Ira Sullivan…

11151045_10204609993029734_4385935351584772495_nPhotos just don’t get any better than this…! I have known this man (Ira on the far right) since I was a sixteen year old street kid with a saxophone hanging off my shoulder knocking on his front door when he lived right across the street from a graveyard in Dania Florida, (his front door literally faced the graveyard which was about 100 feet away, if that…lol…) he answered the door and spent at least an hour with me, and told me to go home and practice, he’s been my friend ever since…For all of us young musicians (back in the day) that were friends with Ira, know Ira had a huge influence on all of us who came in contact with this him…He’s a Jazz legend because he blew through Chicago, and New York City with Red Rodney (Charlie Parker’s trumpet player) back in the 50, and 60’s like a Be-Bop hurricane leaving nothing but blown down Jazz clubs in its wake, and has played with every Jazz Great on the planet …Not to mention Ira was playing both Trumpet and Saxophone with equal genius, and I never use that word genius loosely, but with Ira, it rolls of the pen like warm butter…He also was nominated for several academy awards, the last one he lost to John Coltrane…So this photo just warms my heart to no end…Its Perfect…! Thats Jimmy Heath (played with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Dizzy, &c.) and Ray Drummond (played with Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Art Farmer &c.)…So you’re looking into a wealth of Jazz history in one photograph, these guys were major contributors to weaving Jazz into the American cultural landscape that spread all throughout the planet, and that’s not an over statement by any means…What a great shot…!

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Family first… Painting by, Dali

dali reflectionsAs brothers and sisters, I think we will eventually have to find our way as all families do, working through our personality clashes, power struggles, dealing with our own reflections glaring (sometimes harshly) back at us by way of looking at one another. Just dealing with the day to day as we go along within this journey, and the daily disorientation of living in a world that is just a temporary illusion subject to a sudden halt at any given moment, can breed a subtle, or not so subtle internal disruption to ones mind and/or body. Blood is thicker than water, and we all share the same blood that flows swiftly throughout our bodies carrying with it the life force given us by God, and the same Father that Loves us all!…How much more blessing can we ask for then to learn our enemies are not our enemies! but our family…our enemies are not our enemies, but a mere reflection of all that is within us as we glare into this abstract mirror of self, by way of “these others”. We view others as if they were something outside ourselves, separate. This separateness is something deeply embedded in our DNA (the tribal instinct) this fallacy thriving under the pretence of this “separateness, (others), all to often we use as a vehicle for blame for our own bad behavior that we hide so very deep inside our own personal experiences, so as to not even be seen by ourselves, let alone anyone else, and discard this reflection as something outside ourselves all together, and see it as something to be tamed or eradicated altogether…This reflection will scream to us if we shed the illusion of separation, it will scream “I am” ! if we just listen. Through this very reflection that causes us so much inner turbulence by way of denial in terms of our confusion as to what it is, and what it isn’t, it is still begging us to look Closer!!!  Recognize! Jesus instructed, “SEEK and you shall find”, but I believe most of us never gave it a thought He was referring to the expedition being one of inner exploration, not a journey outward, but to the center of ourselves…

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”  Herman Melville

Specialization…

imagesI ran across a post on a friends wall today where they were talking about the specialized culture we now live in, where “the wholeness” of man has been divided into divisions upon divisions, all in the name of cutting edge science, and progress, whether it be this or that…Specialization of “this and that,” medicine, food, education, industry, &c. has replaced the “wholeness” of what it is to be a healthy self sufficient human being. So now through a very planned progression of industrial expansionism (in my view), robs us of our identity, self sufficiency, and individuality, and replaces it with an illusion of progress, and a reliance on that very progress to get us from day to day… This is an excerpt from an author who can articulate this far better than myself…Its worth the read.

“A system of specialization requires the abdication to specialists of various competences and responsibilities that were once personal and universal. Thus, the average—one is tempted to say ideal—American citizen now consigns the problem of food production to agriculturalists and “agribusinessmen,” the problem of health to doctors and sanitation experts, the problems of education to school teachers and educators, the problems of conservation to conservationists, and so on. This supposedly fortunate citizen is therefore left with only two concerns: making money and entertaining himself. He earns money, typically as a specialist, working an eight-hour day at a job for the quality or consequences of which somebody else—or, perhaps more typically, nobody else—will be responsible. And not surprisingly, since he can do so little else for himself, he is even unable to entertain himself, for there exists an enormous industry of exorbitantly expensive specialists whose purpose is to entertain him.

