Various – theme song

Been a while since I put anything in the Blog, but I have been writing.

What’s good?
Unexpected Teachers?
Have you got a them song?
and a few others

Question of the Day – March 19, 2011 – unexpected teachers

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931).
Who (or what) has been your most unexpected teacher?

That is a really hard question to answer Barbara.

I have learned so much, from so many different people and situations.
I have learned that I can learn from anyone, any age, any level of experience.

I have learned to appreciate lessons and consequences from things that at the time I had no appreciation of – like much of my childhood, the teasing, the torment, the isolation. And I see the truth in the old adage “It’s never too late to have a great childhood”.

There are so many things that I was not at all grateful for at the time, that I now see great benefit in having experienced – I cannot choose one – they are a great multitude, probably many thousands. All are part of me.

Follow on to Discussion of the process in the “Fully Engaged Enlightenment” group


Rather than saying “in the right place, at the right time”, it seems to me more powerful to think of it as being sufficiently aware to see benefit/opportunity in all circumstance.
As Nietzsche said “That which does not kill me makes me stronger”, or as the ancient Taosist story goes:
“Many years ago a wise peasant lived in China. He had a son who was the gleam in his eyes and a white stallion which was his favorite belonging. One day his horse escaped from his grounds and disappeared into the fields outside the village. The villagers came to him one by one and announced their condolences. They said, “You are such an unlucky man. It is so bad.” The peasant answered, “Who knows. Maybe it’s bad, maybe it’s good.” The populous left. The next day the stallion returned followed by twelve wild horses. The same people returned and told our wise man about how lucky he was. “It’s so good.” He replied once more, “Who knows. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad.” As it happens, the next day his one and only son was attempting to break in one of the wild horses when the horse fell down and broke his leg. Once more everyone came to condole him. They said, “It’s so bad.” Again he replied, “”Who knows. Maybe it’s bad, maybe it’s good.” Three days passed and his poor son was limping around the village with his broken leg, when the emperor’s army entered the village announcing that a war was starting and they conscripted all the young men of the village. However, they left the son since he had a broken leg. Once more, everyone was so jealous of our man. They surrounded him talking about his shier luck. “It is so good for you,” they said. He answered all thus, “”Who knows. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad.””

Question of the Day ~ March 20, 2011 ~ Super Full Moon and Equinox

Since the dawn of time, humans have pondered the moon and her power. After the super full moon, the closest to the earth since 1983, and the Equinox, did you feel any particular spiritual, lunar or seasonal effects yesterday? Was it a more powerful day than others to you, or was it just another day?

There is a peculiar thing about attention, we tend to see what we look for.

In science we have a discipline, that it is not sufficient to establish correlation and assume causation. We need to establish that something does actually produce an outcome, and that the outcome is inhibited when the thing is not present, then establish the causal mechanism.

While there certainly are many organisms that live in the inter-tidal marine environment, and do have natural rhythms that are synchronised to lunar activity, and that was almost certainly part of our evolutionary history, there is no evidence that there are any significant effects on us as humans. We seem to be able to smooth out whatever influence there is, through various homeostatic mechanisms (similar to those that enable to maintain constant blood pH whatever food we eat) so that we experience nothing that we cannot handle from the effects of the moon.

Short answer is no – I did not, to the best of my awareness, feel anything special about yesterday – other than the creativity that went into the follow-up letter I posted to the question of the day of 2 days ago. But that had been gestating a long time – and most days I write something creative.

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Could be a much simpler explanation – light!

Many people find it difficult to sleep with light – which has a very simple biochemical mechanism behind it.

In respect of crime stats (if there is a strong correlation, which I am not certain about) I would suspect just light again. As a hunter and tracker, it is easy to move on a moonlight night without being observed, as there is enough moonlight to see easily, but not enough to be easily seen. Someone dressed in dark clothing and staying in the shadows, can move undetected on a moonlight night. On a moonless night, one has to provide illumination to see, and any source of light is easily detected. Thus if I was trying to go somewhere undetected, I would attempt to do so on a moonlit night.

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The effect of the gravity of the moon is tiny. Roughly equivalent to the change in air pressure caused by a page of a book being turned on the far side of a room.

The amount of moonlight that might reach you, even through a few square inches of uncovered window, would be vastly more easy for the body to detect than any tidal effect.

I would strongly suspect light over gravity for the vast bulk of moon related biological effects (outside of the inter-tidal zone). Remember that the average depth of water is almost 4 km and it surrounds the entire planet, yet the effect of the tides on this vast body of water is less than a meter in most places, only in certain bays with particular shapes does the energy get focused into extreme tides. The direct tidal effect on your body alone is barely an atom’s width.

Question of the Day ~ March 21, 2011 “Theme Song”

Do you have a theme song?

Interesting Question – a few to choose from:
Somewhere over the rainbow;
Teddy Bear’s Picnic;
Imagine (Lennon);
Shine on you crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd)

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Hi Knud

Very similar for me. I guess there must be a lot of us “crazy diamonds” around. It always sounded to me like it was speaking directly to me.
I discovered “Floyd” in 1974 – and have listened to it a lot since.

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Here’s a you tube link

The Lyrics are:

Remember when you were young,
you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Now there’s a look in your eyes,
like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

You were caught on the crossfire
of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.

Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger,
you legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon,
you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Threatened by shadows at night,
and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Well you wore out your welcome
with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.

Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter,
you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Nobody knows where you are,
How near or how far.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Pile on many more layers,
I’ll be joining you there.
Shine on you crazy diamond.

Well we’ll bask in the shadows,
of yesterday’s triumph
Sail on the steel breeze.

Come on you boy child,
you winner and loser.
Come on you miner for truth and delusion

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To me it talks to the child, the one who was laughed at, who didn’t fit, who wasn’t understood; and says “none of that matters” get out there and “show your light” “SHINE”.

It doesn’t matter who calls you crazy.
Let your light out!
Let it be seen.
Even if no one else understands.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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2 Responses to Various – theme song

  1. holessence says:

    Ted – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is one of my favorite songs too! My absolute favorite version is done by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole (no longer living). Here’s a link to a clip on YouTube:


  2. Hi Laurie
    Can’t beat the Judy Garland version for me:


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