Archive for July, 2018

201 – Presence …

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Although I don’t feel it, my body is constantly changing: Cells constantly die and are replaced by new ones that already know the functions of those they are replacing; my heart constantly pumps re-oxygenated blood to revitalize every niche in my body; my brain and nervous system constantly adjust to meet my emotional and physical changes.

These are but a few of the many amazing feats my body constantly accomplishes to keep me alive. But there is another one: A mysterious yet fundamental feat through which the myriad components of my body collectively generate a Presence, a Persona I project into the world.

And as astonishing about me this is, there is something even more astonishing: Of all the living species I know of, I, a representative of homo sapiens, have grown so self-conscious of my Presence in the world that I can trace it not only through my own personal history but through the history of the species. And yet, somehow, this degree of self-consciousness has made me incapable of taking responsibility for the impact my Presence makes on the world. Consequently, I am facing an environmental upheaval of unprecedented proportions.

Is it not astonishing? It has taken homo sapiens the grueling upheavals of a long evolutionary process for me to be conscious of my Presence in the world, but because I refuse to take responsibility for what my Presence does to the world, I might be wiped out without a trace from the face of the world.

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200 – Notice

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Due to unanticipated circumstances, I will no be posting on July 1st.

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