our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a


We are a way...

Jung said our purpose is to lighten the darkness of the creator*. Which, when you get to really understand Jung, means -- We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself. Or more simply -- Love is the way in.

My son (a musician and bot-wrting programmer) writes me:

I don't understand what that means.
I write:
In a word, compassion.
We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself was the theme of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. (And now we have your buddy Tyson)

What I think that means is that ...

...we choose what we want to be. Consciousness is Matter waking up to itself. If we want to keep living as a species, we need to understand that we come from, are part of, in all times, the Cosmos. That the symbiotic path -- whose guiding wisdom is compassion -- is the principle of what endures.

We are made to be artists. Creators. Love is the way in.


([*CREATOR: to frame things in the time/space/matter standard projection of human/experiential terms, i.e., "cause/effect"]

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They need us!

EXTRA CREDIT!! Artificial Intelligence could make us extinct, warn Oxford University researchers

Elon Musk: artificial intelligence is our biggest existential threat

our over-specialization makes things dangerous


from mike:

*Awareness, which is always just a little larger than the 'universe' it 'contains' and the very nature of sentiency seems - as far as i can make out - to manifest simultaneously as *quintillions* of ants, stars, fellow sentient beings and other sundry possibilities of similar nature. To imagine that one is only one of these - let alone an infinitesimally small speck of nothing within it - is the gateway to hell.

Listening - in the blazing sunlight - to Arvo Pärt's exquisite Ode IX, from Kanon Pokajanen (album I Am the True Vine, put out by harmonia mundi usa). If you don't know Pärt's work at all, GET to know it: in my opinion the most beautiful stuff being written today. Suggested albums are:

Tabula Rasa (ECM)

De Profundis (HMU)

Te Deum (ECM)

I Am the True Vine (HMU)

Aside from Sainte Colombe and certain Dhrupad artists, this is about all I listen to while working.

A. N. L. Retentif

From: deborah

More ants:

Joseph Campbell
Wisdom Stories

The Reality of Quantum Weirdness

“As is the atom, so is the universe; as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm; as is the human body, so is the cosmic body; as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.”