“The secret of a warrior is that he believes without believing… A warrior, whenever he has to involve himself with believing, does it as a choice, as an expression of his innermost predilection. A warrior doesn’t believe, a warrior has to believe.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Playing for Change – Stand By Me

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enjoy 🙂  and it you want more (and I can’t think of a reason you would not)  go here

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Google & Organic Food

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A few months ago we had an opportunity to join a group that organized purchases and delivery of organic food products. These kind of groups are currently typical in Israel where organic foods are still drastically more expensive then their counter-non-organic products. These groups make organic products more affordable by dealing directly with the farmers and establishing a self-operated distribution center. This means that all members shoulder part of the responsibility of keeping the mechanism operating.

This  included a minor shift in consumption habits. The distribution center is open once or twice a week for a few hours and you have to place your order a few days in advance.  This is why we didn’t join. We did not want to trade our buy-as-needed consumer habits for a planned purchase. We discussed this for some time and realized that we prefer the freedom to choose when and what we buy over the benefits of cheaper organic products. The result is that we conume organic grains but non-organical fruits and vegetables.

Rationality & Economy

WARNING: The following paragraphs describe a system of FAITH and not a scientific truth. If you feel like arguing then please either make an effort to relax your mind (tip: think of me a silly person and humor yourself by reading on) or stop reading and go   somewhere else.

I believe rational thinking is just one of many tools at my disposal in life. For many years I was addicted to it and lived by it alone. Over recent years I have become acquainted with other tools which I believe give me a better overall experience in life. These tools are often referred to by names such as intuition, spirituality, creativity, etc.

(COMMENT: To me these are very personal words – their meaning to me is based on an accumulation of personal experience. The only way I know for me to share them with you would be for us to spend time together – to accumulate shared experience. Until we do I ask, as you read on, that you use them with care, attention and an open mind, there is a very good chance that your interpretation differs greatly from mine.)

Economy is one example of a system of rational thought. The past decade, and recent months have demonstrated that the system is faulty. It has to some degree collapsed and caused widespread ripple effects. Many of its greatest followers are now talking about an expected radical change in it’s core concepts and mechanisms.

I agree change is coming but I disagree with most of the economic-worshiping prophets (some of whom I respect as business thought leaders) – because their prophecies are mostly limited to the trappings of rational thought. Everything needs to be picked at until it is completely broken down into little understandable pieces which give a sense of (economic) predictability control (which seems to narrow down to making more money!).

Now we come to a major faith junction:  control (and any of its artifact predictions) is a misapprehension. Occasionally rationality works – this is a chance occurrence. Most of the time it is wrong. The fact that is it wrong is well hidden by it’s inherit mandate to keep digging … until a chance occurrence occurs – and rationality is hailed. Most of the time rationality is just plain wrong.

Intuition & Ecology

Every morning I look out on another system altogether – an ecological system. It is tempting to call this system “nature” – but that is another rational misapprehension. Rationality (and for that matter misapprehension) are also natural. This system has other qualities – intuition, creativity and spirituality, etc… are words that dance around it and shed some inspirational light on it.

From where I am sitting it looks like ecology is a system of doing (as in actual action!) what’s best, while economy is a system of doing what is thought to be best. To me, the ecological odds seem much better then the economic odds.

I tend to think of ecological systems as systems in which:

  1. Acting entities are striving for constant improvement – for quality.
  2. Action is an expression of these good (as in high quality) intentions.
  3. Consequences ripple out extensively and reach deep into the system.
  4. Ripples inform acting entities.

Google

Google is an aggregation of many systems. When it was very young it was dominated by ecological patterns – it is indeed a product of creativity. As it grew it incorporated (!) additional systems – many of them rational and economical. Today it is dominated by the latter. It now wears ecology as a fashionable badge in servitude of it’s economical systems, and it’s best chance of finding an innovation is looking elsewhere.

Rationally & Economically – every time I consume (utilize) a Google service – I am calling on a huge collection of resources (if anyone actually put together a list – it would be staggering). Some have already been allocated & invested regardless of my request, others are allocated and spent exclusively for me. Google expends these resources on my behalf and pays for them. Since I do not directly pay Google anything, and since Google is a dominated by economic forces, it is driven to balance this equation in other ways.

Ecologically I am striving for quality, so I care how Google does this. Economically & ecologically I don’t care for the way it does. There are no free lunches.

Consuming Google

In the case of organic vegetables I made a choice – spontaneity over organics. In the case of Google I made another choice – ecology over economy. My choices in regard to Google make economical sense to me and feel ecological good.

I consume as little of Google as possible. Most of my Google consumption is made up of searching the web. I have a google user account which I use rarely use for basic SEO related issues (I once paid Google with an open heart – I don’t expect that will ever happen again). I don’t use Gmail and I stay logged out of Google 99.9999% of the time – so that they cannot associate my activities with my registered profile.

