The Solstice has passed and the redwood needles, in earlier times bright with food-producing green, are browning as they ready themselves for passage. Soon they will fall, or be blown by breezes, to join terrestrial soil; and just beyond the branches on which they rest tiny tips are readying themselves for spring sunshine to burst their buds into bright green lemony harbingers of renewal.
National Geographic, April 2017, page 63 reflecting on the role of the non-biological on our biological lives: Adults in 2015 spent approximately ten hours a day with their eyes focused on a screen. If our day splits roughly, with eight hours each, between sleep, work and other, where does that leave family, love, helping to make the world a better place, appreciating nature, or sitting down with a friend or co-worker and having a conversation?
It’s raining and the days are about to start getting longer. A message to all political leaders: exercise the courage to take all living things into consideration when making decisions that affect them. Making America Great means returning compassion and soul. I have started wearing a safety pin as a statement that not only do I have compassion for honorable and ethical human beings, but also for all living beings.
I am moving to commenting on the interface between national events and personal philosophy and ethical core. Based on media-delivered information, including NPR, The New Yorker and Time, too many “elected” officials and national “leaders” are informing their actions out of self-interest at the expense of public good, and with President-elect D. Trump this trend is most frightening. Wisdom is not prevailing. Plus, being in a political position should not absolve him from rightfully brought lawsuits. His technical position should be held to the highest legal standard.
The Music of Strangers movie featuring Yo Yo Ma really touches the soul. He, and his fellow Silk Road musicains continually ask such questions as: Why are we here or how can we be of the most compassionate value to others and the earth? I walk with these questions like an arch over my meditations daily. Compassion was today’s luncheon companion, another mother who, like most who welcome new life, wishes the best for our young.
Reflecting on the role of proud in community. Are there aspects where pride acts more as a separator than as a unified in the community of man and of earth? Complex.