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Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Creative Climates for ThinkingFeeling

We are each a new way of bilateral becoming and thinking
about what a mind with body is,
where these are headed,
individually,
and as a part.

Thinking about what embodied consciousness is
and where,
in what stable climates of opportunity,
and which unstable subclimates of risk,
enculturing new ways of bilateral becoming
what our Earth's mindbody ecosystem is,
and where, 
in what universal temporal revolving seasonal climate of Earth,
enculturing timeless days of light and dark,
long before years of warm and cold
and planets sprouting ecosystemic networks
of open-interdependent ergodic universal climate,
binomial space with bilateral-functioning time emerging
each life light's ethological DNA/RNA emergent enriching string,
umbilical cord,
navel,
embryonic womb root system of form with nutritional function,
is yet incarnating
and from where,
from each of us co-arising balance without 
dualdark co-gravitating within 
dipolar prime relational
(0)-soul as sum,
as prime relational core climate CoMessianic-Tao.

Humanity's place within this ecosystemically enculturing internal landscape
has become traditionally told
as one inter-networked mandala,
a sacred organic-fertile healthy-positive, deviantly revolutionary
regenerational landscape.
Stuff of and for and with and in Permacultural Design 
through our DNA Holistic-Integral ReDevelopment.

We are still working out
how we have viralized victimization
and criminalization
and other negatively deviant deformations of socio-eco-political pathology,
like ignorance with prejudice,
hatred of Other with racism,
totalitarian egocentric megalomanic paranoia with terrorism,
anti-ecological intent with overly-competitive economic norms for and of Earth Nature/Spirit Justice,
ethological error with bad teleology concerning remaining issues
of (0)-sum ecopolitical health,
public health issues confusing humane sexuality and culture with self-slavery into indentured servitude of wealth 
that does not rhyme with health.

We are still working on over-commodified norms about EarthTribe's Commons,
the desecration of humane-divine dignity,
the desecration of our Earth Home,
for some a Gaia God/dess,
for others Prime Relational consort of FireGod's dipolar co-arising radiant bliss,
producer of all Earth's biosystemic nature-spirit organic species,
currently existing, yes,
but also emerged through root ecosystems of health-performing Elder ecopolitical health-wealth matriarchs and patricians,
native medicinals of earth and water,
fire radiating revolving cycling flames through therapeutic tunneling air.

Developmental intelligence refracted through RNA's nature/spirit health-values
to process and remember,
reweaving time's seasonal open-systemic
interdependently self-reflected light.

In bilateral thought
as in bicameral ecoconsciousness,
LeftBrain's either/or bipolar oppositionals
learn to ego/ecobalance with
RightBrain's reverse-temporal
both/and dipolar appositional wu wei climate of sacred co-presence,
Tipping Point positive abundance defaults 
of cognitive/affective confluence,
which is all that pathology does not co-arise,
which is cognitive-affective dissonance, stress, ecopolitical suffering.

In Systems Process Theory,
as in Permaculture Design,
any unit (landscape, subclimate)
containing and retaining feedback integrity 
of a streaming river,
radiant/co-gravitating light,
religioning sacred multicultures,
is systemically competent to process
and retain bilateral temporally-emergent positive cause
through double-negatively effective co-feeding information.

To our Right BrainBody ecosystemic incoming processors,
our Interior MindBody Landscape
functions like an intricate liturgically sacred mandala
holding interdependent Both/And polarities within a cooperative ecopolitical network
simultaneously framed, co-incident, 
with LeftBrain's emerging ecological networks of diverse 0 dimensions:
metric linear cause/effect past/future one dimensional,
graphic one through three space dimensional-static,
0-Centric alpha/omega Tipping Point diastolic-dimensional universe of polynomials,
4D geometric interactive information/exformation,
feedback regarding exterior community economic transactions of healthy/pathological value,
with everything in-between either extremely idealistic label,
with and without political power now,
in the past, stronger or weaker and why?
to project future CQI health-wealth trends.

Egos are interdependent ecosystemic units,
as are species,
but of a higher exegetically ecological type,
evidence of past evolving successes,
as are DNA with RNA transubstantiating Elder species,
still encrypted to this day
within each sacred mindbody ecosystem.

Climatic polarization of opinions
between those who perceive sacred ecosystems
where others see, more reductively,
linear equations and sequences of kosmic-karmic cause and effect,
secular,
reified academic ecosystemic co-arising evolutionary ethology,
currently emerging a more replete, culturally resonant
(0) soul Process GroupSystemic Prime Fractal/Octave-Lattice Network 
emerging positive-deviant frame-closure revolutions
defining Basic Nutritional Co-Present EcoPolitical TrendFunctions
as Binomial-Binary 4D WinWin Gaming Balance Theory
for Regenerative Optimization of economicHealth/political EarthRights Wealth,
every philanthropic heart's ultimate rich-deep wet soulful dream.

Bicamerally organizing humane intelligence,
still remains confluent with multiculturally accessible ontologies
in which contrasting poles of interior mental life
are teleologically assumed to be more highly positive-interactive when therapeutic,
and each internal dipolarity actively "both-anding" promotes the other
under confluent,
peaceful,
healthy states of mind with body.

Each of us walking/talking biosystems
contains an internally sacred landscaped sub-climate,
by no means monocultural unless nearly dead of exhaustion,
and more dipolar co-arising 
toward Tipping Points 
toward diastatic health optimization.














Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Sins of Supreme Suppression

Not to play any blame game,
in this our new co-evolutionary capacity
for LeftBrained Language Enculturation
long become YangDominant associated
with 'civilization',
co-arising anthro-centrism,
including Earth's newer history
of revolution by Empirical Elitism.

Processes of empirical empire supremacy,
kill or be killed,
became not really benignly associated with evolution,
by anthro enculturations,
as sometimes revolutionary monocultural WinLose OmniPotent Creator Power.

Predators, rarely benign, became Hosts to Praying Prey
til Trees of Life and Death appeared in dualdark dreams,
Divine Empire begets Human Nature's Incarnate Culture Generation 
begets Lesser EarthTribes,
non-elites,
political-economic chaff.

Yin kindly reminds the more short-term focused Yang,
We together introduced empowering language to Earth.

Ah yes, Yang smiles, too rarely lately,
over-worked to under-value dominance of ecosystems,
natural dialectical-dipolar trend projection
to optimize healthy interdependent biosystems
and their ecosystemic cooperating Elders.

Quite so,
those co-arising trends flowing
through our mutual-rhetorical reiterations,
our MidWay Confluence as deductively rational consciousness,
DNA exegetical capacity for eco-logically calculating nature's healthiest values;
what yin-RightBrain autonomically remembers. and therefore trusts,
as prime temporal-bilateral neural syntax,
dialogos of fractal-function
and regenerative development
of dynamic healthy bioregeneratic lifesystems.

