Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Glimpses

“April is the cruellest month” — The first line of TS Eliot’s The Wasteland, originally read “February is the cruelest month”, but Ezra Pound insisted it be changed, not to make it truer, but because it sounded better poetically. Image … Continue reading

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Curious About Radical Non-Duality But Hate Videos?

The essential message of radical non-duality, as opposed to more historical types of non-duality, is that there is no ‘you’ — no separate person or thing, no self, no ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ or ‘enlightenment’ or liberation, no self-control or choice or … Continue reading

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Writing Grey Words

In my last post, I played with using a grey colour (#999999) for all words that represent things that aren’t real — that is, they exist only as constructs of the mind, and in the absence of anyone, they simply … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago Although it isn’t real, doesn’t really exist, my self is giving me a hard time these days. It doesn’t like the cold, and wet, and slippery roads. (It yearns … Continue reading

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Conversation and Silence, Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part post; part one is here. (photo of Killarney Lake by fellow Bowen Islander Jason Wilde) If I stay here long enough I will learn the art of silence. When I have given … Continue reading

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Conversation and Silence, Part One

This is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 It’s been a few years since I last wrote about conversation. I don’t see nearly the value in conversation that I used to. I … Continue reading

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

The character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf. It has no choice in this — it is conditioned to prefer warmth and sun and surf over … Continue reading

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The Language of our Eyes

image from pixabay CC0 I’ve written about body language before. It’s fascinating to study the unspoken messages we send with our eyes, our faces, our tone of voice, our hands, and our whole bodies. But it can be dangerous (and … Continue reading

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Self-Impression

cartoon by the late, wonderful Charles Barsotti This past weekend I attended a get-together of about 20 enthusiastic, knowledgeable people on the subject of radical non-duality, organized around the (rare) visit of Jim Newman (Non-Duality Dude) to North America. The message … Continue reading

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On Compassion: Michael Dowd Sermon

Michael Dowd based his sermon this past weekend on my Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care post, focusing in particular on the eight essential human needs listed above. He outlines a naturalistic, holistic, ecocentric approach to coming to … Continue reading

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