Covid Individualism

My 21-year-old grandson was over, told me he was behind in his schoolwork, came here to study. He observed he's been having trouble feeling motivated. He enjoys all his classes but can't find the oomph to fully invest himself. This is a Punahou boy, and if you know what that means then you know what that means.


"There's a lot of that going 'round," I mused.

His mind half in his work he asked what I meant by that. I embarked on a lecture so he would stop listening to me and give full attention to his work. I went on anyway.


Individualism blinds us to seeing the full extent of the symptoms of the virus in the social body. And by how long a time did the virus preceded itself, before a person was infected?


There is a social malaise along with many other symptoms. Is there a societal correlate to fever?


The spaces between peoples and things we see as nothing; nothing of interest here






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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