There is an ideal world, a perfect world, a world of everlasting poise and beauty. It exists in a time before time but somehow it broke and life is but the task of trying to fix it, repair it, restore it. Or this ideal world exists now but is hidden from us. Life from this vantage is a search for this veiled world.

An Eden, Xanadu, Nirvana. Erewhon, Utopia. 'Broken World' is a theological concept. Theology underlies all of our world-building Is all our decision-making theologically driven?


A view in quiet opposition: there is no such thing as a 'perfect world.' neve has been, never will be. The World is exactly as we enact it.


brain bias


[I was suddenly reminded in the midst of writing it was time to start the Zoom meeting. This became the main topic of conversation. I begin again from where I began there.]




I heard a story yesterday on NPR, Science Friday. It was about hippos in Colombia. I did not really start listening until I heard the argument that we may have the whole notion of invasiveness wrong. That opposition of invasive against belonging needs rethinking. These are things I think a lot so I had to go back and listen to that part of the show.


It's a fifteen-minute podcast titled "Rethinking Invasive Species with Pablo Escobar's Hippos."



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


Flaneur (Out for a Stroll)


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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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