Life of know life

One n’ either

At 76 years of age some days I might wonder what the world wold be if me and my camera had chosen to be the guardian of the Gate of the Past, that gate which always shines with glory . . .

Would .I have rejected the Bodhisattva He Who Observes the Sounds of the World

What sounds would I have missed hearing ?

Maybe the sound of people being friends. or just the sound of my own name.

Alameda Creek

Walking along Alameda Creek gives me a chance to be someone else than myself . . .

That self full of 76 years of life, even so I can still pretend I was not me. . . .

If only I had done that or had not done this. . .

Could I have been a different?

Would I have been a different person or the same person? Is my essence greater than my experience or would my experience have changed my essence?

Or does no matter what your life was . . .

The same person would have come through it all being me..

Everyday, or most every day, I walk along theAlameda Creek levee

Somehow the same places look different . . .

and the different places look the same.

Only to find that its me that has changed, and is changing, into my self.

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A moment in a small midwest town . . .

and a moment in a big city.

A family I remember from, over 50 years ago. They were my friends then, I hope their life was good., His father had been a preacher rural Missouri, he played a little piano and sometimes we would sing some of those old gospel songs.

My own mother,, at the time of this photo I was not sure if she knew who I was, maybe at the moment of the photo she did so today I can have the memory she did know who I was

That is one nice quality about words, you can make them mean whatever you want whenever you want—“
I mean, know words are still the same.

Some daze its easier, well maybe more fun anyway, to think of it all —my life— as just a bunch of designs dancing randomly through my memories. As I get older it seems easier to sort & shuffle these memories around, recall them in a different order, imagine I actually did them n that new order, where I knew things and then unlearned them rather than learning from making mistakes but maybe I would have just lost the things I wanted instead of only getting some of those things I wanted and not getting others,

What my camera feels like sandwiched between reality and my illusions.

Gate Gate paragate, parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Schemeless seamless dreams

Half Price moments

The creation of writing was a qualitative change in human history.—clay tablet, vellum, , paper, manuscripts, books and now electronic.

A retired history teacher, we discussed quantitative versus qualitative approaches to history.

I used to like to go to bookstores. Decades ago when I was traveling around new England in my van , if I passed through a small town and there was a used bookstore, I would stop and visit.

A photography teacher in the photography section.

Living in East (San Francisco) Bay, on Sundays we used to visit North Berkeley, have some Chinese breakfast ,browse the Art & Craft Co-op and the Black Oak Bookstore in North Berkeley,

This man talked about his daughter, for about 20 minutes straight, I listened to the history of her career. He was very proud of her.

I like wandering through the shelves looking at the books. I enjoyed doing it at the library also, but there was no talking !

This man talked about Vedanta and Dyhyana in the “religion” section.

I enjoyed doing it at the library also, but there was no talking !

This man was a career mechanic who enjoyed working on cars so much that even on his day off he was enjoying learning more about cars.

In the city where I live there is a Half Price, Bookstore and I enjoy browsing, especially the clearance section and meeting interesting people, I think being around used books is big factor in that enjoyment.

A retired teacher.

At HPBooks I can meet people, and have a short conversation which usually it starts when I inquire with a question about a book they are browsing and the conversation unfolds…

Alameda Creek

STEM—Fremont is in the Silicon Valley area, Lam, Tesla and Seagate (operational headquarters) are examples of local businesses, and is home to many Valley employees.

Fibonacci is a series of numbers associated with many different “things,” such as artistic proportions and technical analysis of stock charts.

(Except for the first man, every shirt has writting on it.) .

Alameda Creek

Its difficult for me to throw things away., Its like spending money down from savings . . .

Whatever is the “thing, it is a thing made from a piece or some pieces of this Earth.

When I throw it in the garbage its got nowhere to go,

If it can be recycled , that is great.. Some things things are donated in the hopes others will use them.

Some, things , such as glass and paper, but not enough, can be recycled through technological processes.

Other stuff just goes to “the dump.”

