Bach and Schweitzer

Bach belongs to the order of objective artists. These are wholly of their own time, and work only with the forms and the ideas that their time proffers them. They exercise no criticism upon the media of artistic expression that they find lying ready to their hand, and feel no inner compulsion to open out new paths. Their art not coming solely from the stimulus of their outer experience, we need not seek the roots of their work in the fortunes of its creator. In them, the artistic personality exists independently of the human, the latter remaining in the background as if it were something almost accidental. Bach’s works would have been the same even if his existence had run quite another course.

Albert Schweitzer

The system only continues with our consent

The following is from Caitlin Johnstone

It’s easier to blame our problems on oligarchs or the Deep State or a cabal of satanic pedophiles than it is to blame them on systems that we ourselves participate in and have lived our entire lives intertwined with and which have been continuously normalized within our culture.

It’s easy to imagine a future without corrupt assholes. It’s almost impossible to imagine a future where human behavior is not driven by profit for its own sake, where we have moved from competition-based systems to collaboration-based ones where we all work together for the common good.

The fact is we’ll always be ruled by corrupt assholes as long as we have competition-based systems, because the best competitors will always be the most ruthless individuals who will do anything to get to the top. Get rid the current assholes and new assholes will necessarily arise to take their place.

It’s easy to say “Those assholes at the top need to go.” It’s much harder to say “Everything I’m familiar with needs to go.”

Read the rest here

The revolution will not be easy. But it will be inevitable.


Any laws of physics would do as well

Is the relationship of life to physics “opportunistic”?

Did life evolve using the arbitrary rules that a pre-existing physics set forth as a stage?

Or — the contrary view of the Anthropic universe — were the laws of physics crafted by life in order to make possible a physical realization of sensation and volition?

Think about how much life needs chemistry. The existence of chemical elements with very different properties depends on some very particular rules of physics. Quantum mechanics which determines the shapes of orbitals and quantum rules about how many electrons can be in each orbital.

And the very existence of of different chemical elements depends on a fine balance among the electric force, the strong force, and the weak force.

This convinces me that this universe is a home for life. That is its purpose.

(Also published as The Goldilocks Enigma)

Finale of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony

This music was composed in the summer of 1944, when Russia was finally turning the tide in a long and brutal war against the Nazis. Prokofiev said it was “a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.” He added “I cannot say that I deliberately chose this theme. It was born in me and clamoured for expression. The music matured within me. It filled my soul.”

Closer to truth

Julia Mossbridge is thoroughly familiar with the experiments demonstrating that human consciousness is either located outside the brain or is communicating by some means hitherto unknown to physics.

Robert Kuhn has taken an (outmoded) reductionist view, consistently aligned with mainstream paradigms. Julia takes him off-guard. Watch.


Nearer to the earth’s heart, deeper within its silence:
Animals know this world in a way we never will.

We who are ever distanced and distracted by the parade of bright windows thought opens:
Their seamless presence is not fractured thus.

Stranded between time gone and time emerging, we manage seldom to be where we are:
Whereas they are always looking out from the Here and Now.

May we learn to return and rest in the beauty of animal being, learn to lean low,
leave our locked minds, and with freed senses feel the earth breathing with us.

May we enter into lightness of spirit, and slip frequently into the feel of the wild.
Let the clear silence of our animal being cleanse our hearts of corrosive words.

May we learn to walk upon the earth with all their confidence and clear-eyed stillness,
So that our minds might be baptized in the name of the wind and the light and the rain.

— John O’Donohue via Joe Riley’s Panhala

She has dreams, desires, and aspirations

The modern attitude toward the Divine can be summarized in the words, “Let’s make sure the Divine takes good care of us, but as for finding what in reality the Divine might possibly need, let it look after itself.”.. the idea of looking after the gods vanishes from the Western world, as if by magic. And now it never for a moment occurs to us that the Divine might be suffering, aching from our neglect; that the Sacred desperately longs for our attention, far more than we, in some unconscious spasm, might feel a brief burst of embarrassed longing for the Sacred.

— Peter Kingsley, Catafalque (2018)

God needs you, not to bless or praise him, but to pursue the mission for which She granted you a place on this planet. — JJM

Versalius in Zante

I loved light ever, light in eye and brain —
No tapers mirrored in long palace floors,
Nor dedicated depths of silent aisles,
But just the common dusty wind-blown day
That roofs earth’s millions.

— Edith Wharton is 161 years old today

In this poem she gives up on having any new ideas. After all, she’s 51 years old.

For thus I read the meaning of this end:
There are two ways of spreading light; to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.
I let my wick burn out — there yet remains
To spread an answering surface to the flame
That others kindle.
________________Turn me in my bed.
The window darkens as the hours swing round;
But yonder, look, the other casement glows!
Let me face westward as my sun goes down.

Heaven is inside you

There are three heavens. These follow in sequence and are independent. The deeper lives of the human mind and disposition are arranged in a similar pattern. We have a central nature, intermediate, and outward natures. This is because when humanity was created, the whole divine design was gathered into it, to the point that the human being is the divine design and is therefore a heaven in miniature. We are therefore in touch with heaven as with our inner natures. The outside and the inside in each particular heaven are like our own volitional side and its cognitive aspect. The volitional is like a flame and the cognitive like the light that it sheds. We may therefore conclude that the state of our inner nature is what constitutes heaven and that heaven is within each of us, not an external place.

Emmanuel Swedenborg, from Heaven and Hell