From formlessness, form arises. A story, essay, poem, novel, begins from a slight agitation, a dream, an image of the sun sprinkling over the water, from a hidden place deep in the unconscious. It is raw, muddled. A piece of soft clay that must. be shaped repeatedly before hardening. There may not even be a final form in mind, only the steady cut of steel to unformed material, as shavings float away to reveal a mysterious figure. … Write when you’re ready, when you can. If yo
Civilized to Death (book review) “An era can be considered over when its basic illusions have been exhausted.” — Arthur Miller Modern civilization is seen as necessary for “progress.” With every breakthrough in technology, science, medicine, and so on, with every new comfort and convenience, advancement and novelty, what is the cost? People often assume that progress is steadily increasing, and at a linear pace, believing that the livelihoods of the hunter-gatherers were prim
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Bernie Mac was a comedian with a big heart. Raised in the South Side of Chicago, he learned old-school principles from his mother and grandparents, tough-lessons of integrity that were instilled in him since he was a child. Those lessons carried him throughout his life. Sometimes he didn’t understand the point of what his family was teaching, not until later, when dealing with struggles that tested his character.
“You know, funny thing about life. Most people, they got a pro
“Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”
Ronald Wright, in “A Short History of Progress,” looks at the patterns of great but fallen civilizations. In his examination, he questions the assumptions of progress since agriculture began. Rome and Sumer, Maya and Easter Island, all rose to increasing complexity but ultimately failed from similar historical trends. Some of these trends in progress came from overpopulation, the unsustainable extract