Kens, dens and sum lesszens

Once when the World-Honored One, in ancient times, was upon the Mount Grdhrakuta, he held up a flower before the congregation of monks.  At this time all were silent but the Venerable Kasyapa only smiles. The World-Honored One said, “I have the Evey of the True Law, the Secret Essence of Nirvana, the Formless Form, The Mysterious Law-Gate. Without relying upon words and letters, beyond all teaching as a special transmission, I pass this all  on to Mahakasayapa.

Case Six;  Mummonkan     Ummon   Chinese circa 1200

The 28th Patriarch in the line of transmission in India, ‘Daruma, on instructions from Prajnatara, brought Dhyana to China to become Chan..

Standing outside a cave on cold snowing December day Hakuin paid the price of an arm for an answer .

The Sixth Patriarch wrote the “better poem” and was the last of the line of Patriarchs as Chan diversed into quick&easy or long&hard.

Is a Zen Master “a Buddha” or Buddha? Would I even recognize a Buddha if we met? Does Zen seem too simple for me and you ? Why if the Buddha Mind can be transmitted without words are there so many books written about it?

Various Japanese Buddhists such as Dogen Eihei visited China and brought Chan to Japan to become Zen.

. Calligraphy by Sengai

Are the Four Noble Truths, the Three Fold Refuge and the Eight Fold Path part of Zen? Does Zen have a purpose such as Awakening the Buddha inside yourself? Or The Great Prajnaparamitra Heart Sutra:
Form is no different from emptiness,
emptiness is not different from form.


The Heart Sutra, calligraphy by Janney

Do you think about someone who does not produce their own food or not earn the means to buy it, and rather lives by begging from others who do and claims to be on “ The True Path” to become Buddha?  Siddhārtha Gautama left his wife and family to earn living by begging.

Alameda Creek

Walking along the Alameda Creek Levee mos’ daily, i see other people, I take photos of them, each day seems like every other day . . .

Actually these photographs have no place thinking they are some broken records of a short term historian . . .

they are instances of color, shape, gesture, line, all stuff that happens, all-by-itself,-I do-not-need-to-be-here-to-make-it-happen stuff, and it happens everywhere you look.

White and Black plaid pants? Ean you think of a better thing you could be doing right now? when you are walking?, when you are bored? when you are eating? Anticipation makes the heart grow divided and disenfocuses the Mind.

How can a person be freed from all suffering? Can we all be free of suffering at the same time? Or does someone have to keep us safe from dangers?

Maybe this is what a music concert is supposed to do to the audience?

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds

Bob Marley Redemption Song

From What is it our minds need to be “freed.?”

The whole kit and caboodle is in disrepair
There’s no where to go that’s not here . .
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So God bless motorcycles and far out heavy trifles
You know you can’t memorize Zen
Hang your hat on your nose, don’t hide in your clothes
Smile at someone, begin to begin

from Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon Michael Jay Johnson (August 8, 1944 – July 25, 2017) 

Is there really a Buddha inside of us? Is it our our personal Buddha and only we can awaken it? When we awakener Buddha will be we freed from our mind?

When ignorance arises, we have discrimination of the objective world and attachment to it , and a continuous sequence of such thoughts and feeling results inner having a mind,
Blythe in Mumonkan, Case I referring to a passage from The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (part 3 Section 1)

.Perhaps the very “natural survival skill” possessed by humans is the ability to differentiate and define (give it a name)— create the things in the Universe..

Why was Shaka Buddha a man and not a woman? The makes the Christian Genesis story more interesting . . .It was God who wanted Adam and Eve to live forever in a utopian ignorance under His’ care, It was ok forAdam, but Eve seemed to be toocurious, too inquisitive, and searching for something . .

they say curiosity will kill the cat, perhaps the persons too, as Eve could not repress her desire to taste the forbidden fruit of knowledge., but then again would it not be God who created the knowledge in the first place—why leave such a temptation for his “creations” to trip over.

So here I am, trying to use electronic media in place of “Without relying upon words and letters, beyond all teaching as a special transmission, ” to explain something which I do not understand in words no tongue can tell

You can try . . .

or give up

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“Only thank God men have done learned how to forget quick what they ain’t brave enough to try to cure.”
The Hamlet  William Faulkner 

The below image is from last week in San Francisco, on the corner of Market and maybe 4th, . . .

the below image is from a few years ago, somewhere on Market St just about Powell Staton. It hurts to see life wasted yet its not that we can not solve our own problems, its that the way we solve our problems results in more problems.

