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Monday, May 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Three, Earth; Part Twenty, Collective; Chapter One, Family


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 141, Monday
May 21st, 2018

Chapter One: Family

The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spider’s web. Humans are trapped in it, suspended, enwrapped. The majority of people who have ever lived, never lived a day apart from these sticky-bonds.

Familial obligations are invisible. We are bound by them through our emotions; by fear and love, hate, pride, anger, hope, jealousy, the feelings that bind us to our parents and our siblings, to our clans like the ligaments that join bones to muscles.

We are conditioned by rituals; by the stories we tell, the drums we play, by music, and language, by the seasons we live, and the hours of the day. We are raised in the patterns that play themselves out, in small cycles and in great.

Everything we are comes from the family, everything we do redounds to the family name,the name of our clan, our tribe, our village, our state.

Our identities are completely enmeshed with the identity of the group we are raised in. Only the most profound betrayal can break the patterns we are raised to live by, and even then, those who break free from their familial identity, or through no choice of their own are cast out from it, they leave and recreate the same structures in places with new people.

The individual can be raised up, lifted high, made strong by their family and tribe.

They can also be shunted, marginalized, and cast aside.

Families have a tendency to cannibalize their strength, in times of great need they will go so far as to eat their own, or set up the strongest and most beautiful as holy victims for the gods they worship.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Homily – John 15:26-27,16:12-15 ©


The Gospel According to John – 2018.05.19


Truth and Advocacy

Read the Gospel for today and know this.

There is no deception on God, no falsehood, no fabrication, no prevarication.

The divine does not lie. Those who claim to speak for the divine must not lie or mislead, cover-up or hide.

Know this.

We are all human and we are prone to error, but there is no error in God.

When those who have ascended to positions of leadership in Christian communities lie to you, then you must reject them.

Some will commit errors because they are honestly confused, but many other commit error that are willful. They know they are lying to you and they do it anyway; they do it for wealth, they do it for power, they do it to hide from their shame.

These people have abandoned Jesus, maybe not in the whole of their lives, but in their lying they have, and every time they repeat their lies they do.

Know this, we have all forsaken God at one time or another, but God has never forsaken us. God never will.

This is the truth.



The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.

And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset.

‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now.

But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come.

He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.

Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said:

All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’


Pentecost

Emergence 3.0 - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Seven, Other Self


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 140, Sunday
May 20th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Other Self

As we become self-aware we also become “other-aware.” We struggle with the full array of human emotions. We feel the flood of neuro-chemicals, and learn the mechanae to regulate them. The most significant among them being fear.

Fear lodged deep within the limbic system, in the far reaches of the “reptilian” brain, in the spine, and the neural network flowing out from it into our extremities.

We come into the knowledge of self, fearing any and all others, seeing them first as danger, as threat, every other person we encounter, accept the mother who gave birth to us, who is our anchor to our memory of the womb.

Every person has a different learning curve, a unique capacity for the things of their experience they remember, recall and contextualize.

The acquisition of language gives us a taxonomy, the linguistic tools to understand these differentiations: self, mother, father self, brother, sister, self…it is a code that grows and continues to grow.

It is open ended: self, uncle, aunt, self, cousin, self, offspring, self, niece, nephew, self, spouse, self, friend, self…

It is through kinship, by relating to those whom we believe share our deepest interests that we learn to see strangers as other-selves, even an adversary can take on the aspect of another self.

There are language games, there is neuro-linguistic programming in every culture that can force these issues. They combine word and action, feelings and mystery, through rituals of shame, fear, and empowerment, which can break down barriers, and move a person rapidly through every stage of acceptance in regard to another. Religion, and ritual, military service and shared suffering among them.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fear, Anger, Hate, and Violence - Part II


Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.19.2018

There was another school shooting yesterday.
In Santa Fe, Texas, a teenage boy with a shotgun and a revolver, guns he had taken from his dad, went to his school and killed ten people, his classmates, and others. He wounded ten more, including the police officer who attempted to confront him, now lying critically injured, in the hospital.
People are saying he was bullied by his classmates and coaches, offering that as an excuse.
Maybe he was
He is also a wannabe Nazi, NRA supporting, Trump trumpeter; his online profile was filled with hateful propaganda. He coldly murdered ten people, and wounded ten more.
He is a white-boy, a mass murderer, and they took him alive.
Fear and anger, hate and violence, they found a place in this boy’s heart.
Maybe he was bullied, that does not explain his crimes.
I was bullied as a boy. Millions of kids are bullied, who do not become bullies themselves, or murderers.
The seeds of hate were planted in his heart, they were nurtured with fear and anger until they blossomed in a horrific act of violence.
Another common flower growing in our community garden, its bright petal grabbing our attention for a moment, before they drop, and recede like an ordinary weed, soon to be forgotten.

Emergence 3.0 - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Six, Family


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 139, Saturday
May 19th, 2018

Chapter Six: Family

It is no small thing to reprogram the animal brain, to take the essentially selfish organism and transform it into something new. The suspicious creatures, becomes altruistic, through experience, through the bonding of the senses, and by neural linguistic programming. 