Yes, we've watched history's transitional pendulum
stretching back toward center
but still carrying English Language BusyNest Empiricism,
archives of culture grown Western dominant toward Eastern BusinessAsUsual co-empathic gratitude rooted history 
of HerStoric AnthroCentric Elitism
as fortunes of fertile evolutionary WinLose Games,
political and economically developing
enveloping to date,
as if ecologically rational
spoils of competition's inevitable evolutionary wars 
between greater languaged and lesser languishing species.

We would together prefer our mutual co-arising
more true and beautiful superiority
only in solidarity with Allah's merely "other-foreign" 
living bio and ecosystemic inferiors, 
descended from our same extended Elder SuperAnterior Family Trees.
Now we have remade Creator God's evolution stories
in our own historical-supremacist image.

Don't forget Totalitarian Empiricism running through
nation-state political dominant trends,
leading toward the inevitable rational conclusion,
these long-term outcomes smell slightly, now,
of sulfur as Lucifer,
for some,
anti-messianic political and economic trump-egopowered damnation story cards
for others,
too-recessively dual dark for sustaining active bilaterally golden hope...

Yes, N(NP) 

...yin function, as you so calculatingly dipolar-define it,
or not, to others,
or notnot,
like LoseLose appositioning WinWin,
to still others,
more seductively consumed scientists,
metric rhythms as dialectical language historians
and ecotherapists
deep-ecology gardeners
permacultural landscape developers of designs,
interior/exterior balance for nutrition architects,
(0)-centric cooperative system engineers
of binomial political function
emerging economic capacities.

Our too-yang dominance emerged Totalitarian Evolutionary Empiricism
unfortunately casting human nature
in our present operatic double-bind,
if enslaved to a benign cooperative Creative Predator Intelligence
who would only empower WinWin regenerative reiterations of time,
if all were within His evolutionary powers,
then why is it OK for some male-dominant human-racing tribes
to enslave other human racial-cultural tribes
and genders,
especially transgenders?
When we look each other in the eyes
are we looking at god as humane nature's regenerative incarnation,
or not quite so divinely healthy as all that?

An unfortunately too convenient response
to this problem of mutually unjustified enslavement
was to pretend the ability to objectively define proportions of healthy humanity
as favorably contrasted to "other" foreign natures
substantially less valuable than
White EnglishSpeaking Male dominant Western BusinessAsUsual
enculturing incarnations
of God's LillyNotPeopleofOtherColor Supremacy,
smelling of premillennial nazi, totalitarian fascist, racial supremacist,
terrorist,
and other anti-christic
tao-imbalanced nationalist-empiricist YangTrump Cards
of AnthroCentrism,
human nature's LeftBrain curiosity
about humane evoutions of EarthTribe's Cooperative,
our poli/economic selves,
continuing to rape Earth's "other-lesser"
ecologically co-arising systems
now nuancing dissonant addictive stress enslaved oppression, 
no more than 50% humane-yin, over-valuing Yang's powers for domestic
commodification,
political and economic dominance of too-competitive games and policies,
undermining ecological values of "other" nature,
as something other than our own Elder DNA/RNA co-enscribing Elders,
writing this ReGeneration Story we are becoming.

This late PreMillennial economic,
then political, fascination,
mystical curiosity with enslaving powers of ownership 
within human nature
opened yet another Pandora-Nested-Box
of Great and Small Transitional Welfare Systems,
which premillennially severed our economic source of health
from polyculturally inclusive wealth;
with co-arising political severance of health for all species 
from evolution's integrative polypathic therapeutic welfare.

We remain confused
about how mental health could be improved
by essentially starving primal political and economic relationships
within our families and neighborhoods,
and wilting mutual gratitude
within our EarthTribe's polyculturally beloved community.

Our mutual enculturing history
lends more climate-balanced support,
politically and economically,
as ReGeneration RNA Story
of yin-fractal (0),
WinWin
P=N(NP)
as Yang = Yin
RNA CoOperative PermaCulturing Design;
greatest Yang effect, with least YinYin loss of co-invested trust.

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Everyday Christians

I would imagine Adam Smith's invisible cooperative economic
self-and-Other-investment hand,
at least during Christian Sunday morning services,
looked and sounded and felt very much
like the One Invisibly-Organic-Holistic-Enlightened MindBody of Christ.

I would further imagine
both he and George Washington,
at least in church on Sunday morning,
would have imagined this same Invisible CoMessianic MindBody's
Original Intent,
both humane-divine
nature-spirit inspiring their EaglePatriotic Souls
inhabiting post-revolutionary Constitutional Law.

George Lakoff unfolds Adam Smith's invisible hand,
both Self (Ego) and Other (Eco)-invested toward
regenerative Original ecopolitical natural-spiritual Intent
for cooperative Mutual Assured CoRedemptive HealthyWealth,
and not-so-much what has become today's too-competitive
Mutual Assured Destruction EcoPolitical Monoculturing Overshoot
as also AntiSacred AntiEcological SacrificeHealthy Cooperativity Now
to hide from cognitive-affective paranoid, increasingly rabid terrifying,
Sacrifice Wealth of All-Earth's FutureSacred Opportunity.

OK, maybe I'm reading too much into Lakoff,
due to prior Bateson and Bucky Fuller and Julian Jaynes, etc.
and Systems and EcoSystemic and Group and Game WinLeft-WinRight AppositionalYang (defined as notnot oppositional-yinyin) Theory,
so let me try again with quotes and commentary brackets, intended to be read as RightBrain BothAnd Dialogical,
and therefore also NotNot LeftBrain Deductive EitherOr Debate:

"Adam Smith's 'invisible [organic-systemic mindbody] hand' metaphor
made seeking [Original Constitutional EcoPolitical Intent as also ecologically Enlightened regenerative-cooperative-organic] profit
into a moral act,
since it supposedly maximized the [WinWin cooperative] profit of all.
[Cooperative function] Utility replaces economic profit
with [regenerating-reiterating-revolving-spiraling-wave/linear] well-being.
The rational [bicameral] actor model 
[both humaneLeft-deductive and sacredElderRight-inductive]
then is seen as maximizing overall [healthy-wealth] well-being
for you [and Other-Eco]--
that is, [fertility] utility:
in other words,
self[Ego-and-Eco]-interest,
whatever [health v pathology paradigm] that self[Other]-interest might be.
The failure of the old view of [LeftBrain Deductive Dominant] reason
calls into question the old view of [mere EgoLeft as] self-interest with it.
It's not that [LeftBrain]self-interest disappears altogether.
It still exists.
But it does not simply 
[and monoculturally rather than multiculturally normative]
define natural [polypathic WinWin ecopolitical] behavior.
It is far from the whole story."