Is the man withdrawing cash, or checking to see if someone prevaisly withdrew cash may have left something in their haste.

Entrance to Tokyo Tower, no place to sleep though.

It feels the only way I can know nothing is to no knowthing,

;If you study Zen, you must really study it.If you become enlightened it must be the real enlightenment. If you once see the barbarian”s reface intimately, then have at last got “it.” But when you explain what you saw, you have already fallen into relativity.”
Mumonkan Case IV Commentary Blythe translation

Wore know more

I don’t know of any feeling of intoxication that even remotely approaches the feeling of standing before a group of thousands of people—it’s not a group, its a crowd of course—  a thousand people, with a  microphone and you are having a good day, you are hot, and they are listening to every word you are saying, . . .

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9, 1960

Last week I took BART to San Francisco

. . . and everything that you utter is important, and there’s a microphone in front of you and everytime  you say something you can hear the sound echoing back to you and there is this intense feeling of power  and you know once you have tasted this it is impossible to ever to go back again, really . .

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9, 1960

. . . We’re always talking about what is the cause of war, what is the cause of this drive  to become a Hitler,  what makes  a man suddenly become  really a Castro, what makes  a man suddenly become a Musolinni . . .

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9, 1960

. . . that is to say controlling a vast crowd, a faceless crowd, anyone who has ever had that experience  will know there is just never any  question of what it is that makes Hitler, its something that catches on fire in your brain. . .

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9, 1960

or  whatever it is that rises to become a tyrant over other men, no one can explain really  it except to say that anyone who has ever tasted  a  little bit of it will know there is just never any  question of what it is that makes Hitler, its something that catches on fire in your brain.

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9, 1960

The crowd itself after it becomes too, after  it in a sense ignites, when the brain begins to burn,  when this little man is standing in the spot lights, and his microphone  is picking up the echos and the feedback, when the crowd ignites,  it too knows a moment of exultation that it hardly anyone knows singly. .

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9,1960

The Sales Force Bus Terminal , On top , of the three stories for bus arrivals and departures is a garden for public pleasure. Before Covid there was a Starbucks up there,, close1d now. The busses arrive and depart from designated ramps,

Getting the crowd into that proper  pitch, a proper sense of brush fire that burns through the hearts and minds of men, once someone has stood  up before them  with that flag and says “forward men,” one this happens almost any crowd will do almost anything.

Jean Sheperd from radio broadcast on July 9, 1960

One man takes a moment to kneel and talk to another man lying on the sidewalk eating, a sandwich, to offer a mattress in a carry around bag.

Jean (Shep) Sheperd broadcast a national syndicated radio show from New York City during the late 1950s through 1970s.. He would tell wonderful stories, about growing up in Indiana among the steel mills, his friends, such as the fellow student who was late fo school because he got his tongue caught on a metal utility pole his experiences in the army and contemporary events such as a Fourth of July in Manhattan or his idea for a National Spitting Contest and his popular Christmas show. Google Old Time Radio for Jean Sheperd to find podcast recordings of his shows.

Alameda Creek

Alameda Creek runs right by my baby’s door, I walk it mos’ every day ‘cause runnin’s mos’ too fast.—malappropriatonal references from Dylan and Sonny Boy 1.

European Colonialization,, a subject which is not much in the minds of most Americans, it seems for most its about “those other” people back a long time ago, nothin’ to do with our lives The USA was a successful colony, we revolted against “our oppressors—”won our freedom” and made a “great country” which stands for Freedom and Democracy around the world.

Its as if God told a bunch of Europeans that if you get in a boat, go across the big pond, you will “discover” “God’s promised land”, its yours for the “taking,” which they did , killing 80-85 % of the people who lived there, stealing their land, not just once, but over and over again for hundreds of years.

Our history, the “nominal” history or the “real” history, is there a purpose to history? to Our History? Does the Real History effect the present even when we tell it and belief it wrong? Or is just what we want to be?

We have careers, college degrees, professions,, middle class homes, our taste in clothes is not what we can get or make, but in the latest and constantly changing fashion. We have hopes and dreams, goals and personal strategies to realize those goals.

We talk about our utopia, where (equal) opportunity is available to all and the reality is quite different. While in human history there are many stories of technological achievements improving the qualities of life, these benefits are not distributed, much of the history is some people make advances, others attack, kill, steal and then create a “civilized society” — i.e. Law & Order; we did it to you but its illegal for you to do it back to us..But there has always been some who come along to do just that.

