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Tears cleanse, they heal, they restore balance.
Often something will trigger a sorrow I've stored in my
body since childhood, and I will finally weep those tears.
I hear myself crying and it's the cry of a child, not an
People unable to feel store it all up in their arteries,
bones, organs. I personally think that over time unwept
tears become tumors and plaque.
There are feeling receptors throughout our bodies, constantly
transmitting information to our brains. I'm sure they pick up
more than we generally notice or pay attention to.
Do you have no personal sense of something called instinct?
If not, do you consider instinct in humans to be unreliable?
Is instinct unreliable in animals? How do they know to
find water, seek shelter, build a nest?
We have come so far from our natural feeling selves and
that's at the heart of all the misery in the world.
When a person knows how to feel they are not easily
able to block out the suffering of others, or inflict harm
We learn not to feel when we are kids. But without feeling
the big important brains have made a big mess of the world.
Mr. Melmotte is particularly brilliant -- you will recognize him.
(Based on the book, which I've never read.)
The Way We Live Now is a satirical novel published in London
in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialisation.
In 1872 Trollope returned to England from abroad and was
appalled by the greed which was loose in the land. His scolding
rebuke was his longest novel.
Containing 100 chapters, The Way We Live Now is particularly
rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the
early 1870s, and lashes out at the pervading dishonesty of the
age, commercial, political, moral, and intellectual. It is one of
the last significant Victorian novels to have been published in
Here is what the author of the book (on which movie is
based) had to say
Nevertheless a certain class of dishonesty, dishonesty
magnificent in its proportions, and climbing into high places,
has become at the same time so rampant and so splendid
that there seems to be reason for fearing that men and
women will be taught to feel that dishonesty, if it can become
splendid, will cease to be abominable.
If dishonesty can live in a gorgeous palace with pictures on
all its walls, and gems in all its cupboards, with marble and
in all its corners, and can give Apician dinners, and get into
Parliament, and deal in millions, then dishonesty is not
disgraceful, and the man dishonest after such a fashion is not
a low scoundrel.
Instigated, I say, by some such reflections as these, I sat down
in my new house to write The Way We Live Now.
of mortality and all the colours and vanities of human life
where the mortal intersects the immortal.
When I think of evolution I do think of an urge "upward" if
you will -- there is a force of life, something unchanging as
it animates everything coming into and going out of existence.
That force motivates evolution, it urges change, it restores
balance, it is everywhere, always.
In evolution I see the mad energy of creativity, gone wild,
purposeful, creating and recreating, trying new things*
discarding what doesn't work, doing more of what's working and
making it even cooler, and so on and so on and you know what
a crazy amazing world and universe we have. It's going to
keep going long after we're gone. You can dive into fascination
for the rest of your life and never come out, it's that bottomless.
* I don't mean this to sound like there's an external
Creator. I mean from within every particle of everything in
existence, this creative process is happening.
Do you ever make a choice based on a feeling?
The sense of touch -- to feel -- is not limited to the skin
and the external world. We can feel also within our own
bodies, and, more delicately, if we pay attention, we can
feel things inside and outside of us that are more subtle
than the intellect.
One of those subtle things is called "feelings" (also known
as emotions.) The words cause confusion. We are feeling
creatures, it is our nature to feel. We feel hot and cold,
we feel hungry and tired, we feel energized, we feel
soft silky cat fur, we feel satisfaction, we feel gratification,
we feel anger, we feel thorns on rosebushes, we feel sad,
we feel if things are sharp or dull, we feel the wind on
our skin, we feel an ache in our hearts, we feel longings.
These are all normal survival functions of the human physical
If there happens to be a God it makes sense we
would be designed to be able to feel its existence and
our connection to it, even if it made little sense intellectually.
The problem I find with discussions of God is that there
needs to be a bottom-line definition of what God is, or
what people are even arguing about. Him, It, heaven,
hell, who knows. I don't know what others believe, but I
bet no two believers believe exactly the same things.
I do no harm and I treat others as I would like to be treated.
If on the planet we are 6 billion then there are 6 billion different
points of view. Some are very similar and some vastly dissimilar.
Who is to decide which point of view is the accurate one?
We learn not to trust ourselves when we are young -- whether
or not we are indoctrinated by religion. (It's possible to get
just as indoctrinated by atheists or public school teachers,
well-meaning people who care about us and want us to
The effect of the indoctrination is to accept answers and
beliefs of others, rather than find out for one's own self
what is real.
Crucial life skills are too often squelched when we're young.
To think for ourselves, come to our own conclusions, make
choices, experience the consequences, learn to trust
our own instincts and judgement, regardless of popular
or political correctness.
If you were the only person in the world with your perception,
would you own it?
and manufacturing new ones from the inside out.
My point of view is that everything in the perceivable universe
is in a constant state of change -- either evolution or disintegration,
but never fixed, never absolute.
Science is challenged to prove the existence of what is not fixed,
and constantly changing. Science can prove things now that were
not provable in recent past. The future will be similar.
Einstein purportedly said the subatomic particles appeared playful.
There is a force in life, behind all life, making everything come
into existence, animating, breathing everything. It isn't measurable
Religion is blind, science is limited. Truth is where they meet.
The connection between the mortal and the immortal.
Fundamentalist Christians seek to take over the US government.
For now, this is mostly understood and spoken about privately,
not shouted in the hallways of Congress.
Laws protecting human rights would be changed by such a
government, Armageddon welcomed and helped along. A different
kind of terrorism.. more slow moving but more insidious,
harder to identify, harder to fight. The country would be steered
toward fundamentalist Christian-based laws and way of life,
as we moved closer and closer to the expected end times.
Fundamentalist Islamists blow stuff up outright, shouting the
name of their god and their savior. Usually predictable and fairly
easy to anticipate and prevent, if the government is doing its job.
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