September 20, 2010
I haven't posted this in a very long time. I've always thought of it as sort of a prayer set to music.
Up above me,
A blur of wings and grace.
One for courage,
One for safety,
One for "just in case".
I thought a light went out, but now the candle shines.
I thought my tears wouldn't stop,
but then I dried my eyes.
And after all of this,
the truth that holds me here,
Is that this emptiness is something not to fear.
Yeah, I'll keep wondering
how we know where we belong,
After all the journeys made,
and the journeys yet to come.
When I feel like giving up instead of going on,
Somewhere in between?
Yeah, I'm just wondering how we know where we belong?
Is it in the arc of the moon, leaving shadows on the lawn?
In the path of fireflies
and a single bird at dawn,
Singing in between
here and gone.
If you are the praying sort, you might put in a good word for these folks:
Ricky and his family
Mike Warner, USN Ret. and the family of Private Heath Warner
I won't be around for a few days but we'll catch up sooner or later.
Posted by Cassandra at September 20, 2010 03:45 PM
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No words for those you mention, but prayers for all...
And thanks - it has been a long while since I listened to MCC, but I think I shall correct that now.
Posted by: jck at September 20, 2010 08:17 PM
Posted by: HomefrontSix at September 20, 2010 09:51 PM
The song is rather pleasant.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 21, 2010 04:46 PM
Back when the feature "Only in Japan" was posted, this would have went great with it as a visual aid.
It's got a broad sample of artwork from Japan on the subject.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 22, 2010 12:58 PM
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 22, 2010 12:58 PM
That was really nice, Ymar.
Posted by: DL Sly at September 22, 2010 01:19 PM
I read the autobiography of the wife of a famous western singer. She told the tale of how their marriage started to break apart due to infidelity, created by the object disconnect between her husband on tour around the country and her own lack of solid life goals.
The media is a weapon of destruction and it cannot help such matters, only hinder. That was the obvious point.
As they lived apart, disconnected and far apart, she sought out a solution. But regardless of what the mind may rational out or logic decree on the matter of what is best for the children, she had her own feelings of betrayal and mistrust that had to be overcome. She did so only through belief in God.
As she termed it, she found the strength to forgive others because she believed that God had already forgiven her. Thus an inverse meta-Golden rule takes effect. One is able to treat those lesser in status well, because one knows that mistreatment from on high is not around. The innate concept of fairness, wrapped around in angst and confusion, was a Gordian Knot cut by belief in divine power.
From there, a solution was sought and found, for the motivation and belief is there. And when those are there, a solution is only a matter of time and work.
The idea that you are safe in God's arms, amidst the ever present love and support, is a powerful motivator for human beings. I don't need evidence for God's existence given the evidence of its power on human beings. Power that human beings have used to Create Truth, not simply observe it.
And this concept of mutual support and indomitable strength is also transferable to normal human social affairs. The family, the husband and lover, the older supporting sister, the mother and child, the elder brother followed by younger siblings.
The strength of human belief requires no proof. For it will create its own reality by fact of its existence. For where it is, there it shall be known.
If people wish to make a greater nation, first they must believe. And then it will only be a matter of time and work.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 22, 2010 03:03 PM
P.S. She also mentioned that if she had followed the negative advice she was given to "take him for all he is worth" she would never had found the inner strength she had desired and needed.
And there was plenty of em. Fueled by the media, yes, but also fueled by simple human weakness. The weak seek to bring down others solely because they fear the Other. They cannot make themselves stronger, so they attack others out of the fear that they will be overpowered.
For those that seek true strength, this is intolerable. An intolerable road to take. One that ends in oblivion and nothingness. No growth. No knowledge. There it shall end, in the utter black. The light of truth cannot be had through pursuing the path of ever greater weakness.
One must choose the other path. The more challenging and difficult path. To ascend the ladder of creation as countless millenniums of human beings have done. Down through the past stretches a road traveled by more souls than there are stars in the sky. To continue the journey, obstacles must be removed.
It's all too easy to fall off the path and start in on the idea that others have more and the easy way to get it is to take from those that have. To substitute for what one does not have.
So many billions of human beings on this planet are in places of darkness. They cannot all be saved. Yet if any are to be saved, one must take the first step and keep taking one step for a journey of a million miles. The unwillingness to give up is one of humanity's greatest gifts.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 22, 2010 03:16 PM
Haunting, Cass. I hope you are doing well.
Yamr, I urge you to read John Lash's The Yin of Tai-Chi: Tao, Tai-Chi & The Mysterious Female
Extinguish desire, be open to the world, hug the beloved.
Posted by: htom at September 22, 2010 04:06 PM
Htom, in your view what's good about it?
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 22, 2010 08:30 PM
It's a book that's really about Philosophical Taoism-ists, rather than the religious Tao, told as a tale of happenings in and around such a tai chi school (which is rather different than most of the ones I've been too, but very like my current instructor's style.) We live as if there are two worlds, the rational world of the ego, and (for those who seek it) the mysterious world of the Wu Chi, source of the eternal Tao, the flowing and blending of Being and Non-Being, of Yin Chi and Yang Chi making reality.
This is a hard book to review!
It talks a lot about love as the basis of goodness, both the Yang love that, say, Gandhi expresses for mankind, loving Cass because she's human regardless of her Cass-ness; and Yin love, loving Cass for that Cass-ness.
Sadly out of print; a rational used price is $4-$5, or a library. Small book, would have taken me an hour to read except that I kept putting it down and walking away to think about what I'd read. I finished it a couple of days ago, and what you were writing above invoked strong memories from it.
