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Open Thread: May 2021

As a very little boy I learned of my patron saint's story: Child Saint Dominic Savio intervened between two warring families (Think of "Romeo and Juliet") and brought them to sensible dialogue.
That touched me. Our soon to be Prime Minister had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having organized UN military forces to intervene in the "Suez Crisis". I was just very young, but that made sense. What I couldn't explain to myself? why France was inserting itself to violently re-impose colonialism in Indo-China, after WWII. (As a French Canadian, that came ho... (read more)

Complexity and the Search for Leverage

Too short / too abrupt / cryptic ... or, too long winded / TL;DR / pompous and arrogant.
Something I brought to the table in context of "cognitive interview" with Law and Psychology ... criminology: 5 people responding to an event, at least 8 different stories.

Perhaps this sets the tone:
In the wisdom tradtion I try to follow, "bliss itself can become an obsactle".
We each and every one of us strive to be happy. Isn't it sensible to aim for that by trying to be free from the distortions of fear and pain?

I'm sure the view from Mt Everest is quite wonderful. Bu... (read more)

Complexity and the Search for Leverage

In contrast to "Do the most good", which I see alongside "Compassion" and "Loving Kindness", I see clearly the two wisdom traditions I have leaned into: Zen, the Soto School of Dogen Kigen (aka Dogen Zenji) and the Vajrayana of Karma Kagyu. (More precisely, the Mahayana on which those practices rest.)
What I see, rather than the high virtues of heroism, is a simpler set:
First, "Cease from evil" ... only then "Do good" and only ultimately "Do good for others".
And then, in the tradition of prajna/upaya  and bodhisattva aspiration: solidarity/empathy.

So m... (read more)

-3bentrem5moToo short / too abrupt / cryptic ... or, too long winded / TL;DR / pompous and arrogant. Something I brought to the table in context of "cognitive interview" with Law and Psychology ... criminology: 5 people responding to an event, at least 8 different stories. Perhaps this sets the tone: In the wisdom tradtion I try to follow, "bliss itself can become an obsactle". We each and every one of us strive to be happy. Isn't it sensible to aim for that by trying to be free from the distortions of fear and pain? I'm sure the view from Mt Everest is quite wonderful. But I make no plans of taking myself to Base Camp! /me recalls Marpa's advice to Milarepa: "Wonderful vision. Now, go back and just sit." /me also recalls Chuang Tzu's answer to the Emperor's messenger. "Here, have some tea!"
Complexity and the Search for Leverage

Doesn't complexity have its "roots" in reality? as one aspect of phenomenal world? of actuality and factual experience? rather than growing up out of a set of conceptualized abstractions?

I refer, of course, to Varella, Matura et al ... "self-organization" and such. Autopoesis, nae?
And, of course, Mandelbrot ... the fractal nature of reality ...

#Lateral - Came across this in my bookmarks: https://ccc.ciencias.uchile.cl/ccc/index.php

/bdt