The Worm Moon

At about 7:42 AM on Tuesday, March 7, we can be witness to the peak illumination of the last full moon of winter. It will last several days, and fittingly enough, this moon is called by some, “The Worm Moon.” It marks the time when, according to Eastern Woodlands Native Americans, the earth has warmed and softened enough for earthworms and beetle larvae to reappear. This brings robins and other birds to feed on them, roots start to push upwards, some begin to bloom, and the time for planting is obviously here. Spring is on the way, and this moon announces that in a bright and beautiful way. 

So I am letting myself be taken in and comforted by what is happening. It is beautiful, calming, amazing, and quietly miraculous. For me, then, the mourning of the missing drama of the winter night sky is finished — complete. The Worm Moon is here, and I am looking forward to another glorious season of rebirth, re-discovery, and more. 

— John Colgan-Davis

How’s it working for you?

Maybe you think that the quality of your experience of yourself has something to do with you? Maybe you can do something about how you feel if you’re not feeling the way you want to? Maybe someone who appears to feel better than you do about whatever there is to feel can give you some useful advice so you can feel better about things too?

What’s driving our experience of, or interpretation of ??? as, insufficiency and lack? What is it exactly that drives us to repair ourselves?

Are we there yet?

Might you be ready, or court ordered if not willing, to take a novel approach to the aching and vast mystery of yourself and the apprehension that stalks you like a chimera ready to pounce when your guard is down?

Let’s say you are. If the narrating mind is not mandatory, why consent to it as the authority over all your affairs?

The “I” sense is a rather magical orientation, some may claim to know how and why we are so easily and agreeably entrapped by its allure, but they are mistaken at best, and pieces of shit liars at worst. 

Just to be really upfront, though I do have a soft spot for perpetual evasion, our only objective is one or two seconds, maybe three on a good day, where the sense of “I” has abated, if not entirely disappeared, and you (or someone, or no one, or G-d) has taken notice of that fact.

Presence is not presence unless you (who?) are there to be the arbiter or noticer or witness of some spectrum of perceptual quality.

What we’re alluding to here is absolute and effortless erasure of the holder of opinions. We’ve saved a seat for you in first class, care for some roasted peanuts?

— Jeff, at Night Sky Sangha

Full of thought-inspiring opinions

Eric Weinstein is brash and doesn’t hold back. He speaks of existential threats to science and existential threats to humanity, of the mysteries that we aren’t studying and the mysteries that we’re not permitted to study because of government secrecy.

The insanity of taunting Putin in Ukraine. The attack on the scientific meritocracy by “equity”. The vast store of contradictory indirect information about UFOs. The domination of science by people who are motivated by stable careers rather than truth. The universities with more administrators than students and teachers put together. This is the world according to Eric Weinstein.

A “new” passage in the Great Pyramid at Giza

Physicists and mathematicians have been working with archaeologists for years, collecting cosmic rays on all sides of the Pyramids and from all directions. If there’s less blockage in any particular area, it can be detected by analyzing cosmic rays coming through that area from all directions.

Today it was announced in a Nature article that they found a new passageway, about 10 M long beginning at a site where there is a known archway visible from the outside of the stones. A robot was sent in through a tiny opening to take pictures.

It may be a new chamber, previously unknown. Or it may be an architectural feature, directing the weight of stones above to the left and right so that it doesn’t crash the roof of a chamber below.

An act of conscience defines a meaningful life

I feel lucky and grateful that I’ve had a wonderful life far beyond the proverbial three-score years and ten. ( I’ll be ninety-two on April 7th.) I feel the very same way about having a few months more to enjoy life with my wife and family, and in which to continue to pursue the urgent goal of working with others to avert nuclear war in Ukraine or Taiwan (or anywhere else).

When I copied the Pentagon Papers in 1969, I had every reason to think I would be spending the rest of my life behind bars. It was a fate I would gladly have accepted if it meant hastening the end of the Vietnam War, unlikely as that seemed (and was). Yet in the end, that action—in ways I could not have foreseen, due to Nixon’s illegal responses—did have an impact on shortening the war. In addition, thanks to Nixon’s crimes, I was spared the imprisonment I expected, and I was able to spend the last fifty years with Patricia and my family, and with you, my friends.

Daniel Ellsburg

Ellsburg announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Childhood’s End

“The supreme secret we kept from you was our purpose in coming to Earth — that purpose about which you have speculated so endlessly. We could not tell you until now, for the secret was not ours to reveal.

“A century ago we came to your world and saved you from self-destruction. I do not believe that anyone would deny that fact-but what that self~destruction was, you never guessed.

“Because we banned nuclear weapons and all the other deadly toys you were accumulating in your armouries, the danger of physical annihilation was removed. You thought that was the only danger. We wanted you to believe that, but it was never true. The greatest danger that confronted you was of a different character altogether — and it did not concern your race alone.

“Many worlds have come to the crossroads of nuclear power, have avoided disaster, have gone on to build peaceful and happy civilizations — and have then been utterly destroyed by forces of which they knew nothing. In the twentieth century, you first began to tamper seriously with those forces. That was why it became necessary to act.

“All through that century, the human race was drawing slowly nearer to the abyss-never even suspecting its existence. Across that abyss, there is only one bridge. Few races, unaided, have ever found it. Some have turned back while there was still time, avoiding both the danger and the achievement. Their worlds have become Elysian islands of effortless content, playing no further part in the story of the universe. That would never have been your fate or your fortune. Your race was too vital for that. It would have plunged into ruin and taken others with it, for you would never have found the bridge.

“I am afraid that almost all I have to say now must be by means of such analogies. You have no words, no conceptions, for many of the things I wish to tell you — and our own knowledge of them is also sadly imperfect.

