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posted : 2006.Jan.31 @ 4.21pm
Here's a slice of the film Good Will Hunting that is even more relevant now.


Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk,
something nobody else can break. So I take a shot at it and maybe
I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, 'cause I did my job well.
But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa
or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village
where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never had a
problem with get killed. (rapid fire) Now the politicians are sayin' "send
in the Marines to secure the area" 'cause they don't give a shit. It won't
be their kid over there, gettin' shot. Just like it wasn't them when their
number got called, 'cause they were pullin' a tour in the National Guard.
It'll be some guy from Southie takin' shrapnel in the ass. And he comes
home to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country
he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his
old job, 'cause he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks.
Meanwhile my buddy from Southie realizes the only reason he was over
there was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price.
And of course the oil companies used the skirmish to scare up oil prices so they
could turn a quick buck. A cute, little ancillary benefit for them but it ain't helping
my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. And naturally they're takin' their sweet time bringin'
the oil back and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes
to drink seven and sevens and play slalom with the icebergs and it ain't too long 'til he
hits one, spills the oil, and kills all the sea-life in the North Atlantic. So my buddy's out
of work and he can't afford to drive so he's got to walk to the job interviews which sucks
'cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin' him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starvin'
'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue-plate special they're servin' is
North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. . .

So what'd I think?

I'm holdin' out for somethin' better. I figure I'll eliminate the middle man. Why not just shoot my
buddy, take his job and give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a
baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? Christ, I could be elected President.

posted : 2006.Feb.01 @ 8.41pm
"when polarizations are seen for what they are - an ongoing process of
uniting opposites - the alchemical metaphor becomes more obvious.
Images depicting this "union of opposites" theme - sun and moon,
masculine and feminine, king and queen - permeate numerous alchemical
texts and symbolize the genesis of "the great work" that mixes,
merges, heats, ferments, cools, separates, distills, and refines its

- antero alli
"towards an archeology of the soul"

posted : 2006.Feb.01 @ 8.45pm
"morning rapture.
every creature in the waking sun
sounding off the light that is given.
continuous throughout the world
wave of sound.
bird tribe."

- gabriel and sapphire

snow goddess, by michael whelan

posted : 2006.Feb.01 @ 8.49pm
"this is what's happening"

- gabriel and sapphire

posted : 2006.Feb.01 @ 8.54pm
"The elements were bestowed on us by the stars, the complex compounds given to us by the young Earth, the informed sequences of the genes by the microorganisms, our limbs and organs by advanced life forms, and the linguistic symbols carrying our thoughts and feelings by the human venture. We could not see without the work of those who shaped the eye; Could not hear without the work of those who shaped the ear. The universe created these gifts, lavishing them upon us; Our first and deepest response is infinite gratitude."

- Brian Swimme, PhD.
"the universe is a green dragon; a cosmic creation story"

posted : 2006.Feb.02 @ 10.08pm
" some point, we must sleep, at some point we must visit the dreamtime, at some point we must cease the thinking mind, cease the sensual body, cease the need to know and rest our swirling selves into an expansive moment (all things contained, nothing held).

It doesn't matter how many wings
beat against the air to keep this bluegreen home afloat in space.

What matters is that flight takes hold within the winds,
an offering of how to rise
of how to greet the day's becoming without fear of falling
of how to become the day with our entire body
of how to greet the dark that rises also
and is filled with stars... "

- eve, the lady apples
an exerpt from her poem, becoming the word alive

posted : 2006.Feb.16 @ 11.09pm
"Funnily enough, scientists are currently pondering over the strange fact that the whole universe seems special. There is exactly enough material in the whole universe to make it, and the ratios between the fundamental forces seem specifically tuned to produce an amazingly complex, beautiful and enduring universe. Slightly fiddle with any bit of it and you get a universe of black holes, insubstantial fizzballs and other lifeless setups."

- John Martineau
Acclaimed geometer

posted : 2006.Mar.03 @ 1.38pm
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change,
the courage to change the things i can,
and the wisdom to know the difference."

- Niebuhr

posted : 2006.Mar.03 @ 3.49pm
"How do you catch a beautiful bird without killing it? By becoming the sky."

- Antero Alli
From his book angel tech; a modern shaman's guide to reality selection"

posted : 2006.Mar.03 @ 11.08pm
The medium is the message.

-Marshall McLuhan

posted : 2006.Mar.20 @ 8.18pm
The River of Heaven wheels round at night
Drifting the circling stars,
At Silver Bank, the floating clouds
Mimic the murmur of water.
By the Palace of Jade the cassia blossoms
Have not yet fallen,
Fairy maidens gather their fragrance
For their dangling pouches of magic.

- Li He

posted : 2006.Mar.25 @ 5.50pm
so happily we live without hate among those with hate.
Among people who hate, we live without hate.

so happily we live without misery among those in misery.
Among people in misery, we live without misery

so happilly we live without ambition amongst those with ambition.
Among people who are ambitious we live without ambition.

so happily we live
we who have no attachments.
We shall feast on joy as do the radient gods.

Health is the foremost possession,
contentment the foremost wealth,
trust the foremost kinship and
liberation the foremost happiness.

- The Dhammapada

posted : 2006.Mar.30 @ 2.25pm
The great cultural accomplishment of western civilization is this thing called the ‘Free Individual’ but now that we’re on the brink of the electronic dispensation exactly what we’re going to do with the Free Individual and how that’s going to look in an era where consciousness flows through a thousand portals, is not at all clear. It’s not clear whether we can somehow carry the idea of the Free Individual to a higher level where each of us becomes some kind of god, lord over our own creation as vast as time and space, yet virtual, as the cosmos in which we find ourselves imbedded, or whether the Free Individual is going to turn out to have been the problem all along and we’re going to abandon it and become some sort of socialist gas or some collectivist swarm- a hive mind in a world where intelligence flows where needed and identity is provisional and fleeting, unanchored to place or body.

Much of this goes on the internet, you know.

- Terrence McKenna
In the Valley of Novelty, Pt.02, 1998


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