Posted by: htom at September 22, 2010 10:33 PM
I see. Sounds interesting.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 23, 2010 05:08 AM
A Japanese novel explored the conflict that exists between loving all of humanity and attempting to save all of humanity vs saving only those you love.
Since it is impractical and impossible to save everyone, one must necessarily choose. So the question became, if you really believe in the ideal of loving all humanity equally, would you not have to sacrifice the ones you love to save far more people in the world? After all, those you love are few, the world has many.
And to put it even more precise, sacrifice the woman you love. And this woman is a good woman. One to be admired and who has faced hardship and persevered.
The potential answers are manifold. Before I write them out, I'll give some time for people to consider what options they would choose.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 23, 2010 08:16 AM
In Martial arts, ying and yang can be placed as soft (feminine) and hard (masculine) techniques.
The soft techniques are those that use circular relationships in order to produce force through multipliers and mechanical aid (leverage). The hard arts are those that utilizes maximum force, pulled from the ground itself, to blast through and shatter enemy defenses such that those defenses cannot hold. No circular attack, no deception, no feminine wiles. Simply brute power controlled through an expression of will and intent.
Ultimately, they are still both methods dealing with the use of force by humans. The force does not change simply because the methods used to manipulate it change. It is what it is: self-evident by its very existence.
The belief or the idea that all of humanity is a tribe and any enemy of that tribe is an enemy of humanity (vice a versa any ally of the tribe is an ally of humanity) is made comprehensible to humans on the micro by their own personal connections: to family and friend. Without one person that loves the person, the person cannot understand what love is. There is connection there. Phantom limb that was always a phantom.
It's really an abstract, given human inability to comprehend 6 billion people as specific individuals. Hard martial arts aims for the abstract, but the only thing it makes people do is to change the form of the body. The abstract is still abstract in people's mind. 200 pounds of force is not something that can be felt and cataloged by the human senses. It is the goal, but the method is not the goal.
Usually to get people to reach a goal they do not understand, you place small stepping stones in front to allow them to make progress and self-direct themselves.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 23, 2010 09:32 AM
I suspect this is one of those problems with no Gordian Knot to cut. Save those you can, use what help is available, mourn those you can't.
Posted by: htom at September 23, 2010 03:36 PM
... loving Cass because she's human regardless of her Cass-ness...
I am, that :p
Posted by: Cassandra at September 23, 2010 09:31 PM
On the options of human priority, we have a few things that have been tried and some theories not yet tested.
There's the "save everyone, regardless of whether it benefits you, so long as maximum numbers are aided".
God can love and save everyone, if he destroys free will and forces people to do the right thing. So if you remove the latter and simply leave love, then God can do so for he is in a position to not play favorites.
A mortal individual, however, has constraints. He has a limited amount of resources thus must choose to save some people but not others. Given that limited resource situation, he nominally chooses to save the most people. And those people tend to be strangers, for the love of strangers.
So that option is often times self-destructive. And it is one that America has been ever since the end of the Cold War. Protecting others, strangers, at the cost of personal sacrifices and the deaths of our beloved, simply to keep foreign nations and their citizens safe when stated nations contribute nothing to the mutual defense. In fact, they often interfere and make the job difficult, costing more lives. A stranger that hates you and seeks your defeat, as you attempt to save and love them, at the cost of your own family, your own self, and your own feelings.
This is why I say it is self-destructive. But it is feasible. The US has been doing something like this for awhile. But not forever. It is not sustainable. Case in point, you live now in the obama years. How sustainable is that model for world security, let alone US security?
Another thing people have tried is the Ghenghis Khan method. Save the most people, by killing all the people obstructing you. It works, to an extent. It's love of the tribe, of the US. Love of personal family mobs. As the NAZI chiefs said, they are quite benevolent and loving to their own family. But outside the Nazi family, everything else are tools and animals, to be disposed of to the greatness of the Reich and Race. It works, to an extent. The Mafia families, the cult called the Democrat party, hordes of barbarians eating foreign babies, all have indications of using this solution to the fundamental conflict between love of all humans and love of the beloved ones.
They figured, if resources were limited then you might as well make use of it for yourself and those that matter greatly to your survival. Rather than spreading it around to the weak and those who would eventually become your enemies. This is tribalism, but tribalism is only a small segment of an entire network of solutions evolved under nature to resolve resource contests.
The solution set I prefer tends to include a work around using the principles of limited resources. if resources are limited and the only way to get more resources is to bolster human production, then the entire manifest of humanity should be devoted to a single cause. Given that humanity will not devote itself to a single cause unless and until every human comes to trust in another human as if they were family, tied by blood and destiny, then the natural solution is to make all of humanity one family, one destiny, and one fortune.
At that point, all you have to deal with is infighting amongst family members and beloveds. Which cuts down on the complexity of attempting to negotiate inter family squabbles while at the same time fighting off foreign invaders.
It is a fundamental fact that humans will refuse to work with people who they don't trust, which in tribal societies mostly means non-tribal members. So the issue here is that if you help these people, like the Sunni tribes, then it is a net resource drain. Unless and until you can get them to agree to contribute their own mutual resources and share it with us in a common goal. Then what you have done would save those people, but have obtained a net increase in resources rather than a net decrease in resources.
This allows sustainability. You can love as many people as you wish but it's a separate question whether you can provide for their security and interests.
Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 24, 2010 01:35 PM