When my old clothes wear out I throw them away for new ones, it sure seems like a good thing to do with our society when what we are doing is worn out.

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With all of our words, wealth, and wonders ;are we not just a bunch of sheep whee its a whole easier finding just doing “what comes natural,”, the same ol’ thing, , than doing what would be right?

Filene’s Basement used to be in the downtown Boston store, Filene’s was a department store with three floors of basement featuring marked down department store items. They bought up last years clothes and items, fire sales, seconds, and sold them at discount prices , every 30 days marking them down until after three months the clothes were donated to charities.Thee was so much theft in the women’s section that they removed the dressing rooms, and women could be seen dressing and undressing in the aisles. Marshalls, Ross TJ Maxx, etc are based on this business model. Photo circa 1970.

What I like about photography is how easy it is for me to fit in,

Or go where it takes me,

From Heart Sutra, Seal Script calligraphy by Janney. Seal Script is an old style of writing Chinese Characters which was used during the Zhou Dynasty based on calligraphy developed to be used on bronze items. Serif type was developed in Rome as a technique to cut Roman letters in stone, the Trajan Column is a famous example,

Sin, tea, ent + being = reason?

In 1900 there were only some 200 miles of hard surfaced road outside of cities in the United States.

Package for retail sales of the film Green Tea over Rice Director; Yasajiu Ozu © Shochiku Company Limited

Setoguro tea bowl—

I think it was Hideyoshi who when served tea in a black bowl felt so insulted that he ordered the tea master to seppuku.

Alameda Creek

The word “binary” has become common ,computers operate on binary communication where technological advancement is when every task is continually being split into two smaller and smaller levels of decision making operating faster and faster. Communication between digital machines is when information— 0s & 1s—are moved exactly from one machine to another.

Everything in the universe is “binary ’ in the sense a “class of a thing ”is “identified”, given a name and as it becomes increasingly accepted people “know and experience” it more and more and later it is “discovered” that the “thing” is actually made up of diverse smaller things, or bigger things, which ever is the direction you are going.

Things are never made of “equal things” as then it would be the same thing and not a different thing, While things are constantly changing including people, different things change at different rates and having words for our individual anecdotal experiences creates both ingorance and social solidartiy

How humans interact with things is our experience—seeing, hearing smelling, touching and tasting. This is how we experience the universe . . . of which we are not apart.

Humans are biological, they have life, and they have entropy— individually things come into existence and go out of existence while socially generations continue . . .or a society become extinct. If we become extinct we will not know it.

In addition to our biological senses we have a biological mind—Reason is only the begotten child of our five senses.

Perhaps we are fortunate, living is experiencing, by default being human is to experience and is coincidentally our methodology for knowing,

While we cannot experience what we cannot sense, the mind seems to give humans a biological ability for Reason which has enabled humans to discover things in and about the universe beyond the capabilities of the five senses. Most of these “discovery methods” are extentions of the five senses.

Words enable us to know “things,” it give us a common sounds and written symbols. While the “things” we speak or write about are in constant change, the words we use to speak or write about them stay the same. When you write “crane” on a piece of paper, next week it still has the same sound and meaning but the crane has grown older, its still a crane but not exactly the same crane

Words by their very nature make us experience and know the universe as binary, we think in black and white . . .

a but live in a world of constantly changing “gray matter” only known to us by common bunch of abstract sounds and markings on paper which we call reality.because we cannot know anything else.

This is what makes the word “thing” so functional. We can use it to talk about a thing for which we do not share the same meaning but the pressing topic of conversation is about something else which is relate, we speak or think, the general term thing and evade a discussion/argument.

In graphic design (printing offset) we used the term “art” to refer to anything that was meant to be printed on the paper, not quite what you would expect to see if you visited a museum but a more specifically defined term for a commercial situation where the purpose of the “art” is to specifically communicate the message of the payor as different in Art which is to communicate the message of the payee ( the artist).

Being able to write and make visual/audio images alters the quality of communication—perhaps this is one reason “photo/video journalism” is the “highest form” of photography.today—it is supposed to visually communicate some kind truth, a “reality” which we can all naturally see. Perhaps sometimes the reality is too much and its better that photojournalists design (censor?) their images to communicate a reality.

