Sunday, June 26, 2016

Seeing and Looking

When I look for something in the world and I don't see it I become troubled. As long as I see what I am looking for in the world I don't become upset. So seeing isn't the problem. Looking is--or at least it is as long as I expect to see something that isn't there.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


I've just discovered the nadir of ignorance: not knowing what you like or dislike.  The next level up is not knowing why you like or dislike something.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Transcendent and The Immanent

How do we embody the transcendent and the immanent? We recognize them first. Sunlight is transcendent because it covers the earth and passes through millions of miles to reach us. When love rises above distraction it is transcendent, because it covers all we see and suffuses everything that distracted us from it. All this is within us manifesting itself as a river flowing out of us. This is the immanent.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


A mind can only exist with recourse to what it apprehends. It cannot be the case that it only apprehends itself—that is to say, it must have, at some point, apprehended something outside itself. The force of gravity cannot exist without matter, and matter (or at least large matter) cannot exist without gravity.

Monday, June 13, 2016


We can act in accord with the momentum of the past or we can change directions. For the wise person life is more a matter of walking down a road. We can change direction any time. "Residue of the past" seems to apply to attachment. Since there is a God we must hold that there is the possibility of divine justice regardless of whether I am attached to the past or not. Certainly there is in the human collective consciousness a profound notion of poetic justice. This is what we demand of story.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Logical System

It is possible to be enlightened by an argument without being convinced by it. Thus, presented with an argument I have four and only four possibilities: I can be enlightened or convinced or both or neither.
1. A
2. B
3. both A and B
4. neither A nor B

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Response to a Question on Quora

This is a response to the question, "What is poetic?" on Quora:  Basically, a poem wants to show you reality rather than blandly tell about it. As I say in a poem: “I’ll write my story so deep in myself / no one will hear it in my voice.” It says how something feels rather than simply saying what it feels. It’s okay to tell a little, but mostly you should show. A poem is naturally musical. It isn’t clunky. It flows. I think of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot. A poem dances and bristles with vivid imagery. The dancing and the bristling go hand-in-hand. One way to achieve a poetic that dances and sings is to vary the lengths of your sentences. Writing a long sentence then a short sentence helps the poem move. There’s a lot more I could say, but I think that is enough for now.