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January 26, 2010

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Jennifer,
I love the zentangle! I've been drawing trees for meditation purposes lately. They are slow and take me a few weeks to finish. They are large and I only focus on the trunks. I work maybe an hour every other day on them. Trees are so beautiful and intricate and I feel more connected afterwards.

I feel your pain and frustration. I've been upset and that takes quite a bit of doing when you're on anti-depressants!

For me it began with the healthcare, then Massachusettes and the last straw was the supreme court decision. Politics as usual. I still think he is the right person in there and I can't imagine anyone else who would do a better job, but I'm very disappointed. I know there were lots of expectations put on him that were impossible, even from the liberal side. Hope remains.

I like these 2 guests opinions on Bill Moyers:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01222010/watch.html

Hope you guys are well! We miss you, Steve

Jennifer,
I've been thinking a lot about the conservative perspective. It has always baffled me that I could disagree more on almost every decision that conservatives make. How is this? We can't be that different can we? What is really behind this? There must be something deeper going on here?

I listened to Rush Limbaugh for a while to see if I could understand where they are coming from and what their concerns were. After much contemplation, I feel like I have a bit more understanding. NVC. I still don't agree with any of their perspectives, but it seems to make more sense to me. This is of course my own wild idea. I'd love to get your opinions. You heard it here first.

I think within conservatives the reptilian brain often has a stronger influence than the other areas of the brain. It may be how they are hard-wired, it may be environmental. They work from a fear-based perspective. Some of this is imagined and some of it is real. If you are a person who feels as if you are threatened and your identity and possessions are going to be taken, (even if this is not the reality, but perceived), you are going to fight with a sense of determination and desperateness that may go beyond ideas of morality. "The ends justifies the means", because this is war. Survival is at stake here. You don’t take into account others, you don’t respect the environment, those are secondary to your immediate survival.

Conservative's identity may well be wrapped up in their wealth. This defines who they are and without it...well it would be like if someone was going to take away our artwork. We would get pretty hostile about it. The thought of moving down the social ladder to have less is almost inconceivable. It means failure. It is their identity. We don't feel this way because we don't value or feel we have the same things to lose.

This reptilian brain was, and is, a very important survival mechanism in us. We were made to thrive. All creatures on this planet are evolved to thrive. We have done an excellent job. We are the cancer on the earth. We humans, viewed as the little microbes that we are, have consumed and turned living things into dead things quite well. We were progammed to do this through no fault of our own. Nature intended us to survive. But another part of our brain, (not better or smarter) has realized through self-consciousness, that our success, oddly enough, in thriving is actually harming and destroying our chances for our long-term survival. The resources will be lost and it is only through self-consciousness and a new, less-reptilian like concept – reprogramming - on our part that this will take place.

There you have it. What do you think? Steve


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