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HOPE

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 6:27 am Mon 6th December 2021

We live in hope. Is that wishful thinking or the challenge of life?

Understanding ourselves or understanding the world: which is the greater challenge?

Are the arts the compromise between the sciences and our religions and cultures and our ways of life.

Who is best suited to lead that journey of discovery; Him or Her?

Are the arts our universality of life because we can’t find a universality in ourselves?

The rise and fall of civilisations – how many times do we need to try again?

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…………. Humanity

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Is the hour glass running out once again or have we sorted out our differences or have we lost our humanity?

6 Responses to “HOPE”

  1. Ted says:

    > hope… wishful thinking or the challenge of life?

    Both of course. “Hope dies last” so you need more of it when the challenges of life get too much.

    >Understanding ourselves or understanding the world: which is the greater challenge?

    They are both the same thing, since we are part of the world. The challenge lies in defining the boundary between us and the world; more blurred than generally accepted, in my opinion.

    >Are the arts the compromise between the sciences and our religions and cultures and our ways of life?

    Probably. What do you think of Hunter Biden’s paintings?

    >Who is best suited to lead that journey of discovery; Him or Her?

    It’s a joint effort and needs a synergy of talents. And you can lead in front, and also lead from behind.

    >Are the arts our universality of life because we can’t find a universality in ourselves?

    Same reply as before: we need a clearer definition of the boundary between us and life. Pretty difficult in my opinion, because we are life, or a part of it at least.

    >The rise and fall of civilisations – how many times do we need to try again?

    Your wording suggests we might have some sort of control of these phenomena. Seriously? I suppose the modern answer – a restatement of the old “feed it into the computer” attitude – is to develop a sufficiently advanced AI (and how do you do that? -why, feed it into the computer, of course) and Leave It To The Science. Or something. We’ll find out soon anyway, as Western “civilization” is in free fall collapse right now.

    >Male xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Female
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    >…..Men xxxxxxxxxx Women
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    >…………. Humanity

    Yep.

    >Is the hour glass running out once again

    Yes, I think so.

    >or have we sorted out our differences

    I live in hope.

    >or have we lost our humanity?

    No

  2. DJ Ward says:

    In the land of excessive punishment, the US.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/us-canada/300492219/ahmaud-arbery-killers-get-life-in-prison-no-parole-for-father-son

    What would be the reasons, for an all of life sentence.

    They are repeat offenders, showing they can’t stop offending.
    The offence, is obscene or abhorrent.
    The crime was planned, with clear intent.
    The number harmed, demands it.

    What would be the reasons, for allowing parole.

    They are not repeat offenders, with an expectation it’s a one off event.
    The offence, is not obscene or abhorrent.
    The crime was not planned, without premeditation.
    The number harmed, does not demand it.

    I would then question strongly, the no parole sentences.
    This was a stupid situation, that went badly wrong.
    They have been found guilty, to the law by a jury.
    But on the scale of murders, it is hardly the worst example.

    If the worst offender gets no parole, why is this event judged the same.
    Are there other worse offenders, who get parole.

    They have no hope, in politics hands.

  3. DJ Ward says:

    What of hope, for the future.
    As I have found myself, with good things.

    I may have got the raw deal, with my first child.
    But I have two good children, whom I get to be a parent with.
    One cannot want more, if that was wanted from the beginning.

    A year ago, my relationship was in ruins.
    But things have got better, even after twenty years together.
    The relationship is as good, as before I began writing.

    Things got so bad, that I stopped working.
    But I now work, and have become happy in my work.
    I am even to become the most experienced, with a retirement.

    I saw no future for me, in things like owning property.
    But I have been saving, and have faith in my partner.
    Now I see things will happen, another dream becoming reality.

    What then should I hope for, if I already have those things.
    Should I hope to win lotto, yet I don’t play.
    Should I hope for better, yet to be content is enough.

    Do I not now have everything to lose, and nothing to gain.
    These things here are cause for trouble, and my moments of doubt.
    I only hope then, that I do not stumble in my path.

  4. DJ Ward says:

    Soon it will be, my daughters birthday.
    That is something, I can hope for.
    That she has a good day, and I see her cheeky smile.

    I have tried to write, but deleted it.
    I don’t go back and read, things I have written but rarely.
    Only immediately after witting, do I read them a few times.
    I have had comments the system, accidentally deleted.
    Ones that I deleted, the reasons many.
    And endless arguments, editing and backtracking.

    I can’t discern, the written to the unwritten.

  5. DJ Ward says:

    A year ago at this time, I was blissfuly sleeping.
    Finally I had done my act, of protest.
    I have not yet, had to actually be in court.
    Yet others in my life, have been to court for there acts.
    I know now the burden of justice, not being done.
    Every day not knowing, when they will come to get me.

    If it’s lost in the system, the system is failing.
    So even now, things have not gone away.
    My debt to society, is unpaid.

    What then is my debt, if it must be paid.
    Simply put without society, I would already be dead.
    My injury at three, would have killed me.
    Antibiotics has repeatedly, saved me.
    In times past, I faced execution for my mental disorder.
    I am now reliant, with a daily dose of modern medicine.
    It gave me education, and the information to write.
    It gave my partners healthcare, for childbirth.
    And gave me a society, where my children can live better.

    It is my obligation then to have hope, for society.
    My debt to it, for me cannot be paid.

    I must rethink my actions, and repurpose them.
    Meanwhile, I am asking myself science questions.
    Science has not answered them, for me.
    Hope inevitably, will come for me again.

  6. Home says:

    > hope… wishful thinking or the challenge of life?

    It’s neither, in my view. Hope is the belief that things will turn out the way you want them to.

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