When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.
~ Fred Rogers
I have had a lot on my mind lately, but nothing that I find easy to put into words. Perhaps that is because I am overwhelmed by the scope of my mind-wanderings which encompass world events, politics, and a questioning about where we are all headed. I keep coming back to a Rumi quote that was popular for a while.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
~ Jalaludin Rumi
I am feeling pessimistic, especially about the way people no longer talk with each other about issues that are important to all of us, no matter what side we are on. Easier and better, according to some, to pass around memes and fake news, and respond with counter-memes and fact checks. Discussions and reasonable debates require too much energy and independent thought. A family member, when confronted with a fact check, wrote, “It’s called FACEbook not FACTbook.” I gather that means it is okay to pass on false information (lies) via the internet whether that be through email (remember all those “fwd: fwd: fwd: emails we used to get?), blogs, fake news sites, or Facebook.
I recently read an interesting interview with a creator of fake news. (You can find it here if interested. That link takes you to the NPR website.) What astonished me, and I’m not sure why because I’ve seen plenty of evidence to support it, is that this is basically a right-wing (conservative) issue. The fake news guy went on to say:
We’ve tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You’ll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out.
Worse yet, in a new study conducted by Stanford prior to all the brouhaha after the U.S. election about fake news, many students in middle school, high school, and college were unable to “effectively evaluate the credibility of that information” presented to them. In other words, the future is in the hands and minds of those who are easily duped by the information thrown at them online. (You can read that story here at NPR.)
The other bothersome thing on my mind is that since the advent of a certain news organization (that appears to work on the principle that if you repeat it enough, it will become truth), people have willingly allowed themselves to be brainwashed because it suits their beliefs. I have also noticed a rewriting of recent history that has no basis in fact (I checked), and yet folks keep passing it around like candy.
Ah, well. Let’s meander elsewhere, shall we? I’ve been wandering through old photos, sorting, deleting, and playing around as I get ready to start fresh in a new year. It takes a while to go through all of my images from the year, and I’ve come across some that were never used here at Ye Olde Blogge. That’s why you’re seeing some of them now. I thought it time to take a few out and dust them off so they can have their day outside of the archives.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
~ Jimi Hendrix
I recently bought a new tarot deck even though I thought I was through buying more tarot cards. I purchased The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans. I had seen some pictures of the cards online and fell in love with the artwork. I have been drawing a card every day to help me learn the deck, but mostly so I can admire the art. Today I drew IX. The Hermit. This card advises me to meditate, spend time alone, and to step back from the usual business of life and seek stillness. Evidently, according to the guidebook, this will light my inner fire for all to see.
At the very least, it is time to take a vacation from the news. I think I might even unplug for a day this week just for the fun and relief of it.
I reckon that’s about it for today’s meander through thoughts, archives, and around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. Thank you for visiting and meandering along with me. Let’s go out to the dock to watch the sunset this evening. I’m not sure we’ll see much since there have been clouds moving in all afternoon. The walk will be nice whether we see a great sunset or not. It’s scheduled for 4:44 PM. We should get there about a half hour prior to that if we want to see the sun slip down behind the trees on the horizon.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 56) Cranberry bread made by my sister-in-law. Delicious! 57) A hot cuppa tea to take the chill off. 58) Izzy sitting on the desk and looking out the window. 59) New cards to play with. 60) Getting back to drawing a daily mandala. I had taken a small break, what with all the travel and company. It feels good to be drawing again.