It was as if print, uniform and repeatable commodity that it was, had the power of creating a new hypnotic superstition of the book as independent of and uncontaminated by human agency. Nobody who had read manuscripts could achieve this state of mind concerning the nature of the printed word. But the assumption of homogeneous repeatibility derived from the printed page, when extended to all other concerns of life, led gradually to all those forms of production and social organization from which the Western worlds derives many satisfactions and nearly all of its characteristic traits. 

The Gutenberg Galaxy Marshall McLuhan

words words

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There are so many more answers than questions, The front window of a bar where you cold order eight takayuki handstand outside in the street waiting. Had just finished dinner, and it would be my second serving of takoyaki that day, but could not resist. fourteen yearslater I am still the same weight, but glad for the memory of a delicious treat.

Shiokara—salted squid— is more of a “learned” taste, goes good with sake looks just right a Munehiko Murata ekaratsu plate.

Fore fun poster from late 1960s, thinking Alfred Jarry and Daddy Ubu . . .

Only thank God men have done learned how to forget quick what they ain’t brave enough to try to cure.”

The Hamlet William Faulkner

The young man who was to become Bodhidharma aka The Twenty-eighth Patrarch of India, the First Patriarch of Chan, Daruma brought Dhyana to China creating Chan.

When I visit San Francisco I feel I miss the excitement of living in a city, buts its like seeing photographs of snow, it looks so inviting.

,This was a piece of Art in a gallery, a mirrored staircase on which I walked up a few steps and made the photograph before I saw the Please Do No Stand On sign but I could not resist.

Feats threw history, ketch the wind

The Duke of Zhou

The Duke of Zhou, 周公, Zhōu Gōng (early Zhou dynasty, around 1000 BCE) is known in China as the benchmark of Confucian integrity.

Zhōu Gōng (Duke of Zhou), a member of the royal family of the early Zhou dynasty played a major role in consolidating the kingdom established by his elder brother King Wu who died young leaving a minor son with him as regent. Amid both internal and external attacks including challenges for power from family and scattered local warlords of the Shang Dynasty,  he solidified the dynasty and established formal procedures for social order. At the nephew’s majority he turned the whole thing over to him. He is also know for establishing the principle of The Mandate of Heaven — Heaven “allows a person to rule ” when they meet the standards of Heaven which was later developed by in more depth by Confucius..

Calligraphy gives you a “graphic feeling” about how the artist feels about what they are drawing. Artistic appreciationy does not require one have to know what the characters mean. You my have your own emotional response such as you might have to an oil painting.or pencil drawing and compare to the “literal meaning” to see if they are similar or different.

周公之禮— Calligraphy for The Rites of Zhou by Janney—calligraphy of words-“周公之禮or 周禮”(Zhou Gong Zhi Li or Zhou Li)

The Rites of Zhou are a formal set of written rules for behavior established, organized and enforced. which dealt with most aspects of behavour in society. .One of the Rites stated people refrain from sex until married. The influence of this rite can still be seen in contemporary times when a couple is married their parents and grandparents congratulate them saying :”you will have ‘周公之禮‘ tonight”. On other hand, parents will tell all who attend the marriage, the couple were virgins and they set a good example for the community.

The Rites of Zhou were known in Japan and Korea, below a cover of a very old Korean copy of the book.

Alameda Creek

A news television broadcast presented a documentary which included  a woman from a “third world country”  excluded from the economic benefits of a society  which was destroying the traditional way of life for her village as it increased the quality of life for the increasingly encroaching urban neighbors.

She could not read or write and probably did not have an “educated vocabulary” to express herself. Yet, she owned and could use a camera phone and had photographs which she used to show the history of her village and her family.  

The photographs were “snapshots” by which I mean they were made spur of the moment with little regard for professional considerations. Without being able to read or write she presented a documented history acceptable  as more accurate than many “written histories” from Greek or Roman times or even from much of the history of the United States or the world in general —all histories which even from “primary sources” have undergone diverse interpretations. 

The nagging element, for me, concerning electronic world ,is that makes civilization dependent on electricity which at this time has to be produced by people..

Most of us can see written letters and marks in daylight.We do not have to create the light its here naturally. A note, early forms of of written human expression such as most cave paintings were made in cave, where there is no natural light.Maybe the intention was to keep them hidden.

The light bulb enabled people to read and write without the sun but still its not enough, electricity still needs to be generated to run the light bulb while the sun is there everyday, no on/off switch, no electrical bill—we just have to make it through the night.

