Feb 1, 2008

Patterns within Waves


One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh, but the earth abideth forever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the flow from whence the rivers come, thither they return again...
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes

The upward and downward swings of life are caused by excesses of human optimism followed by excesses of human pessimism. The pendulum swings too far one way and there is glut; it swings too far the other way and there is scarcity. An excess in one direction breeds an excess in the other and so on, and so on, diastole and systole in never-ending succession.

What actually registers in life's ups and downs are not the events themselves, but the human reactions to these events, as greater and greater ripples in the water.

And even in these greater and greater ripples, there are counterwaves and patterns that are reflected over and over again, in such repetition that one might consider them not just random reactions but components of a material lattice. Once you see past the flow itself, into the patterns that form this seemingly chaotic stream of reactions, you can find yourself enabled to create your own minor patterns instead of being swept along by whichever wave takes you.
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Jon Swift on Blogroll Amnesty Day and how to Blog Unto Others


Here are a few good lists of lesser known blogs for ya'll to check out:

Suzi Riot

The Aristocrats

Ice Station Tango

6 comments:

Frederick said...

The purge is not as severe this year, I see.

angry ballerina said...

I fucking hate it when you pull this shit. Makes me feel bad when I call you out for being a douche bag.

Fade said...

...feeling the love...

pissed off patricia said...

I prefer to make my own little ripples as long as they don't cause any harm to anyone else.

Suzi Riot said...

Thanks for the link. I really dig your blog and I can't understand why I didn't find it until you found me. I've added you to my blogroll.

Station Agent said...

Thanks, Fade!