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a symbol will do

I Am Just Saying 


It was not a personal intent to be seen as an element of communication.  There was no intention to represent or stand for a group movement or process or idea.  Symbols that are presented graphically like the red crescent for worldwide humanitarianism, or even representationally like a lion for courage, need to have some meaning to someone.


Those people that share a culture or a common idea may use certain symbols to transmit their beliefs.   Societies evolve symbolism, reflecting specific cultural logic, communicating information in ways more subtle than conventional language, often appearing in clusters and dependent on one another for value and meaning.


People, being people, tend to align themselves with those people they feel think like them, and thus self validate their own ideas, opinions and cause.  The symbol, breathing or innate, represents an idea or something beyond the symbol itself.  Words, those that speak and write them, flags and crosses can symbolically serve.  


Somewhere in the United States of the 1950s, a seed of the notion that culture could refer to smaller segments of the larger society, could refer to individual business or social groups within the society as a whole, was planted.  The notion was tended, cultivated and fertilized, and it grew.  Use of the word culture as the label for collective behavior and attitudes of a group in business became a holy mantra for many from the 1980s forward. 

An amazing amount of language and lucre continues to be spent by truth seekers explaining to each other what culture is and what it all means. 


You cannot see it, touch it or feel it, but we are told that it is here, and we are a part of it.  They say this thing, this culture, exhibits its existence, makes itself known through language and symbols, art and ideas, and often illuminates in beliefs, ceremony, institutions, rituals and taboos.  Within this fragile integrated pattern of behaviour and belief, with a pinch of knowledge, our human pride compels us to learn and think and transmit this substance on to each unsuspecting succeeding generation ad infinitum.  It is what we do so well. 


Obviously, I guess, the awareness and manipulation of this substance culture plays a crucial role in our human evolution, as harsh, and beautiful and glacier paced, as that evolution seems at times.  Allowing us to adapt our present environment to our own purposes, rather than being reliant on natural selection, each particular culture allows each human society to achieve adaptive success, or we would not still be here. 


Physical habitat, resources and social organization can be attributed to the kaleidoscope variations that we see and live in cultures.  Within a subtle mist, before our very eyes, a culture shift reflective of political, religious and socioeconomic change, and developed links with other human cultures, will influence new ideals and attitudes, beliefs, values, and away we go.  I am not saying it is good or bad, I am just saying. 

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The English writer, pacifist and explorer of visual communication, longtime resident spirit of Los Angeles, California, Aldous Huxley was born into a British family of medical, scientific and artistic, and literary talents on July 26, 1894, and walked on through to the other side, through his doors of perception, November 22, 1963. 


A brilliant writer, regardless of yours or my opinion, considered by some as a leader in modern thought and intellect, spiritual and philosophical, Aldous was a babe in the universe, right in his views as much as he was wrong.  Influenced by his father, and William Blake, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, J. Krishnamurti and Swami Prabhavananda, he in turn influenced Christopher Isherwood, George Orwell, and many writers since, and for better or worse, Jim Morrison, and a generation of media labeled counterculture on both the European and American continents.  Drafted by the culture as a symbol for the loosely contrived freedom of behaviour agenda of which he wanted no part.  Not perfect by any measure, God knows, he wanted to be left to his own devices, to think, to write and to explore.     

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Technological progress has merely provided us

with more efficient means for going backwards.  Aldous Huxley


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology

has exceeded our humanity.  Albert Einstein

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From an Englishman,

born in Madurai, Madras Presidency, British Raj,

as present day India was then known,

a writer and mathematician, responsible for De Morgan Algebra

and namesake for our moon’s De Morgan crater,

here is a fine view of human relations throughout history.


Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,

And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum.

And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,

While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on."


Augustus De Morgan, British Mathematician, 1806-1871



The problem is not what you see,

but how you look at it.  Howard Boatman

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