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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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Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Homily – Matthew 23:1 - 12 ©

The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.11.05


Love is the Law

The way is one of humility.

The way is a way of love.

We may have an obligation to follow social norms, and it costs us nothing to be polite.

There may be a leader in your community who deserves a certain title, give it to them, do not shirk, but do not seek those titles for yourself, do not were badges, and robes, and costumes that encourage you to take on airs.

Be humble, walk humbly, perform humble service.

This is the way of God.

Practice What you Preach

Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.
  ‘You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’


31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day set aside for reflection. It is meant for us to honor our fallen dead.
The meaning of this day has changed much since its founding. At its inception, it was meant to honor our African American soldiers, both the soldiers born-free and the former slaves who gave their lives, men and women, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who gave everything they had, to keep the union whole.
They died for an America which they only dreamed could exist. They died for these United States, for this reality, an America that is still in a state of becoming.
They died for us, for good or ill, they died for us.
We have yet to repay them, to fulfill their hopes for the America they dreamt of; America, daughter of liberty, of truth, and justice.
We honor our dead on this day; our soldiers and sailors and airmen, our police and firefighters; we honor them. We honor all of our citizens who spent their lives, who give their days to public service; we honor our doctors and nurses and teachers, the good works of our ordinary citizens, of our friends and neighbors, we honor everyone’s sacrifices; known and unknown, and those yet to come.
This year we must honor two men who gave their lives, just days ago, on a train in Portland, Oregon. The stood up to man who was berating two Muslim women. The man turned and attacked them with a knife, killing them before he fled.
We must honor them, and their sacrifice, they died upholding our most cherished values, that recognition that we are one people come from many nations, and that we each come into the world with the absolute right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  
On this day of all days, do not make the mistake of thinking that it is our service women and men who keep us free. It has been at least sixty years since America faced an “existential” threat from a foreign power.
We do not face such a threat right now; not from ISIS, not from North Korea, not from Russia, not from anywhere.
The real threat we face is from ourselves, from our ignorance, and from our fear, the mind killer, the little death that brings total obliteration, we must face that fear and confront it.
It is we, and we alone, who can protect us from ourselves.
Our own apathy, our prejudice, and our hatred, these are more dangerous forces aligned against us, against our freedom. They are more deadly than any power in the world.
To honor our fallen dead, you must do your part to keep us free. You must participate in our democracy.
Vote, stay informed, organize, build alliances, and collaborate.
Our collective failure has placed a criminal, autocratic, demagogue in the White House, allowed the Supreme Court to state that corporations are to be treated as people, and money regarded as free speech, while those same justices have told ordinary American’s that the right to free speech does not include the right to be heard, and that the right to vote does not include the guarantee that your vote will be counted.
This rank cynicism is more dangerous to our freedom than any rag tag group of militants half way around the world, more dangerous than immigrants looking across our borders, looking to us for a better way of life, as my own forebears did when they came here.
Honor our fallen dead. Not with cards and flowers and barbeques (but do those things because they are good), honor them by standing up to racism and bigotry, to religious zealotry and corporate greed, to scientific ignorance and xenophobia, and corruption in our public officials, in our highest offices.
Honor them by participating in our public discourse. Do not lose heart, and do not give up.
We must rebuild America, reform our institutions, for the sake of Americans and our future generations. We must take responsibility for your own freedom.
Honor the fallen, in this way.
Jay P. Botten, Veteran, U.S.N., Hospital Corps, 1990 – 1994
Given 1st 2015.05.25, Revised 2016.05.31

Revised 2017.05.29

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness, Collected Chapters




Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 143, May 14th, 2017

Chapter One: Self

Birth is concrescence, the coalescence of matter organizing into form. It is the quest of consciousness, the cognizant being emerging independent, and alone.

Each instance of birth is the beginning of a series of reflections given by the universe, on itself. The relative length of those reflections is not germane.

The bare witness is enough.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 135, May 15th, 2017

Chapter Two: Other

The human, homo sapient sapient, like every other organic being, is beset with the inherent biases of the animal brain.

The glands of the brain pump chemicals into the liquid consciousness of the neural net.

It is fearful, concerned with only the most basic things; pleasure, pain, fear.

It regards every other creature as threat.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 136, May 16th, 2017

Chapter Three: Mother

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

Two hearts beating in the same body, sharing the same flow of blood, air, they are in a state of complete co-dependence.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 137, May 17th, 2017

Chapter Four: Father

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

The child seeks to connect with, to understand, to contend with, and to please the father. The ways in which their relationship develops determines virtually everything about who the child will ultimately become.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 138, May 18th, 2017

Chapter Five: Siblings

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

You identify with them, discover betrayal, experience them as a threat, and learn from them both how to love, and to forgive.

