Monday, November 11

If I am what I am, 'cos I does what I does - then brother get back 'cos my breast's gonna bust open - the rib is the shell, and the heart is the yolk, and I just made a meal for us both to choke on ... And maybe I'd relax, let my breast just bust open - my heart's made of parts, of all that's around me - and that's why the devil just can't get around me...

"If I am what I am, 'cos I does what I does - then brother get back 'cos my breast's gonna bust open - the rib is the shell, and the heart is the yolk, and I just made a meal for us both to choke on ... And maybe I'd relax, let my breast just bust open - my heart's made of parts, of all that's around me - and that's why the devil just can't get around me... "
- Fiona Apple

I am not a flaky freaked out hippy, and neither am I a radical socialist - I am a human be-ing, who believes in truth, beauty, and love above all else - with a healthy dose of sustainable nourishment for good measure ... And I see a lot of problems with the culture we humans create en-mass. It wakes me in the night and makes me sick to my stomach.
O.K - maybe I am a bit too sensitive, compared to some - but this feeling of turning on, tuning in, and dropping out, has been building within me for quite some time.
Heck! even as a 14 year old, my family would tell me "you cant just drop out and live in a commune" - But I think they missed Timothy Leary's point - it was not just about the dropping out - the 'turning on and tuning in' came first in the phrase - no doubt that is why they were said in front of the words 'drop out'.

Don't get me wrong - I love cities - and the way they function as a constructed human organism - so its not about that - I love mother nature - I love science - I adore and relish in conducting my own research and experiments, and finding my own conclusions - but at the same time there is this definite/infinite feeling that the stars are aligning. What Carl Sagan speaks of, (and that of his successor Prof. Brian Cox) is ringing true in my ears ...

"There's a growing consciousness that sees the world as a single organism and realizes that any organism divided against itself, is doomed." - Carl Sagan.

“Our story is the story of the universe. Every piece of everyone, everything you love, everything you hate, and the thing you hold most precious, was assembled by the forces of nature in the first few minutes of the life of the universe. Transformed in the hearts of stars, or created in their fiery deaths. And when you die, those pieces will be returned to the universe in the endless cycle of death and rebirth. What a wonderful thing it is, to be a part of that universe—and what a story, what a majestic story.” - Prof. Brian Cox

And so, my circle of friends (both living and dead) is growing daily - and something is definitely a-foot.

In the mean time - here is a book that was recommended to me by my university mentor Prof. Les Walkling many moons ago - it has served me well over the years - I'm sure its available where you like to buy books from - its one of those ones that always seems to be in print :)

Tune in next time
xoxo







*note - The text image is of the first page preface, from The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. - Universtity of Chicago Press 1995 - ISBN : 0-226-06584-7

Me thinks it can be applied not only to university style research - but to everything, in the way we think about, and experience the human condition. Me thinks Lauren Hill is right - "Everything, is everything"