Monday, August 24, 2009

Bill Cosby Understands

I had a weird moment last night. I described the experience in a guest post at Waking Up In Amsterdam. But Bill Cosby can describe it even better.

"I said to a guy, I said, tell me. What is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful?"

"And the guy said,' Well, it intensifies your personality.'"

"And I said yes, but what if you're an asshole?"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beautiful Strange

I think it's a music day today. My words all went to guest posting here.

Actually, I have a lot more words on the ideas expressed there, on feeling Dutch, feeling contectedness and more. To many for now.

This is a song by Bedrock called Beautiful Strange. It popped up on the stereo's randomized playlist and fit the moment.

Call me an optimist, but as I rose early with the new week, I felt an energy in the air. Perhaps today's job application will pan out to something wonderful. Perhaps it's just that today I had the energy and inspiration for a job application?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I can't wait!

It's just a plan. But it's a pretty good plan so far and I think it's going to happen.

I'm going diving!

It's been a year and a half, since Sharm and since what I think of as "getting a little bent". But Adam and I have been talking lately. We both miss diving. So today I called and reserved tanks. Then I renewed my diving insurance and finalized all the plans.

Saturday we'll find out if our gear still works. Do my regulators still deliver air? Is my dry suit still aptly named?

I'm going diving, and I can't wait!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

You asked my politics?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

What you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.

Jesus was a Buddhist. Or at least, He and Buddha would have agreed on a lot. And part of that boils down to "we are all one". Think of it as being part of something bigger.

Western culture encourages our individualism and competition. But if we followed truly Christian values, could any of us see "us" and "them"?

Why do I mention it? I believe in a future, a potential future, in which technology is used to sustainably provide basic human rights to all mankind. A future where it's possible to feed, house and cloth everyone. But it only seems possible if we see the world as "all of us", as one.

Apparently there already exists enough resources to give everyone their share. A chance to grow up, learn, love and live their lives. But money is the main obsticle. It isn't profitable to give to the poor. Nor shall it be. But where is the Christianity?

I think people are working on such a future. I think people throughout societies all over the world are begining to feel the change. The recognition of oneness.