, the ultimate reality of the universe.) Continue reading

Homo homicidium

Homo sapiens sapiens became a distinctly ‘modern’ species no earlier than a quarter of a million years ago. (That is, ‘they’ anatomically resembled ’us’ as distinct from archaic Homo sapiens.)  At that time, resources were sufficient for at least 4 other hominid species to co-exist with us.  Then, 161,000 years ago (+/-) the climate changed. Continue reading

The Wake

(Having attended yet another ‘visitation’, an American version of a funeral wake, the following came to mind.)

Tang Li, Director of the Academy of Ancient Empires To the Demes of Ch‘n,

Life and Health! Citizens! Our initial survey of the Great Dead Land is complete. At great expense and sacrifice we have examined artifacts and topography to reach useful conclusions. This is a Summary Report. The full report with pictorial disks is available to any citizen at request. Continue reading