Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Just happened to be feeling the need for some reggae poetry this morning and it occurred to me... What would life be like without music? I have long suspected that human achievements of positive import can be limited to 3 main categories: music, fireworks and well, you know, procreation. Now that I am being exposed to a barrage of genres and performances in no particular order, I am convinced that music is what has transformed our species' ability to communicate. So perhaps my concern for the evolution of speech is unwarranted, as long as there's a song to sing, someone will listen and learn.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
What, realistically, would it take to unite us in community? What are the most basic understandings that we can agree upon as a basis for connection to one another? According to the Interaction Institute of Social Change, the process involves three key components: network building; power, equity and inclusion; and love as a force for change. That is a policy platform that I could stand behind were it to be implemented effectively. Can you imagine the US government using love as a force for change instead of force as a deadly assault on change?
Friday, January 29, 2010
In the past week of keeping up with the news on a daily basis, there is a theme that leaps to my attention. Mainstream media is catching up with ideas that I have been predicting based on my intuitive political awareness. Such as: what is the underlying purpose of the UN?, will Guantanamo Bay actually be closing?, did the US violate international law by going to war in Iraq?, is global warming really happening according to worst case scenario?, is China really going to colonize Tibet in a post-colonial world?, OK, enough questions of a seditious nature. Just a thought.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Riding to work today I noticed an odd phenomenon. People don't speak anymore. It has become impolite to converse in public. Brought on no doubt by the advent of the digital communication age, we are loath to waste our breath when we can utilize invisible airwaves. Will this affect our physical capacity to engage in speech? Will we evolve away from verbal communication as a species?