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Questioning

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We all need to question more.  Many of us, as we get older, lose the joy of deep questioning and become dull and stagnant.  Many of us, as we age, begin to merely accept what others have poured into us.  Then we look with secondhand eyes (which is really not any kind of real looking).  Boredom and mediocrity, then, set in.

If a philosophical question is merely a spring-board to get a result (i.e., a quick answer), then it is giving more emphasis to the end rather than the beauty of the means.  Real questions have a life of their own; they are not merely a shallow means to an end.  The indoctrinated, the blind, do not question deeply enough.  They have embraced superficial answers and have become hardened by inflexible, statue-like, rigid traditions and old, stale viewpoints.  Then they become rather apathetic, indifferent, and subservient.  Of course, they’ll come up with a million reasons to “justify” such behavior.  Blind conditioning works in ironclad (though malignant) ways.

If questioning is merely limited by the language (or languages) that one happens to use, and limited by traditions, then such questioning is very circumscribed and tainted.  Deep questioning goes beyond the cage-like barriers that language impales, beyond the confines of tradition.  Profound questioning — being true intelligence — is often accompanied by deep empathy.  What is pure and unsullied often naturally radiates compassion.

 

 

 

Crab Spider in Wildflower Foliage … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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Untethered freedom is not…

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Untethered freedom is not mesmerized by authority’s lopsided systems and structures…  additionally, it is full of deep order, intelligence, and integrity.  

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[This is a web-free Crab Spider in Phlox Flowers.  Most Crab Spiders do not form webs.  Crab Spiders, as we have shown, often change in chameleon-like fashion to suit their needs.  They are usually found in flowers, even garden flowers.

Additional note:   I will be posting more spiders (and similar creatures) in the Halloween month of October.  It is neat that they are part of an old Halloween tradition (that is fun for kids).  However, it is unfortunate that many children grow up associating spiders with “being frightened” and as “terrible creatures to be horrified of.”  As the late, superb naturalist, Steve Irwin often propounded, spiders and snakes can indeed be seen to be majestic, marvelous animals, truly beautiful in their own ways.  We must, as Steve Irwin so graciously suggested before his untimely passing, be far better caretakers of Mother Earth.]

Crabby and waiting! Crab Spider in Phlox Flowers. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Crabby and waiting! Crab Spider in Phlox Flowers. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Ponder beyond the ordinary. Go deep beyond the superficial.

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Ponder beyond the ordinary.  Go deep beyond the superficial.

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[This is a Crab Spider in an Viola Flower.  Crab Spiders act like chameleons and usually change to be the color of the particular flower that they are in… as they wait for winged prey to capture.  This one should have made itself more yellow, but… considering the sprig hanging by this flower, this spider didn’t do too bad; I almost didn’t see it!

Additional note:   I will be posting more spiders (and similar creatures) in the Halloween month of October.  It is neat that they are part of an old Halloween tradition (that is fun for kids).  However, it is unfortunate that many children grow up associating spiders with “being frightened” and as “terrible creatures to be horrified of.”  As the late, superb naturalist, Steve Irwin often propounded, spiders and snakes can indeed be seen to be majestic, marvelous animals, truly beautiful in their own ways.  We must, as Steve Irwin so graciously suggested before his untimely passing, be far better caretakers of Mother Earth.]

Almost missed. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Almost missed. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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(Multi-photo)*** In a big way, no thoughts and feelings are merely yours; they are of all life and humanity. Use them but not for domination over the weak.

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In a big way, no thoughts and feelings are merely yours; they are of all life and humanity. Use them but not for domination over the weak.

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[This is a Crab Spider with its victim… a Drone Fly.  Crab Spiders, as you can see, are aptly named!  They are very crab-like in appearance!  They have the chameleon-like ability to change to the color of the flower that they are in; then they patiently wait for the prey to arrive.  (Earlier posts of mine show yellow ones in yellow flowers.)  Once I saw one in a white flower that was colored yellow and brown… and thought: “Wow… this little guy has it all wrong.”  Upon closer examination, it was observed to be in the process of pursuing and eating Leather-wing insects that were mating and that happened to be yellow and brown in coloration!  So, instead of the flower… the spider turned itself into the color of the insects during their mating season!  Naturally, a mating Leather-wing will seek out another Leather-wing to mate with; the Crab Spider was not foolish after all!]

Like a lion with her kill.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Like a lion with her kill. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Before you pick garden flowers and place them in an indoor vase... look closely to be sure that no Crab Spiders reside in them!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Before you pick garden flowers and place them in an indoor vase… look closely to be sure that no Crab Spiders reside in them! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014