By Les Blough, Editor
Axis of Logic
Friday, Mar 5, 2004
March 5, 2004 -
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O, What a World of unseen visions and heard silences, this insubstantial country of the mind! What ineffable essences, these touchless rememberings and unshowable reveries! And the privacy of it all! A secret theater of speechless monologue and prevenient counsel, in invisible mansion of all moods, musings, and mysteries, an infinite resort of disappointments and discoveries. A whole kingdom where each of us reigns reclusively alone, questioning what we will, commanding what we can. A hidden hermitage where we can study out the troubled book of what we have done and yet may do. An introcosm that is more myself than anything I can find in the mirror. This consciousness that is myself of selves, that is everything, and yet nothing at all - what is it? And where did it come from? And why?
- Julian Jaynes in The Origin of Consciousness
in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
on the First Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion - March 20, 2004 in Cities Around the World.
Les Blough, Editor, -Axis of Logic, Mar 2, 2004
A leaderless but powerful network is working to bring about radical change in the United States. It's members have broken with certain key elements of Western thought, and they may even have broken continuity in history.
- Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy
I never cease to be astonished at the docility with which people - even those who call themselves Socialists or Marxists - accept technology uncritically, as if technology were a part of natural law".
-E.F. Shumacher in Good Work
Three Op-Ed by Axis of Logic Editors
(This article is being posted and read around the world. Parts I and II of this series are
linked to Part III)
Les Blough, - Axis of Logic, February 27, 2004
The ongoing ethnic and political miseries of parts of Europe and the Middle East sometimes go back as far as the Roman Empire. This is not something that can be attributed to the combativeness of "human nature", per se. Before the expansion of early empires the occasional strife of tribes and natural nations was almost familial. With the rise of the State, the scale of the destructiveness and malevolence of warfare makes a huge leap."
- Gary Snyder in
The Practice of the Wild
"If the bible is universally diffused in Hindustan, what must be the astonishment of the natives to find that we are forbidden to rob, murder and steal; we who in fifty years, have extended our empire...over the whole peninsula...and exemplified in our public conduct every crime of which human nature is capable. What matchless impudence to follow up such practice with such precepts! If we have common prudence, let us keep the gospel at home, and tell them that Machiavelli is our prophet, and the god of the Manicheans our god."
Reverend Sydney Smith - (English clergyman: 1771 - 1845
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when else falls away.
Orih Mountain Dreamer~
The irresponsibility of this is breathtaking; the pressure on Pakistan alone could ignite an unprecedented crisis across the Indian sub-continent. Having reported many wars, I am always struck by the absurdity of effete politicians eager to wave farewell to young soldiers, but who themselves, would not say boo to a Taliban goose.
- John Pilger
Passing T'ien-Men Street in Ch'ang-an and Seeing a Distant View of Chung-Nan Mountain -
The snow has gone from Chung-nan; spring is almost come.
Lovely in the distance its blue colors, against the brown of the streets.
A thousand coaches, ten thousand horsemen pass down the Nine Roads;
Turns his head and looks at the mountains,--not one man!
Po Chü-i (772-846)
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