Short Extemporaneous Observation

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

So here I sit perched on a limb of a tree trying to construct a mobile, tied to a branch with the major challenge of balancing the two sides of the horizontal bamboo using my selected dangling doodads, without falling off. I don’t like making mobiles first and then hanging them.

Now this tree is roughly 220 years old, the same age as our constitution; which happens

to be pruned by caretakers in black robes with life tenure. It’s a coed group today. I

doubt they socialize much. But they’re good bullshitters. I was trained in law too and my classes were also coed.

Now this so called Constitution was conceived by a few, intelligent, semi/appointed/annoited/chosen fans of the Roman Senate who just happened to accidentally omit the Declaration of Independence (that great document that gave the reasons for the great revolution just a few years back)from said new Social Compact that virtually nobody ratified and yet bound all future generations. Really strange when you

think about it.

Now these guys who didn’t have a clue about photosynthesis, molecular biology,

anthropology/evolution, nutrition, childbirth and women generally, etc. multipled by

great stupidity because they couldn’t figure out how to profit from tobacco without

slavery and perfect THEIR union without conquest, got themselves and everybody else

“out on a limb” (thus the inspiration of this short essay).

Now I for one have never been asked to sign up for this social compact; which is kind of weird because I assume I’m a free agent with free will. As far as I can remember, my earliest recollection of any type of political commitment was the requirement to say the pledge in kindergarten. And of course occasionally confronted with things in life like being told to register for the draft and be ready for jury duty (but remember

that the judge decides the rules of evidence and the validity of the law).

Did we really have to wait 10,000 years for the first amendment? Really, Really strange when you think about it.



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  1. tahoebasha3

    time to “construct!”  And I do think 10,000 years is a tad bit too long to wait for the first amendment . . . I mean, really!

    LOL!  Very amusing analogy/history!  

    Great wit, bigsurtree!

  2. bigsurtree

    abalone shells don’t dangle and spin the way I thought they would. Their back sides are much more visible than their shiny sides. I’m starting over, or under; depends

    how you look at things?

    Same with history, politics and law, although they’re all tightly connected. I’ve been re-evaluating all my assumptions. A new collage (an assembly of diverse fragments) is coming into focus, but it’s far from describable.

    I don’t see how we can have productive conversations and new thinking without incorporating biology, neuroscience, language, environmental science, anthropology etc. etc. into the mix. This was my complaint back in the 60’s, when history was just history, some literature and maybe a pinch of psychology. Even art was a separate discipline!

    Fortunately I knew a lot of free thinkers, and our dinner

    conversations were out of this world. But after a short while, children, a mortgage, work and caring for parents (both sides)put me into suspended animation for about 30 years, and I’ve been coming out of it for the last ten years. Finally, I feel back in my groove at 64–

    Personally, I need spontaneous, dialogic, free flow conversations that go their own way and create their own

    meaning/s. This does not mean that facts, logic etc. are

    any less important, it’s just that other things are equally or more important.


  3. tahoebasha3

    I agree with your 3rd paragraph . . . . everything is interconnected . . . . even if in ways we may not fully understand.  Europeans have been fortunate in their educational system in that their education was more rounded and incorporated so many of the studies you mention . . . . I don’t know if that is still true.  

    I, too, remember “free-form” type conversations that led us wherever it led us, but in such conversations, you are left with much to ponder and consider in so many ways.  It is hard to come by such discussions these days, people either have no time or are simply disinterested to begin with.  There is something numbing about the work life and draining so much of what was once creative and spontaneous and, yes, as you indicated, “life” gets in the way, too!

    I’m glad you feel a sense of “return” to that which you once enjoyed.  Achieving a blend of thoughts, spontaneity and facts does make for good conversation.  Wishing you more of it!

  4. banger

    Been there too–I’m 63 and have had the whole 9 yards and more of life. What I think you’re saying is important:

    1) we have to include all fields of knowledge–this is a time where synthesis is a requirement because culture has blown up into fragments–everybody is either deluded or confused because we lack a solid intellectual/mythological framework that can contain who we are. Instead I see the young fading into the Matrix and they don’t realize it–they’re becoming weaker and weaker through the fact they are allowing themselves to be colonized by psychic viruses they have been trained to ignore. Or to put it another way–we are sort-of in a situation where we are actually in a situation described by the Harry Potter series–we have evil magicians fucking with us except the consequences and the scope of our current problem is stunningly greater.

    2) I think you are right about the path we need to take in saying this:

    Personally, I need spontaneous, dialogic, free flow conversations that go their own way and create their own

    meaning/s. This does not mean that facts, logic etc. are

    any less important, it’s just that other things are equally or more important.

    Another way of saying this is that we need to integrate the intellect and the heart where we find the depth and the magic. The only way forward combines magic with analysis.  

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