I'd just like to share a thought that piqued my interest from "The Dragons of Eden" a book by Carl Sagan.
Many organisms, especially humans, are able to respond to change faster than many plants because a large neocortex allows organisms to develop new and eclectic behaviors without having to wait for that information to be encoded into their genes. Thus, we are able to build a strong extragenetic (beyond our genes) database for accumulated knowledge over many generations. This also is why humans spend the longest amount of time to develop fully; there is so much to learn! All humans evolved to learn. A big neocortex also came with downsides too: our natural instincts are diminished. In the folklore of many indigenous tribes, the organisms around them are viewed as elders and friends because it is understood that Nature knows what is good to eat and what is not and where it is safe to live.
"There is no such thing as instant gratification. If one lives life like that, they will never be truly happy. Try to find joy in the moments of daily life and doing what interests you because the rewards will come later through diligent hard work,".
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Seed the Mind, Harvest Ideas.
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November 5th : Dear Diary - Oh ! I have such an election day hangover. What a splitting headache! Let's see . What do I have in my medicine cabinet? Alka-Seltzer - Nope, it's expired. Tylenol ? No, gonna save what's left of my liver. OK , "Captain Spauldings' Buffalo Elixer". Says it's made by some twins up in Canada .That will work .
A Little Marxist Thought of the Day :
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”- Groucho
Now I feel better!
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"I have the most interesting complexes ever, and despite Freud and Darwin, I have made a healthy adjustment as an earthworm." Toni Bambara
"We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance." Thomas Huxley(talking about nature)
"Andean Indians sometimes grow up to 200 different kinds of potatoes in a single field." National Academy of Sciences
“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
To me, it feels like our society still respects people who do work by hand, and I like that. I feel participating in tradeswork and craftswork are honorable things for people to spend their time doing. And it gives me hope for the future that people who do handwork are still afforded a level of respect, dignity, and awe by others.