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Long Time … No … Blog …?

TBH I have been thinking of stopping blogging all together – what with my brief foray into daily blogging it really did kill it a bit.

My resolution was to try and blog as much as possible this year … something I have not been able to do. See, the radio station has come back on air and I am spending a lot of time sorting that out. When i am not doing that, well, I am starting a furniture importing business you see. Continue reading

The Greatest Weight

“The greatest weight.– What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!”

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?”

― Friedrich NietzscheThe Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

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Virtue Theory

Aristotle_Bust_White_Background_TransparentVirtue Theory – or Aristotalianism – identifies right actions as those that a virtuous agent would do, when acting in character.

We know what the traditional virtues are – such as courage, moderation, justice etc. – but ‘virtue theory’ identifies the virtues as those character traits that contribute to eudaimonia. ‘Eudaimonia’ is often understood as ‘flourishing’. Morality bites because of its contribution to our flourishing. We all want to flourish. What is the best way, though without guarantee, to achieving this? Continue reading

Are There Too Many Poets?

I appreciate I may be kicking up a stink here. I only wish to express my point of view on a topic that I hold dear: poetry & prose. Continue reading

Birthday ‘Thank You’ Letter

Olds & Young ‘Uns!

Many thanks for the birthday present – it is amazing. I have included a recording below that explains it better than I can type. Mum, you will need to use Dad’s headphones – don’t argue, these microphones are designed to be listened back to using Headphones.

Here they are in action …

Stuck In Bat Country

For those of a conservation mindset, this is not a post about the order Chiroptera – oh so handy link to that here. This is the bat country I describe in my keeping-it-to-my-chest About Page.

See, I suffer from Schizophrenia and have been going through a relapse recently. Most people confuse schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder – it is not. I compare the symptoms to a life-long acid trip (afterlife long? Or, is that a monotheistic mushroom cult?).

As stated, I have been tripping balls for the past 5 days or so – sometimes with a theme (there is always an aggressive female archetype – make of that what you will). Continue reading

Lucid Dreaming & A Psychosis

This page can tell you far better than I can about what Doctors call a Psychosis. On it, it states:

Psychosis (also called a psychotic experience or episode) is when you perceive or interpret events differently from people around you. This could include experiencing hallucinations, delusions or flight of ideas.

It is tonights thinking that I wish to address in the light of the above quote. Have tonights revelations been, quoting the passage above, a way out of my psychosis or part of my psychosis?

As the hardcore followers of this Blog will have been made aware, several times, I wrote (in a ham-fisted fashion) about The Butterfly Dream (here). Here it is again in Chinese and translated -

昔者莊周夢為蝴蝶,栩栩然蝴蝶也,自喻適志與,不知周也。俄然覺,則蘧蘧然周也。不知周之夢為蝴蝶與,蝴蝶之夢為周與?周與蝴蝶則必有分矣。此之謂物化

“Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.”

 

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The Things I have Against The Industrial Revolution

More than one-third of American adults wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Of those who experience “nocturnal awakenings,” nearly half are unable to fall back asleep right away. Doctors frequently diagnose this condition as a sleep disorder called “middle-of-the-night insomnia,” and prescribe medication to treat it.

Mounting evidence suggests, however, that nocturnal awakenings aren’t abnormal at all; they are the natural rhythm that your body gravitates toward. According to historians and psychiatrists alike, it is the compressed, continuous eight-hour sleep routine to which everyone aspires today that is unprecedented in human history. We’ve been sleeping all wrong lately — so if you have “insomnia,” you may actually be doing things right. Continue reading

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