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Welcome to San Francisco!.

I “immigrated ’cross-country” to the Bay Area late 1979, drove from Boston, blessed to have friends back then and never lived in San Francisco.” I am a visitor with a senior pass for public transportation. First time to be officially welcomed with a beautiful smile.

Reminds me, what matter “Human Nature?” Whatever is “Human Nature” Theoretically it’s a quality of us all—we are all human and if it is “natural” for humans to have this quality, then we all (should) have it, And we cannot avoid or escape having it—we are by definition this quality.

If behaviour is human nature then we all do it, if the feeling is human nature then we all feel it .

What is it that is the “Human Nature? ” Is it the behaviour? Is it the feelings?

People can feel the same feeling and respond differently—some feel a hurt and anger and strike out violently hurting others and/or often hurting themselves, while others find, or develop ways to deal with the negative energy positively, or at least not negatively.

Perhaps its a wonder that in the history of human injustice, and human sadness, most people need so little reward to keep going.

Is there such a thing as “Human Nature?” We use the word regularly, that is just the way people are,

That’s life, What’s Life, a five cent magazine. I don’t have five cents, That’s Life.
A Great Depression (1930s) conversational parley. Life was a popular magazine featurnig phorographs

We would think that if something, such as behavour or feelings, are “Human Nature,” then we all do it or all feel it, to not do so would not to be a human being.

But we see such things as compassion, empathy, and remorse, often said to be “Human Nature.” are distributed along a quantitative continuum—some people have more than others. And then we have the category of “sociopath” which is m by definition, a person who has none of these qualities.

Often some groups of people identify their behavour as “natural” and the different behavour of others as “unnatural.”

Hetro- and homo sexuality for example—some will say that homosexuality is unnatural but if so, then why do people do it? Because they have fallen by the way? succumbed to the Devil? or more contemporary , brainwashed by the wrong political ideaology.

Alameda Creek

That’s the problem with the concept of “Human Nature.” We are both subject and object and cannot separate from ourselves. Why are some behaviours and some feelings natural yet not everyone does them. Are human beings naturally good? Naturally bad? A product of their experiences.?

Who defines “natural?” What is the standard ? If war is part of our nature, then we will always have war.If murdering people is part of our nature then we will always have murder. Society has some different “life openings” –social roles—for individuals , does a society, for its own survival, naturally generate a social structure which fills those roles with specific individuals?

Another way of looking at what is “natural” is to use the points  (a line) of  survival, the things we do are the things that enabled us to survive and are the things we should do now and in the future.—We know that these work because we are here.

These include every thing humans did through history, a cacophony of good and bad things. I wonder if both good and bad behavior are necessary to be present in a society to enable survival, are necessary for survival or just sufficient for survival?

Not the survival of an individual, people are social, live in a group, it is group survival but it is the individual’s behaviour which— the good and bad behavior—which generates the structure of society.

Perhaps for a society to survive there needs to be individuals who behave both good and bad behavior.Still if murdering people is very successful the society will cease to exist. Just enough so the the murderers can serve as an example of what not to do so keep enough people in line to keep the society surviving.

Its human nature to want to see others as bad or good, not just because it makes us feel better or as some people would have us, be afraid,

In order for there to be good people there must bad people. It is the presence of criminals that create law abiding citizens; and vice versa, compassionate people create non compassionate—the job of social outliers is to ensure the survival of the society of “normal” people.” by a social structure which needs living examples of not what to do in life.

Perhaps it is the society seeking its own survival at the expense of the individuals,—or perhaps some of the individuals— which shapes and directs the behaviors of all individuals to create the society, the social structure of human behavior..

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What was interesting is that the vertical line of the mirror cuts through the image of the person ,i.e. the person is reflected in the mirror.

A blue tattoo, blue underwear and a blue mask.

I made this sketch from a series of circles in rows and columns, the beige background is the same color .. Something will come of this later, but its a long term effort and anticipates fun. .

Interesting with the blue background below.

I am across this map of Xinjiang dated 1759—shows the topography, cities, villages and roads with the military posts in the Xinjiang. Also shows the administrative system and local divisions of Xinjiang before the 24th year of Emperor Qianlong (1759).is my understanding that the name Xinjiang was not used until the next century generally the area was known (in China) as the Western Frontier.

