INFrequently Asked Questions (INFAQS)

Sometimes I take off my reading glasses and set them down, walk away from that spot. Why is it that when I go to look for the glasses they've vanished from anyplace I'd recently been but eventually find they'd been put down on a background they perfectly blend with? Are the glasses guiding my hand to put them down where they can't be seen? After all their function is to be invisible, to be looked through and looked with, not to be seen. Do they seek invisibility in a desire to be pure?

Should the enlightenment concept of Individualism be viewed as a strategy rather than an ideology? When does individualism serve and when is it counterproductive?

What does a dead god look like? My grandson asked this question when I proposed the notion of Schroedinger's god (that is, instead of his cat there is god in the box. It is simultaneously a living god and a dead god until the box is peered into.

Our cat is no longer a predator; she has lost interest in killing. Is this a normal stage in cat development or is it pathognmonic?

In her a youth and adulthood the birds, mostly doves, pecieved from her a large aura, aka safety distance. Now the birds close to ignore her. Wary they always are but no sudden terror flight from propinquity. What are the signals from cat to bird and how have they changed?

Watching monarch and milkweed play off one another. I read the standard story in evolutionary biology about their coevolution. The story goes that the larval butterfly 'attacks' the plant which counters by 'defending'. A continuous 'battle' of attack and defend. At some point, the plant created a toxin defense. The butterfly countered by channeling the toxin off into its own defense against predation. The question I am reaching for: Why is 'battle' assumed to be the relationship when what we see is reciprocal gifting and a co-reliance? 

Is time quantized? If time is really a thing, and that no one is sure about. Birth and youth packets. metamorphosis, senescence and death.

The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .


Flaneur (Out for a Stroll)


  Richard Valasek           1308 Ala Kapuna St. Apt 103

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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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