"The idea of self [and Earth and extending family to EarthTribe]-interest
is foremost in [both conserve and progress healthwealth] politics
if it is assumed that voters vote [bicameral-balanced] 'rationally'--
on the basis of their [mutual-multiculturing-organic] interests.
We know that is far from true.
In foreign policy,
self[nationalisticEaglePatriot]-interest
becomes the 'national [EgoLeftBrain Only] interest'--
[WinLose] military strength,
overall economic health
(measured by GDP)
[and undervalued as also Net Interdependent Consume/Produce Balance--
WinWin ecological regenerate potential for reiteration, long-term],
and political [competitive WinLeft Elite-LoseRight Not(NotElite)] influence
[Self-Other Empowerment, OriginalIntent of Constitutional CoEnlightenment]."

So what?
you may well ask.
Enough of this LeftBrain Dominant Deductive theory,
give us some MatriarchalEagle Flow regenerative application.

For instance, then,
I can readily see why it could be unconstitutional to discriminate against Islamic folks intending to relocate into U.S. residency,
just because they come from one of seven nation-states
whose terrorist residents have caused zero (0) U.S. violent deaths.
before, during, and since 9/11.

On the other hand,
I can also see where the Constitution might support an Executive Order
to survey all people of Earth,
both domestic and those residing in other cultures,
for more information about why they might,
and might not,
want to relocate to, and remain in, the United States
given our current climate-health risks,
and further WinLose competitive investments.

Perhaps it is democratically reasonable and fair
to ask ourselves and others what we are prepared to pay,
to give up,
to sacrifice,
in order to not receive more cooperative health
and education
and environmental benefits
that could continue to become degeneratively inaccessible to U.S. residents;
considering both our regenerative up
and our comparatively degenerative down trends
compared to similar resident investment opportunities
in other more ecologically cooperative cultures.

How much am I willing to invest
to keep my family safe from the 240 million murders committed since 9/11?
How would I compare this amount
to the amount I would like to invest
in response to the 000,000,000 murders
committed in the US 
by Islamic (or any other persuasion) refugees
from the proposed list of Seven MultiCultural ReGenerations?

While blatant monoculturing misogyny
may be the New DarkAges of the National Republican LeftBrain EgoSupremacist Party,
this will only restrain healthy multicultural climate-health progress
in process of becoming Original Constitutional Cooperative Intent recalibrated
as disloyal to our True US EgoPatriotic/Elder-EcoMatriotic InductiveNurtureFlow 
within both BiCameral Eagle-WinWin Parties.

New Nationalistic Republican LeftBrain EgoSupremacy
is an economic and political and ecological disaster.
In EcoSystemic BiLateral WinWin Theory of HealthWealth Optimization,
monoculturing intent is degeneratively run-away bicameral imbalance
toward LoseLose outcome projections,
growing domestic and international collective rabid-paranoid overpopulated-depressed
polluted absence of MatriarchalEagle YinFlow,
ReGenerative Original Intent.

Compare to the ecological reasons women stop ovulating under extreme stress.

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Healthy Politics, and Sex, and Religion

I hope I know what is healthy sex,
in an experiential kind of way,
in a biblical swell of stay,
and I can imagine a world with healthier,
more cooperative, political empowerment,
but I am clueless about healthy religion,
which most of my friends would claim is an oxymoron,
like military intelligence.

Well, I think it's easier to have any one of these,
if you already have the other two.

So, if I am feeling warmly resonant with my good vibe
positive political psychology
of ecologically cooperative relationships,
including those that are sexual,
which,
now that I think about it
I'm not really sure what a sexless human relationship would be.
Maybe ambivalently androgynous,
but isn't that somehow the same thing as saying transgenderal,
and somehow that doesn't seem sexless at all.
Anyway, 
what does all that have to do with healthy v pathological religion?

What makes sex and political relationships regenerative,
and sometimes, unfortunately, degenerative,
is also what makes religions syncretically regenerative
across all Earth's more celebratory ecosystems,
Creation Stories,
both Left-scientific languaged
and Right-artistic mythic,
divine as regenerative sacred inspiration
breathing through each moment and day
and night and death's last eternal expiration.

Breath memories are sequential
but also consequential,
and empathically cumulative entrusting 
remembering
reweaving
religioning healthy politics 
of Earth's sexy sacred cooperative ecological economics.

You seem to see politics as the religious business of empowerment.

And disempowerment.

Yes, to control nutritional and pathological regenerative/degenerative trends
of multicultural and multigenerational contentment,
absence of suffering and ecological loss,
for you, a Taoist Christian Zen-Jew.

More typically comprehended 
as love ultimately comprehensive
within Judeo-Christian nurturing circles,
rather than demi-terrorists marching in Red Patriarchal Squares.

Yes, love takes a paternalistic-dominatrix tribal paranoid WinLose
Left turn 
in Mohammad's search for a more ecologically helpful Allah.

Love is synergy,
according to Bucky Fuller.

Yes, and consilience,
says E. O. Wilson,
over at Harvard
with that Positive Psychology clan
on the social science side of campus.

Syncretic and perennial philosophy,
for Alduous Huxley.

Yes, but why both?
Why not just syncretic, 
like integrity of Earth's ecological-nutritional values?

Perhaps because Huxley saw multicultural syncretism
as evolving polypathically and inclusively across time,
like the evolution of DNA's intelligence;
so perennial,
like the seasonal cycles of development,
mutually and perpetually enriching future generations
with further layers and networks of interdependently healthy
metaphysical paradigmatic ecosystemic integrity of co-gravitating
Creation-ReGeneration Stories, Aphorisms, Wisdom Literature.

The pre-millennial transliterations
of post-millennial (0)-ego-sum-invested ecologically EarthCentric Soul,
gifting cooperative-nurturing-nutritional resources and ecopolitical ownership forward,
to include WinWin choices only,
inclusive of all time, all generations of Golden Ruler ReGenerativists,
at least in our positive-nutritional, non-socio-ecopathological intent.

Sacred regenerations of incarnated Elder DNA 
sensory-nutritional-digestive ecopolitical climate-normed consumer balancing producer organic functions,
looking at 7-sacred generations forward
in Earth Tribe's multiculturally ecological 
Ego/Eco BiCameral TaoEconomics
of New PostMillennial PermaCultural 
Interior/Exterior EquiValent 
NotNot Zeroist 
PolyCulturally Climaxing Feminist EcoPolitical BodhiSattvas
and EcoNurturing Messiah Circles
and double-helixed fractal (0) sum zen-tao-bilateral spiraling temporal Yang/Yin mandala networks 
of cooperative DNA/RNA solidarity
revolutionary
climate and landscape health-regenerativity.