Some of that “dump stuff” takes very-very more than people’s life times to be returned to Earth. And it sits there decaying, “entropying”, and wasting space and energy that could be used more productively. for life on Earth.

Earth is the home of people, everyone born on Earth has a birthright to a place on this Earth. I do not mean “we should expect others to “share their very-very wealth.” and their “very-very power.” Rather we all should learn to respect everyone’s Birth Right, a right to a place and a life on this Earth. Just because yo draw a line in the dirt and call it a country does not give you more rights to the Earth than anyone else.

Of all the planets, in all the solar systems, in all the galaxies in Universe, Earth is the only one we know which has “ intelligent life”—us— on it . . . a life which is busy with some killing others so they can live their very-very lives..

Matter can not be created or destroyed and like a bank account which has no income, you only take out money for living and in the name of our “successful consumer economy” . we are busy spending down the very “bank account” which gave us life . . ..

. . . mostly so a very very few can be very very wealthy, while many of us not in that group, can live comfortable lives having families, homes and professional ,careers and others, well after all, maybe they did not have a birthright.,just born on this Earth by accident. . . .

while we hopefully pass the problems on to another generation. One day there will be nothing left., well not nothing, just nothing left that will support human life , but the “very-very some” will have their piles of consumer junk as memorials for future visitors from far off in space somewhere who will look on the piles of garbage just like we look on the pyramids today.

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For most of my 76 years there have been a few recurring themes in my dreams,

I am somewhere in Boston trying to get back to Cambridge, maybe way out somewhere in Brookline, and I need to use public transportation which which takes me to a public transportation station on the Mystic Bridge, or is the Salt andPepper Bridge, it changes,

Sometimes I am lost downtown, I don”t recognize the stores, but I have to get across the bridge to get to Cambridge,

I am confused because the Mystic River Bridge does not go to Cambridge,

I pop out on Mass Ave some where between Harvard and Porter Squares and work my way back through Harvard square past Elsie’s over to Fairmont and River Streets where my apartment is occupied by someone else.

I am not known there where there is no room anyway, out on the street again, up Mass Avenue

Searching to find Brother Blue playing his harmonica and tambourine in time to his stories with his blue fringe swirling around his turning.

My dreams make no sense either, so to remind me of this Buddha holds a chard -with-rope-texture presented to me at Chaco Canyon.

Gate Gate Paragate. Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Wear two go

志野焼 Shino-yaki

Antique e-shino plate: Shino is a Japanese “folk pottery” kiln from the Seto-Mino area of Japan. The “e” refers to picture; e-shino means shino pottery with a picture, such as a brush drawing of a plant.

Generally quality Japanese pottery, folk or Kyoto style, comes packaged in a wooden box called a “Tomobaku” (link to Robert Yellin’s explanation). often the box is also a piece of Art.

This is how Sidney Cardozo writes about an encounter in his book The Art of Rosanjin. 

When Rosanjin did call on Picasso, he brought this most renowned Western artist an example of his potting. Naturally it was in the finest of paulownia wood boxes. Picasso was fascinated by the smoothness of the wood and glowed with pleasure as he stroked the surface. Impatiently, Rosanjin thundered “Not the box, not the box, you simple child! What I made is inside the box!”  
Quoted from Robert Yellin’s excellent site on Japanese pottery : http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/thebox.HTM

This box top says:
Large kanji = Set (of dishes); small kanji refers to e-shino,
They are (likely) antique I b ought them some years ago from Robert Yellin who told me they came from a “roadhouse,.’ its a nice story, I don”’t know if its true, however the large characters are an old way of referring to a set of dishes. In Japan where a set of stuff for serving food is generally five—plates, ,bowls, yunomi, hashioki, etc.

Pottery is a tool created by human beings to improve the quality of life. Its been around for over 25,000 years . Who thought of making a bowl out of mud?; who thought of firing the piece of mud and figured out how to make a container which could hold liquid? Pottery is a tool people use in their daily life. and the quality of the potter is both technical and ascetic.