Engineered energy, produced by humans, generates electricity in a usable form but its not always there. It requires mechanization such as a dam, windmill, etc. that will interact with nature, such as wind or water, when nature is behaving appropriately,


.Donovon sang about love, “Ah but I may as well try to catch the wind.”

Natural forms of energy, such as the sun, water and wind are always there unless a major catastrophe occurs but they are not always accessible to people when needed. At this time electricity is not accessible in nature to human beings like air, water or wind.

Humans have biologically evolved to natural forms of energy such as air, water or wind. In electricity have we created a dependence on a form of energy to which we may not be able to evolve to in a “natural relationship?” such as we have with air, water or wind. Maybe AI will have a better chance to make this evolution.

We can use “natural energy” to do most everything but not always when we need it and a much as we need.If we have access to electricity we can use it whenever we need it, as long its being produced by people. Still the more people use electricity the more timely it needs to be generated closer and closer to the time of use. Rolling black outs in times of heat are such a disconnect between electricity generation and human use.

We do not have the capability to store electricity for durations later needed for human use.

With a gasoline powered car, you can buy $32.58 worth of gas, you can drive home, park the car over night and when you use it tomorrow its got the same amount of gas in it as when you turned the engine off. I can buy some batteries, store them in a closet and when I got o use one it has less power than when I bought it. When you do not use an automobile for an extended period of time, the battery may not start the car. Is human dependency on electricity

The global economy may well answer that question. Through history access to energy has been a foremost driver of the best and worst of human behavour. With electricity becoming the common form of energy the world is increasingly becoming the same. On TV you can get news with images from all over the world— floods in Japan, earthquakes in Iran—and with each video coverage we see overweight people on the street, everywhere traffic signs in English, Toyota trucks and white plastic lawn chairs. As people’s lives become increasingly organized around electricity their behavour increasingly approaches similar and same.

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Is there such thing as a “Real History?” and does it have meaning for the present ? Do past effect the present regardless of what people think? Or does it only matter what people “believe” what happened.

The previously mentioned woman who could not read or write and probably did not have an “educated vocabulary” to express herself.had , her photographs which she used to show the history of her village and her family.  

Without being able to read or write she presented a documented history acceptable  as more accurate than many “written histories” from Greek or Roman times or or even from much of the history of the United States. or the world. Call it “The Civil War” or “The Southern Insurrection” tells us even with something that happened 1 1/2 centuries ago there are contrary and contradictory stories taught as“ Real History,” much less the stories about January 6, 2021, only six months ago—still interesting in the case of the latter one side refuses to accept the “the reality of the visual images.” which are accepted as “reality” by courts of law.

Is there a “Real History” a set of facts which describes the events? If so does “Real History” determine or influence the present or is the present only determined by what people“ believe” it is regardless of what “really happened?” Can we look at today and understand what happen in the past without knowing a “written history?”

We all have different life experiences, though most differences are of quantity and not quality.

After all every person’s experience, not just in the present but even through history, is unique. How is it that we even come to speak the same language?

Our life is experiencing the world through our biological senses and through Reason. Its easy to understand our sensual experiences; we see, hear, touch, smell and taste and we all share the same basic biological capabilities.

But Reason is another thing— it can only activate after our senses experience. We do not “know by Reason ” until after we experience.

if we experience the same set of things resulting in more common experiences of life for more individuals the more likely people are to have a common view of “reality” and the electronical world is spreading a commonness around the Globe merging us into one culture with no place to hide.

Look all over the world, television and DVDs, tall buildings, automobiles, clothing styles, FaceBook and Amazon, drugs, suits, —these were not common experiences of peoples of the world in the past No matter how fast society moves, increasingly the world becomes more of the same things and people want more of the same things— style unites with supply and demand.? Is it a natural condition of humans that they want what others have? Or maybe people just naturally want things and its just coincidence that the things they want are the things other people have.

A monk asked, “What is the proper way?”
Fay-en answered; “The first thing is to practice. The second thing is to practice.”

The Mind of Chinese Ch’an The Chan School Masters and Their Kung-Ans Yi Wu

If you need help just look for one of these . . .

Weigh, ting, fore gadough

Portrait of Li-Qin-Zhao, 李清照, Chinese poet

Li-Qin-Zhao, famous Chinese poet, 1084- 1155. She was born in a family of scholars-government officials received a comprehensive education. Along with her husband, both were poets,, they collected art, calligraphy and epigraphy and were famous for love poems. and essays about bronze artifacts of the Shang and Zhao dynasties. She is known as establishing the first detailed critique of the metrics of Chinese poetry and master of wǎnyuē pài (婉约派) “the delicate restraint”.

