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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"Really?" - "Of Course!"

"You are always faced with a situation that is the same as the one that

you never resolved."  ~ Carlos Castaneda

The quote above came a couple of days ago on one of my daily thought email feeds.  It has been on my mind ever since.  My response keeps vacillating between "Really?" and "Of Course!"

"Really?"  Is there no resolution or progress in life?  Are we destined to deal with the same problems over and over? What about all of the technological, cultural, and social advances of humanity? The human imagination has overcome many obstacles, solved countless problems, and moved beyond too many conflicts and wars to count.  We have faced "situations" and resolved them.

"Of Course" when I actually look at what I just wrote, all of the "situations" of humanity do begin to look repetitive.  I can even begin to put them into categories like nutrition, transportation, communication, conflict, and love. 

Individually we never really resolve our need for nutrition whether our food and water come from our own yard or agribusiness.  We always seem to be trying to get from one place to another whether by foot, jet plane, or space ship. When it comes down to it, the internet is just a more sophisticated form of the printing press, which is only mechanized alphabet and numbers.  Regardless of the particular issue at hand we do keep fighting the same wars over and over.  And most of all we humans are always needing to express and receive love.

As The Preacher of Ecclesiastes says, "That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is..."

The painted ponies just keep going up and down and round and round!   

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