This video project struck a strong chord in my soul this morning. I am so appreciative that it was created utilizing this spirit-awakening tune from Mumford & Sons. Altogether it’s just so powerful to take in.
Been away from this blog for a while. Interesting as the internet is, real life experienced directly is infinitely more exciting. So I will offer no apology for my absence.
However, I did forget to post a film for November 2012, so in playing catch-up, I’m offering up the PBS mini-series “We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes,” available for free online viewing here.
Quoting the synopsis from the PBS site:
We Shall Remain is a groundbreaking mini-series and provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective.
I found this to be an illuminating and educational documentary project that I’d love for others to view and give thought to.
Religions dying, painful as the realization is for many, may provide lessons in teaching us what is of deep importance, whether a religious text says so or not, but taking into consideration wisdom wherever we may stumble upon it.
The Bible is purely a fairy tale? No, it’s one historical record of morality being determined, and we’re free to dispute its content. I would only argue that a number of its metaphors contain value that lives on, even as we come to terms with understanding our religions are myths. But powerful myths they can be. Deserving of thoughtful persons’ critical attention, not only for purposes of debate but also to mine its gems to carry forward.
Third Party Presidential Debate (moderated by Larry King):
Featuring Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, Green Party’s Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anders.
The only debate I care to watch this election. Obama and Romney aren’t even on my radar.
Planning on voting for Gary Johnson this time around.
Elections need to be open, and we absolutely need to exert our right to choices. This need not be a two-party system, and there’s no good reason at this point to stay that course.
“If we don’t change our direction we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” — Chinese Proverb
It’s a shame that so many feel locked into something so pointless as this towering duopoly when so few will be pleased with either outcome. We have choices (and honestly could use a few more), so why not exercise them, because this country is only so good as its citizens require it be.
Nicholas Christakis on “The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks”:
The alter and the ego…that’s an important concept to take forward. Sociology is sorely undervalued by most people, because they don’t recognize its significance as a lens for examining our social relations and networks. They don’t know because sociological inquiry is commonly dismissed by others, imprinting a negative impression of the field without having explored it for oneself. It’s amazing to study, my own preferred starting point when searching for useful questions to ask across all fields. First and foremost, human life is centered in us, both individually and collectively. Intertwined and interconnected, this is a fundamental reality of human existence. Atomized on the one hand, yet also one piece among many composing a greater whole, occurring simultaneously. The human drama plays on indefinitely, so long as members of our species remain alive.
This lens provides for truly mind-expanding explorations every bit as awesome as the cosmos, mundane and trivial as learning about who we are might initially sound. The payoff of a deepened sociological understanding extends arguably to all fields of inquiry, bringing to light new questions to ponder by recalling our perspective closer to the “ground level,” to ourselves and one another, where connections are forged and quality of life winds up significantly being determined.
It’s a relevant concept in questions pertaining to the fourth dimension and spacetime, which is what I’m inquiring into this breezy Sunday morning. Looking upon that rotating graphic I am transfixed in awe.
Home-schooling ’til I die! Knowledge is power, and power to the people! Oh yes, I’m feeling preachy this morning, but in a good way, in a warm and loving way, because I am blessed and thankful in my life. Doesn’t always go where we plan it to go, but sometimes the journey will wind us up where we need to be. Life is crazy like that, call it unpredictable and random if you choose, but it sure never ceases, experiences keep rolling in. Living in the age of information overload. Coarsened against the tugs at our consciences because it feels like there’s nothing any one of us can do to make a real and lasting impact. Oh yes, you can. Can you read? If not, can you listen? Then you can learn, and the biggest contribution any one of us can make to the world comes through the main thing we have primary responsibility and control over: our own selves. The more you learn about, the more honestly productive and valuable your contributions are likely to be.
Sounds simple enough, but where do you begin? Anywhere, just explore far and wide, back and forth, over the mountains and through the woods, maintaining an open spirit and a skeptical mind. Because life is not as it appears, not anywhere or anything once the surface is scratched. Life is complex, and we humans are also incredibly complex—physiologically, historically, socially, psychologically, morally/spiritually—then there’s the natural and physical universe to wrap our brains around. The inquiries are endless!