happless and helpless in happenstances LO31015

From: ACampnona@aol.com
Date: 03/18/04

Dear At,

What a true work of art are the seven essentialities.

Thank you for sharing them.

i think i have mentioned before a perceived paucity in any real and
true dialogue (with nature) among the many in the realms of erstwhile
corporate learning (sic).

This morning meditations took me between the madness of entropic
explosions and a small wren. it flew in and away and around at a
variety of elevations, ...approached from a variety of angles to
settle myriad, in the water bowl. though she was not there to look at
her own relfection, she was not even drinking, no! she was cleaning
her feet, that is what she was doing. and when she had cleaned her
feet enough she flew away, and another bird came and drank from the
same waters.


Now all the stuff on complexologists, learningologists,
knowledgemanagemen(on)tologists, and taxidermists of all sorts and
species ....are there is no doubt impressive to some degree...but i
wonder backwardly.

"Though human ingenuity may make various inventions answering by
different machines to the same end, it will never devise any invention
more beautiful, more simple, more direct than nature does; because in
her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. She
needs no counterpoise when she creates limbs fitted for movement of
the bodies of animals, but puts within them the soul of the body which
forms them, that is the soul of the mother which first constructs
within the womb the shape of man, and in due time awakens the soul
that is to be its inhabitant." Leonardo


"i admire and love the man who knew the whole forest of Fountainbleau,
from the insect to the wild boar and from the stag to the lark, from
the great oak and the rock mass to the fern and blade of grass. Now a
thing like that is not often felt or even found by a chance comer."
van Gogh (Letter 602, August 1889)


"While such possibilities still may lie in a distant future, the first
boomerang effects of science's great triumphs have made themselves
felt in a crisis within the natural sciences themselves. The trouble
concerns that fact the the ''truths'' of the modern scientific world
view, though they can be demonstrated in mathematical forulas to be
proved technologically, will no longer lend themselves to normal
expression in thought or speech. The moment these ''truths'' are
spoken of conceptually and coherently, the resulting statements will
be not perhaps as meaningless as 'triangular circles' but much more so
than a 'winged lion'. We do not yet know if this situation is final.
But it could be that we, who are earth bound creatures and have begun
to act as though we were dwellers of the universe, will forever be
unable to understand, that is, to think and speak about the things
which we are nevertheless able to do. In this case, it would be as
though our brain, which constiutes the physical material condition of
our thoughts, were unable to follow what we do, so that from now on we
would indeed need artificial machines to do our thinking and speaking.
If it should turn out to be true that knowledge ( in the modern sense
of 'know how') and thought have parted company for good, then we would
indeed become the helpless slaves, not so much of our machines as of
our 'know how', thoughtless creatures at the mercy of every gadget
which is technically possible no matter how murderous it is.

Hannah Arendt (1958)



Andrew (2004)



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