The Blind Leading

“Peaky Blinders” is a show on Netflix that takes place in Birmingham, England, with a largely poor Irish community in the ’20’s. The main character, Thomas, is essentially a gangster–into bookmaking, murder, and whatever may be necessary–but is very bright and may have a good heart, maybe softened or hardened by experiences in World War…

Lost in Translation?

That translations of any sort are supposed to facilitate communication is rather obvious.  However, to truly make something in one language understandable in another requires much more than a good dictionary.  There are idioms and nuances that make perfect sense in one language that, when translated simply word for word, come across as totally ridiculous…

Free to be Me

While the question of “free will” takes up a fair amount of energy and thought in scientific, spiritual and philosophical quarters, I have never understood how there can be any doubt. To be able to ask the question–“Is there free will?”–is to assume the existence of free will as the question itself, as all questions,…

The Music of Enlightenment

There are books and stories and sacred texts and parables and all manner of words used to describe and explain “enlightenment.” However, if Marshall McLuhan is right that “The medium is the message,” all such linguistic gymnastics may be inadequate for that kind of consciousness that is not conscious. Consider the picture below. See how…

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Leave Them Kids Alone?

Arthur Yavelberg  “We don’t need no education.” (Pink Floyd)  Pink Floyd’s iconic song is an anthem to those who see schools as assembly lines to produce brain dead cogs for the factories of industrialism.  “We don’t need no education.” flouts the decorum of what goes for “civilized” society—claiming that such rituals are artificial at best…

Comparing Apples and Figs

Arthur Yavelberg  Most people are familiar with the Biblical “Garden of Eden” story from the Book of Genesis.  The newly created Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge—which was likely a fig and not an apple—after which they realize they were naked, cover themselves and are exiled from the Garden. …