I am curious as to what people do–what is their actual behavior compared to the words used to express it
Some words are general, these people are waiting for a bus, they are doing the same thing,–waiting for the bus– but each is doing it differently in a different place.
I use the term society to mean a group of people who interact with each other in shared social networks, “Culture” as a popular term has developed a meaning different than the original sociological and anthropological intentions,.
To one person he is getting dressed , to another he is being disgusting.
Think of culture as a field resulting from individual‘s interactive behavior which defines the structure of human behavior within a specific area defined by the network of interaction.. Probably worked much better in the 1800 ’s; now the Earth is The Only Area . . .The only culture on this Earth is a global culture..
Graffitti–Art or vandalism? What is being communicated and Who‘s on first?
Culture is a unifying force, or field, like a gravitational field with natural forces between stars, planets and particles acting upon each other to move things around in an ordered manner enabling functionality and survival, while constantly changing.
Its the same with people, when they behave in ways that enable survival those behaviors are repeated because they work. Imagine if each person had to develop their language instead of learning one, how little conversation there would be, how little evolution.
This is what happens when people behave as society, is this human nature?
Human Nature and Social Solidarity
Pretty much every day I walk along Alameda Creek, usually between Beard Road Staging and Isherwood. I usually have a point&shoot camera with me.
Man in society must be under rulers.
St Thomas Aquinas
Is Human Nature a Thing or a a Set of Things which all individuals have in equal or differing quantities. If everyone has these qualities, are they good or bad? or are some qualities good and some bad. or can a quality be good in one situation and bad in another?
Mostly people behave in ways which enable the functioning of the society, taking a walk along the levee i spretty safe
Some authoritarian philosophies of social solidarity support government policy to defend those who hold political power using law.: The purpose of law is order, not justice.
“Man in society must be under rulers.” Saint Thomas Aquinas
The private good and the public good are not the same.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Just rule by one person is the best form of government, Its opposite is the worst.
Just as government by a king is best, so government by a tyrant is the worst.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
So many tyrants, so little time. and it only gets worse with nation states–national sovereignty, tax payer funded military, laws defending the state, patriotism, demagogues_is it human nature that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely..
Authoritarian philosophies usually are built on the belief that parts of human nature are good and other parts bad,
Those parts which are bad, defined ideally, are parts which create disorder in the society having a negative effect on the equality of life for people. and need to be prevented by any means necessary.
In real life, parts which are bad, are defined by the personal interests of the ruler.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,
From a distance there is always peace in the valley, but when you try to go its so far away.
Three sets of sunglasses
Siddhartha Gautuma had four sightings of the outside world which so moved him he left his princely life to search, as a holy man to understand the source of suffering from sickness, old age and death .
He not busy being born is busy dying .
Bob Dylan It‘s alright Ma
Half of the people can be part right all of the time
And some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time”
I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
“I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”
I said that.
Talkin‘ WWWIII Blues Bob Dylan
For some time I wondered if the goal of Buddhist practice was to awaken the Buddha inside myrself, then why was the Buddha hiding inside myself in the first place?
Was it at one time human nature t was o be a Buddha and then humans and Buddhas become separated?
the person and their Buddha were alienated from each other?
Or maybe there was no first place. . .in the first place.
One day Hui-chung asked Tzu-lin,
“What is the meaning of Buddha?”
Tzu-lin answered, “Awakening.”
Hui-chung asked “Is Buddha confused?”
Tzu-lin answered., “Buddha is never confused.”
Hui-chung said, “Why does he need awakening?”
The Mind of Chinese Ch’an The Ch’an school masters and their kung-ans by Yi Wu
I was married in a Buddhist Temple. My face looks weird but I was never comfortable in a suit . My parents look happier than us. Priest Murakami was hesitant to marry us, he wondered if I was an ”American fad&fashion buddhist.”
Older Japanese houses may not have central heating, especially n the more rural the area.. In cold times people sit around the kotatsu, a table with a heat source underneath and a padded cover.
A pair of kotatsu repurposed as tables
Do words express true meanings,
I mean no words are still the same..
What is it that is so confusing about words??
Young . . .
or old . Why is it that I must awaken the Buddha inside me instead of the Buddha awaking the I holding him. imprisoned?
.Gate gate para gate, parasamgate Bodhi svaha