Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Bast
Question: do we really need fear given the world today? Or is fear over-rated?

Cooch
Well, fear is a basic part of our makeup and our motivation as humans. And the world out there should be scary enough to meet our need to be scared. But in fact we avoid the scariness of the world and instead we scare ourselves with Stephen King stories. Is that what you mean?

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Vacays and Ghosties and Heaps of Roast Beasties

Cooch
So, can we talk about submerging and re-emerging? Going deep to contemplate the state of the world and the collective consciousness – and finally breaking the silence with a profound insight that comes only after removing oneself from the distractions of daily life?

Bast
Too deep. Just call it what it was: we took a vacation.

Cooch
Fine. No secret that I tend to take things too seriously. I mean, when a psychic tells you to lighten up …

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Settled vs. Unsettled: Discuss

Bast
So I’m wondering about creativity and state of mind.

Bast
You always hear about tortured artists, so do you need to feel anxious or depressed to be creative? Like van Gogh??

Cooch
Understanding how we tap into the creative force … so interesting. The word “unsettled” comes to mind for me. Which makes me wonder whether the creative force chooses people who are unsettled, or whether it is when people are unsettled that they are open to creative forces?

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But what year is it, really?

Cooch
So where do you stand on time being an artificial construct that gives us the illusion of moving forward rather than in circles?
Bast
Well, we are the only species – as far as we know – to understand the passage of time. So we have a history and a future. Although I’ve always thought elephants and dolphins might surprise us.

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Some perils of communication

Giving people room … to dance

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

Miss Universe Canada finalist calling attention to gun violence
The Power of Proofreading
Cooch
Oooooh, I like this – Miss Universe Canada raising awareness about a significant social issue … beauty pageant contestants showing their deeper side … people who are not customarily thought of as speaking up (like athletes) bringing issues to the attention of the public by using their media presence …

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The Allure of Utopia – Part the First

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

A truly libertarian country
Utopia: Nine of the most miserable attempts to create idealised societies
Cooch
Hey, just reading about Vit Jedlicka’s Liberland – if you were to create a Utopian society, what would be the founding principles?

Cooch
One of mine would be that everyone has to have a personal commitment statement (a.k.a. a personal mission statement). 

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