Friday, February 24, 2023

winter 2023

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Today is the dreadful anniversary of tragedy in Ukraine.

If you want my opinion,...

Feb. 17 | I’m doing difficult conceptual work which doesn’t yet have a casual online mode, but the Work is going well … My harping about humanity in recent weeks has been to clarify a practical background (“What’s the point?,” you think?) for upcoming conceptual discussions.

Feb. 6 | I’ve combined (1) links to a few recent comments by me at NY Times articles, (2) a few links to earlier related postings, and (3) a short narrative about salient themes, titled “staying oriented by the better sense of Our humanity.”

Jan. 21 | Maybe all I’m doing is abstractly prospecting how a leading mind (not me!) can be a polymathic, protean sensibility, sometimes actually exemplified. I can’t find enough of “you.” I want to learn transformatively, then constellate that high exemplarity in a lastingly useful way.

Jan. 15 | A new venturing, more in my own terms, begins (“terms of venturing,” Jan. 12) with a sense of progressive holism implicit (“for wholly flourishing humanity,” Jan. 15).

Jan. 11 | “humbly marking a new year for humanity.”

My map is clear to me, after some years of somewhat improvising, like hiking difficult hills to prepare for a high climb together.

Anyway, during my daily walk around campus—which is commonly an occasion for new ideas—I thought, trivially (but funny for California): Who would have thought, a month ago, that we’d be glad fora few hours without rain?

Somewhat ironically, nasty warming at the Arctic (which accelerates release of methane under melting permafrost, which accelerates global warming) pushed the jet stream south, which crashed into the northeasterly Pacific currents, thus undoing two years of drought—but too quickly!