[Him and Her], Being Tougher than the Rest

In this dialogue, she is center stage because of her need for him. She has watched him love for such a longtime.  She has seen him handle himself through thick and thin.  The way she looks at him (when he unabashedly declares his love for her) says it all.  It is the heart of what sings out to both of them.  And while in this heightened state of love, they have a talk about what they are going through to get here.

Her:  I love you more.  You don’t see it now.  But I put up with all those other guys.  The ones you are tougher and better than.

Him:  Ya, I know you did, but you never really were a lone.  Yes, you felt lonely and that was painful.  And I had my own pain.

Her:  Yes and you are a fighter which makes you right for me.

Him:  You fight well when you do it for either of us.  Why are you looking like I’ve past some test?

Her:  You did.  And I am and I will.  Because, together we are going further than all the rest.

[Michael, Modern Day Philosopher], Jainism

In this dialogue, the two principles discuss religion that is not violent or odd in any way.  And neither of us are odd in any way, we sometimes take ourselves seriously because we are afraid of being different or misunderstood.

Michael:  It is refreshing to see a philosopher who is different and stands up to bigots and racists.  Someone who employs reason to understand and be understood.  Yet, we are different, each in his or her own way.  And we are proud to be ourselves.  Sometimes we get a little too serious or say things we do not mean.

Modern Day Philosopher:  Yes, I said Jainism is a harmless lot and we need not worry about them because they are pacifists like Gandhi, and vegetarian and always bending down looking at the ground so ‘they’ don’t step on a bug.

Me:  Yes, well, I’m sure you are not proud of calling non-violent people, pacifists.  And like Gandhi, have a humility and passion to allow humanity to reach beyond their grasp and strike them.  In this non–violent way they continue to fight for freedom that is best for all.

MDP:  I am sure I did not understand or saw how silly I was behaving when I said this about the ancient religion of Jainism.  And Gandhi was not a pacifist.  He stood up to the colonialism of the time to free the nation of India with the help of all the people.

Me:  Yes, sometimes, I do not see my difference when I play or turn away from myself or others.  Yet, we all do harm to ourselves and others.  We are only human and we have accidents and make mistakes.

MDP:  Yes, and we all deserve a second chance, if only we would take it.

Me:  I agree, and Jainism shows us all a way to take a second chance.  Humanity is lucky to have 6 million people practicing these kinds of principles in their lives.

[Socrates, Plato], Seeing With the Inner Eye

In this dialogue, the two principle characters talk about imagination.  The idea boarders on the use of a new kind of technology called meditation. They muse about the techniques which open the eye of the mind to see new ideas.

Socrates:  Every question may not have an answer but surely it leads one to speculate on ideas.?

Plato:  Yes, and a vision is a picture of these ideas that are conjured up in the mind.

S:  How do we see the ideas?

P:  With the inner eye, the imagination generates an image.

S:  Does this image stay static or does it flow?

P:  The idea can flow and be static.  The mind needs exercise like all other parts of the body.  Here I infer the mind is just a visualization of the workings of the brain.  The mind uses an idea to focus on like a point or fixed idea, or picture then it talks to itself to create additional pictures, thoughts, or ideas.  It is really the opposite of meditation or what I call visualization.

S:  It sounds like a new kind of mind technology: imagination, visualization, exercise for the brain, static and flowing images, and what about fixing on the idea not to produce more images, but to still the mind?

P:  Yes.

S:  And yet, the opposite is true.  You have called this visualization.  Now you talk about meditation.

P:  Yes, to still the mind is meditation.  The intented direction of the exercise for the brain.  To focus on a word or a phrase and reapeat it slowly to oneself while sitting or lying in a comfortable position.  Perhaps, writing down the ideas that the mind generates to speed the letting go process.  Treat the mind like a child that has strayed from the path and gently lead them back to the meditative phrase or word.  Continue repeating the phrase or word slowly.  You will see the mind relax and become still or quiet over time or practice.

S:  I think we have alluded to two major ideas?

P:  I believe we have agreed to call them visualization and meditation.

Heinz 57

Happy B-day, I’ve got 56 years behind me.

I’ve never really mastered much, but I do love living.

Sometimes, it is something good to eat like a glass of wine with a good sandwich.

Yet, a conversation with a good friend can be fun.

Even though we agree most subjects are over our heads.

 

They say, ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’

But I am still trying very hard at doing my best.

I want to learn new skills, maybe pick up the pace on stuff like exercise and other good habits.

But, just saying, there ain’t any easy way out.

My dad use to say, “There’s no free lunch.”

These cliches start to make more sense when I listen and learn.

 

Is there a better way?

Read, write , and arithmetic…

Now adays there are a lot of things to do.

I’m going to have a simple meal and watch a good movie.

I’ll get around to some chores and talk with my sister on the phone.

If I’m smart, I’ll even get to bed on time.

I’d like to take care.

Then, probably, I’ll have a good day tomorrow.

Philosophy is personal, and there is usually more to it.

I’m glad I have a chance to put some into practice.

A Folk Hero

I am just trying to leave something behind.

I tell stories and stories that remember our kind.

My future is certain.

My past is a curtain.

The ghosts, they follow my signs.

They’re certain the people will forget my mind.

They know that the person is showing us ways.

They know how society fill up the days.

There is more to be said than the work and the sorrow.

Humanity searches for answers.

And none are the stuff made by poets.

Our unity will make or break this long voyage.

So read all the poems or stories and books.

I will send you good memories of people.

The kinds that aren’t often on hooks.

The kinds that were found in the “steeple”.