HARVEST MOON at Ice Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness . . .
On the road in the American Northwest. [click photo for next . . . ]
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LIMITS & NECESSITY
Once natural limits are clearly seen, there is unlimited potential.
If limits are not clearly seen, then failure and collapse
are not only possible; they are both necessary and
We are only truly together with others insofar as we
are challenged by the same set of primary problems.
Around the next bend of a river, there's always the ever-present
possibility of disaster. The only certainty you have is the far greater
misfortune of quitting before you find out.
NIGHT FIRE & DIALOGUE
Just as going on a trek requires that you step out of your front
door before you lock it shut, dialogue requires a kind of radical
non-attachment to ideas. This is a kind of willingness to, without
hesitation, empty one's rucksack full of cultural assumptions into
the evening fire. Everything goes. There must be no holding back.
A fire thus fed will generate more than enough light to see the
circle of shared smiles as it comes alive with the possibility of
shared sudden insight.
A JUDAS-GOAT PRESIDENT?
We shape the world and the world shapes us.
In the slaughter houses of old, herds of sheep were sometimes
led to their fate unwittingly by following a solitary goat with a bell.
The sheep will follow the goat to their end without complaint,
Looked at from a distance, we like to puff out with self-pride,
thinking to ourselves, "How could they be so stupid?"
The Earth provides for more than enough for all our
wants and needs, but not for all our wars and waste.
The North Wallowas
THE LITTLE CLAVIER [ pdf 110 MB]