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So we can 'membah, we does the tell...
I got to thinking about culture again as I crossed Downtown Crossing and the third holiday shopper nearly plowed into me. Like the others, she had had plenty of time and plenty of room, but she was so distracted, so absent of the moment she was in, that she had no awareness of anything around her. This is my culture. I don't have a grandfather who chides me for not properly honoring my ancestors. I don't have deeply honored traditions that have carried the meaning of who I am through the generations. I have ill-tempered holiday shoppers who are in such a hurry to spend money they don't have on things they don't need that they walk blindly into each other. My initiation is into a world without sight. My shamans talk of holiday sales as economic projectors.

It's strange to come again to these thoughts, though I suppose there's reason enough. Feeling the urge to brew at the first snow was probably enough to trigger this again. Here, there is something that could well have been a tradition. I'm left to create something new rather than carry on something that was wrought. I cannot tell stories in my language of the first who called the spirits to celebrate the coming of the snows. There's just me, and perhaps those who choose to partake with me. Maybe there will be stories, but not of the sort to tell our grandchildren.

Second Circle's annual Mighty Baking of Many Pies seems to call up this same sense of meaningful ritual. There, a community gathers around something of pure simplicity and spends the day working and playing together. And think of the signicance of The Device. We extoll its virtues, marvel over what it does, and even go so far as to use it for great feats of speed and precision.

It is brilliant.

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hieeee From: hieeee Date: December 8th, 2003 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

and . . . .

you wonder why i want to be near you.
komos From: komos Date: December 9th, 2003 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm always perplexed by such things. ^_^

BTW - your email bounced. Am I sending to the wrong address, or does hotmail not like jpg attachments?
hieeee From: hieeee Date: December 10th, 2003 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)


hmph. why don't you try pjmeyers@comcast.net . . . that's my "real" addy.

btw? try to go back and read your own journal. then? maybe you won't be perplexed. :: beam ::
komos From: komos Date: December 10th, 2003 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Beware the wild fandango

Ok, I'm trying again. With any luck, this time it will all come to you.

I think I'm just too close to what's happening in my life to get a solid perspective on it. This is good because it represents a change from the thinking me who did a lot of theorizing about "how cool it would be if..." and the doing me who's actually a participant. In the midst of "this is just what I do" there's not a lot of room for self-praise or self-criticism. Self-critique is still there, but I think that's a lot healthier for me than either of the others.

I do appreciate the feedback, though. ^_^
jawalter From: jawalter Date: December 8th, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Device

Seriously, you guys were scaring me with that thing. I mean, I think it's cool and all that, but you guys took it Someplace Else.
komos From: komos Date: December 9th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Device

That's what I'm talking about! Taking it Someplace Else moves us from the mundane to the transcendant.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: December 9th, 2003 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It's on days when you write stuff like this that I find myself soooo happy that you started writing again. I missed your deep thoughts :-)

BTW, The Device is awesome and I totally want one!
komos From: komos Date: December 9th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I kinda got sidetracked here. I started with a complaint of the lack of meaningful culture in my society and ended up waxing over The Device. Not sure what I was trying to prove or where this was actually going.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: December 9th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the beauty of it, love: It's not overly contrived or out to go anywhere. It's just your meandering thoughts. Your thoughts meander in interesting ways :-)
komos From: komos Date: December 9th, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe that's why I can find deep social critique in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome?
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: December 9th, 2003 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Member this?!?!

Undoubtedly ;-P
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