つみきのいえ (The House of Small Cubes) – ‘One Life’ and the brevity of life

Last night I saw the short film つみきのいえ, ‘The House of Small Cubes.’  It is of an old man whose village has flooded over may years and so he continually must build another level to his house to stay above water.  In the middle of every cube is a trap door leading to the lower, flooded cube which continues all the way to the bottom.

The Ancient World, Middle Ages, Christianity and Modern Times

LTMD: I address this to you as there really aren’t many people with whom I could speak freely regarding this subject. So, as I do with many ‘difficult’ topics I’d rather write it to you.

I’ve recently become fascinated with the ‘ancient world,’ which is defined as the time before the fall of the Roman Empire in AD 476.  I was never taught much about it throughout my education and so I was intrigued by the amount of attention ‘ancient knowledge’ is gaining today.

Estate sales

Last weekend I came across two estate sales and decided to have a look around.  Estate sales are much better than garage sales:  at garage sales people are usually just getting rid of junk, things that are not very useful but at estate sales everything is for sale as the owner has passed away.

But for me, there is a eerie feeling entering the home and going through the belongings of someone who has died.  Estate sales happen relatively quickly after a death and so I find my mind thinking of this person, who they were, why they collected certain things I’m now considering buying, if they had a good life and if they suffered a lot towards the end.  I’m going through the material accumulation of their lives and I can learn a lot about them if I pay attention.

Journal Entry – 3.4.2017

It is 4:49 AM on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.  I thought that for this post, I’d just write about the random things running through my mind lately.

The first is I continue to think about the ideas put forth in the quantum mechanics book; specifically what reality looks like at the smallest of scales.  This made me think about the unimaginable horror we would see if our eyes could focus at the microscopic level.  Imagine the most beautiful woman (or guy) and how they fill others with passion, lust, desire and incredible yearning to touch and kiss them.  Then think about how quickly those feelings would change if suddenly one could see the microscopic reality!

UFO

For the past week I’ve been using the new iPad to watch YouTube.  I’ve never watched much YouTube as I consider it a waste of time but I became so sick of the news I thought I’d explore some other things on the internet.

One item I decided to check out was the recently created “Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room” of the CIA.  Of course the first thing I typed in was UFO and found all kinds of stuff.  Unfortunately there is so much and it isn’t the most exciting reading for a casual reader.  The CIA website is great for research and people who have the time to go through thousands of documents on whatever fits their interest.  For me, I was looking a bit more for entertainment so went over to YouTube and typed in UFO.