This are has long been populated, and it was part of the silk road for many centuries. Uyghurs, longtime residents of the area, were not always muslim. This area was very wealthy, populated with peoples from all over Central Asia. and traders from Eastern China to the Mediterranean. Pre-muslim, the Uyghurs, had warm and cool relationships with Chinese, Dynasties perhaps beginning from the Han dynasty where they served with military leadership off and on through the Tang Dynasty. “Conversion” which was relatively late in their history involved one of the Mongol Khans invading and converting.while many others just left the area.

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寒山;Hanshan (Cold Âountain) is a figure associated with a collection of poems from the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the Taoist and Chan tradition. No one knows who he was, when he lived and died, or whether he actually existed.

If another excels accept him
If he doesn’t excel don’t
If you excel there’s room for others
If you don”t there’s none for you
Loving the adept consoling the inept
a disciple of Goodness finds his place
I urge you to follow Tzu Chang’s motto
and ignore Po Shang’s advice

Han Shan The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain translated from Chinese by Red Pine

My grey shun

The fall is persimmon time.

This year I mix them with Trader Joe’s oatmeal, two minutes in the microwave, add some California raisins and almonds, another 30 seconds, then add persimmon (or apple or banana) and a little milk—protein, vitamins and carbs..

The moon far away . . .

and nearby is our faith in a near consumer economy.

Alameda Creek

Human beings—Homo sapiens—have been around for about 300,000 years..

Rome., Greece, China, MIddle East, , Aztecs, Incas, the Eurasian Steppes, wes3 of the Jade Gate — for peoples all over the world, primary written knowledge of the history of human beings is limited, give it 4000 years to be generous . . . or include art as an expression of primary evidence, painted images go back to 45000 years ago or on the Iberian Peninsula where art is dated to 64,000 years ago.

300,000/6000= 1/500 = 0.02 or or 0.2 %

Human life as we know it is about 0.2% of the history of the human species.yet is only the last 150 years that “technologically advanced civilized” humans‚ have created nuclear weapons and altered the global climate in their drive for more and more wealth

Its interesting how we see history, for example, when using the symbols BC and Ad , or symbols BCE and CE or where ever humans choose to designate the concept of something unknown , when they choose to divide the continuum of history from an unknown past to the known present on to the unknown future. Both ends, the past and future are undetermined—unknown— and yet we do not let that “unknown” bother us from our daily life in the middle—Its November 20, 2021, who cares about any other time, out of sight, out of mind.

Show me your face before you were born . . . why can‘t we remember the future? . . . What was happening before The Big Bang?

Life forms on Earth have all figured out a way to survive as a species. Survival of the fittest —reproductive success. No life forms are separate, they are all inter-related and part of why we survive on Earth

Here we are on Earth, our home in the Universe, the one planet in one solar system, out of billions of solar systems in one galaxy out of billions of galaxies in a Universe which is expanding. Will human beings survive long enough to have to migrate in search of another sun?

For 300,000 years humans have been living on Earth and increasingly we are learning that during that time many people traveled extensively , and in hard times when the fitness part of “survival” moved people to migrate, long before there were kings, or warlords, or geo-political nation states with “national boundaries” defended by standing armies paid for by taxes legitimized by the idealogical license of “National Sovereignty.” Migrating is what people naturally do. its geo-political entities with tax payer funded standing armies which is is unnatural

“Capitalism” —an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.— (Oxford Languages)

Or—
Capitalism is often thought of as an economic system in which private actors own and control property in accord with their interests, and demand and supply freely set prices in markets in a way that can serve the best interests of society. The essential feature of capitalism is the motive to make a profit. (Wikopedia).

The internet enables the world to inter-connect instantly and constantly —as long as there is electricity, which has to be produced. For the first time in history people all around Earth see other people, other societies, and compare themselves and dream of something better for themselves.and their families.

“Economically successful” western societies have developed consumer markets where fashionable new products are constantly created to compete for discretionary monies —planned obsolescence—and for many individuals in the developing world, the global economy is their chance to participate in a market with lower prices and better quality products—if only the “developed countries” actually believed in free markets.

For so many new products its cheaper to just take another piece of Earth from “over there“, bring it over here and make some new things to sell in the market, and just throw the old thing away, “over there, ” please, not here.

“Every proposition  on Earth can be figured on a basis of profit and loss and there is no other practical way to figure anything.”

.“When I say profit, I mean earned profit, but not in the  legal sense I mean earned   “De facto,”  and not “de jure”.”

