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In Circuituity for Perpetuity December 6, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Are we advancing the ball?
Have we dropped the ball?


Maybe there is no ball?

We carve magnificent sculptures, paint sublime paintings, and construct  amazing cathedrals.  Yet nothing of import changes.

No matter what we do, the world keeps revolving on its axis.  Our “advances” have not altered its course one iota.

It’s stuck in circuituity for perpetuity.

So are we.

But most of us are far too distracted to notice that we are going nowhere fast.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. shreejacob - December 6, 2013

That’s true. The more “progress” we make as a race…the more we seem to get all tangled up…

Reminds me of that story Eric wrote about in his blog…the one about the Harvard graduate and the fisherman ;)

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

We are grand and glorious parasites. :mrgreen:

Maybe I missed that story . . . it doesn’t ring a bell. I did just do a quick search for it on his blog using “Harvard” and “fisherman” ~ no luck.

shreejacob - December 6, 2013
nrhatch - December 6, 2013

That’s a great story . . . I didn’t find it because I looked on Eric Baker’s blog. :lol:

ericjbaker - December 6, 2013

Nah, mine was about the brain-eating hamster who lost his car keys in a volcano.

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Was his name “Joe”? ;)

2. Maggie - December 6, 2013

Ah, the joys of the rat race…

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

URL: http://able2know.org/topic/60848-1

3. Pix Under the Oaks - December 6, 2013

Right now, I am happy to be going nowhere fast!

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Me too, Pix. This global perspective eliminates the desire to strive, strive, strive. When we let go of lofty aspirations and ego concerns, we are free to just be.

4. Rainee - December 6, 2013

Maybe we are where we need to be and doing what we need to do :-). We have arrived!

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Claudia: “What’s the point?”
Leo Fish: “There is no point. Bogey. Bogey. Par. Par. Bogey. Bogey.”

~ “Home for the Holidays”

5. suzicate - December 6, 2013

No ball? Oh no, don’t tell me that…I’ve been searching for years for the one I dropped way back when!

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

I used to think it all mattered . . . now I’m convinced that nothing really matters at all. :razz:

6. viviankirkfield - December 6, 2013

Add to all of that the fact that time is going faster…yes, it’s true…an hour is not an hour any more…at least not in my life.:) I turn around and a whole day/week/month has gone by!

Thanks for the words to Windmills, Nancy…it’s one of my favorites…each line creates an amazing visual picture in my mind.

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Time does seem to be flying by at an ever increasing rate. I blink and another day/week/month/year is gone (like so much water over Niagara Falls).

7. Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 6, 2013

Nancy, are you trying to tell us that we are going around in circles and don’t even know it? And to think that this is the GOAL of so many people, to not rock the boat. Just think, if we say nothing and do nothing, we can keep the world rolling the same as it was for another thousand years.

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Some of us know it . . . but those who got into tug-o-wars at Walmart on Black Friday are probably too distracted by shiny bling to realize that they’re just chasing their tails. :mrgreen:

8. Crowing Crone Joss - December 6, 2013

As my Farmer friend says “and the acorns still fall every year”

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Perfect! Especially since my psychologist friend says . . . “we’re all a bit nuts!” :razz:

9. ericjbaker - December 6, 2013

I think the art and architecture is a worthwhile endeavor in itself, and we have made incredible strides in quality of life, equality, civil rights, and democracy.

Wait, I’m the one arguing against cynicism???

This ball must be wobbling…

nrhatch - December 6, 2013

Moi? Cynical? Mais non . . . je suis ici. :razz:

Since we are on this cruise for the duration, occupying our time with art and architecture makes (almost) as much sense as drinking umbrella drinks and gambling the night away.

10. Three Well Beings - December 7, 2013

There is so much truth to this, Nancy! It’s a little disturbing…but no less true!

nrhatch - December 7, 2013

When we step back to consider whether humans have benefited the planet one jot, we realize we have NOT. We do not have a symbiotic relationship with Earth. At best, we are grand and glorious parasites ~ she gives, we take.

That truth, at first blush, is a bit disconcerting ~ it shakes the foundation of all our striving to succeed. But it also gives us a different framework within which to choose our priorities going forward. So it’s liberating as well.

11. Don - December 7, 2013

A bit depressing Nancy. I’ve often felt this way. I must say that I prefer the symbol of the spiral rather than the circle.

nrhatch - December 7, 2013

The other residents of Earth are content to just be . . . to live and die without concern for leaving a lasting legacy ~> that’s the circle of life.

Humans are different. Ego urges us to strive, compete, and “make our mark.” For what? Fame. We want a “claim to fame.” We want to believe that what we do here matters . . . even if it doesn’t.

That’s depressing . . . but also very liberating. I am FREE to BE.

12. William D'Andrea - December 7, 2013

Three thousand years ago King Solomon wrote:
“Vanity of Vanities; all is vanity and a chasing after wind.”
On the other hand, when he wrote those words, King Solomon was a grouchy old man.
As for myself, I say that whenever something good happens, enjoy it while you’ve got it; and try to remember the good things.

nrhatch - December 7, 2013

Grouchy or not, King Solomon was 100% accurate in his assessment.

13. Grannymar - December 7, 2013

I am certainly not going anywhere very fast this week. It is more like snails pace, never mind, I am beginning to see the light. :D

nrhatch - December 7, 2013

Snail’s pace is great . . . as long as you’re headed in the right direction. :razz:

14. bluebee - December 7, 2013

All a distraction from contemplation of the scary questions, methinks

nrhatch - December 7, 2013

Yup! We want to believe that what we do here matters . . . even if it doesn’t.

15. brendamarroy - December 8, 2013

Sad but true. Like hamsters on a wheel.

nrhatch - December 8, 2013

Yup! And there are many hamsters desperate to be “Head Honcho.” :razz:

16. jannatwrites - December 9, 2013

“circuituity for perpetuity” – I like that! Sad but true.

I think I’ll follow my cats’ lead and just take it easy once in a while.

nrhatch - December 9, 2013

I think following your cats’ lead makes infinite sense!

17. The Rat Race | Maggie Madly Writing - December 9, 2013

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