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Michael J Harkins

In relation to RADD you speak of has been encountered before. Buddhism refers to it as Bare Attention: In the practice of Vipassana meditation, the meditator uses "bare attention" to observe the endless round of mind-states without interfering, owning or judging. Bracketing (also called epoché or the phenomenological reduction) is a term derived from Edmund Husserl for the act of suspending judgment about the natural world that precedes phenomenological analysis. Diane Ackerman speaks of this topic in her book “The Slender Thread” in which she recounts time she spent on a suicide hotline. She used it to deal with troubled individuals that rant from a prejudiced perspective. She claimed it to be very hard not to color impressions with subjective thoughts. As a poet and naturalist she is practiced in viewing behavior and scenes without injecting personal thoughts. Alan, you spoke to me of this when you talked of viewing animals without personifying them. Michael Conforti would suggest we should think of this as a process of interpreting rather than translating. This is hard to do… (more to follow).

Michael J Harkins

Alan, your piece reminds me of the opening lines of Yeats' 'The Second Coming':
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand...
You mentioned it in early parts of the series. We need to find middle ground. We need to rediscover the center. And if listening is the way, we must remain silent and wait for the answers to emerge. The quantum vacuum is the realm of energy behind matter. In this realm there is neither space nor time and everything in it is interconnected. We must have faith that our interconnectedness will win out. That collecting around the center can heal the outer edges. That our similarities will prevail. It's a staring contest, and we dare not blink. The future is at stake, and we are it's midwives.

Alan Briskin

Thanks Michael. I love the energy and rhythm of the Yeat's poem and believe it captures the suspended state and uncertainty that precedes a new awareness.


Good point. I hadn't thugoht about it quite that way. :)

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