Unohanagaki style shino chawan, after style of a famous tea bowl., also purchased from Robert Yellin,

Do you have a favorite cup or bowl. which you use regularly because you enjoy using it? ?? Which artists first created pottery to gave meaning to the lives of everyday users, I think the artistic experience of daily using a wonderful rice bowl is more important than going to a museum where I have to pay, stand in line, can only go at certain times. and No Touching Please!

An aka shino (red) guionmi. for sake

grey shino guinomi

Gray shino yunomi for every day sencha or buncha..

Alameda Creek

Invited by our parents
We came here

As temporary guests,
And without remaining mind,
We go back to our native place
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Takuan Sōhō  沢庵 宗彭, December 24, 1573 – January 27, 1645

Mos’ days I walk along Alameda Creek . I have a small p&s —Nikon 8200—camera. I’m walking for 3-4 miles for exercise so I don’t carry the heavier SLR , and the SLR would focus me on protecting the camera when the main purpose of being there is the exercise.

Some people express “Its a wonder that people are so different!!”

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night.
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple song by Grateful Dead

Equally amazing is that even though each individual has “unique experiences” using their five senses to “know” the Universe, these unique experiences, through reason, become common experiences..and it can do this while maintaining the unique experience. Houses are al different , but we can talk about houses n general—common meaning— and our Dream House or a F.L. Wright house .

Its a wonder we are so much the same— humans have common languages. A language is a complex thing to learn and individuals learn, at whatever different levels, a language—even people who may not have .all five senses are able to learn/create some kind of language to communicate with others and to share common meanings.

Words, audible sounds, which originally were unique meaningful expressions of an individual became homogenized common sounds for a networked group of people, a society.

When western anthropologists first “discovered” different small societies there were not so many material variables and/or they were not able to see them, but they could “feel” and “see” this“ process of culture” as it worked in a small setting..

As part of the “European colonialization period” social scientists, still in its infancy, like most Europeans tended to view these others as “technologically not so advanced” which probably leads to an observational methodological bias that the more advanced can observe the less advanced and understand what is going on and the less advanced cannot have this understanding.

Along with the negative aspects, the concept of “culture,” the process of the homogenization of individual unique experiences so that people speak the same language with common meanings was, to some extant, at the expense of individuals not having sounds to express their unique experiences which few, if any others, outside of family would understand.

Learning your language just happens by growing up. Its a natural process of human beings.and a good example of how natural human qualities are quantitatively distributed among human beings. What is the difference between an obsession and an ability to focus?

Through written human history, we know there were other people who as adults traveled around the Earth, learned to speak and read/write other languages. Centuries before CE, peoples were migrating, traveling, trading, conquering building civilizations all over the Earth.—basically :

The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been
opening lines from Romance of the Three Kingdoms  三國演義 14th century Classic Chinese novel.

What we call “Globalization” is a process which has been going on for a long time , since the beginning of Humanity, when homo sapiens decided they could not survive here and moved there.

But very slowly. . .

Home sapiens are 200,000 years history, These technological changes creating a Global Village have rapidly accelerated during the past centuries, faster during the past few decades and even faster during the past 20 years.

People all over the Globe have quality “culture-process” inter-communication, and increasingly humans all over the world are affected by, and are effecting, a world culture. In the he human past is hows this kind of process has been cycles of killing, stealing , subjugating and the “law & order” of a political elite. Who owns the Earth? Why do I own this piece of land my house sits on? Going back 25 years its because I paid for it, but going back centuries, its because some people committed genocide and property theft to colonialize and later found this country.

If in the present and future process of Globalization, humans cannot develop a better process to unite and create a global political entity, who’s to say, but for sure hundreds of millions of innocent humans on Earth will die.

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I do not believe that Art has to make a social or political statement, but I do believe Art can be used to make a social or political statement, and that sometimes the Art makes a social or political statement without the intention of the artist to do so.

To whom does Art belong?