The first stage is complete when the individual person comes to see the family as an extension of the self; their well-being, their fate, tied to the fate and the well-being of others, both in this life and the next.

The brain is an evolving structure. It mutates, both over the course of the life of the individual, and it by procreation, from generation to generation.

Most of the mutations are not visible or even noticeably structural. They are packed into the dense tissues in the neural network of the brain.

With every new experience a new thread is spun, as thin as a sequence of proteins, and the organ of the brain is changed, at the same time the code inside the cells is rewritten, peptides and amino acid redraft the genetic sequence, and the inheritance that is passed on to succeeding generations grows.

The greatest periods of growth and change are infancy and childhood. When every sound and sight, every smell and touch, every taste is actively changing the nascent being, especially at this time when they are learning the language of its family and tribe.

The human being will begin to see the human being will begin to see the well-being of the family and tribe, of the other, as in alignment with their own, identical to it, without regard for the hurts, and minor competitions that ensued while growing together.

We will protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for safety, because they have in reality become a part of who we are, our relationship to them, our memories of them have changed our genetic codes, and the physical structure of the brain.

Blood and family, they bind us.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Five, Siblings


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 138, Friday
May 18th, 2018

Chapter Five: Siblings

Sisters and brothers, for most human beings these are the first people with whom they share a common bond, and also compete with.

We identify with our siblings, discover betrayal through them, experience them as a threat, and learn from them both how to love, and to forgive.

The human capacity for empathy is refined through our relationships with our siblings. Having first learned to love them, we are able to extend that loving embrace to others.

If we learn to hate them, be jealous of them, covet their place in the world, then by extension, we are able to project those same feelings onto anyone.

The history of human beings is replete with the stories of siblings, both accomplishing great things together, and allowing their rivalries to destroy them.

Cain slew able, he killed him with a stone.

Romulus cast his brother Remus from the walls of Rome.

The duplicity of the human being, our duality, our capacity for selflessness and self-centeredness are demonstrated in these relationships more poignantly than in any other.

A brother or sister will at one moment put their lives at risk to protect their sibling from harm, or even the specter of harm, and in another moment plot to take their life and destroy their extended family.

The sibling bond is the strongest of all bonds, apart from the bond the child has with its mother, when the tension is so great that it breaks, the resulting backlash has the potential to scar everyone who is near to it.  

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Four, Father


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 137, Thursday
May 17th, 2018

Chapter Four: Father

There is no one more frightening than the father.

Stranger, protector, arbiter of conflict; a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with after separating from the mother.

The father was stern and foreboding. For most tribes of early humans, as they migrated across the planet, the father was the ultimate authority, holding the power of life and death over his family and able to exercise it any time. There were few checks on his authority.

The child seeks to bond with, to understand, to contend with, and to please him.

In times when the actual father is not present, the child will find a surrogate, and seek adoption.

The ways in which the relationship develops between the child and father determines virtually everything about who the child will become in the eyes of the world.

The father imparts the public persona to the child, and the child carries that persona, like it does the fathers name, throughout its life and into the world.

Good or bad, the influence of the father is imparted to the child like an indelible mark.

Everything the father does, or does not do matters. Active or passive, present or absent, the role the father plays in the child’s life shapes them. None of the father’s words, none of his gestures, not a single touch, or glace occurs in a vacuum.

The child absorbs it all. Everything done and left undone is determinative.

We are each of us a reflection of the image the father projects on us, not a perfect facsimile but a living representation of the intentions and wishes of the patriarch.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Three, Mother


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 136, May 16th, 2018

Chapter Three: Mother

There is a brief period of time for every mammal, when they are in the warmth and dark of the womb, a short time when they are one with another, their mother.

It is a time of total dependency.

Two hearts beating in the same body, sharing the same flow of blood, and air. They are in a state of complete synergy.

The father contributes a piece of the code for the formation of the new being, but that is it, an influence on the design.

The mother gives the child everything.

This does not end at birth.

The child travels with the mother in the warmth and dark of the womb for nine month, genesis, formation and growth.

It learns the low tone of the mother’s voice, her rhythm of speaking, of moving, of singing.

This does not end with birth.

The newborn infant takes all of its sustenance, either from the mother’s breast, or from the mother’s hand.

The child travels with her everywhere, or desires to. There is no place safer than to be placed against her flesh, in the blanket of her scent, to feel her voice resonate through her body.

Everyone else in the world is an alien, potentially hostile, a threat…except for mother.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Challenge


To face the unknown
Standing apart, building walls
Then the senses burst

The dreams of youth, drag
Eroding paradigms fail
Withering and weak

The disaffected
Sleep in a field of visions
Buried memories

The violence of birth
Miracles of love and pain
The struggle for life

People cannot live
Bound by hope, as if fated
Can’t be whole and free

Turning with the Norn
A dance with destiny, slip
The self is dissolved

The world is spinning
The future is in motion
There is nothing fixed