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The weather – Blog No. 22

The weather

It is conventional in some countries for people to speak to each other about the weather as if it were a reference point in a friendly conversation.  It isn’t.  It’s the polite way of saying:  I don’t know what else to say to you.  That is the way with all small talk.  It is projectile ineptitude and all those engaged in its futility are evidently acutely uncomfortable with silence of any kind.  They need to fill the tranquility, the quiet, with pointless noise aimed at easing the awkwardness caused when they are faced with social situations in which they would rather not find themselves.  Do not listen to that sort of noise.   If you are genuinely interested in the weather, then speak of it with reverence.  Do not use it as an excuse to make wasted conversation.  Even the weather gets bored, hearing itself spoken about in the dead tones of those who chatter with empty heads.

The weather is largely unpredictable.  It is set to stay that way.  Forecasting is one way of finding out what is on its way, weather-wise.  Forecasting has prevented many deaths this century.  It is a valuable resource.  It is tempting – given the research done and being done – to imagine that it is reasonable with practice to predict definite weather patterns or determine with certainty what the weather will ‘do’.  You cannot decide what the weather is going to do.  It has its own agenda to attend to.  It is important to know that the weather we experience is impacted by factors that haven’t even happened yet.

The weather is quite often a phenomenon.  It does not play favourites.  It is what it is.  It does what it can.  The weather does not ask humankind if it would like a monsoon yesterday.  It sends a hurricane when the winds decide the time is right and a monsoon on Tuesday if the rain says okay.  That is its way.  There is no reward for complaining about its diverse nature, nor is there respite from its less tender ministrations for those who will build their lives contrary to its guidelines.  Nature will not be tamed.  Not now, not then – and not ever.  I – for one – am grateful for its changeability, its refusal to be capped by mankind.  Nature is our very essence.  Weather is its expression.  No matter how frustrating it is for humankind, neither respond to punishment.  Neither will be manipulated by public opinion.  Neither care what curses are spat in their general direction.  When there is Nature’s work to be done it gets done.  The way you feel about how it goes about its business is neither here nor there, either.  It does not work to impress.  It works to get the job that needs doing, done.

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Burning – Blog No. 92

"Toro Jubilo" (Joy of the Bull) festival in the Medieval village of Medinaceli, in the province of Soria, north east of Madrid.As far as hellfire goes, I would not lose too much sleep over the thought that your ‘sins’ in life are going to have landed you in a pit of fire for eternity.  That isn’t what happens.  In anycase, when you are dead, you do not feel.  You could sit in a cauldron of boiling water all day.  Your burning happens while you are living.  That is what conscience is.  That is also what dumb public opinion is.  A branding.  Should it be negative opinion that follows your happenings – and your management of those happenings – you will feel the burn.  That burn is what you learn from.  It is not often easy to be thankful to those who cause you to burn in this life, in fact it is most often the desire of those under fire to do some serious damage to the person or institution doing the burning.  However.  There is always the charitable process of instant forgiveness via the grace of God – if that way is for you.  Or – you tolerate the burn and try to understand what is causing the friction in your days.

If you should find that it is you that is causing friction for yourself because you are being an arsehole in life – and again, both men and women qualify as arseholes – then you must accept the burn.  You allocate to yourself your suffering.  You will burn until you are made humble enough to realise that the way you think and the way you behave towards others does matter.  You will burn until you adjust your attitude to include the understanding that everything you do in life is measured.  Every single thing.  If you are feeling friction because external prejudice is criticising you or your choices, you need to distance yourself from the idiots who practice that prejudice.  Burning because you are gay, for instance, is unacceptable.  Burning because you dare to follow your heart?  That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life.  Who dares persecute a person who decides to follow what might appear to the masses to be an ‘unconventional’ path in their pursuit of purpose?  Convention, as a norm, is a load of shit – and tradition is not much better.  They both confine dreams, thinking.  Tradition and convention are constructs.  Reconstruct them.

There are those who enjoy burning.  And there are those who enjoy being on fire.  Leave them be.  It depends what you have been trying to achieve with your life as to how close you will have ventured to the flames and how long you will have exposed yourself to their heat.  Fire is transformative, no matter how you look at it.  The hotter your spot – and we all know what hot means – the more corrective your karma.  That is such a simple concept to understand.  Let karma play out the way it must.  It has your best interests at heart.

And keep in mind that for a phoenix, fire is necessary for rebirth.  For rising.  In the same way the burn caused by your conscience is necessary.  If you have no conscience, know that you are going nowhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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