Reaction is fragmentation in (and “as”) time. The entire thinking process is essentially one set of reactions after another. These mental reactions are largely symbolic, virtual, secondary, and are parts within a sequential cause-effect continuum. Most people exist in (and “as”) these reactions, one following another. One’s consciousness largely consists of these reactions. Even when one thinks one is merely “looking at things,” those things are recognized (i.e., re-cognized) by the brain, which is essentially a continuation or extension of the sequential reactions involving the thinking process.
Many associate “not thinking” with stupidity, with not being intellectually capable. However, there is, we say, a “going beyond thinking” that is of marked intelligence, insight, and wisdom. This intelligence goes beyond the limitations of thought/thinking, beyond the fragmentation of limited symbols, beyond conflict, and beyond mere patterns of reaction; this intelligence is of a pristine wholeness that is of vast order and compassion. (True compassion naturally exists beyond the conflict, the illusions, the needless fragmentation.)
There was a man and everything he looked at was a fragment in time. As time went by, he continued to merely exist as fragment after fragment; He saw others as part of the fragments and he helped them a little but not a lot. There was a woman and she would often perceive beyond the fragments, beyond mere sequential time. As time went by, she was not merely what was always clutched by time's partitive claws, and she often helped life's inhabitants (whom she did not perceive from a dead, learned distance).
Well done “join” between you premise and the macro photograph. congrats and Happy Thanksgiving
Thanks much, Michael. Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃
my pleasure, Tom
Wow, great picture Tom, the nature is amazing!
Thank you, Marcela! Keep snappin’! 😁
Ah, Tom, we don’t have to react – we can learn to hold our thought process until we can respond – reaction creates “either or” thinking – response lends itself to seeing in a “both and perspective don’t you think? Wow look at those tendrils – they remind me of my passionflowers who are currently seeking more than the low November light can provide…. I always feel for them this time of year! What a photo! You are incredible!
Thanks very much, Sara! 😊 It’s getting too cold here but certain creatures are out and about, like LadyBugs, but not very many. Some of the trees are still goldenly beautiful!
Yikes, Lady bugs? We are pushing the teens tonight! few creatures around but coyotes… love that sound.
Sara, my Geothermal furnace is still out, and i am heating the house with space-heaters. They will install a new one on Dec. 2nd. I heard a cool owl when i was out last night! 😁
Thank you for “re-cognize” – will seek to be aware of that as “filter” this week – in MN with my daughter spreading my son’s ashes – he wanted to stay in this part of the world – gorgeous tho cold up here!
I’m so very sorry about your son, Jazz. I understand, all too well, what it is like… having lost my angelic wife, Marla. Life can be tough. I often read Leaves of Grass by Whitman to cheer me up.
Keep healing! 💝
It’s nice to be reminded of the vibrant green of Summer as we approach Winter. We have some Asian Lady Beetles that are invasive in our area and one hitchhiked into the house, likely on my hat … I had a devil of a time trying to get rid of it. I guess I can’t blame it for wanting to come inside … that day it was very cold, tomorrow is in the 40s and rain all day.
When one gets in the house, i just grab it and toss it outside. Haven’t had any in the house this year, but they do get into the sunroom frequently. It rained all night last night. Cold, damp weather… yuk! 🙄
WOW, you certainly added a philosophical take on human fragmentation Tom. I enjoyed your poem as well as your assessment of our capabilities, our thoughts, our compassion, and our intelligence. Great piece my friend! ✍🏼👨🏼🎓🤔👏🏽
Thank you much, Kym! 😁
My pleasure as always my friend! 🥂