“Little birdie, little birdie,
What makes your head so red.
You’ve a short time for to be here,
And a long time to be dead.”
traditional Appalachian song
Fifty years ago seems like along time ago:
Strong Maine , 1970
Leonard, Cambridge MA 1971
Japan Center, San Francisco, early 1990s
I have reached my definition of dementia —When I go to doctor with a problem, and the doctor tells me its because of my, age, it will not get better, and probable get worse as I age.
Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are part of the everyday life of of Tokyo residents, where people encounter them face to face as they go about their business. Here is one sandwiched in between office buildings with a grande view of an apartment building for their backyard landscape.Temples and shrines are designed for on-demand personal use.
Small among large, land ‘in Tokyo is very expensive and the zoning is very different,
The lush of San Francisco.
Individual people have five senses which enable a person to function in the universe. Living things, unlike rocks for example, are required to behave, to do something, to enable survival. Our senses give us information which enables survival.
We interact with the universe and differentiate one thing from another, Some things help us survive,, some do not and some things are dangerous. We use our senses to know and we can only know what we can sense.
We also have the ability to create tools to extend our senses,
While this does enable us to see things beyond the biological capabilities of our human senses, it does not enable us to know the things which might be “sensed” or “known” by other kinds of senses, not just smell, sight, sound, smell or taste. We cannot know what we don’t know.
We also have “mind” or “reason.” Through the process of human knowing we have knowledge—we know a bunch of “things” and we can use the mind/reason to relate them to each other using language.People use their senses to differentiate one thing from another and mind to give it a unique identity—a name.
In one sense the history of people is a history of always ”discovering new things, ” a history which brought a new meaning with the creation and development of writing, printing, and now digital, which makes information instantly accessible and enables a qualitatively new level of comparative analysis.
Sometimes new discoveries shed light —a thing is actually not a thing , but a bunch of different things. Air for the example, the (no) thing we used to differentiate things like a mountain from a tree, actually a bunch of small particles.
Things can have both a general and particular quality to them . We scan peak of horses in general,, a concept, yet each specific horse will never be the exact of the concept and it works well for communication and survival but there no such real horse as the concept of horse.
The camera is a tool to enable people to use light to record a moment of the past.
Still when people see the same photograph often they do not see the same thing
A photograph is a specific record, a particular situation of a thing, and not a general. yet people may still disagree on what they see when viewing the same photograph.
Sometimes its easier for people to agree on what is the general, an ”imaginary concept” of a thing; than on what is the particular, a specific ”Real” thing.
a) People are naturally good; or,
b) People are naturally bad; or,
c) People are naturally good and bad.
”Naturally” refers to a quality of human life which by default is unchangeable, immutable. We all have it, its human nature, in our biology.
Consider even if each of us has the quality, can there be quantitative differences of that quality among individuals . . .
Such as compassion, cruelty, a mechanical sense, a talent, a way with people, an instinct, an intuition.
a) People are naturally good; or.
b) People are naturally bad; or.
c) People are naturally good and bad.
Choose one of a), b), or c) from above: —How might the societies be different?.
Marshall McLuhan tells the story of two women meeting on a sidewalk.One is pushing a baby in a carriage and the other says ,“What a beautiful baby,” and the other responds , “Oh, you should see the photograph.”
I don’t care if my photographs are fake or real, they are just about trying to forget my problems to make myself feel happy enough to get through the day.
Gate gate paragate parasamgate, bodhi svaha