Yes,
but I prefer Rabbi Heschel's
Wonder and Awe,
for all of the reweaving recreative regenerativity above,
whether sex, or politics, or religion,
and preferably all three,
together,
for a really nice cooperative bicamerally balancing party
to be multiculturally held and had and owned
and consumed and produced
and empowered and disempowered
with ecologically optimal cooperative-politically regenerative Tradition/Story/Sonnets/Stars/Light/Sun/BiLateral DualDark Integral 4D RealPrimeTime Interdependence/(0)-Empty DiPolar
NotNot 
WinWin 
Black Hole
()
.

Oh, I get it,
like Teilhard de Chardin, right?

Well, yes,
left with right,
right both/anding wrong
health both/anding appositional pathological imbalances
of sexually cooperative ecopolitically reweaving metaphysical revolutions
of DNA/RNA (0) thermodynamic fractal-balanced octave-harmonic
light frequency reiterative
bicameral ego/eco-identity consciousness,
both (0)Mega-InterdependentYang and (0)Virgin-EmptyYin
coincidentally co-arising cognitive-affective
co-empathic trust,
rather than more LeftBrain Dominant
overly-competitive mutual ecopolitical mistrusts,
WinLose survival of the fittest evolutionary models
substituting for fully regenerative ecologically supported
cooperative power-with history
trumps monoculturing power-over competitive enculturing memory.

If no DNA,
then no sex,
no politics,
no religion,
no science.

If no light,
no DNA.

Right,
and if no yinyin as WinWin (0) square root 
dual dark Black Hole (0)Rigin,
then no Perennial (0)Mega Yang/Yin 
bicameral multicultural-regenerative balance.

Hmmm,...
well, don't hold your breath.

Right, right.
Gotta keep breathing together,
if nothing else.
Would help, though, 
I mean, you know, just as a post-millennial start,
to invest religious time as spiritual energy 
on planting trees and native grasses,
green organic root systemic Earth-nurturers,
cooperatively conjoined together,
where we now ballistically create deserts 
of starving soils and souls, 
too competitively anti-religioning not together.












Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Polypathic Political Scientists

I have had a highly redundant,
one might even choose polypathic,
graduate studies experience
spanning my adult life to date.

This began with a semester of Philosophy.
Just enough to learn I wanted something more experiential,
a more communitarian environment of Applied Metaphysics, perhaps.

So then I began, and soon completed, studies for the Master of Divinity degree,
which has an arcane ring to it,
but basically the title implies just the opposite of what degree candidates most hope for,
to be Mastered by Divine Love,
to economically and politically operate as an icon of all-inclusive ecological love.

Those receiving the M.Div. 
hoped to apply their ecopolitical science of empathic trust,
our mutual Basic Attendance,
to life as liturgical theology
or at least teleologically benign song and dance;
to be the love today we proclaim for tomorrow,
rooted in our humane-divine nondual nature-spirit compost
of ecopolitical peace-integrity with justice-truth becoming;
pilgrimage,
The Ways of Divinity,
co-mastering together.

Fortunately,
when I landed in a rural Colorado parish,
the beat-down aging poor mutually-marginalizing Mexican and Anglo faith community 
invited me to reconsider further investment in administering sacraments
disconnected from ecologically healthy outcomes of empathic trust.
To continue as individuals,
families,
and as a multiculturally rich community
of mutually holonic,
respected,
cooperative,
trusting co-empathic faith,
we needed more of a Total Makeover,
a gut rehab,
an economic design to fuel our continuing collective political incarnation
into this Beloved Therapeutic EcoPolitical Community
we each long to belong within,
as integrity without.

Responding to apparent hope for stronger organizing
and planning
and budgeting
and ecological design and implementation,
and evaluation and socioeconomic change skills,
I accepted an invitation into a double Master of Public Administration and Community [Economic] Development degree program,
primarily taught by PhDs in Political Science;
my first among too many loves as an undergraduate at Michigan.

Here I learned, once again, that politically correct administration of empathic trusting,
sometimes mistrusting,
and even actively distrusting totalitarian political relationships
historically and culturally thrive
when "follow economic wealth"
also means "responsibly invite multicultural political as personal health"
internally economic as externally political,
nondual internal-external co-arising ecological landscapes of nutrition.

Humane ecopolitical landscapes are ruled by active hope
and cooperative potential within
as divinely landscaped multicultural ecology without,
polypathic faith in love's synergetic trust
and discovery
and curious regenerativity of enlightening imagination.

The U.S. Declaration of interdependent Independence and Constitution were born of Enlightenment CoOperative EcoPolitics.

Applied ecopolitical science looked a great deal like applied theology,
or at least teleology, healthy purpose, therapeutic cultural meaning.
Democracy develops fragrant discernment through co-empathic multicultural trust,
moving toward inclusive resonant resolutions of complexly interdependent ecopolitical issues,
risks,
opportunities,
social investments and historical-cultural divestments,
intending improved climate health
and less climates of pathology,
whether too hyperactively warm
or too near to flat-line fading into freezing despair.

My issues with effectively developing ecopolitical health,
by suppressing dis-ecological pathologies,
past failures of achieving a truly multiculturally abundant history of sustainable healthy climates,
soon led to confusion about a great cultural divide
between two vocational labels:
1. Political Scientist, and
2. Permacultural Designer.

This great cultural divide appeared front and center
more recently when I became certified as a Permaculture Designer.
It helped me to look more carefully at the functional intent of "political"
as compared to "permacultural" outcome goals and use-of-power objectives.
As I thought more about how our normal day-to-day scientific investment in learning about power includes learning primal differences between multicultural designs
and monocultural monopolies of totalitarian mistrust leaning toward distrust chaos,
dissonance,
then polypathic confluence of design and pattern correlations emerge as the compost,
the food,
the fodder of our ecological as ecopolitical learning enterprise.

"Permaculture" was chosen to distinguish perennially designed
and democratically self-governing landscapes
from more traditional annual economies of "Agriculture" business,
with more of a replant, spray, and harvest of chemically treated quasi-edibles,
nutritionally malignant regarding fertile health of Earth's soil,
leading to well-established suboptimal health-trends of ecopolitical Business As Usual.

Permaculture designs are for and on and about and composed of information rooted in past positive polyculturally balanced community landscape outcomes.
These polyculturing ecopolitical landscapes began as maps of nurturing health plans for exteriors only,
like gardens and farms and river banks.
But, this organic economic and political view of power-with ecological balancing climates
has moved from exterior to increasingly interior ecopolitical health landscapes,
like bicameral full-octave nature-spirit nondual deep learning healthy multicultural mindbody landscapes, dialogues, stories, evolutions.

If you believe IN evolutionary processes
that you do not believe also believe in you,
cooperatively together,
then you are less likely to achieve healthy nutritional ecopolitically sustainable outcomes,
while you are waiting for SomeOne Other
to grace you with His Transcendent truth-beauty presence.

