Door gone bye
A door in Shibuya, spring, 2008, The english works well to effect a common feeling.—this must be what some clothes designers might feel.
Sengai, a Japanese priest and calligrapher (b 1750, d. October, 1837). This is the cover of a catalog /book about an exhibition at the Japanese Cultural Festival inOakland CA , April and May, 1956. One his famous drawings, the book notes: “Possibly Sengai’s conception of the universe.”
Chicago, fall, 1969, a rainy mid afternoon, “groovy” was a popular term people spoke then,
California and Powell (San Francisco), the former starts from around water level and runs to the top of Nob Hill and the latter runs from Market up hill to California, levels at road width out here and starts down to the bay. Every corner is a steep hill,
Traffic control is four blinking red lights, Cable cars run up and down California t and Powell, Pedestrians and drivers, not familiar with this intersection come to the red light, stop and do not know what to do next. Pedestrians, probably visitors mostly, often just stand there for awhile, trying to get it, while horns are honking because some confused driver , facing uphill or downhill, was holding in place in front of a local impatient driver.
When a cable car, and sometimes two at the same time, would approach the intersection the flashing red light became a solid red light in all four directions.
Making matters even worse,, see the guardhouse ? Sometimes there (was) a guard on duty, The roads are four lane and drivers will make “sudden” right turns on red, especially when other drivers are “hesitant and uncertain.” The guard on duty used to park his “bright new blue BMW ” on the on the left, just down from the guardhouse and drivers coming from the two lanes down hill would have to merge to avoid the illegally parked car.on the right,
Looking East along Powell St
Add-in someone coming up the hill (where the cable car is) made a quick right-on-red turn and then a sudden brake or swerve to avoid the downhill car in the left lane. and or the parked car.
looking North along California Street
We are lucky that we speak in languages,
Each person has unique life experiences and lives in society, Language is a “thing” the individual learns by living in a society with a network of relationships. Imagine if every individual had to develop their own language . We would be like other animals, we could make sounds which communicate to others such things as danger, food, sexual attraction and even show compassion, or anger but having a language is a much more powerful capability.
To make this happen, a necessary component is there needs to be generational survivability in an ongoing society.
We can “produce” a surplus—we do not have to struggle through seasons like other animals—we can produce, store and use later.
If people, on Earth, would get along with each other, we could have a thriving world economy,
Its the “gettin’ along” with each other that is difficult, ir at this point appears impossible.
There would need to be common set of rules, at the very least a common set of enforceable rules for doing business .
In Sociology, there is the concept of “norms” —common behaviours creating a “structure of common behaviour which enables a society. to exist.
Regardless of different “individual psychologies”, enough people have common behaviors to enable a society to exist and persevere.
In the History of Human Development, people did not all start out at together, rather around the Earth different groups popped up here and there, found (worked) their way to survival and cultures emerged, cultures which for the most are not abut a different “reality” but different ways of surviving in the same reality.
Behavjors which happened in the past may or may not have been necessary to get here. we will probably never really know ,maybe we can never know.
But humans have “geo-political nation states now, funded by growing economies, taxes to support military, sovereign boundary lines drawn in the sand which justify killing others,
Of all the planets, in all the solar systems, in all of the galaxies in this Universe, thee is on only planet which has “developed intelligent life”. . .
And the “intelligent life” on that planet, on Earth, is busy killing each other. Still, the hope of language, that with brave leadership and support from equally brave and intelligent humans will create an Earth where peace, justice and respect for the birth rights of all people on Earth will prevail and respect for the human rights of others will be seen as a strength and not a weakness to be abused who have no respect for others or pride in themselves.
“The greatest photographic exhibition of all time
—503 pictures from 68 countries—
created by Edward Steichen for
The Museum of Modern Art
Prologue by Carl Sandburg”
“Photographs concerned with the religious rather than religions. With basic human consciousness rather than social consciousness. Photographs concerned with man’s dreams and aspirations and photographs of the flaming creative forces of love and truth and the corrosive evil inherent in the lie.”
The Family of Man © 1955 by the Museum of Modern Art from the introduction by Edward Steichen
“Rikyu traded his life for the black teabowl:
Chado—The Way of Tea –Even though Rikyu knew that Hideyoshi disliked black teabowls he dared ouse one to serve Hideyoshi. Shortlyafwards Hediyoshi ordered Rikyu to do seppuku on the 28th day of the 2nd month of the same year.
“In the shadows of Momoyama period Setoguro pottery which reach to our day, such human histories lie hidden.”
Kiseto and Setoguro Famous Ceramics of Japan Series Number 10 from the Introduction by Shosaku Furukawa published 1983
It is said “Three’s a crowd”
Clothes styles in 1960s
Toledo Ohio, 1968
At a daycare center in Toledo Ohio 1969. ,fifty-tree years ago, if these girls were four then, that would make them 57 years old,
UN Plaza. SanFrancisco, 2018
On the Sakura LIne, Tokyo . Imagine what the woman in the white jacket looked like when she was the same age as the woman next to her in blue.
And again, and again, and again, and again war is called up to fulfill the ambitions of one man, it raising its ugly head to one ma’s song ,a man whose personal ambitions justify killing thousands of innocent human beings.
Gate Gate, para gate,parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha
Heart Sutra calligraphy by Janney