“Take the income I will earn for the rest of my life from the ownership of stock  in Southdown Incorporated, that is called “unearned income” but actually I have earned it by years of of devoted service I have rendered to the company. I have earned it because I deserve it. But as a contrast  take the  profit, the income that Sarah Jaffe has been getting from her ownership of stock since the death of her father. Mrs. Jaffe, I’d like to ask you what have you ever done for the  corporation .Tell me one single thing  small or large. Your average income in Southdown dividends for the past five years has been more than 40,000 dollars, have you earned one cent of it? 

My father did the earning,.”she said

But you personally ?

No of course not, I’ve never earned anything 

Prisoners Base, a NeroWolfe novel by Rex Stout

Every person on this Earth has a birth right to life., still after 300,000 years of homo sapiens and 4-5 thousand years of “civilization”, humans still delight in finding reasons to murder each other .

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For over three years I was personally involved with the care of mom, she had a stroke with severe memory loss and expressive aphasia. She lived in a memory facility and was in rehab for a couple of months.

Being involved in the care of one’s parent is a privilege and honor. For what ever reason one gets chosen even if its by default.

It takes a lot of time.

At rehab, she was there for eight weeks, the sliding front door was locked, needed a “buzz” to get in. Mom always curious and anxious to get outside would sit by the front door. When someone approached the door and the buzzer rang she would be waiting to make her escape by zooming out the door.

The staff let her roam around the facility in her wheel chair and she would visit other patients and give opinions to the professional caregivers as to “what they were doing wrong.”

My mother’s name was Lynn, which was also the name of town north of Boston, this railroad line ran through Union Square, Somerville, I would assume it might go there. Photo circa 1970

Gate gate, paragate, parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha.

Sounds know words can no

Red, Yellow, Butterfly, Flower,
Last effort of Summer to Autumn
A memory to linger for a year.

Brush painting by Janney

For me, its difficult to see this image too close, it feels like these lyrics from an Eric Anderson song:

Yes, I would only like to show you
That is all and nothing more
But I will go unbounded
Looking outside of your door
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I Shall Go Unbounded Eric Anderson

I was involved in my mom’s care for a few years, sometimes i wold visit her and while she did not know who I was, she was real glad to see me, I wondered if it was because I showed up everyday. During the period of this image sometimes I would arrive and stand in front of her and she did not acknowledge me. Often I had a small click-and-shoot camera in my hand which minimized the intrusiveness of the camera as well as always enabled me to have one hand free.

Early morning tobacco-drying barns in Amherst Mass.

Alameda Creek

We understand empirical information comes to each individual person using their five biological senses.While not every human being has five senses.perhaps for some related to genetic conditions and others from outside events later in life . . .

But all people don’t just hear or not hear—or see, touch, taste or smell—the “quality of hearing” is also distributed differently among everyone, each individual has different life experiences, associated with and because of their senses and Each experience is human.

This has an important affect regarding language which probably originated from, and is continually transmitted by, spoken words and human interaction. While individuals encounter ”Sounds&Words” uniquely most of the differences are very minor, you could say ”nano-differences.

In order to survive society (such as we might think of a “culture), i.e. has stability, even though each individual is unique, there has to be enough “close to common experiences” to produce a language, a common shared view of the world. Still there are those who think these human differences are worth killing over.

Words are not real in themselves. House? We all know what is a house, I say “Go to the green house on the left!” and even though that house is a unique house in this Universe, you know what I mean and can find it. We use the concept “house” in the conversation as a tool to see the individual unique house .

Human behavior in a society—which we are by nature—creates a shared common meaning to an individual sound creating common sounds representing general concepts which individuals use to apply to specific situations. The sound (word) is more than just a shared meaning for communication, its a human tool for knowing.

One human quality is the ability to differentiate a “thing” from other“ things.”People differentiate “things” from each other, create a unique sound , i.e. a word for the thing and by using it make it a common shared meaning..How long were people building this foundational human database of can eat this /can’t eat that; safe here not safe there; and so on and so forth. The same wall is different for everyone.

A phonetic alphabet enables people to creatively use letters to create new words and then pronounce a new sound. never before spoken. Over the past 40 years marketing has done this especially in corporate and drug names _though I personally enjoy when Joyce did it in Finnegans Wake.

What ever communication animals have it is not the same quality as human language which not only communicates as animals can do, but creates common meanings among people.

