Going Home: Illusions About Reality Igor Stravinsky insisted that music was not about anything but music. Beethoven, imitating sounds he heard during walks in the Vienna woods, and Mozart, mimicking birdsong, disagree. But if music means something, it’s something more. Otherwise, why did evolution add it, even if only as
A Million Different Things: …And Night, Meditation #1 Rambling on… That’s what life is, you know, a ramble. I changed my thinking a while back about how all that apparent motion goes. Like most, I’ve thought of my life’s course as passing along a trail, following a thread with a
Going Home: Illusions About Reality There must once have been at least a jiffy of wholeness, a twinkle in the cohesion of seamless belonging. Every cell may contain the residues in its universal library. Our desire to rejoin seasons every step, pushing against the gravity of reason. It’s a contest
Up, Out or Beyond Evolution For most of us, a realization that there may be no God and that the whole shebang we’re living is a meaningless hodgepodge is as demoralizing as anything else percolating through the shrouds in those lost hours between midnight and dawn.
Was It Evolution? What’s next for evolution when a community conquers the challenges hovering around and lurking inside, the great mass of them anyway? It weakens. It must, just as river slows when it’s banks are breached or an athlete drops out of training after the season ends.
Meditation #13 from the middle section, Noon, in A Million Different Things: Meditations of The World’s Happiest Man, is concerned with an inner voice or spiritual helper. This chapter is free. A Million Different Things: Noon, Meditation #13 Follow Me, Paul McCartney’s deceptively simple song, suggests that McCartney has had experiences
The 1960s, An American Decade of Death It’s a cliché that history is written by the winners, and a dishonest one. History is written by all sorts of people. Samuel Eliot Morrison, for example, wrote a history that, by omission, virtually exonerated Christopher Columbus of his most depraved genocidal initiatives