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24 Jan

Working on the old car I thought I’d found a new friend. Hanging by a lone filament off the sun visor was a baby spider, barely over 1mm. I spent five minutes trying to focus a video of her swaying in the breeze. She only appeared as a beige apparition, the car’s dash in perfect focus. The distraction of a new video subject had brought me into the present moment—away from ruminating on the cares of life.

Then the weight of life came crashing back on me—she was dead. Now I felt the bloat of breakfast carbs & the atrial flutter which was absent during the photo shoot, and depression peeked around the corner. I know—it was just a spider. A million die every minute just as a billion new ones hatch. This is the nature of attachment. It took me five minutes to attach her to my mind-made self, part of what I called me.

This was my reminder that we can embrace a higher consciousness. We can accept the current moment in presence, and realize the world of form is temporary. Attachment is not required for us to enjoy and marvel at it.

What brought her to the end of life at the end of a solitary silk strand? Not enough prey in the car’s interior I suppose. This is the second time I’ve seen a spider hanging by one leg on a single strand of silk in death. Maybe an arachnologist can explain this end-of-life spider behavior

Barely a dot in the photo, but she’s there
iPhone wanted to focus on the dash


4 Dec

Water droplet in moss forest

I was waiting to have this more perfectly polished or until my book, DIRK McLANAHAN and the PERFECT ONES was published (as I’ve woven the principles throughout the tale) but came to realize that since life is fragile and uncertain I should get this out now.

I have thought about this for some time and have come up with a working list of fifteen principles for world peace. I would love to have input from others and will happily make revisions and give credit where due. Of course this is TOTALLY unworkable in our current illogical world but that does not mean it is not timely or that someone will not find value in it. For now, here are the fifteen:

  1. Eliminate the concept of WE vs. THEY; aka, the formation of GROUPS
  2. Eliminate our policy of meeting AGGRESSION with AGGRESSION
  3. Let go of our desire for REVENGE
  4. Let go of ANGER
  5. Eliminate FEAR
  6. FAIR and JUST treatment of all
  7. A universal BELIEF SYSTEM based upon science and reason
  8. Cultivate the ability to see things from the PERSPECTIVE of others
  9. Equal access to RESOURCES including (and especially) EDUCATION
  10. Voluntarily limit OUR NUMBERS.
  11. Be a CULTURE of PEACE
  12. ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT without borders
  14. Move beyond our system of COMPETITION
  15. Opportunity for SELF-ACTUALIZATION and self esteem for all

Please find detail of the above on this page: PEACE PLAN