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Dog Blog – Moments Gone June 17, 2017

Posted by wmmbb in Uncategorized.
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Life is transient and apparently effervescent. As humans, like other animals, we well designed for life’s practicalities. Dexter and Hannah do not worry about such things. They just live their lives.

It is easy just to quote from Wikipedia:

The title of the song is a Bible reference, paraphrasing Ecclesiastes:[4]

“ I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded:
Everything he has accomplished is futile — like chasing the wind![5]


“Dust in the Wind” was one of Kansas’s first acoustic tracks; its slow melancholy melody and philosophical lyrics differ from their other hits such as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return”. A meditation on mortality and the inevitability of death, the lyrical theme bears a striking resemblance to the well-known biblical passage Genesis 3:19 (“…for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”), as well as to the famous opening lines of the Japanese war epic The Tale of the Heike (“…the mighty fall at last, and they are as dust before the wind.”) and from a book of Native American poetry, which includes the line “for all we are is dust in the wind.”[3]

Is this true? If the world was blown up by nuclear war, or destroyed by climate change, most people would be as dust in the wind, and those who survived such catastrophes may well have a marginalized existence, if that remained possible. By such acts of incomprehension, violence and stupidity, we take out most forms of life.

Dexter and Hannah went out. We have the photos as records. You Tube is a means to an end. Epic Radio [wrongly attributed to Epic Music]was motivated enough last week to make a one word comment: “Dope” – just to be personal and constructive. Now I have looked at the episodic radio I can understand where that comes from. I find Dexter and Hannah’s videos challenging. The accompanying music this week by Silent Partner is “Desert Sky”:

Here is Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind” with lyrics:

Actually it is not true that the Earth and Sky last forever. My intuition is protecting life is the essence of a spiritual value. I take spirit to be synonymous with breathing. Our spiritually has to be informed has to be informed by scientific understanding of the processes around us through time extrapolated forward. Perhaps, the problem may be wider in that as in my case, we are not sufficiently scietifically aware.

Postscript:

I have not done a good job of setting out my argument here.

Science as an understanding of the world the essential ingredient of truth – more accurately the pursuit, although some provision conclusions have more consilience than others. Hershel’s identification of infra-red radiation has evolved into a fuller understanding of the electro-magnetic spectrum. Jean-Baptise Josephy Fourier (great name)demonstrated that given the distance of the Earth from the Sun, it was warmer than would be expected. He linked this problem with de Saussure demonstration which demonstrated that sunlight from the top would increase the interior temperature inside a glass vase lined with blacked corked and various double plane glass panels.(ref Wikipedia)

We are breathing animals, We expire Carbon Dioxide and breath in Oxygen. “The main source of oxygen is produced by photosynthesis” (Wikipedia), Breathe was important to the cultural understanding of hunter-gather and early farming societies. This is where I am trying to jump across the creek and not cross by stepping over the rocks. I am attributing this connection with nature as a spiritual dimension to human life and to all life. I think the disconnection can be related to machine tools and separation from the direct experience of nature.

That said, however unconvincingly, if we could combine the pursuite of truth with our natural interconnectiveness, that could be the basis for changing the world to meet the needs of all and protect the ecology on which all diverse life depends.

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