There is nothing wrong with Google – this is the way things are. Google is a case in point. Ecology has an upper hand on economy – quality endures and accommodates rational misapprehension. Economy as we know it (and systems subscribed to it) will one day (maybe soon?) be gone, ecology is here to stay. Ecology is about what is good, not about what looks good.

I wonder: did you choose how you use Google or did someone choose for you?

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-12

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  • RT and for the most part useless! @adambn: I hate writing specs, they’re boring #
  • having a bad wordpress-client day, I need to shoot someone… any volunteers? #
  • @ronenk did you see a brilliant movie called “Last Night” – the world ends in 6 hours (no one knows/cares why)… great great great … in reply to ronenk #
  • 19:09 #
  • 46278 #
  • fuck… Nokia text-assist can’t spell fuck! #
  • RT @Philanthropic: Why do people care so much what Twitter Grader says? Its almost as relevant as a beauty pageant. #
  • 46368 #
  • when I encounter doubt I am attacked, so I attack back. if doubter has good reason to doubt then his attack wins, otherwise my attack wins! #
  • though about twitter: you can’t “get it” no matter how hard u try (or pay others 2try4u), u have to play around with it and c what happens! #
  • 23:42 #
  • heck 23:43 #
  • 00:33 good night all! #
  • @rachelhaim welcome… and beware of wolves 🙂 #
  • 75025 #
  • did you notice that vacation is about “vacating” as in “emptying” or “making space”? #
  • if you use Mozilla Thunderbird – check out this theme http://tinyurl.com/cvwy7m I am really enjoying it’s presence on my screen! #
  • I just realized that TweetDeck doesn’t show hebrew, so hebrew tweets look like hyphenation coded messages, they’re not ,they r a bug hahaha #
  • RT amen,but new mediocrity is coming in its place! @gapingvoid: New cartoon “Mediocrity now howls in protest.” http://tinyurl.com/c3yldn #
  • concluded frustrations: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=874 #
  • “it’s so amusing to catch my own mind fucking with me!” #SocBook #
  • 15:22 how cool! #
  • RT well done @talzubalksy @adambn: Check out this #threadless material from @talzubalskyhttp://tinyurl.com/dmht3l #
  • 17:17 going to have some soup in a small romanian restaurant 🙂 tata ! #
  • hallelujah – there’s a guy who knows how to use a hat: http://www.iamronen.com/?p=830 #
  • listening to new Leonard Cohen – Live in London CD …. wow…. ! #

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Ignore Everybody

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So much great advice, so little space : )  Click on the image to view a larger and readable source and I recommend spending some time reading Hugh’s writing – he knows something!

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When I posted this I wasn’t sure it would be OK to use Hugh’s image (based on past experiences with my own work!) – so I wrote him to make sure it was OK with him. He gracefully replied and acknowledged that it was OK and also asked if I could link to his upcoming book Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity– which I am glad to do (I have read references to Hugh as an excellent marketingadvertising guy – so take note and learn from his communication with me!).

BUT, Hugh has gracefully and heroically  cut the branch supporting him. If you’ve read the book title (and if you are reading these words, then you already have, numerous times) – then you have been given a great gift (ironically, if you need it then you probably don’t know it) and in my opinion Hugh’s most important insight & advice. I am very serious! If you truly want to explore, embrace and enjoy your creativity then take Hugh’s generous advice –  Ignore Everybody, stop looking for it elsewhere, start now by NOT BUYING Hugh’s book.

If you’re already “on your game” and don’t need the book then by all means get it – I am sure it will be great fun, good reading and inspiring (see for yourself). If  you are searching (how wonderful!) then know this –  the book will not give you any keys to creativity – simply because there are none to be given. Ask Hugh!

Now that I think of it, my previous post from earlier today is in a way about this too…

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My Bad

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Shahar & I once performed in a well known theatre in Jerusalem.  As the performance neared its ending, it was interrupted by sounds & noises from the lobby next door. The noises were intended to signal that we need to come to an end – it was generated by one of the producers who was trying to keep to the schedule (the performance as part of a day-long happening). Shahar’s performance was (as it usually is) intimate and personal and the intrusion (and the disruptive intents carried with it) was a violent and inappropriate intrusion. When we talked later talked about the event,  Shahar felt the intrusion was like a rape.  When you expose yourself the way he does – it’s a risk you take.

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The day before yesterday was an unpleasant day for me. I have recently been offering my services in building WordPress based web-sites. I charge a mid-priced fee for this service. I usually do this for either friends or people who then become friends. I choose to work only when I am allowed to care and care is appreciated. Read More »

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