12 thoughts on “OBSERVATION

      • Nice. But then, is it possible to do both, when what you are living for is under attack?

  1. This is not a question that can be answered with a soundbite. I would suggest however watching or rewatching the Luc Besson film The Fifth Element. Another example is a little boy who throws a stone into a pond and sees the impact and feels like the ruler of the world. He doesn’t stick around to see that although his action may have led to some destruction and been the cause of momentary fear his event was an anomaly and that it is harmony that is the ruling power in the Universe. Ripples always revert to calm. Our job is to resonate with the Universe not the anomaly.

  2. Love the Fifth Element. I just finished reading the Mistborn trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson. What an amazing story! Your comment reminded me of the essence of what this series was about. Preservation and Change. Change is often viewed as a destructive force — it cannot create, only alter and often destroys. But Preservation cannot create either. It can only protect what is. Creation requires a perfect balance between these two forces of nature.

    • If we can grasp that Creation is by necessity an ongoing process rather than a one off event then we can better understand the opportunity we all have to let go the fear of change and embrace the opportunities offered by creativity. The great Art Galleries are constantly busy with renovation and restoration, acts of creativity that allow great artworks to remain in existence long after the time when they would have disintegrated.

      • He is a fantasy writer and currently my favorite. While everyone is going nuts for George R.R. Martin (and don’t get me wrong, I was reading Game of Thrones before it was fashionable), I prefer a story with a purpose — something that explores the deeper things of life and nature through a well told tale. Sanderson does this so well.

      • The trilogy is on it’s way. I’ve been reading and in some cases re-reading the writings of John Buchan, The Dancing Floor, The Free Fishers etc. and the books of Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Not fantasy but fantastic because they describe a time and a way of life that no longer exists in a language that displays a deep understanding of the land as well as the people.

  3. Lewis Grassic Gibbon, didn’t he write Spartacus? I used to have an online profile where everyone was asked for a quote that they identified with. Mine was, “I’m Spartacus!” Most people didn’t get it. It sounds like an imaginative boast, like “I’m Batman!” or something. If you know the story, you will understand that what it really means is a willingness to sacrifice yourself for the love of someone else.

    • LGG was the psuedonym of James Leslie Mitchell the name he used as author of Spartacus. He died tragically young but the work he contributed has lasted and contains some lyrical text and moving prose. It’s wonderful how literature and music and art can have such a resonance with who we are.

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