Saturday, January 16, 2010
"Good morning," said the fox.
"Good morning," the little prince responded politely, although when he turned around
he saw nothing.
"I am right here," the voice said, "under the apple tree."
"Who are you?" asked the little prince, and added
"I am so unhappy."
"I cannot play with you," the fox said, "I am not tamed."
"Ah! Please excuse me, said the little prince.
But after some thought, he added
"What does that mean---'tamed'?"
"You do not live here," said the fox. "What is it that you are looking for?"
"I am looking for men," said the little prince. "What does that mean---'tame'?"
"Men," said the fox, "They have guns, and they hunt. It is very disturbing. They
also raise chickens. These are their only interests. Are you looking for chickens?"
"No," said the little prince, "I am looking for friends. What does that mean---
It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. It means to establish ties.
"To establish ties?"
"Just that," said the fox, "To me, you are still nothing more than
a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And
I have no need of you. And you, on your part have no need of me.
To you, I am nothing more than a hundred thousand other foxes.
But if you tame me, then we shall need each other.
To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you,
I shall be unique in all the world..."
"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower...
I think she has tamed me...
:It is possible," said the fox. On the Earth one sees all sorts of things."
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thought is the "whole dignity of man," according to Pascal. We must be free to doubt, to search, to prove all things. Abstract reason is not enough. Art escapes -- from the sterility of mere intellect. Through imagination and passion, Art enhances our consciousness of Life. But individual Soul seeks it own substance (Spirit) beyond the pageantry of Art. Both intellect and Art point to the necessity of faith, yet the myths, dogmas and rituals of the organized religions hinder thought and warp action. All systems, religious as well as economic or aesthetic, are intricate devices for arresting the flow of thought and dimming the splendor of Love. (paraphrased from "Bottle in the Sea" by Albert Guerard)
Monday, January 4, 2010
I keep promising a new Newsletter but haven't gotten to it yet. I was invited to submit an article for the Jan.-Mar. Newsletter for the Institute of Metaphysical Science and did so. It is to be published now and will be exerpted in the print version, with the full version on their web-site. I did a kind of "story of my life" retrospective/introspective which you may find interesting. You can find the full article on my website, under Newsletter. Have a happy January. Rob.