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That Dead and Learned Distance…


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).

The Ant and the Spider’s Passage … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

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  1. 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!


  2. 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!


  3. 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.


  4. 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! βœπŸΌπŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“πŸ€”πŸ‘πŸ½


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