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Encyclopedia Humanica

by mgopin on September 11, 2014 · 5 comments

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Water- encyclopedia humanica
Every human being,
Is a walking encyclopedia,
Infinite indigenous knowledge,
Of local realities,
That no one,
Will ever,
Fully know.
Why do we walk past?
We are discoverers,
Above all else,
We wander,
To the farthest reaches,
Of the earth.
Why do we walk past?
Melville, Conrad,
Escaped to the high seas,
To discover the world.
But the boat,
It contained infinite depths,
Even deeper than the sea,
That anyone dared ever discover.
The journey to the strange other,
The darkest, most dangerous,
Most joyous,
Adventure.

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Reflecting on “Dancing”

by mgopin on September 7, 2014 · 2 comments

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I wrote this during the Gaza war. I think the theme of dance is very important, post-quantum physics way to understand the complex interaction of enemies, how they build on each other, and what it must teach us in reverse. I am amazed at how much of a dance enemies have, how much they depend on each other’s worst behaviors. We know this scientifically but it is hard to internalize as a definition of fluid reality. All our debates are as if enemies are fixed entities not evolving with each other. We warriors for peace still do not know how to really counteract that. We have tried the arts, we have tried tourism, we have tried commerce, but the dance of death is more frightening and compelling to the masses. Why did the young generation succeed in the 1960’s to create a real alternative that attracted the masses, but

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Reflections, August 2014 vol.2

by mgopin on September 2, 2014 · 6 comments

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The stoics, the Epicurians, Taoists, Sufis, the Buddhists, all feel that the real prison is the human mind. I am still thinking.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal_Directive The question now facing #Jews is how many #Palestinian lives should be sacrificed for one #Israeli soldier? 10? 100?
 
With children of #Syria#crdc and project Amal ou Salam
AmalouSalam pic
 
A budding #Syrian artist, generously giving his paintings away
 
A message of the children of #Syria
Message from Syrian kids
 
To be with victims in a time of war is to be @loss for words but not to be with them even one victim is to be @loss of your soul
 
#Syrians and #Turks deep in negotiations
kids negotiation
 
The beginning and end of conflict prevention is gratitude. #peacebuilding
 
http://www.marcgopin.com/2014/08/23/urgent-on-syria/ please Share widely.  It is essential to both save #Syria from #ISIS and to use all parties for immediate ceasefire.
 
http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.611395?v=680CA1F8707230AE49358F9E70E58220 Only by facing the death of #democracy in #Israel can you fight for

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A Moment

by mgopin on September 2, 2014 · 3 comments

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It is a special agony leaving loved ones behind who go back to war. It is a special guilt that tears at the soul.

Aug 29 from FB

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Violence: The Turning

by mgopin on August 28, 2014 · 4 comments

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disarmament
It is a law:
Violence begets nonviolence,
Like a tulip in winter,
In all places,
In all cultures.
But only those
With eyes wide open
Can see it,
In the middle of
Winter storms.

The most important turning point
for any civilization passing from darkness into light
is every moment
that a weapon passes
from someone who has no self control
and no compassion
to someone who does.…

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Reason and Compassion

by mgopin on August 27, 2014 · 0 comments

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compassion

Reason and compassion are lovers
That give birth to our humanity,
but only when they engage
Daily, with intensity.
The more one’s mind
is drawn daily to compassion
For all sentient life,
the more it is drawn daily to develop
universal principles of behavior
that apply to all beings
Without exception,
Even very imperfect beings.
The more that reason is developed daily
the more it becomes empirically clear
that we are all the same,
in 99% of our being,
the more it becomes empirically self evident
That where we are different
it is an advantage,
Our diversity is our strength.

compassion and reason are lovers,
So that we can be.

 

(Photo: Cultivating Leadership)

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GOD

An atheist leader
who is rational,
Can be more a messenger,
of God’s mercy for the powerless,
than a leader,
who bows down to God,
over the dead bodies,
of his victims.

‘Less suffering’
Is the tortured scream
of God.

An authentic smile
Is the fleeting face of God,
A single act of kindness,
The touch of Her finger.

Only when you accept death,
Can you become committed
To the renewal of life.
Only when you see democracy die,
Can you plan its rebirth.…

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Young Warriors / Real Prison

by mgopin on August 18, 2014 · 6 comments

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A candle light vigil is held Tuesday night, Aug. 7, in Oak Creek, Wis., for the victims three days after a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The vigil was held during the national night out event at the Oak Creek Civic Center.  Tom Lynn/AP

Every day in every region I meet young warriors who know not what they do, and aging warriors who regret everything they have done. I can do nothing before their folly except bear witness to humanity.

 

The stoics, the Epicureans, Taoists, the Sufis, the Buddhists, all feel that the real prison is the human mind. I am still thinking.

(Photo: Tom Lynn/AP)…

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Shades of Heaven / Birth

by mgopin on August 14, 2014 · 4 comments

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peace-syria

SHADES OF HEAVEN

When a theologian of another religion says what you were thinking the moment before it comes out of your mouth #syria, with the Bosnian hero Father Ivo.

BIRTH

The warrior is born at 15000 feet,
With the press of a thumb.
The anti-warrior is born underneath cement,
With the press of a shovel,
Eyeing,
The first,
Grey,
Thumb.

 

(Photo: Now Media)…

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The Brain War

by mgopin on August 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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Boy with flag
An international outpouring of grief over unnecessary human losses from depression has led to a startling conclusion: the truth that occurs to the human brain is often absolutely not the truth.
The same can be said of the human brain on war and the human brain on nationalism. The brain on nationalism is a brain on cocaine. is a brain bent on unreality. is a brain that is damaged.
The human brain on nationalism finds it impossible to express anything. to experience any new fact other then in how it affects the balance of power between his nationalism and everyone else’s nationalism.
There could be a statement on a flower and it will be reinterpreted in terms of national defense, national attack, national opportunity.
I am persuaded by extensive evidence that most human brains are capable of being rewired. But it takes hard work and the failure to do so …

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