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Compassion and Choices

©2015 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee   [caption id="attachment_1163" align="alignnone" width="300"] "Alice, it's a good thing you dropped in to see real life"[/caption]

Compassion and Choices: A way of life disappearing?

The world is awash in tears. Crocodile tears.   Tears are shed over death, loss of life,  displaced, desperate refugees, the endless quest for freedom. Insane, evil, ideologue perpetrators and their unfortunate victims of warfare. The shattering brutality of cataclysmic events like earthquakes, floods and famine.  Poverty. Starving, sick, old, infirm, blank and lonely faces,  the merely homeless, sleeping in doorways at minus 40C,  losing fingers, toes and hope in sub-zero temperatures. Global images of poverty, garbage-scavengers,  dying, bone-thin children covered with disease-bearing flies living and playing in impossible filth governed by the obscene rich in nameless, arrogant countries. Not a pretty picture. Ho-humWe turn the page, pursue wealth, live the good life,   watch the big game on television, go shopping.  Is compassion as a way of life disappearing? In an enlightened civilization,  this collection of images of humanity —which pretends to be 'advanced' and civilized —should raise bile,  incite a riot in the mind, and at the very minimum, encourage introspection, logic, thought, and point the way to better choices. A demand for change. It does not. It does not change. Compassion for others may be stirred briefly at times  but is broken, disenfranchised by reality. With few exceptions, compassion and good choices increasingly are proven to be  hollow promises of lip service which disappear with the slightest breeze. Any excuse will suffice; rest assured the next fashion trend or noble, arrogant 'cause' will distract. Urgency is forgotten. Conveniently. Choices are made. Usually the wrong choices. A trendy 'app' will fix it. Compassion and choices. To not express dismay at  less-than-stellar hypocrisy so blatantly predominant in North America — would be to deny compassion entirely. To deny reality entirely. To deny truth entirely. Let us be hypocrites and pretend we have made the right choices instead, and congratulate ourselves. Momentarily.  Buy another $600 cell phone, the newest mode.  Or 'the watch'.  With apps. There, that ought to do it. In casual observation, that appears to be the way everything works.

Is genuine compassion advanced evolution?

The willful avoidance of choices made with genuine compassion for the honest betterment of civilization is not evolution for the better. A rising question must be, then, if one of the major characteristics of genuine evolution, —an essential requirement of evolution and advancement in civilization—is compassion demonstrated willfully and repeatedly by responsible choices.  

"Alice, it's a good thing you dropped in to see real life..."

  Meantime, we, the "super-evolved' on 'upper earth' —can always hope and dream of better days.  More logic. More compassion.  More thought. Better choices. More apps. What do you think?

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Is that Incoming I hear?
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Writing Life: What do You Think About?

©2014 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee   [caption id="attachment_1346" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Time to Think...                                     If you write, it's also Time to Think[/caption]

*Happy New Year to everyone, with best wishes for the safest, healthiest, and most prosperous Happy New Year ever.  Happy 2015, people!     

 

It's time to write....What do You Think About?

Vacation's over, time to get into gear. Haul out that pencil and paper, pen and ink, or even the crusty, unreliable  old laptop. It's time to write, write, and write but you're stuck in a rut?  What do you think about? It has to be one of the most interesting facts about people; each individual is different, unique,  and many have highly individualized, specific interests.  Some are apathetic and have none. The collective human condition by design, or by destiny may be involved.  Common interests may occur as a result of necessity, social exposure,  peer association, societal trends, and pressure to fit in manipulates the mind  this way and that. But does that mean you must consistently think the same ‘content’ as your peers?  Are you required to conform?  No. Think. Perhaps lifestyle, career-oriented, keep-up-with friends and  trends are involved to some degree. Influential. They rule you. No?  Regardless, you can bust out of the mold. Perhaps you're already  totally different, weird&wonky, unique in every way.  Congratulations if you're interested in old books, literature,  writing, fancy cars, snowflakes, art,  writing, tools and rocks, pickup trucks, pickles&pies, mud-in-your-eye religion,  kids, cats and coconuts, history and mystery,  —or are you just plain weird and think differently because of some happy accident? Do tell.

Be Different, Think for Yourself, Decide...

How do you know if you're really different? Do you daydream about  horses, college courses, law and discourses? You like pinecones, old bones, gardening gnomes and get distracted easily?  What’s that down the rabbit-hole? Wait, there’s a chicken. I want a sandwich. That tree looks like a bonsai. How many trees are there in Canada?  How does your mind work?  How do you decide what to think about and end up scribbling?

Have you ever really thought about it?

Are your interests in fishing  wild water and living in the rough? How about  skiing, glass blowing,  or  old bars, fast cars, classic guitars, apple- pickers and the Blues? There are crafters and believe in the forever-afters. Politics and magic tricks? What about the news? Sci-Fi , admire the sky, outer space is quite the place but inner space may be more challenging.  What have you got to lose—by exploring your mind? Do you know where your mind is and what it contains?  Dare to use it. You may be much smarter than you think if your interests are highly varied, and even learn to specialize as time flies. Think about it. You may already be a veritable, scribbling genius.  Are you another Einstein? Another outstanding writer, instead of boring ordinary.  Do you think like a genius?  Do you think in terms exotic, psychotic, neurotic, or erotic? Scientific? Quickly now, make a list.  See what you've missed.  Open the mind,  you never know what you’ll find… What do YOU think about?  The old adage "know thyself" comes to mind. Will self-discovery help your writing? # Is that Incoming I hear?
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