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The Hidden World of the Nearby


Blind Mans Bluff

The two most important parts of the universe and no one thinks about them. How (and why) the universe began, and the result: Our brains.

There are a couple of problems. Let’s deal with god first, namely that god is whatever someone wants it to be. Read Karen Armstrong and you will know what I mean.

I titled my photo collection “The Hidden World of the Nearby” and one day it struck me that the nearest thing is between our ears, and no one, and I mean all the scientists on the planet do not have a clue how eyes and ears create the experience of life. Nor do they have a clue what the road map might be. Detecting gravity waves or human genes is a piece of cake in comparison. So let’as be daring and ask why.

First, we might well be missing something odd like an information field, or some phenomena out of our range of detection. OK, but that doesn’t help. So what does?

Within certain limits we can do about anything with our minds, but it is left up to us to decide what to do. And that leaves two choices: help each other or dominate each other. We do both without realizing that help means something odd that we don’t want to admit out loud what it is.

So Chopin and a piano and a pianist saved a man from a concentration camp (see The Pianist). How did he do it? Well, once you are pass the big bang evolution delivers what were once hunter gathers and on the male side agression was important and controlled. Then came agriculture and agression had no place to go. So not knowing any better, the more agressive of us joing in groups to fight, often under a religions flag and the rest of the time for money.

I don’t wish to rehash all that has happened to us except that Lincoln’s government of, by and for the people has replaced people by rich.

Which means we no longer consider ourselves as a human family (which we are) but as warring tribes. Our please does not come from learning, beauty and joy but from collecting buckets of money and dominating those we took it from. So people working 2 or 3 jobs and sleeping in their cars are one end of the spectrum and billionaires and Mitch McConnel are at the other end. The only out is to decide to get out by playing by different rules. It could happen, but I am not laying any bets.

That is why I photograph and listen to and play a little Chopin while driving my wife crazy while I drive myself crazy. But that is life as of April 1, 2021.

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