Its fascinating that this quality is a uniqueness of human beings. For other animals sounds are specifically used for communication, For people sounds have common meanings and individuals who share that common meaning may not have had the experience. Animals have common meanings when each of the individuals has the common experience g to be associated with a sound, such as “danger” or “food.” Unlike animals humans can “walk in each other’s shoes”—when we try.

Even though we are all unique, the natural process of be1ing a human being creates a commonness of the uniqueness —if it does not then the “society,” i.e. the individuals, does not survive.
We have survived, we are here ,we all have it, just some use it for their personal benefit at the expense of all.

Senses are how we know. Without sensual input we cannot interact with the Universe, we cannot know the universe. Language is a human created tool to successfully (survive) interact with the universe .

Marshall McLuhan argued that print had resulted in people disproportionately using more sight with less use of other senses, the implication being that print created a society in which people do not use their senses in balance. Specifically McLuhan suggested that the emphasis on “visual sense” ”resulted in only knowing the universe as a bunch of linear causal relationships.

I listened to a report on NPR by an anthropologist working in the Australian outback who was discovered by a group of people who had never encountered a “different people” before .On inquiry how did they discover them? The people answered that, from about a mile away., they could smell them. they know it was other people by the smell and they were curious. (Note: this explanation is over simplifed and over generalized but the important parts are as reported).

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i like zen because of the stories.
Monks were arguing over the possession of a cat. Nan-ch’uan appeared, took hold of the cat and asked, “If any of you can say something to the point he will save the life of this creature; if nobody can, it will be killed.”
No one could so the cat was killed. Later when Chao-chuo returned Nan-ch’uan told him what happened. Chao-chuo took off a sandal .put it on top of his head and went away.
Nan-ch’uan said, “Had you been here a moment ago , you would have saved the animal’s life.”

Original Teachings of Ch’an Buddhism Chang Chung-Yuan

When you first read the story you cannot understand it. When you think about it a while you come to understand it and as time goes by you forget it—the story does its job and then goes away.

That’s why I wonder if I meet a buddha, or a bodhisattva, would I know it? Maybe it makes no difference to the buddha, but the bodhisattva who is delaying their “buddha hood” to help me, or someone like me—maybe someone not like me— become a buddha. Why waste their time?

The fashions in the 1960s, 50 plus years ago, three young fashionably dressed urban men on a small bicycle . . .

Three young men in blue jeans riding down the country road in the back of a pick up, the two on the ends look like brothers, maybe all three are, but I cannot know from this angle, maybe you can.

Sharing something common with myself, I could not do it without the camera as I am too selfie-ish.

After a day walking around Tokyo, just before closing I pickup some discounted sushi in the department basement store, some beer at the Ozeki Asakusa Kaminarimon store and transfer images to the hard drive before going to sleep.

The first time I stayed in a Tokyo Hotel my sister made the reservation. It was a big hotel in Shinjuku and it was the tiniest room I have been in. When I asked the english speaking-clerk he said that if I wanted a cheaper room there were two more smaller sizes for less less money.

from Heart Sutra, Seal style calligraphy by Janney

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Know stop too win

Tao does not belong to knowing or to not-knowing. Knowing  is illusion , no-knowing is blankness. If you really attain to Tao of no-doubt, it is like a great void, so vast and boundless, How then, can there be right and wrong in Tao? 
At these words  Chao-chou was suddenly enlightened.

Weigh two inn lie ten mint

Datuma brought “Dhyana” to China where it met Tao and Kǒng Fūzǐ to become Chan.

Paper flowers by Mieko in a bizen container in the afternoon light,

Fort Hill, Roxbury MA was a kind of retreat for an afternoon, just far enough to be quiet , look over the city to Back Bay and still see the traffic busy moving. Once read, in its great time it was a one-day wagon ride with house hold stuff and family to the summer retreat for the wealthy from Beacon hill . This is or was, a Revolutionary War monument .

Lurking in the shadows a wood sculpture of some guardian protector. Image that the skill your father taught you was how to carve traditional wooden guardians.

Two hundred millions hours everyday is the time spent by women collecting water. (Living in places where there is no residential running water. Ed.)
From a report on DW TV .

Pilot, Boston Harbor 1971, This pier has probably been gentrified by now,

Looking over Cambridge near Porter Square.

Gerry’s Record Shop in Boston

Western MA

Alameda Creek

Waling along Alameda Creek, seeing the same things everyday makes me wonder about other same things I see everyday. in other parts of my life.