Usually remembered the sunset at a kiosk by a creek,
Didn’t know the way to get back as drunkenness,
Too happy to back to a boat so late,
Entered to the depths of lotus by mistake .
Rowing,rowing urgently,
Let egrets feel surprised to fly.

Painting, calligraphy and translation by Janney


Alameda Creek

Through history philosophers have asked —Are people naturally good, naturally bad? If one or the other, is every person good? or every  person  bad? or are there mostly  good with a few bad or mostly bad with a few good? Perhaps some good, some bad an most people in between on a continuum? A graded playing field so to say, a view conceptually metaphored by the bell-shaped or “normal” curve . . .

ie, , most people are more or less good (or bad), with a few real bad or good on the ends, kind of a middle of the road approach.

For me the thing is that if there is a “natural” human behavior then everyone should have it, and those that do not are people who are “unnatural.” That is too confusing, “they” are always the “other people.”

One story through history is some people (group 1) have something, other people (group 2) want it, so group 2 attacks group 1 , maybe loses, but if they win, they steal the desired property and then pass a law against stealing — i.e. stealing it back from them of course.

Is this a natural behaviour ? Is the cycle of humans on earth producing, killing and stealing?

Some see that all people have the same set of natural— basic human— qualities , but in different quantities, ranging more to less . . .

where one difference between people is the ability of the individual to control the negative aspects of the “natural human qualities”—which by the way always happens to be the “self controlled” behaviour of an elite ruling class of people, i.e. the ones who make the laws others are supposed to follow.

This cyclically comes to a climax when the people want back their stuff stolen from them or another group of people militarily stronger attacks, kills and plunders and then , and again, passes laws that killing and plundering are illegal.

Its a non-ending cycle??

Basically every white person in the USA who owns a house owns property on land which was not only stolen from the original owners but stolen by genicide—over 80% of the human beings who occupied this land were systematically murdered to steal this land.

Yet if any of these “descendants of the original people” were to make an armed effort to get their property back the “law and order” would not hesitate to prevent them from doing this or if they did it, would not hesitate to use armed force to get the property back for the descendants of the people who stole it in the first place Where is justice? does it matter, everywhere indigenous peoples have been not successful in recovering their property from those who murdered and stole it from them.

This is why order is more about sending the status quo than is about justice. Just imaging what would happen if in a specific case the US Supreme Court would find in the favor of the original people here and order the return of the land to them.. There would be civil chaos and violence to prevent it. In other words, in the cycle of producing, killing and stealing there is no end, or perhaps just no end that human beings can attain because of their “natural conditions,” —that’s life , what’s life, five cent magazine, I don”’t have five cents, that’s life.

San Francisco

The Earth is finite, people are everywhere in large populations, there are no “undiscovered places” to hide or restart life.You can r2un away from this cycle of violence and if its “human nature” it will always be.

Throughout history civilizations have risen and fallen by violence between those who have and those who do not. During that time political units have grown in size from family-clan to city-states and todays geo-political entities with tax payer funded weapons of mass destruction and professional armies to defend the sovereign tights of countires

Where does it end? When one last band of armed gangsters steals everything from everyone else and creates a “global order” ? Or perhaps better, people learn to get along with other and stop the cycle of killing, stealing property and justifying this inhumane behaviour with a political and/or religious idealogy.

Can we look at the unjust and genocidal path we had to get to the present, sort out the good things and find a way to mold justice with order? Do people who are born on this big rock winding its way through the universe have any natural rights as an individual?

Its unlikely we will ever know who we really are, who is our “natural self,” its a moot question. We seem to be always changing, and science instead of giving us answers to everything in the universe finds that the process of knowing results in more questions, not less.

New Deal style mural at Coit Tower.

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Looking down the Sumida river from a bridge to Asakusa. You are basically safe where ever you walk around Tokyo, AND its clean AND there are convenient clean public bathrooms. Just having respect in the public space prevents a lot of crime while making being in public space more enjoyable.

At the stoplight, just a second to make the image, diagonals among perpendiculars framed by complimentary colors

If you had just a minute to breathe
And they granted you one final wish
Would you ask for something like another chance

Lyrics from The Spark of High Heeled Boys written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi