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Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Posted in culture, ideas with tags on April 25, 2008 by artofpeace

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Back when I was a kid, one of the stories that I always heard over and over was The Tortoise and the Hare. As many of you remember (or not, youngins!), we follow the adventures of a pretentious Hare and a humble tortoise as they engage in a foot race for some kind of metaphoric supremacy. While the Hare sets out with his quickness to take an early lead, he also decides to stop at the side of the road from time to time, distracted by what he sees along the way, all the while confident that there is no way the Tortoise will beat him. Meanwhile, the Tortoise follows the path set before him, in slow and steady fashion, eventually beating out the distracted Hare. It seems that we were always taught to play it safe and stay on the straight and narrow like the Tortoise, but as the pace of the world increases we must also channel the way of the Hare.

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Conservation as Lifestyle

Posted in ideas, world with tags , on April 22, 2008 by artofpeace

Since today is Earth Day, I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little bit about the idea of conservation. According to Wikipedia, the idea for Earth Day came about when “U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment.” Since then, the day has grown to symbolize humankind’s need to tend to their only planetary home and to cultivate life, health, and greeniness throughout world.

Oftentimes, the idea of being “green” means that we should increase our recycling habits, drive a hybrid, and produce less waste and in turn, lower our carbon footprint upon the planet. While all of these actions would certainly be a big step in the right direction, I think we can also begin to look at conservation as a larger lifestyle choice.

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OM pt. 1

Posted in ideas with tags , , on April 21, 2008 by artofpeace

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth — not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha

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The Wisdom of Octavia Butler

Posted in ideas with tags , on April 16, 2008 by artofpeace

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About a year ago, my brother turned me on to the novel, Parable of the Sower, by the late renowned SF writer Octavia Butler. The book was a near future epic that detailied the rise of social decay in Los Angeles.

Before my son was born I had already been concerned about the future, and how life would change in Los Angeles as well as in the world if we kept heading down our current trajectory. In many ways, Butler’s words gave voice to those ideas, albeit in frightening ways and with tangible power. I almost felt at times, that she was speaking about Los Angeles today, and it was disturbing how she tapped into such alternate, but increasingly possible realities.

One of the central themes that really affected was the power of ignorance, and the ways that fascism can begin to color our lives without us even knowing.

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Welcome to Gnaw the Ledge…

Posted in ideas with tags on April 15, 2008 by artofpeace

the future present beckons us to rethink our approach. we acknowledge the bleak outlook and lose hope. fear takes over and instead of moving forward with life, we stagnate, and choose to settle for what is secure and comfortable. at least in my own life, i have come to realize that action can be those little things that we choose to do to break away from the mundane, dreary, complacency. we stand together looking into the abyss and instead of worrying about falling….fearing the future which has yet to happen….go ahead and jump.  with full acceptance of what is to come. with that moment of revelation comes growth. here is something to chew on for the peaceful warriors seeking a new perspective. gnaw the ledge.

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