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!
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.
I was introduced to this poet by my friend Nga earlier this year. She asked if I had ever read Letters To a Young Poet after I had introduced her to The Tao of Pooh. I had never heard of Rilke but kept him in my mind as someone whose works I should read. I then saw him mentioned again in the book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Page 40. “The Western poet Rainer Maria Rilke has said that our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.” / Pg 320. “As Rilke wrote, the protected hear that is ‘never exposed to loss, innocent and secure, cannot know tenderness; only the won-back heart can ever be satisfied: free, through all it has given up, to rejoice in its mastery.'”) I then knew I should waste no more time and began to read his letters. His very first letter seemed as though he was speaking directly to me as his advice about writing is something I’ve been doing for most of my life. As far as I know I’m the only one who keeps a life journal in which I write down my thoughts freely. I have a very acute sense of the passage of time and want to record my memories, and experiences; I want to live life as fully as possible. Every experience, every memory is a jewel and this blog is my treasure vault, my greatest possession. Sometimes I feel as though I’m simply a tourist, experiencing an interactive ride that moves along a predetermined path, yet sometimes, and with great effort can I change the course of the ride (or perhaps how I experience it) if I wish. Perhaps another soul is beginning this same ride in an identical amusement park and living the same experiences I now call memories?
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I just finished reading the Tao of Pooh and I enjoyed it very much. I know nothing of Taoism but through the book the basic principles were easily explained. Without acting like the ‘desiccated scholar’ and going point by point and referencing this and that I think I’d like to summarize the points I think I learned that most appeal to me.
Today the wife went to get her hair done so it was just me and the boys. We went to Karate class first and while the oldest was in the dojo I took the youngest in the stroller on a walk through the lovely neighborhood. After that we went to Santa Ramen and only had to wait about fifteen minutes to get seated. They didn’t have a high chair but my youngest did just fine in the adult seat.