This family used to walk by my apartment regularly on their way to shopping. He looks like a good son but sometimes I feel sorry for him Jamacia Plain, 1973

See how they are dressed, the expressions on their faces and their gestures. It feels like Iron Curtain countries, 1950s. I used to wonder, here is a young man about my age, did he work at a job with a career track? What kind of goals he had for his life? did he date or join buddies for Saturday night at a neighborhood bar with a pool table which served boilermakers with beer chasers? Jamaica Plain, circa 1973

A snowing day in the Back Bay (about 1972)

Early one morning, Sometimes people like photographs of themselves, sometimes they object. Making photographs of myself has been a combination of a readily available and cheap model ,

This man looks like a walking meditation.

This is really not graffiti., I stand in front of the sun, the image is there, and after I make the photograph and walk away the image is gone just as if I had never been there. Still theoretically the area of sunlight blocked f would for a second or two have a made an impression on the paint. Suppose we had a machine which 200 years from now could read the paint and visually recall the moment of the image and measure the difference—would that change history?

Words can be more perfect than behavior, they can describe a utopia, but while its only behavior which can make it happen, its the words that inspire and direct.

gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā,

A small image of buddha from the temple where grew the Bodhi Tree under which Shaka Buddha was enlightened.

Boo, Duh, and Eye

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Cherries & Nishin Soba

Everyday the challenge is to get something to eat.

Painting by Janney

Nishin soba is a traditional Japanese bowl dish made with soba noodles, hot tsuyu broth, herring filets, shiitake mushrooms, sake, sugar, mirin, soy sauce, and dashi. Kyoto is famous for its nishin soba..

Jindai-ji (Jindai temple) in Chofu is famous for soba noodles, you can eat there or purchase a package of dry soba noodles to make at home— this time I did both..

Boo used to be a slang word for marijuana, it was not common among people I knew in the 1960s, I think is was more associated with earlier jazz musicians.

Duh is the old story of the no-longer-a-job milkman —when I grew up instead of buying milk at a store a milkman used to deliver milk in the early morning. using a horse and wagon , and later a milk truck. The milk came in bottles , when the bottle was empty you washed it out and put it on the porch for pickup the next morning . You could leave the milkman a note with your order in the small milk box on the porch.

The small boy asks his mother “Duh, Mother, why do I say Duh all the time?” She replied. ”I don’t know go ask your father.”

The small boy asked his father “Duh, Father ,why do I say Duh all the time?” He replied. ”I don’t know go ask your sister”.

The small boy asked his sister “Duh, Sis, why do I say Duh all the time?” She replied. ”I don’t know”, go ask the milkman.”.

The small boy asked the milkman, “Duh, Mr Milkman , why do I say Duh all the time?” He replied. “Duh, I don’t know.”

And eye is the camera . A photograph shows change not by showing the changing but by showing what did not change.Though we lived in the house it was always “the house” even though it was changing all the time,

A camera is a machine, which extends our eye, and enables us to transcend time as well as space. A camera can make many kinds of images, most of which may not make “sense” to the human eye which sees like the “correctly exposed” image made using a camera.

The “traditional” film image and the “digital ” image on a drive are both yet to be photographs,. the human eye cannot yet experience the image. Maybe there is an application which enables the computer to “see” a directory of jpg files and sort them out by “things” humans can see

Last week I included some images of a building in San Francisco. I forgot about this one and came across it later. The building lends itself to a lot of visual fun

Alameda Creek

Almost everyday walking along Alameda Creek, its another day to be the only planet with “scientifically known intelligent life” in Universe ..

Same tree but color has changed, same ground but texture has changed . . . same sky but blue or gray— it watching the same things change.

Trees ,ground,, sky, what are these things?

One day small, anther day big; one day green, another day brown; , one day blue, another day grey —its still tree, ground, sky .

We see things by comparing things to each other and finding they are not the same. No two things in the universe are the same . Life must differentiate between things which enable survival from those that do not —I can eat this thing, I cannot eat that thing.