If you believe WITH processes of ecosystemic health,
then you have joined the evolutionary permacultural partisans of healthy regenesis,
wherein lies all evidence of co-creation.

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Ecotherapeutic Justice

When passion plants a multicultural seed,
then justice flourishes a polypathic trusting flower.

Permaculture and polyculture, 
grow holistic cause-effect karmic significance 
for our physical, and mental, political and spiritual health.

Permacultural, as I intend it this morning,
refers to Yang’s power for nutritional sustainability of natural systems; 
health-power 
that is universally comprehensive consciousness
mindful. 
Permacultural wisdom is rooted in ancient Golden Rules and Ratios 
balanced spiritual proportion and right natural relationship 
between ego and eco, between self and partners, 
family, 
tribal environment.

Polycultural gardens and landscapes,
whether natural-exterior or human natured-interior,
are positive outcomes anticipated, 
designed,
beloved by Organic-Harmonic Permaculturalists.

The opposite  of  polycultural paradise
we might describe as:
1. monocultural (not multiculturally therapeutic)
2. monopolistic and dominating (not mutually cooperative governance, economics, as ecologic)
3. monochromatic (not polymorphically-polypathically natured, regened, generated, evolved, not full octave frequencies of color and harmony).

Permacultural development is to Yang’s force and power.
as Polycultural outcomes are to Yin’s therapeutic flex and flow.


And so it is that in this our permacultural parable, 
One winter of discontent, about 1000 years from now, and more, and less, the Universalist Prophets of Justice turned rather coldly upon the Unitarian Mystics of Warm Compassion.

What happened to Truth, Justice, and the American Independent Way of Freedom; low risk, high yield economic and political life? 

So, as was their practice, these suffering ReGenesis Community Yin-Mystics of too-great compassion went off to hibernate this harsh dark justice, to decompose this permacultural puzzle of the thrival of the economic fittest, and yet also fattest. How could it be that competing weapons of bloated wealth are more powerful than our compassionate Gaia Goddess of ecological “why can’t we all just play cooperatively”  wisdom?  How could an omnipotent benign Unitarian Hostess give birth to litters of runtish parasites without giving them at least a flat playing field for winning more positive outcomes than the dinosaurs?

Following gratitude for winter’s metamorphic suffering and chronically stressed tough-love teachers,
Grandmother Moon responded with polycultural wisdom of waxing and waning hope for spring’s new life:

When winter’s suffering composts in each person,
compassion grows more inclusive and diverse, 
richer, more fertile root systems,
arguing with rather than arguing against,
struggling with rather than struggling against.

Composted in the family,
co-passion will optimize wealth of nutritional values for all senses, feelings, awareness;
Composted in the neighborhood and your local cooperative economy, 
and political platforms, policies, plans,
co-passion will positively slow-growth multiply;
Organically composted throughout the nations,
cooperative ownership and lifestyles could optimize economic and sociotherapeutic regenerativity,
recreating cooperative Win-Win cultural assumptions
from that old-school pre-millennial Win-Lose competitive economics,
permaculturaling our wealth of nations.

During the subsequent long warm summer days
of maturing gardens and wisdom, 
the ReGenesis Community’s Universalist Justice Prophets of the Unraveling Future
and Unitarian Compassion Mystics of Reweaving Cultural Herstory,
stewed this steamy stone soup compost.

Each prophet and mystic, Yanger and Yinner, Universalist and Unitarian, 
shares his and her struggles with injustice and need, 
we sing our segregating sexual, racial, ecological, economic, political, historical and cultural hurt and disappointment,
including every “my nature matters” message and slogan and sign of impending flying apart, rather than investing in flying together.
We grapple for life fully lived in the future,
at least as well as now.

True justice is no more anthro-centric than ego-centric. No more ego-centric than Left-brain dominant. 

Perhaps our permacultural justice opera is sung in a difficult and challenging key, but it cannot be a song if there is no full-octave key accessible within each, and equitably shared by all.

Compassion seeds suffer and burst, struggle and strain, first within our dark winters,
toward ego-Left and eco-Right balanced root systems,
seeking peace-filling integrity of justice for ourselves, 
and then others,
our interdependent co-passionate mentors and messiahs,
and then Earth Herself, with all nature’s species and Tribes,
within all revolving time,
advocate for all generations of life.

Universal Justice expands up and out Yang from Unitarian compassion roots,
Yang from Yin, 
mutually consuming and productive cycles of becoming fit to thrive together.

Universal Justice flowers from Unitarian bicultural yang/yin balance,
as Left to Right hemispheric balance,
as West to Eastern cultural wisdom,
as space from time’s unfolding,
rhythm from rhyme’s iconic order,
rational logic from eco-logically informed systemic function,
deductive reason discerned from inductive,
experiential,
reconnecting wisdom.

Left from Right
as regathering nature from regifting Elder spirits,
as belonging grows from longing to reconnect,
as July’s bloom emerges from January’s gloom.

Communication of justice,
to be communication at all,
must be a cooperative enterprise;
not a competitively punishing exercise in dominatrix.

This multicultural kinda “beloved” justice emerges from cooperative co-passionate vocations 
with and for and of all Earth’s Tribes, species, trees and forests and oceans.
Polycultural justice equivalently loves all Earth’s mutually grateful, resonant, seasons and generations,
including summer’s heated gratitude for the suffering sadness of winter,
Polycultural justice invites all Earth’s Past and Future Redeemer Regenerations to Universally Permacultural Life.


Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2015

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Positive Political Psychology

I question my own interplay of psychology and political science.
Does this too facilely root analogy within ecology of climate health v pathology?

Intersections of sociology and psychology are at least academically commonplace.
I have a friend with a doctorate in something called social-psychology.
And, conjoining sociology with political power and its appositional marginalization reviews long too-familiar, uncomfortable, political and social pathology territory.

Most of us have experience of both elite and non-elite ecopolitical childhood memories;
elite as compared to younger children, on one hand, and non-elite compared to adults, on the other, more politically advantaged, side of our deep learning power-psychology spectrum.

From the more toxic disempowerment of non-elite embryonic experience, longing for the power-advantages of full-maturation, we can all empathize with life on the margins of a power-culture.
Living within these boundary-margins brings higher risks of political disinvestment, from others and from within;
including financial and sensory-nutritional disadvantages,
higher risks of  co-arising disempowerment, 
of active mistrust 
internally rooted in chronic paranoia about the ultimate prospect of dying, and egocentric death.

