Is anyone else noticing the profound difference in experience between watching the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention? For the former, it felt like I had to endure a lot of angry people (mostly white men) snarling at me, for the latter, it felt like a more diverse group of people expressing their hopes and aspirations.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Water can take many forms. It can rise up to the heavens and become rain and dew, and it can fall to the earth and become rivers and streams. Human bodies are 98% water, and when water takes the form of our bodies, it also becomes our brain, and when it becomes our brain, water becomes all our thoughts, our memories, our personalities, our hopes, our fears, and our dreams. It becomes all of culture and civilization, it becomes art and leisure, it becomes fiction, it becomes The Slender Man, and it becomes our perceptions, and at that point, the whole universe, at least as we know it, is all water.
Water also takes the form of myriad other beings, both real and imagined. Pic related.
Friday, July 22, 2016
The Slender Man is a paranormal character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forum user Victor Surge in 2009. He is often depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit.
Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people, particularly children. The Slender Man is not confined to a single narrative, but appears in many disparate works of fiction, art and video, mostly composed online.
Beginning in 2014, a minor moral panic occurred over the Slender Man after readers of his fiction were connected to several violent acts, particularly a near-fatal stabbing in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After hearing the story about Wisconsin, an unidentified woman from Cincinnati told TV reporters that her 13-year-old daughter had attacked her with a knife and had written macabre fiction, some involving the Slender Man, who the mother said motivated the attack.
On September 4, 2014, a 14-year-old girl in Port Richey, Florida, set her family's house on fire while her mother and nine-year-old brother were inside. Police reported that the teenager had been reading online stories about Slender Man as well as Atsushi Ōkubo's manga Soul Eater.
During an early 2015 epidemic of suicide attempts by young people ages 12 to 24 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Slender Man was cited as an influence; the Oglala Sioux tribe president noted that many Native Americans traditionally believe in a "suicide spirit" similar to the Slender Man.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
When we watch a river, it appears to flow ceaselessly. But when we consider it further, we realize that the flowing of water takes on many forms, each depending upon the perspective from which we observe it. Water, as Zen Master Dogen poetically described it, "flows over the earth and out of the sky, now surging upwards, now pouring downwards, streaming along in the bends of a river and coursing through deep chasms. It rises up to make clouds and comes down to form pools."
The Chinese scholar Wen-tsu once remarked, “It is the way of water to rise up to the heavens and become rain and dew, and to fall to earth and become rivers and streams.” What he meant was that although water is not aware of its potential, it is still fully capable of realizing its potential. When human beings drink water, its potential is to become part of our bodies and minds, and water can become aware of its potential yet still be fully capable of functioning as rain and dew and as rivers and streams.