Culture
 
Updated March 2, 2022

Purpose

As I sat down to write a stunning set if ideas and thoughts about "purpose" and the "meaning of life" to share with the Reader, I was stunned by the sudden realization that I had nothing useful to say about that.

Sure, I could whip out some generally agreed upon words or quotations that would possibly impress others, but truthfully, I at this point have nothing useful to say about that subject that has not been said better elsewhere.

That is, in its most simple form, I have nothing of value to say, since it all has been said before, in many ways and in many forms, and has either been accepted or rejected, and life still somehow goes on. 

In other words, we make up what meaning we think is important, step into that paradigm, and go on our merry way.  And that is it.  Very simple.  Of course, then we argue with
others about which is right, or best, or useful, or important, and then we go along and try out various things, and still we come back to the same eternal question: 
 

"What am I doing, and why?"

What we do not remember is that we created the whole thing ourselves, and conveniently "forgot" that particular action, and attribute the circumstance in which we find ourselves to someone or something else, outside of our world of responsibility and even our being. 

Now, this is not an original thought, and has been expressed before in many ways (my most recent experience was through Werner Erhard), but I submit that most of the problems of the world spring from the lack of that particular realization, which is that we are responsible for our thoughts and actions, however we may deny this truth.


Should we try to remind someone of that specific truth, we find that there is inevitably great push-back and even anger, along with strong assertions that certainly "we, ourselves" are not responsible for this particular predicament, and we find many reasons why this is true, all emanating from our unwillingness to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions..  

End of conversation.   So simple.  Why had I not seen that before?

And so taking responsibility for occurrences or happenings for which we are clearly not responsible (as we see it) turns out to be the magic key to moving forward into more fruitful actions which will themselves cure the problem we originally confronted with our vociferous denials. 

And I maintain that this particular "technique" (if you will) will resolve more disagreements and problems than any other method with which I am familiar.

Politics

I selected this title for this section since I spend a lot of time thinking about our political and interconnected cultural situation.   As I started writing this, I realized I really had nothing to say that I have not already said, that saying something in this context was pretty much meaningless, and there were far more important issues to discuss other than how we work with others to create and enhance (or change) our common and interpersonal situation.  

Further, it seems less and less important to me, since simply providing an opinion creates no value to me - and most often also to others - at this point, other than making some assertions to irritate or diminish the thoughts of other people, all in a quest to "be right."

So, I will leave that topic alone, since I have only my opinions to share (as do all the rest of you), and at this point my inner peace and relationships with other sentient beings are more important than saving the world from the terrible direction in which it is heading, whatever that may be at this particular time.  Alternatively, I could be completely wrong, and what I say would make no difference anyway, and the world is doing just fine, and needs no guidance from me. 

Just perhaps - perhaps - I am on to something, finally!


 
Friends



 

I have mentioned elsewhere my some of friends from college who turned out to be my best lifelong friends (Ray Kulbitskas, Dugan Shipway, Gary Spanyer, Charlie Brown, and Gordy Spence, among others).   Fred Krafcik became another close friend, and he unfortunately passed away recently, shortly after we thankfully had rekindled our friendship after many years. 

 

All of these people went on to make a significant mark in their respective careers, rising to the top of their fields of endeavor, and while I will not go into details, nor enumerate their accomplishments, I consider myself lucky to have been associated with them.   I learned so much about the world, relationships, integrity, purpose, and all the many other important and quite useful things from them.  I would have been lost without them.

Most of them were college classmates at the Speed Scientific School (now renamed J. B. Speed School of Engineering) at the University of Louisville, and most of them were in the Naval ROTC, rising to the top echelons of their respective careers.   Those relationships, and what I learned with and from them in those five years, and continuing long thereafter, became the foundation for my future growth and success.  Those relationships have continued through my life and to this day, and greatly helped me adjust to a normal, (relatively) sane and fulfilling life.  I became a very different person, and was able to adjust and thrive in a very different life.   I really had no choice; it literally was sink or swim.  They were there then and now to support me (whether I liked it or not).  They know "tough love," and do not ask how I know that.

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