However, the direct attribution of political power to nutritional powers of healthy fertility,
now increasingly known as positive evolutionary psychology,
or even positive-deviant revolutionary psychology,
is seldom explored as Positive Interior Political Psychology meets Positive/Negative Exterior Political Psychology,
where Positive is populated by a culture’s politically and economically empowered elite
while Negative climate-trending populations become increasingly at risk.
Non-elite status darkens and fades into vaporous margins of oblivion
as our ecopolitical cognitive-affective dissonance perdures,
cancerously producing paranoia co-arising within as non-competitive and value-less without.

When I awaken in the morning, sometimes I feel vaguely paranoid,
mistrusting of this day’s potential for politically healthy relationships and  more economic nutrition than toxic dissipating outcomes.
At the end of this day will I feel more like I have been struggling against environments inhabited by viral scorpions, 
or struggling with how to contain and sustain my non-paranoid sense of healthy ecological-ecopolitically cooperative-dominant elitism that feels and smells and tastes of co-empathic trust?

This cooperative v competitive, helpful v condemning, twist in resonantly positive, non-dissonant, psychology is about positive politically mutual-empowering elitism.
Positive political elite powers are always and everywhere in regeneratively evolving nature,
as contrasted to degeneratively devolving political natures and economic-nutritional/dissonant feelings, empathies fixated on antipathies.

Earth evinces a history of anthro-enculturation through revolving perennial time
accessible to both our LeftBrain Yang political-psychology power-over egocentrism
and to RightBrain’s Yin economic-nutritional power flow-with co-arising DNA/RNA harmonic extending-selves.
Our RightBrain knows nothing of Ego's Tree of Death.

Do I wake up to a political enculturation day seeking advantages over others
or co-investment abundance with others?
Psychological and political elites do our best to choose the democratically healthier abundance for multiculturally polypathic all
by letting go of paranoid baggage of WinLose ecopolitical advantage.

Both the psychological and political problems of LeftBrain competitive dominance trace back to two source-roots.
In science, regenerative WinWin evolutionary trends favoring cooperative organic norms have been presumed less powerful than WinLose survivalist norms under high-stressed environmental imbalance conditions. 
What is ecologically normative cooperation has been psychologically and economically and politically usurped by a model of evolution that assumes ecological health is rooted in the dominance of power-over competitions. 
Were this the actual historical case, then we have no way of explaining how natural ecosystems could evolve into self-regenerative biosystems of memory and increasing communication relational integrity; 
organic systems of intelligent interdependent-sustainability.

The other root source goes back to the origins of religions as co-empathic trust in sacred powers. 
Human nature has revealed divine powers as both helpful, benign, and as condemning, vengeful, jealous. 
The gods and goddesses of love fuel further fertile cooperative empathic trust in Earth’s regenerative future.
The demons and unkind gods and unfertile goddesses of condemnation, too often re-enacted by tough-love parents, and monoculturally xenophobic politicians, and WinLose economists and financial investment/disinvestment assumptions, 
provoke further cognitive-affective dissonance about our politically non-elite ego identities within,
and further terrorist supremacy theologies rather than regeneratively cooperative elite teleologies;
meanings and purposes for humane healthy relationships and transactions,
whether psychologically within
or politically without. 

As many have said, but few have synergetically structured, as did Bucky Fuller, 
it is easier to become psychologically healthy when we live in an ecopolitically regenerative culture,
but it is also easier to perceive a cooperatively regenerative ecopolitics of co-arising trust
when one starts each day of childhood through adult life
with positive evolutionary psychological assumptions that we are each here significantly to help each other by most resonantly and fully communicating who we are meant to become with full integrity of a helpful-healthy functional family,
within an extended family doing our Golden Rule optimizing best to achieve regenerative ecological balance 
in both our interior psychological and exterior political EarthTribe landscapes and climates.

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2016

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Balancing Work and Play

I was reading Rev. Julian Clifford Jaynes' homily,
delivered May of 1919
to the First Unitarian Society in West Newton, Massachusetts,
commenting on the 100 years since Channing's Baltimore Sermon.

Rev. Jaynes had a son, 
a second generation Julian Jaynes,
who was a rather well published Princeton psychologist
with an evolutionary theory of bicameral LeftBrain intelligence emerging from older RightBrain synapticYang/apticYintegral consciousness.

Earlier in the morning
I had been reading this younger secular humanist Julian Jaynes,
who was also a bicameral mental-health development John the Baptist
to what later became Positive Psychology,
prior to reading Reverend Jaynes' 100 year perspective
on Channing's Unitarian slap down
of a vengeful Calvinist God,
condemning the grievous sins of mere mortal humans.

Mortal humans who are also bicameral human consciousness,
as teleologically and ecologically and phylogenically understood
by the younger Julian Jaynes,
only son of a Unitarian Rev,
whose father died a few years after Psychologist Jaynes was born,
and after delivering his historical summary of Unitarian bicameral evolution
toward Universalist-LeftBrain and Unitarian-RightBrain nature-spirits
nondual co-arising between 1819 and 1919.

I developed a distracting habit of writing in additional words
that the younger Jaynes might have added
to describe a dynamic nondual natural-spiritual balancing act
between Universalist Yang EgoConservatives of Traditional health values
and Unitarian Yintegrity of Earth-Regenerating nutrition.

As I began to see through the eyes of Rev. Jaynes reading his son's theory of bicameral egoLeft-Yang and ecoRight-SacredYin evolution of balancing nondual co-arising consciousness,
Universal ebbing waves of triumphal unchanging YangTruth Tradition
prepared to surge back toward narrow-midway Unitarian flow
of LeftEgo with RightEco climate balance for abundantly regenerative love,
health, happiness,
economic and political balance
of YangLeft EgoCentering Universal Co-Empowerment
nondual co-arising promise
with YinRight EcoCentering Flow of Both-And
Universalists with Unitarians,
which did not become religiously updated from the Prime (0) Relational Principle of Taoism,
until a few years before Psychologist Jaynes published his treatise on
Positive pylogenic development
of Left-Right Ego-secular/Eco-sacred bicameral evolution.

This is how I  added the younger Jaynes
to Reverend Jaynes
speaking about the 100 year influence of Reverend Channing:

"...What terrible things did Channing say? 
He declared the supremacy of the human [ego/eco-logical healthy and wealthy trusting] reason. 
He put Holy Scripture under the searchlight of rational [LeftUniversal-RightUnitarian] interpretation.
He defended the [balancing] character of God from the old imputations of cruelty, injustice, and the wrath of an irresponsible [LeftBrain EgoDominant] despot.
He broke up the mystery of the Trinity, and behold,
the [Universal] Fatherhood of one supreme [Yintegral Unitarian] oversoul,
the pleading personality of Jesus
as our human [ego/eco bodhisattva] brother and prophet,
and the Holy Spirit as the diffusive [regenerative nutritional yin] power
of divine [healthy] goodness and love."

