Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Independence falls on a continuum. I'm more independent than I was at the age of five, and I was more independant at the age of five than I was as an infant. Independance is like free will in that, on one level, it is simply the ability to make the best choice. But most of us cannot choose to become a millionaire.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

More on Free Will

We can both control what we think and control the states of our brains by going to a movie, eating a salad, or even drinking, but we should usually choose to consume wisely, I think. If thoughts just randomly popped into our heads--if those were our only thoughts--it would be impossible to have a coherent inner monologue.  This last point indicates that we choose our thoughts.  But as I say, we also often choose our brain state.

Monday, August 22, 2016

No Country For Old Men

There is an interesting Bible verse I had in mind today: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
It reminded me of the movie No Country For Old Men in which both the protagonist and antagonist are treated with incredulity by various people wherever they go. It's the same kind of phenomenon. No one can discern their motives. This is contrasted with how the Sheriff treats his assistant, easily telling that he doesn't know what he is talking about. So it is.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


How do you know what you need?  If you're hungry you need food.  If you're thirsty you need water.  Desire is the rudder of the body.  Without it the ship is adrift.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Free Will

Before I was determined to use something I selected it. Before I selected it I chose to watch a video about it based on my own reasons, which means I am selecting my own environment. Once I select my environment I choose how to react to it.  With respect to thinking I choose which environment to subject myself to, then I chose how to think within that context, or to not think within that context. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Logic of Something

The opposite of “nothing” is not “everything.”  “Something” is the opposite of “nothing.”  “Everything” specifies nothing, but “something” stands out as distinct in a sea of everything or a gulf of nothing.

Saturday, August 6, 2016


I long for the time
I found you in the barn
beside what was left
of that year’s hay. 
It rained and howled,
reminding the world
God sheds blood.

Now I am back.
Days and nights and times
between have deserted me.
Only your picture shows me
what I know.

I am old.  My words
are issued from a deathbed.
The farm is gone, making room
for a suburb.  Stumps measure
every step through dusk.

We have come to place
our hands in darkness,
to pay each other all
we share, to forgive a life
that leaves us when we speak
and teaches us our ruin.

For months I have slept
with rumors of pain.  My back
feels like a staircase.  My voice
is a makeshift habit that sometimes
tells a friend how your eyes descend
from my memory, how they always
find me young.

Joel Fry

Published in Poetry Superhighway.