January 20th, 2012

Writer's Block: State of the Union

Who do you think would make a great U.S. president?
Nobody. Period.

Even if we were to abolish the provision of the Constitutions that says that the President must be born here, and be a citizen, and be at least thirty-five years old. There is no one in the world who can serve as an effective executive of a country with three-hundred-million people, especially with a constitution designed to serve a country with four million people, eighty-five percent of which did not have the right to participate. Not only will there never be a "great" President; there will probably never even be another good one.

The "best possible" president, or the "best available" President? Probably the one we have now.

Serpents and Doves, by Anthony DiMello

                                              So be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.--Matthew 10:16

Observe the wisdom that operates in doves and in flowers and trees and the whole of nature. It is the same wisdom that does for us what our brain could never do. It circulates our blood, digests our food, pumps our hearts, expands our lungs, immunizes our bodies, and heals our wounds while our conscious minds are engaged in other matters. This kind of nature wisdom we are only now beginning to discovery in so called primitive peoples, who like the dove are so simple and wise. We,who consider ourselves more advanced, have developed another kind of wisdom, the cunningness of the brain. For we have realized that we can improve our nature and provide ourselves with safety and protection and length of life and speed and comfort unknown to primitive peoples,all of these thanks to a fully developed brain.Our challenge is to recapture the simplicity and wisdom of the dove without losing the cunningness of the serpentine brain. How can you achieve this? Through an important realization, namely, that every time you strive to improve our nature by going against it you will damage yourself, for nature is your very being. It is as if your right hand were to fight your left hand or your right foot would to stamp on your left foot. Both sides lose and instead of being creative and alive you are locked in conflict. This is the state of most people in the world.

Serpents and Doves  (Thanks to pilgrimage)  (More good stuff behind the link)

We are beginning to realize that a little bit of rain and cold, poor health and short life are not too high a price to pay for our souls.  The Judeo Christian tradition has always wondered whether trading innocence for cunningness was a good bargain.  Perhaps it is only because i am getting old, losing my marbles, and maybe my "Way." that i find nature more and more wise and myself (and, God forgive me, others) more and more stupid.

Mahsati Ganjavi: The Pathway Finally Opened

When my heart came to rule
in the world of love,
it was freed
from both belief
and from disbelief.

On this journey,
I found the problem
to be myself.

When I went beyond myself,
the pathway finally opened.

Mahsati Ganjavi: The Pathway Finally Opened

This twelfth century Sufi from Azerbaijan says it all so simply and completely!
She was persecuted for ideas that flowed directly from her love of Love!
She is fast becoming one of my heroes.
It is an atrocity that I know the names of so many celebrities and politicians
with worthless and useless ideas
and do not know the name of Mahsati Ganjavi.