"Then followed what he called 'the one sublime idea,'--
the inherent [LeftYangEgo-RightYinEco] dignity [and integrity] of human nature
and the saving power of personal [ego-conservational universe = climate health progressive eco-unitive] character,
irrespective of any artificial [supremacist Yang] mediation
of a universal [and unitarian, WinLeft-WinRight mutual] atonement [economy]."

"That is all!
How mild and familiar it sounds this morning!
How the sweet [therapeutic] reasonableness 
of those [co-absorbing LeftUniversal-RightUnitarian] affirmations
condemn the [too Yangish LeftBrain Dominant historic] character
of the theology that denounced them as the [secular humanist, relativistic, rather than primal nature-spirit nondual co-relational] charter of hell."

"From hilltops to hilltops their [ego/eco-conscious] echoes flew--until in brief time,
one hundred and twenty-five orthodox steeples rocked with their joyous clamor
of [unitarian-yin] acceptance and [universal-yang] approval.
New England was aflame."

"...[F]or what?
For [ecologically rational] intellectual liberty,
for breaking the bonds of burdensome [static, dead] tradition,
for spiritual [YangLeft-deductive and YinRight-inductive] serenity
in the presence of every new [bilaterally appositional health/pathology] truth, 
for daily [regenerative/degenerative] visions
of fresh [healthy ego/ecological] horizons
opening out into a morally sound and beneficent
[Unitarian-integral climate of health-flow] universe."

"We have seen one other thing--are seeing it now.
It is a [regenerative] revival among ourselves.
It is the awakened sense of [polypathic multicultural] responsibility
to the [healthy balancing natureLeft-spiritRight] faith we profess.
It is the disappearance of our former complacency [about mutual antipathy],
our cozy isolation,
our let-alone policy.
Growing in their place is the strong [Yang-UniversalEgo] desire
to make our churches,
not merely bomb-proof resorts of safety for Unitarian [Universalist] saints,
but live [inviting co-arising] centers
of [exterior-Universe/interior-Unitarian climate health] action,
with risks and hazards and challenges of [eco-centric] danger
and [ego-centric] sacrifice,--
centers where strong, earnest men [and women and everyone in-between] love to serve,
because it is a man's job [a humaneEgo-divineEco bicameral vocation],
centers whence [Yang Universalist] definite,
aggressive,
effective influences shall go [grow] over the top,
to plant the [polypathic bicameral] standards of [health-wealth balancing] liberal religion
and to do clean-cut,
businesslike [organic nurturing nutritional] work
[and play].










Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017

Long poem by Gerald Dillenbeck | Details |

Enlightening Systems

"Overcoming misleading [economic and political] metaphors
that are physically [naturally, ecosystemically, phylogenically] in [and of] 
your [ecological-organic embodied] brain
is never easy."
            George Lakoff, The Political Mind, p. 47

Unless, as Bucky Fulller so synergetically and consiliently,
Yang-confidently and Yin-confluently, suggests,
unless you provide a new and healthier cooperative analogical system.

EcoPolitical red conservative fundamentalist Orthodox exegetes
of Tradition-never-changes
speaking through EcoLogical ultra-violet PostModern radical embryonic Mother's EarthTribal regenerative reverence
for ever great and even small nutritional transitions
toward ecological ecopolitical healthy wealth.

Finding
reuncovering
remembering
religioning our ultra-violet ecopolitical model
of matriarchal embryonic diastatic revolutions
as routinely continuous nutrition prayer.

Noticing
full health of resonant octaves
echoing reiterative wonder,
confluence,
contentment regaining nature-spirit nondual spectrals,
animating color frame climates,
defining divineYang-humaneYin double-boundary margins
co-investing
co-arising healthy-wealthy ecopolitical ultra-violet embodied outcomes.

Reverence
is our humane response
to LeftBrain surprise
rediscovering conservationist red-love
for blue organic-integral green living
ultra violetly.

Rainbow octaves of regenerative intent,
all we offer to burn on Patriarchal God's alter of Promise,
modeling ecopolitical cooperative returns
for double-fractal octaves of wise mystery
through which we utra-violetly live
our species' Common timeless Matriarchal Paradise Dream.

Routine and ritual and religion
lead into and out of exegetical swamps.
Simple eisegetical resolutions
are only those cooperatively in-between
notnot pathological,
too red-too blue
co-arising ultra-violet fusion
conserving multiculturing polypathic progressive
revolutionary evolutions
of routine struggle with co-arising nonduality,
egoLeftRed Dominance revisiting ecoRightBlue EcoPolitical-Integral Depressions, DisInvestments, DeCompositions.

Earth is no longer red monocultural YangEgo Dominant,
vertical-only nutritious.
Our PostConservationist ecological direction
remains both Patriot-Vertical
and Matriot-BiLateral Integrity;
thermodynamic balance of routine deep-religioning ritual,
Sabbath days and recreational Winter Moon Enlightening nights.

Our healthwealth Ta(0) Way
is always Yang-vertical Red
eco-passionate with Yin bicameral 
ultra-violet EcoPolitical Wisdom,
co-spiraling nature-spirit
co-messianic actors and speakers and nutritional listeners,
digesters and producers of positive health
and negative pathology
we conservationally climb red verticals
to progressively fall across ultra-violet collateral,
spiraling ecological octave frequencies, dialectals
emerge polypathic struggle with SacredPatriarchal Orthodoxology,
yet never struggling against Earth's Embryonic Matriarchal EcoSystems.

Routine uphill struggle,
RedYang/YinBlue CoEmbryonic Nurture
equipoised right-now balancing co-gravity,
routine multiculturing thermodynamic octaves
fusing within ultra-violet noticing
(-.-)0-squared fractal
as C-squared spirit of light's 4D linear form
as E-squared timeless dualdark nature-spirit
notnot exforming double-fractal DNA-octaves
4D PostModern RealTime prime(0)relational
health as also wealth
(0)soul-sum-core function.

Our multicultural idea of a chosen natural-ecological species
does not imply teleological preference
for a Yang-supremacist people
rooted in separatist Traditions
discriminating between and among multiculturally polypathic individuals,
tribes,
family branches
within history's regenerative fertile Tree
of DNA/RNA fractal-octave Solidarity.

AnthroYang Ego is not superior,
not chosen,
but co-invited by Elder RightBrain symbiotic Goddess
of Earth's regenerative health-flow,
graced karmic song and dream dance
of nondual Yang/Yin
Red/Blue
ultra-violet conserving-progress co-arising.

UltraViolet (0)sum centers
are not a healthwealth quality exclusive to ecologically languaged species;
rather co-mentoring
co-redeeming relationship 
between LeftBrain Dominant people
and embryonic RightBrain Matriarchal EnSpirited
Gaia-Earth.