“To understand, you must go back into the past and recover much that your ancestors would have found familiar, but which you have forgotten — which, in fact, we deliberately helped you to forget. For all our sojourn here has been based on a vast deception, a concealment of truth which you were not ready to face.

“In the centuries before our coming, your scientists uncovered the secrets of the physical world and led you from the energy of steam to the energy of the atom. You had put superstition behind you: Science was the only real religion of mankind. It was the gift of the western minority to the remainder of mankind, and it had destroyed all other faiths. Those that still existed when we came were already dying. Science, it was felt, could explain everything: there were no forces which did not come within its scope, no events for which it could not ultimately account. The origin of the universe might be forever unknown, but all that had happened after obeyed the laws of physics.

“Yet your mystics, though they were lost in their own delusions, had seen part of the truth. There are powers of the mind, and powers beyond the mind, which your science could never have brought within its framework without shattering it entirely. All down the ages there have been countless reports of strange phenomena — poltergeists, telepathy, precognition — which you had named but never explained. At first Science ignored them, even denied their existence, despite the testimony of five thousand years. But they exist and if it is to be complete any theory of the universe must account for them.

“During the first half of the twentieth century, a few of your scientists began to investigate these matters. They did not know it,but they were tampering with the lock of Pandora’s box. The forces they might have unleashed transcended any perils that the atom could have brought. For the physicists could only have ruined the Earth: the paraphysicists could have spread havoc to the stars.

“That could not be allowed. I cannot explain the full nature of the threat you represented. It would not have been a threat to us, and therefore we do not comprehend it. Let us say that you might have become a telepathic cancer, a malignant mentality which in its inevitable dissolution would have poisoned other and greater minds.

“And so we came — we were sent — to Earth. We interrupted your development on every cultural level, but in particular we checked all serious work on paranormal phenomena. I am well aware of the fact that we have also inhibited, by the contrast between our civilizations, all other forms of creative achievement as well. But that was a secondary effect, and it is of no Importance.

“Now I must tell you something which you may find very surprising, perhaps almost incredible. All these potentialities, all these latent powers — we do not possess them, nor do we understand them. Our intellects are far more powerful than yours, but there is something in your minds that has always eluded us. Ever since we came to Earth we have been studying you; we have learned a great deal, and will learn more, yet I doubt if we shall discover all the truth.

“Our races have much in common — that is why we were chosen for this task. But in other respects, we represent the ends of two different evolutions. Our minds have reached the end of their development. So, in their present form, have yours. Yet you can make the jump to the next stage, and therein lies the difference between us. Our potentialities are exhausted, but yours are still untapped. They are linked, in ways we do not understand, with the powers I have mentioned — the powers that are now awakening on your world.”

— Arthur C. Clarke

Best US Senator Ever

Have you ever heard of James Abourezk?

From the Mideast to South Africa to Cuba to defending Native Americans and taking on Big Oil and other corporate interests, the senator from South Dakota push the envelope on issue after issue.The most radical US senator in the post-World War II era has died.He only served one term, decided not to seek re-election, saying “I want to be my own person again.”

James Abourezk, who represented South Dakota from 1973 to 1979, breathed life into issue after issue.

He represent the Iranian government for a time and remarkably tried to broker an agreement over the hostage crisis which might have saved Jimmy Carter’s presidency and dramatically altered history, but Carter turned it down, see below.

He tried to expose some operatives who were spying for Israel in the 1970s, circles around Richard Perle, which help form what would become the “neocons” and help propel the invasion of Iraq.

He went on to found the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

In 2002 he went to Iraq, warning the US public of the consequences the then-impending invasion.

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Hiroshima today, a thriving metropolis of 1.2 million

In 1958, the population of Hiroshima reached 410,000, finally exceeding what it was before the war. It is currently a major urban center with a population of 1.12 million people. Major industries in Hiroshima today are machinery, automotive (Mazda) and food processing. Interestingly enough, one quarter of Hiroshima’s electricity is from nuclear power.

Rebuilding efforts over the decades have been fruitful. As early as 1979, the difference between Hiroshima in the immediate aftermath and what it had become was remarkable:

“In today’s Hiroshima, bustling shopping centers line covered pedestrian malls and major department stores feature a range of merchandise almost as great as their Tokyo counterparts,” wrote John Spragens Jr., a staff writer for the Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun, in an article published on August 29, 1979.

The downtown streets of Hiroshima are now lined with high-rise buildings, and the park is green again. Every year on August 6, the day the bomb was dropped, Hiroshima holds a ceremony in Peace Memorial Park, where the mayor reads his annual Peace Declaration. Determined to fulfill its mission as an international peace culture city, Hiroshima strives to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

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C. S. Lewis reaches for an expansive science

A science without reductionism. A science where we can analyze the parts without losing sight of the whole. A science of objectivity that makes room for the other view that Nature which we study has a sentience and a self, a soul that mirrors our own.

Is it, then, possible to imagine a new Natural Philosophy, continually conscious that the ‘natural object’ produced by analysis and abstraction is not reality but only a view, and always correcting the abstraction? I hardly know what I am asking for…. The regenerate science which I have in mind would not do even to minerals and vegetables what modern science threatens to do to man himself. When it explained, it would not explain away. When it spoke of the parts it would remember the whole. While studying the It it would not lose what Martin Buber call the Thou-situation. The analogy between the Tao of Man and the instincts of an animal species would mean for it new light cast on the unknown thing. Instinct, by the inly known reality of conscience and not a reduction of conscience to the category of Instinct. Its followers would not be free with the words “only” and “merely”. Science would be one way to understand Nature, but as way to enhance our reverence and not to explain it away. 

C. S. Lewis
Linda Aranda