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Epiphany, Random thoughts at random times. Really!?

Today I found myself with a thought.  An epiphany if you will.  So, I ran to my underused blog and reacquainted myself.  What I found is that I have not written an article (published) for the entire year of 2016, other than the one I published on January 17, 2016.

What does this mean?

Why am I so inclined of thought in the middle of January two years running?  Are my thoughts truly random, or is a pattern underlying, and waiting to be recognized?

The outcome remains to be seen.

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Do we now invent HISTORY?

the_history_channel_demotivator_by_party9999999-d5jtuxaI found the title image above while online using a google search “History Channel Parody”.  So I think it is clear that others are getting the message as well.

I’ve often heard that people question why “The History Channel” does not show much “history” content anymore.

I think that people forget that a channel like “The History Channel” is a business first and foremost, but if they’re true to their name, they will try to deliver what they suggest by title that they will deliver.

By having a variety of “Reality Shows”, the History Channel is actually delivering on it’s promise of “history”. We’re witnessing it first hand.  We watch the present as a show.

The question that comes to my mind, is how accurate of present day “history” are the shows?

Are they scripted?  

Do they have some other self serving purpose of “The History Channel”?

Are they detailed and authentic recordings of a tiny slice of “Humanity’s History”?

My epiphany moment came when I realized that “The History Channel” is literally creating a historical account of humanity, and the way of life we live in this ‘snapshot’ of time.

What does this mean?  Do we even care? Who cares?

I think that the question that each of us must both, ask and answer,  is.

What is our message to the future?

 

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Hear No Evil,

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil . . . 

What does it mean? To you?  Here are a couple of ways that I can think of, what about you?  What version do you use?


No one shall hear of your deeds, nor look for your deeds, if you yourself,  remain silent regarding your deeds?

Don’t listen to gossip, nor tend to other peoples affairs, nor speak of others affairs.

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Has facebook turned us all into life bloggers?

Just a few years ago the only people who were posting photos and documenting details of a life were people who thought they could make some money ‘travel writing’ for a blog site.  Now it seems everyone is quite happy in posting little details about their life’s little ups and downs. We’ve somehow turned our lives into a “TV channel” that represents our actual lives, and the events they contain.

It seems to work like this. Your friends are your different channels. The facebook news feed is where you browse the channels for anything that looks interesting. Each of us are in fact a channel for someone else to enjoy.

As for myself, I think my channel may be considered by some to be an acquired taste.

When you look back at your life In 10 years what will your channel look like?

I’d appreciate your thoughts and feedback on the topic.  It seems that facebook has become love hate for some people.  I’ve several friends who despise facebook and refuse to post.

I am of the opinion that in the future we’ll scroll through facebook like we used to thumb through a family album to remember the events of our life.

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I'm not a Jellyfish :)
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They call it a Physalia Physalis

Physalia-PhysalisIf you’ve gone to the beach and seen the blue balloon like “Jellyfish”, then you have seen a Physalia physalis.  Commonly thought of as a Jelly Fish, the Portugese Man of War are actually an entirely different kind of creature.  It’s not even a single creature, but a colony of creatures working together to exist as a single entity.

Feared around the world for it’s fierce string, they are quite common around the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.  I’ve seen them many times on the beach, but not so often in the water.

Well, my luck changed last Sunday.  I was returning to shore and had decided to swim on my back.

I swam into the Portuguese Man of War “Tail of Death”  as I will call it.

I got to shore and discovered that the little arms have something in them that make them stick to your skin like a piece of briar sticks to your clothes when you’re walking through the woods.  Despite looking rather modest, the raised area of skin was felt like an ongoing bee string.  My level of empathy has certainly increased for those who suffered a serious injury from a man of war.

I remember thinking to myself that afternoon, about how strange it was that I could be experiencing such a pain, and yet no visible physical damage was present.  After the pain of the initial string is gone, then something brand new happens.  All of the places where the tentacles of the Portuguese Man Of War “Jelly Creature” had touched me had begun to blister up and itch badly.  As intense as the initial sting was, the itch that began on my hands and arms was incredible.  It was most certainly the most intensely concentrated itch I have ever felt.

The itch that developed felt like an echo of the initial pain.

I had my camera with me as I often do when I snorkel.    I figured I would record myself and talk about how it felt so that I could preserve the memory of the event (for myself).

For me, it was almost like experiencing the whole event 3rd person, I remember really thinking about the pain.  Thinking while it was happening, how I had never felt anything as painful, and being impressed with the effectiveness of the toxin causing the pain.  I was fascinated about how the pain could be so intense, and yet no permanent damage was happening to my hand.

I made the comment to someone near the first aid stand that getting stung makes you feel alive.  When you can step back, and appreciate another creatures developed mechanism, and experience a moment in that creatures life.  For all intents the “Jelly Creature” would have happily eaten me had I been a bit smaller, and overwhelmed by the toxins.  I’m happy to have added this experience to my repertoire of lifes events, but I hope to never experience it again.

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The Rise and Fall of things

Having made a painful decision recently I found a quote from Buddha that helped me to accept the decision. While the pain still lingers in my heart the simple logic of a quote helps to give me perspective.

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Good Deeds

I’ve decided to start making my posts to facebook and other sites via a blog.  I’m not sure if there is any real benefit to keeping them here vs keeping them on facebook.  I guess I just want to keep them closer to me.

I came across a video today that really moved me in a compassionate way.  It was a video compilation derived from Russian Dash Cameras.

Normally these cameras are taken advantage of by people posting videos of fantastic car accidents, or some other terrible event that would wow or amaze you.  Today!  I came across a Russian Dash Camera video which was a compilation of people doing good deeds, or some other Random Act of Kindness or Compassion.  The video really made me feel good, and touched me enough for me to write about it in a few places.

When something affects you in such a way that you feel compelled to share it with other people certainly it must qualify as an Epiphany.