Wisdom's polypathic exegesis
is Gaia-Earth's nutritional invitation 
of and for Patriarchal LeftBrain Man.
Wisdom Literature,
scripture of felt co-empathic experience,
narrates PatriarchalGod of History's approach
to incorporate His matriarchally nurtured regenerative-flow
toward timelessly CoMessianic post-modern EcoPoliticians,
a cooperative co-investment
rooted within our ecopolitical cathedral of Earth-Matriarch,
embryonic-diastatic Bodhisattva Gaia.

We are YangRed Gods of Comprehension
and YinBlue Goddesses of Wisdom together
ultra-violetly nutritional
sensing humanity's full octave multicultural climate health potential
through our bicameral polypathic fractal-mirror lenses,
full-octave DNA/RNA Solidarity,
ecological processing timeless P = N(NP)
YangRed/YinBlue-Green
YinYin ultraviolet WinWin,
Ego InterdependentRed Nature
co-spiraling revolutions with
Eco VirginalEmpty Blue Spirit,
ultra-violet routine,
full-octave conservationist-progressive rituals
dualdark
BlackHole (0)soul exformation binomials,
WinWin prime relational
eco-prayer assumption
of regenerative health evinced,
faith in hope octaves seen,
nutritionally smelled and tasted,
ingested
and interdependently produced
nature-spirit dynamic ritual;
secularLeft ecological
with sacredRight ecopolitical
RedNature and BlueSpirit
become ultra-violet WinWin EgoRed/EcoBlue climate health,
inside as outside,
spirit as nature,
ego as eco-integral,
as Earth below,
so MoonLight Paradise co-arising above.

Winter MoonLight of hibernation,
winner of ultra-violet conservationist progress,
Best Practice for modeling revolutionary polypathic co-enlightenment.

Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2017

Long poem by Doug Vinson | Details |

Used to go to this Bar

Red light, the neon beer sign on the distant wall reflects off the long expanse of polished bar top, overpowering the quiet brown wood. It’s after lunch, only a few people in to stir the air; the dust motes can settle. Scattered talk of a few regulars, other people’s business, when will she and he be in? Celebrate victories, or manufacture some. 

2:07 p.m. Only three of us now. I used to come here a lot, even though it’s ten miles “up the hill,” out of the river valley into the highlands. It’s obvious the other two people are in all the time. Years back, it was “Bud and Larry,” two fixtures of a bar if ever there were any. I was last in a couple months ago, and saw Bud. He was much the same. They’d found Larry dead at home, 3 years previously. 

Liquor bottles stand on their layered, underlit steps – the temple in front of the mirror, the cathedral of the unclimbables. All those white glass photons going upwards through the fluid.  The bottles stand tall, their inserted “Posi-Pour” spouts all pointing to the left, angled as if flowers toward some imaginary sun.

Rows of polished glassware, sitting and hanging, infinite reflections, each glass a lens of life. They know they can’t make the love come back. Hollow people don’t realize it; most of them end up knowing nothing more than the floor. Take away the lies, the false friendships and loves, and what have you got? 

In a few hours the lights will be on in here, the bar packed with people, the raucous, the driven, the hungry; a Friday night. For now, the bar is patient. Outside the windows, the day floats. 

The bartender is a pretty woman with a great attitude, and in the back pockets of her jeans, a bottle cap opener leans right, and an order pad leans left, forming their own little tabernacle; you can almost see the Eiffel Tower. Humor and good nature, on the rocks. 

Can’t hang forever, have to drive back to the house. Gin is there too, in the freezer with a couple glasses. Pour some cold gin into a cold glass – then add tonic water from the refrigerator compartment. Definitely no ice needed, and lime is up to you. The outside of the glass will fog with icy condensation, but then it will melt, and you feast your eyes on the jewel diamond waterglass platinum mosaic. Cold glass, cold gin, when the tonic water is added, the first quantity freezes, sort of like smoke in water, instant ice, syrup gel silica facets of beauty.

Lots of mighty cathedrals in Europe. And I love The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City. That’s my home-ground big boy. And since we’re talking New York City, Trinity Church, way down on Broadway in lower Manhattan. Darker stone and stained glass – the first time I walked in there I knew something was up, I mean – HOO AAH – color and contrast. Wow, you can say “Feeling,” or “God,” or “Love,” or this has just got to be some special doo-dah goin’ on here, but it was real. I think that either it is all one thing, or that at the least we are all looking for transcendence - in some or many aspects, depending on how optimistic we are.   

So, the bartender has been looking at me in a funny way. I’ve been scribbling on pre-printed papers for work that I had in my wallet, folded into eighths so they would fit. Luckily, the back side of one was blank. I got a lot of writing done there – I print very small.

Now, I am firmly old enough to be the bartender’s father. And hitting on a bartender is an exceedingly low percentage play. And I love my wife, and am totally faithful to her. Totally. Things are getting busier now, but in the slow time that has passed, the bartender was a bit inquisitive – she mentioned how she had all the glasses washed, all the tasks completed, all her ducks in a row. And there I was, all studious, sort of (while drinking gin), and she said that maybe she should be doing something like I was – writing – “for her classes.” A-ha, that’s it – she just got a job as a schoolteacher. Got the good stance – kids will eat you up, but not this woman – she will command whatever it is that teachers need to command. These days, in the U.S., that’s a tall order. The bartender’s name is Colleen, and she’s gotta be about 30. Maybe a bit less, slight probability she’s a bit more. Got a soulful quality underneath the chipper and bouncy quality so favorable in a bartender, and I think – the steel to be a teacher; she’ll do well no matter what. 

Monreale – this is a big cathedral up high, above Palermo, Sicily. The roar and density of history, the weight and perfection of art, the sublime execution of human caring – just think of it – the “Norman rulers of Sicily.” Wait, what? The Normans were in Sicily? Lots of us have heard about the Normans and England, i.e. 1066, yes, but for the next 90 years or so they were going south, too. 

So, 840 years ago, William II started the church, later decreed a cathedral. What sets it apart for me is the mosaic art – vast in scale, extremely beautiful in its fineness. The Arabic influence is huge, and though I have read that there are even “finer” examples in existence, I have not seen them, and the sheer expanse and impact of Monreale is personally monumental. What it took to make this thing…. There, I was lifted up. When I say, “mosaic art,” I think you really have to see it. 

Back home – I like to mix things up a bit, and after ordering a nice big pizza, I determined to ask the delivery person a question, pursuant to the fact that we are all citizens of the universe. “Tell me something good,” I said, after the knock came on the door. He was a fresh-faced teenage boy – was he even old enough to drive? He stammered in incomprehension. I said, “You gotta tell me something good…” 

“Uh… I got a new car today.” Hardly the philosophical explosion I’d hoped for, but still – he was decently enthusiastic - winner winner chicken dinner. $30 on a $17.95 bill, he went away happy.

Copyright © Doug Vinson | Year Posted 2016

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