The human capacity for empathy is refined through them.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 139, May 19th, 2017

Chapter Six: Family

The family becomes an extension of self.

The human being will begin to see its well-being as synonymous with their own. Without regard for the hurts, and the minor competitions that ensued while growing together, we protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for safety.

Blood, family, it binds us.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 140, May 20th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Other Self

As we become self-aware we struggle with fear, fear lodged deep within the limbic system of our “reptilian” brains.

We come into the knowledge of self, fearing any, and all others, accept kin.

It is through kinship, relating to those who we believe share our deepest interests, that we learn to see strangers as other-selves.

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Emergence 2.0
Section Three, Earth

Part Nineteen, Consciousness

Collected Chapters

01 Self
02 Other
03 Mother
04 Father
05 Siblings
06 Family
07 Other Self

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day set aside; and meant for us to honor our fallen dead.
The meaning of this day has changed much since its inception. Originally, it was meant to honor our African American soldiers; both free and former slaves who gave their lives, both men and women, both mothers and fathers, sons and daughters both, to keep the union whole.
They died for an America they only dreamed existed. They died for these United States; for this reality, which is still in a state of becoming. They died for us; for good or ill, they died for us.
We honor our dead; our soldiers and sailors and airmen, our police and firefighters; we honor them. We honor all of our citizens who spent their lives, who spend their lives in public service; we honor our doctors and nurses and teachers, the good works of our ordinary citizens, of our friends and neighbors, we honor everyone’s sacrifices; known and unknown, and yet to come.
On this day of all days, do not make the mistake of thinking that it is our service women and men who keep us free. It has been at least sixty years since America faced an “existential” threat from a foreign power.
The real threat we face is from ourselves. It is only we; who can protect us from ourselves.
Our own apathy, our prejudice, and our ignorance; these are more dangerous to us, to our freedom, than any power in the world. To honor our fallen dead; you must do your part to keep us free. You must participate in our democracy.
Vote, stay informed, organize.
Our collective failure has allowed the Supreme Court to name corporations as people, and money as free speech, while those same justices have told ordinary American’s that the right to free speech does not include the right to be heard, and that the right to vote does not include the guarantee that your vote will be counted.
That rank cynicism is more dangerous to our freedom than any rag tag group of militants half way around the world, more dangerous than immigrants looking to us for a better way of life, as my forebears did when they came here.
Honor our fallen dead. Not with cards and flowers and barbeques (but do those things because they are good), honor them by standing up to racism, bigotry, religious zealotry, corporate greed, scientific ignorance, xenophobia, and corruption in public officials; honor them by participating.
Rebuild America, reform our institutions, for the sake of Americans and our future generations. Take responsibility for your own freedom. Honor the fallen.
Jay P. Botten, Veteran, U.S.N., Hospital Corps, 1990 – 1994
Given 1st 2015.05.25

Revised 2016.05.31

Friday, May 20, 2016

Emergence: Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness, Collected Chapters



Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter One: Self  
Pt. 19, Ch. 01
A birth is a coalescence of matter organizing into form; supporting a consciousness, emerging independent and alone.
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Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Two: Other
Pt. 19, Ch. 02
The animal brain; its glands pumping chemicals into a liquid consciousness; fearful, regarding all others as threat.
#Emergence

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Three: Mother
Pt. 19, Ch. 03
There is a time for every mammal, in the warmth, and dark of the womb, when they are truly one with another; mother.
#Emergence

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Four: Father  
Pt. 19, Ch. 04
Stranger, protector, arbiter; a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with, to contend with, to please.
#Emergence

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Five: Siblings
Pt. 19, Ch. 05
The first with whom you share a common bond, and to compete; you identify with them, learn betrayal, and to forgive.
#Emergence

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Six: Family    
Pt. 19, Pt. 06
We protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for self protection; blood, family, it binds us.
#Emergence

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,
Chapter Seven: Other Self

Pt. 19, Ch. 07
We become self-aware fearing any; accept kin, who shared our interests, learning to see strangers as other selves.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section Three, Earth
Part Nineteen, Consciousness
Collected Chapters
Section 03, Earth
Part 19, Consciousness
Chapters
01 Self
02 Other
03 Mother
04 Father
05 Siblings
06 Family
07 Other Self
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
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