Government? What is the purpose of government? Why do we have it ? Where did it come from?

Should we assume as long as there have been human beings there has always been government? Did humans develop government to (attempt) to solve a problem and government evolved from there?

What?, or better When? is a human being?. Everyone knows what it means —that place along the evolutionary scale that a qualitative change in consciousness occurred. Yet there is no scientific interval or ratio level standard to measure this “consciousness.” We are both subject and object , the Universe looking at itself.

Mammals in the human line of evolution developed social living behaviors before they became human, we could say conceptually its in the DNA.

Social interaction, even pre-human, generates it own “field of culture” initially coming from the successful behavior of individuals who live in a group (society), influencing the structure of human behavior.— where on this continuum is the beginning of humans—where ever the behavior started it was behaviors which were successful for living a stable enough life to raise a family which were necessary and sufficient.

“Not that each and every person behaved in accordance, all human survival needs is “enough” individuals in the group survive— just enough to enable families to survive.

In this sense History is story of the “some” of that survival and the kinds of social order created by people.

One quality of human beings is they can communicate with each other.—still, “poor communication” is considered a major problem in society, the part that makes the “poor” part of human communication by percentage of all human communication which is “poor” is very small— we drive cars, and ride in airplanes, make billions of daily purchases, 50,000 people can come together for a sports event and not have a gang war. But that small amount can also be very divisive problematic. . .

And may lead to situations where people, and often innocent people, are killed or severely injured, families are destroyed, war , and the list goes on and on and on.

Enough individuals need to do enough for the group to survive, whether by personal choice actively and directly involved in survival behaviour, or authoritarian structure where some do work under different level sf duress and others benefit enforced by law..

One interesting thing about human beings is that there are many things which may not be necessary for human survival have become essential for survival—our mass consumer economy has created a cacophony of products, businesses and markets creating new behaviors some instead of and others opposed to, existing behaviors

Science & technology qualitatively improve human access to survival necessities increasing survival outcomes,

Past behavior creates a structure of behavior in the society to which people become adjusted, where doing it reinforces the structure and reinforce it but Science and Technology create new things which require changes in the established behavior —notice how behavior at jobs has changed in our own history.

People create new, and often better, ways to meet needs which bring changes to their society, changes which in turn bring new needs, new products and new changes—and new confrontations between the old and new way of doing things.

People developed history which makes us thankful for our personal survival but still its more than sad to also see the injustice, the inhumanity and the suffering of so many innocent people to reach this level . . . still it only encourages the social problems to grow if knowledge of these injustices and inhumanities are censored by political opportunists.

Those “bad” behaviors are embedded in each of us biologically —as are the good behaviors!—as we grow from birth to adult and as adults reinforced by our sense of reality.

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

Faulkner The Hamlet

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What do you think an economy should do?—Maybe another time! I have a few of these images, sitting at computer I lean back, look down, and often enjoy the design of line and color.

The camera is a tool that sees but needs the person to tell it what to see.

My mother had a stroke, which impaired her cognitive ability enough to activate my Power of Attorney, she also developed expressive aphasia. When I was with her I was often measuring her sensual abilities needed for everyday situations such as identifying steps.surfaces, distances, letters and words.

Feets don’ fail me now.

Sometimes I would compare categories, see could see a tree, she could reach out and touch it, if she encountered it in the path she would walk around it and she would call it a “keller” or a a “pugne.” After lunch she would look out the window and count the “kellors.”

Interesting New England building

When I took her to a new place such as to a doctor, I would first make the trip by myself, scout it out, measuring the time and identifying any problems such as parking, distances, stairs.

Cambridge, 1970 Music in the park

By the time you get to here you may be wondering what is a photograph supposed to do. Photographs have been around for about two centuries, Art is creating an image to communicate instead of using visual symbols representing spoken language, and Chinese characters are somewhere in between and graphic designers often use design of the type to make a word express a feeling. 5.13 billion people—66.5%— around the world have cell phones and of that three billion are smart phones—

Looks like a bus stop in HIghland Ave in Somerville .

Three billion people are carrying around a high quality camera and can use that camera to instantly send the photograph to someone else.—Billions of photographs are created everyday., I would often see this bus stop in in early 1970s and people would often would often be talking, people might come early to socialize a little before the bus. Now everyone is busy talking or listening to their phones.

Bus stop on HIghland Ave, Somerville MA

Gate, Gate, Paragate, , Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha