Man Alone

dreamstime_8445313-1.11x1.67inBorn alone. Live alone. Die alone. That’s the trinity of man alone. Someone has said that God is an imaginary friend.. Consider that the Imagination may not be only a childish behavior. It is certainly the life and spiritual blood of the artist, philosopher and theologian. Consider that Imagination, while something other than reason and logic, may be another pathway to another kind of knowledge, knowledge of the intuition and aesthetic faculties. Some say the Story of Jesus is a fairy tale. Fairy tales work when “adult” truth is beyond a child’s mind. We have to “grown into wiser thoughts” What are we to a Divine Mind, but children, humans alone. Fairy tales help chase away the loneliness of a child. Later on art does it. Man has invented fables throughout his entire existence. Is that drive somehow a testimony to the fact that we are not alone? If we are only creatures of logic, reason and science, we neglect the possibilities in the non-rational, non-logical and non-reasonable. Truly we must be as little children.  David Milliken
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Thank You, Kansas City Royals!

It’s what the Royals did for all of us that matters now. And what they will do tomorrow and tomorrow. Today we are all Kansas Citians, living in a magnificent city.  Thanks, Royals, you’re no fly over team and we love you. Because of you the world knows about our stuff: tough, persistent, persevering, resilient; and the way we go about our work — whistling.  It all goes back to the men and women who busted this sod, year after year after year through drought, blizzard, blazing sun and wind.  Be Royal!  Miss ya already, but see you next Spring.  Be Royal!

David Milliken

 

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Resilient Royals endure, in this ultra-pleasant town

This one might not be as great and powerful as some of those Royals teams of the mid- and late ’70s and ’80s. But right now, after Salvador Perez, the heart and soul of this team, slammed a hard ground single down the third-base line off A’s rental pitcher Jason Hammel to prevail in one of the wildest wild-card games ever, they are the toasts of this ultra-pleasant town.

via Resilient Royals endure, eke out wild win in biggest game in 29 years – CBSSports.com.

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Johnson, Vanity of Human Wishes, 1749

Let Observation with extensive View,

Survey Mankind, from China to Peru;

Remark each anxious Toil, each eager Strife,

And watch the busy Scenes of crouded Life;

Then say how Hope and Fear, Desire and Hate,

O’er spread with Snares the clouded Maze of Fate,

Where wav’ring Man, betray’d by vent’rous Pride,

To tread the dreary Paths without a Guide;

As treach’rous Phantoms in the Mist delude,

Shuns fancied Ills, or chases airy Good.

How rarely Reason guides the stubborn Choice,

Rules the bold Hand, or prompts the suppliant Voice,

How Nations sink, by darling Schemes oppres’d,

When Vengeance listens to the Fool’s Request.

Fate wings with ev’ry Wish th’ afflictive Dart,

Each Gift of Nature, and each Grace of Art,

With fatal Heat impetuous Courage glows,

With fatal Sweetness Elocution flows,

Impeachment stops the Speaker’s pow’rful Breath,

And restless Fire precipitates on Death.”

via Johnson, Vanity of Human Wishes, 1749.

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“A Tale of Two Turtles” (Mary B. Cooper) A Review

tortoisetales01Perhaps it’s a second childhood for me, but Mary B. Cooper, children’s writer and illustrator, has captured my full attention. “A Tale of Two Turtles” tells of two turtles, one thoroughly satisfied with his life and another, an unhappy misfit who finds happiness  — thanks to a little deception by the happy turtle.  The simple moral is profound and I shall not divulge it.  “A Tale of Two Turtles” is  out-of-print I believe, but available in used and rare book stores. Ohioans might be  especially lucky to find it.  I found it at prices like $115.  If my wife had not acquired the tale from Ms. Cooper back in our Ohio years, I would buy it this day at that price or higher.  This tale is worthy  the attention of Aesop himself.  It transcends its genre.

Steadfast and cautious,

David Milliken

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Don’t forget regional state schools when it comes to higher ed and tech.

“When we talk about the future of higher education in the United States, let’s please focus our attention on where most higher ed happens. It’s not in Cambridge or South Bend or Ann Arbor. It’s in Kirksville, Mo.; Emporia, Kan.; Lafayette, La.; and Bridgewater, Mass.”

via Don’t forget regional state schools when it comes to higher ed and tech..

My alma mater is Ohio State and I dearly love her.  However, after those initial four years, I attended Idaho State, Kansas State, University of Missouri Kansas City, and Cal State Hayward.  There is a lot of attention being given to world class this and world class that.  I welcome this article about the also runs.  The Tortoise would see things that way.  One day a tortoise will learn to fly.

 

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Why does the United Nations have such a bad reputation in America (or at least on Reddit)? : NeutralPolitics

UN flagWhy does the United Nations have such a bad reputation in America (or at least on Reddit)?

via Why does the United Nations have such a bad reputation in America (or at least on Reddit)? : NeutralPolitics.

In these days with Americans wanting to pull back from its global role and perhaps beginning a new era of isolationism, I cannot help but think about what we might realistically do in the world.  Our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan seem to have been failures.  Perhaps history will have another perspective.  And it seems  that when we look Putin and other autocrats  in the eyes, our rose-colored glasses get us into trouble.  We can’t be a global cop lest we go broke.  And yet, who but us can lead?  The UN has many, many problems, but perhaps we are better off with it than without it.  Being a Navy man, I do believe that those huge carriers tooling around he world are a Force for Peace.  Just cruising about matters.  That’s what Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet was about.   And yet . . . and yet we have to have a place where every nation is at the table — at least talking, even spouting off.  If we abolished the UN today, we would soon hear cries for its return — warts and all.  David Milliken

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Dag Hammarskjöld, Reflection 1

In Katanga 1960

Certain people have  affected me profoundly.  For this reason I post a reflection on Dag Hammarskjöld(1905-1961).  Hammarskjold was the third secretary-general of the United Nations during the Cold War period. Prior to that he was secretary of the Bank of Sweden and under-secretary in the Ministry of Finance.  He earned a degree in the humanities and a doctorate in economics at Upsala University.  Highly privileged he was also highly humbled. Hammarskjold embodied the mind and spirit of scholar, diplomat, international leader, poet and mystic —  fundamentally Christian but well-versed in Islam, Buddhism and Judaism.   I believe he pursued the  One.

Hammarskjold opens his famous Markings with a quotation from Meister Eckhart(1260-1327):  “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”

I believe Hammarskjold used this quotation first because Eckhart was a soul mate and second because Markings is neither strictly an autobiography nor memoir. Markings is not a diary or journal either.  His markings are  trail marks through his poignant,  shaping experiences.  There is evidence that he also constantly changed his marks throughout his life.  This indicates a man constantly reflecting on  truth, truth in his  own intellectual and spiritual growth and his utter  commitment  to  international harmony.

I picture a little boy in school, his tongue licking his lips, diligently writing with a pencil and then with equal ardor erasing and correcting  his tablet.  He would have been someone dedicated to “getting it right” in all that he did personally and publicly.  He was less interested in recording events than in how his hike was evolving. Most likely he did not ever find “the true thing,” but I must believe he came very close.  I can see this avid hiker in Lapland earnestly making his way to the top,  finding many truths which he hoped would cohere into one Truth — all in the adventure of solving the Mystery. What a wonderful trail mate he would have been.

 

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