Update

Update
Besides the latest blog addition you can now find on this website under stories/anecdotes those anecdotes that previously appeared on my blog in instalments. They include the illustrations by Rafael Edwards.
All except Deliverance: a meandering tale also have a Spanish translation. If I can interest someone in doing the translation of the afterward it will be posted as well.
Thanks for tuning in.


cup of coffee anecdote Rafa

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Where am I going?

I see that I got out of order on my comments on this months principle of valid action. Principle 4, the principle of proportion states: Things are well when they move together, not in isolation.

I don’t want to try your (collective or individual) patience so in lieu of additional musings about the principle, I’d simply like to share something that’s been on my
mind.


Yoshitoshi_Ariwara_Narihira

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Ed and Me Part 1


This next anecdote deals with a moment in a series of medical events. The decision to proceed with heart surgery had actually been made a few years earlier but before they could get down to it I was diagnosed with cancer. On that hangs another tale but this one is pretty good on its own.

I thought I posted this last year but I see that only the second part of it is up. So here’s Part 1.
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Principle 4 Proportion 4th Week

My approach to the principle this week is a bit different and a little more involved. If you try it out I’d be interested in comparing results. Let me know.

Continuing our “tradition” of considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month we are considering principle #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look) one more time (for this cycle). This principle is also referred to as, “The Principle of Proportion” it states: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

This week we focus on how I can apply this principle in the future. What follows are some personal reflections around that question. I offer them in the spirit of dialogue and exchange, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about, and experiences with, this principle.

principle 4 illustration

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Principle 4 Proportion 3rd Week

In keeping with our practice of considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month we continue for a third week with principle #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). This one is also referred to as, “The Principle of Proportion” it states: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

This week we focus on how I can apply this principle in my present situation. What follows are some personal reflections around that question. I offer them in the spirit of dialogue and exchange, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about, and experiences with, this principle.

principle 4 illustration

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mutation biological and otherwise

Here’s another lesson from biology. Again it’s not a biology lesson but a cursory, semi-informed look at scientific research that, I for one find, inspiring or possessing (non-scientific) existential value for further meditations.

In this fascinating, real-life experiment it’s discovered that a life-enhancing mutation was made possible by a seemingly meaningless mutation thousands of generations earlier.

cobra mutant


Maybe I should present it in a fictional style — perhaps something along the lines of
Zelazny’s Bridge of Ashes. Not that I disagree with the critics who said it wasn’t Zelazny’s best and seemed to agree about its flaws.

Here’s the science story.
It’s one I find especially intriguing. Not so much for the implications it has for biologists (not being one myself), or because it may help settle a widely disputed detail in the theory of evolution. For me, it is fascinating as some kind of metaphor, or allegory, or trope — even though I’m not sure what it’s an analogy for. Nonetheless, it strikes me as something very cool and I suspect very important in realms far outside of the field of evolutionary biology.

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Inheriting the consequences


Here’s a lesson from biology. It’s not a biology lesson but a cursory, semi-informed look at scientific research that, I for one find, inspiring or possessing (non-scientific) existential value for further meditations.

There’s lots of lessons to learn, because there are lots of questions that are looking for answers.

Am I afraid of spiders, or snakes because people around me, inadvertently perhaps, taught me as an infant to fear them? Recent headlines suggested that scientists have discovered that my fears may be based on memories inherited from an ancient (perhaps prehuman) ancestor. Could that be true?

cobra-hd


Is it nature or nurture? It’s an old debate. What conditions us more, our biological inheritance or our social conditioning? Are intelligence, sensitivity, creativity, tolerance, kindness, mental health, etc a result of our genes or our up bringing. “Both” is a legitimate answer but leaves pending the question of which is the deciding factor. Can one of them override the other?


well…

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Principle 4 Proportion 2nd Week

In keeping with our practice of considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month, we will spend the next four weeks considering various aspects of principle  #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called  “The Principle of Proportion” it says: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

This week our considerations of this principle are focused on the past i.e on: how I applied, or could have applied, this principle.

confucius

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