22 March 2024

Lost Post: Postcard Collective Winter 2019 series, "Practice Makes...."


And God said, let us make man in our own image, after our own likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing....
So God created man in his own image...male and female he created them...and God said unto them
"Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it..." And the Lord God planted a garden eastward of Eden and there he put the man he had created.

The emergence of consciousness is the heart of matter
Evolution has been compared to a labyrinth of blind alleys and there is nothing very strange or improbable in the assumption that man's native equipment , though superior to that of of any other living species, nevertheless contains some built-in error or deficiency which predisposes him to self-destruction.
It was not formed in ourselves, It comes from far away.... It reaches us after creating everything on the way.

The dynamo's motion, form, and soft purr of sound awed him, in whatever age... He could not make out the machine's meaning, or dimly making it out, the meaning frightened him. It seemed to leave out all the values that heretofore made human life worth living. 

...I mete and dole unequal laws unto a savage race, that hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. I cannot rest from travels...I am part of all that I have met; yet all experience is an arch wherethro' gleams the untraveled world who's margin fades forever and forever when I move...

Bathed in the radiance of a beneficent star, a pebble,
a drop of water, and a blade of grass are
the magic ingredients who's constant
interaction is the foundation of that
"dilute gelatinous film" we call biosphere.
There are all the tools we have; to destroy
or abuse them, to interrupt their
function is to destroy ourselves. Not all
the decisions of corporate board members,
not all the legislation passed by our
politicians, not all the money is all the
banks in the world, not all the power
stored in our military arsenals can change this
fact. Yet we act as if they could and continue
to consider that the laws of man have priority
over the laws of nature and that wealth is more
precious than life. One reason we do
this is that we tend to think of a pebble,
a drop, or a blade of grass as "things"
when, in reality, they are phases in a
process that moves as waves of
energy though space and time.
We are, at best, poor voyagers
upon this tide.

A living body is not a fixed thing. It is a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is static, for the substance of a stream is of energy going in at one ends and out the other. We are particular and temporary wiggles in a stream that enters in the form of light, heat, air, water, wine, bread, fruit, beef stroganoff, caviar, pate de foie gras. It goes out as gas and excrement -- and also semen, babies, pleasure and pain.

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