Other things we can only measure ordinally—put them into an order without knowing the difference between them. This one is big,. that one is heavy, that one is faraway, that person is intelligent. But ordinal measurements always require a comparison, another standard. In a group of apples some will be heavier than others but you only know that after you experience them or the person making the statement brings previous experience —the fruit produce person says “This is a big apple.” because they have seen so many apples in their life.

Everyday people throughout history were comparing , differentiating, and defining,—“This is good,” “That is bad., “Can eat this” or “Can’t eat that.”

Some things we can measure with .interval level accuracy—I need 36 inches of that cloth; Two cups of water and one-third cup of flour; a 9″ x 12″ rug . . .

Other things are not so definitive. The problem is not so much measuring something as comparing one thing to another which requires tools based on common measurable qualities, such as inches, kilograms or degrees .Most of our decisions are based on choosing something over other things and we need some standard y to measure them.

Before language, early people did not have words, they had to experience and from experience developed and evolved words and language most of which is about differentiating things and measuring and comparing them to make choices.. What is a“same thing,” what is a “different thing”

And daily people are measuring themselves,,perhaps even causing anxiety and fear. while manly who don o measurement of themselves are busy being arrogant ,and usually bullying others

After the big rain storm last Sunday the creek was flush with water . . .

On earth there are different languages . If there are “Real Things ” then translation would be just a matter of matching the right sound to the thing.

. . . it rose a few feet drowning many small animals such as ground squirrels, and mice and all week long its been an open buffett for the local turkey vultures

But as translators have often discussed, its not so simple, even within a society there are differences between written and spoken words, and in different languages .many nuances among words representing the same thing. make it difficult translate. the differences..When there is only one language on Earth ir will be easier to for people to communicate, but there will be a lot less to communicate.
Or maybe not, when yo consider that congress passes laws written by lawyers which seem very clear only to find when they are enforce ,usually to wealthy people, that the words have little or no meaning.

Photographs for me may not be about the moment in front of the lens but about the relationship between of lines, the shapes, colors, gestures , i.e. the visual artistic variables.

Friends on a visit. The snow geese stopped by for a few days last year or maybe last spring, The local geese are holding their heads up straight and looking so proud as if they are showing off their guests to the less fortunate.

Different languages have more agreement with words which represent things for which we have tools designed by humans which use common mathematical intervals to measure a thing, such as meters or kilograms and less for things which use ordinal or nominal level “tools” to measure such as bigger or smaller,, more or less, You can compare a house to a rock measuring inches but it has very little practical use and you can compare a parent”s love for their child, but its either really obvious when parent does not lover their child or you find that people have many qualitatively different ways of expressing their love. which cannot be measured or compared quantitively.

The eye is busy visually experiencing while the brain is busy defining things . It could be the eye sees things and the brain learns this is a thing as well as the eye sees and the brain defines what was seen as a “thing.” Humans created and evolved language based on very different life experiences than we have now, and learning language both enables communication while giving us word meanings which may be more applicable to the past and may influence how we behave int he present and, of course, the future.

Feet and green-gun-shaped discarded-deteriorated-packaging material along the Alameda Creek Trail. Its another day to be on the only planet in the Universe with “scientifically known intelligent life”— and here we are busy killing each other.while trying to find a balance between compassion for others and pragmatic for ourselves.

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Causes and effects—There are special effects, collateral effects, body effects, Its Human Nature to do things, and when its things we do not want to do, maybe do not have the skill to do them, we might pay others to do them for us because its a good investment,

I like to get my shadow to do things for me, its not too expensive, and when it makes a mistake it cannot run and hide.

Sometimes I think to have my own back and feel like I am going sideways , barely treading water.

Or then its not exactly what I want. but when I look find it.

What kind of society do we have when we seek full employment to provide maximum jobs by growing an economy which produce an unending supply of new and different products base1d on constantly changing popular whims and superficial feelings at the expense of basic survival for many and the loss of meaningful personal achievement for most.

Marshall Minnesota, 1970

;Selection from Heart Sutra brushed by Janney

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

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