Topic 18 – The Impersonal

A person who believes, as she did, that things fit: that there is a whole of which one is a part, and that being a part, one is whole: such a person has no desire whatever, at any time, to play God. Only those who have denied their being yearn to play at it. Ursala K. LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven   If there has been anything that you have gleaned from our past 18 weeks together, would it be that you are more willing to be suspect of the...

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Topic 17: How Long Will It Take?

If there is any lament spoken by those who are curious enough to consider another way to live other than the one given to us at birth, it is the weary-sounding question: How long will it take? In this world of NOW, charged with a manic need for instant gratification, the question sounds quite reasonable. When we are finally willing to accept that life lived from our egoic state of consciousness is no longer bearable, that in itself feels like a...

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First Christmas Away from Home

It was forty-four years ago, one of the greatest periods of unrest in this country. President Kennedy had been dead for five years. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in April. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam, after almost a disastrous initial campaign for the U.S. in January, had flared again in spring and once more in August. The military draft, wide open and frenzied, grabbing anyone it could get, would soon initiate a lottery which...

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Take a Moment for Fun

Let these street artists amaze and delight you. For artists all, this is our trade, either through music, dance, paint or words, we bring you the world, its beauty, its stories, its sorrows and most marvelous of all, its awe. In celebration of what we offer the world, let the street artists speak for us  today. CLICK...

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Topic 15 – Will the Real Bill and Sally Please Stand Up

Even if we filled up the University of Michigan stadium, the largest in the States, among those 109,000 people, there wouldn’t be one person who could legitimately respond to the request made by this essay’s title. Why? For one reason, it’s somewhat a trick question, because anyone who was in a position to stand up would long ago have ceased to exist in any sense of dichotomy, least of all regarding what is real and what is...

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Topic 14 – Our Purpose-Why Such an Enigma?

There are few subjects so widely addressed as the one entitled: What is Our Purpose? A multitude of seminars, books, discussions and essays on the subject suggest that it is not only important to us but also elusive. Finding one’s purpose is something few people attest to having achieved. Do you ever wonder why? Since this blog series has been dedicated to providing an uncommon perspective on life and human nature, one framed by a sense...

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