The beneficiary of this regime of specialists ought to be the happiest of mortals—or so we are expected to believe. All of his vital concerns are in the hands of certified experts. He is a certified expert himself and as such he earns more money in a year than all his great-grandparents put together. Between stints at his job he has nothing to do but mow his lawn with a sit-down lawn mower, or watch other certified experts on television. At suppertime he may eat a tray of ready-prepared food, which he and his wife (also a certified expert) procure at the cost only of money, transportation, and the pushing of a button. For a few minutes between supper and sleep he may catch a glimpse of his children, who since breakfast have been in the care of education experts, basketball or marching-band experts, or perhaps legal experts.

The fact is, however, that this is probably the most unhappy average citizen in the history of the world. He has not the power to provide himself with anything but money, and his money is inflating like a balloon and drifting away, subject to historical circumstance and the power of other people. From morning to night he does not touch anything that he has produced himself, in which he can take pride. For all his leisure and recreation, he feels bad, he looks bad, he is overweight, his health is poor. His air, water, and food are all known to contain poisons. There is a fair chance that he will die of suffocation. He suspects that his love life is not as fulfilling as other people’s. He wishes that he had been born sooner, or later. He does not know why his children are the way they are. He does not understand what they say. He does not care much and does not know why he does not care. He does not know what his wife wants or what he wants. Certain advertisements and pictures in magazines make him suspect that he is basically unattractive. He feels that all his possessions are under threat of pillage. He does not know what he would do if he lost his job, if the economy failed, if the utility companies failed, if the police went on strike, if the truckers went on strike, if his wife left him, if his children ran away, if he should be found to be incurably ill. And for these anxieties, of course, he consults certified experts, who in turn consult certified experts about their anxieties.

It is rarely considered that this average citizen is anxious because he ought to be—because he still has some gumption that he has not yet given up in deference to the experts. He ought to be anxious, because he his helpless. That he is dependent upon so many specialists, the beneficiary of so much expert help, can only mean that he is a captive, a potential victim.”
Wendell Berry

Augustine of Hippo

poof“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.”
Augustine of Hippo

Mans need to feed…

shit headsI look back in history and I see mans propensities, as to his constant need for ownership and control over everything within the grasp of his greedy, dirty little hands, play itself out in everyday life, but the industrialization of “everything” the last hundred years has (from extorting the land, farming, to the Arts, even to our relationships with one another &c.) through mass hypnosis, and propaganda swallowed up everything in sight leaving behind a trail of bodily waists, and broken dreams, emanating from the veracious unfettered appetites of the few, to both maintain and continue to procure more food for themselves to binge on like the obese “Apes” that they are, is just gone to a level that is overwhelming to both the planet, and the creatures that occupy this beautiful and perfect ecosystem.

This corporate/governmental collaboration that both perpetuate and inspire this insidious destructive appetite among themselves, then through propaganda invites us in for this feast, knowing “they” will only be feeding us the dirty little crumbs as “they” ingest the feast. This appetite cant be satisfied with any amount of the flesh or spirit that they consume, they must be extremely vigilante in continuing to re-educate the masses to conform to any changes they may need to implement in order to keep “their” food supply available for “their” ingestion (us, our labors, and everything that else in sight). They have indeed manufactured a social, economic, and artistic prefabricated BOX that robs both men and woman of their capacity to live well, see clearly, and embrace life on life’s natural terms, and have taken away the natural flow that filters life through this magnificent ecological system that turns decay into new life &c., and have held it hostage as a means to an end…”unprecedented consolidation of wealth for the few,”  this perversion operates on all levels of life weather it be in the material realm, or the artistic and Spiritual realms. This economic power base that cultivates all the industrial complexes as it see’s fit, and are tapping directly into the very center of nature, life, and man, and extracting the very life blood out of our existence through entertaining us, and brainwashing us to death.

Sounds to dramatic? I think not! This progression of mans nasty, foul, out of control appetites in general distort the very nature of what was created as a natural landscape of this planet to serve the needs of all the creatures that live here, not  human farming. This violent intervention over these last 100 years by this parasitic infestation of the one percent does great harm, and it doesn’t feel anyone’s pain other then the pain of it’s own loss that may occur if the rape doesn’t continue at its planned pace to ensure the bottom line, “the almighty quarterly report”! this false reflection of what we embrace as progress has made monkeys out of us all, and is destroying the very planet we live on right before our very eyes. And the insanity of it all, is it’s all being done with our consent, by the mere fact we have, (because they allow us to have), the rent paid, food on the table, (for most of us anyway), 100 TV stations to keep us entertained, beer, and if that fails to keep us content, we can go the the doctor and get a prescription for something to adjust our brain chemistry to accommodate our new man made synthetic environment…

Its getting to look more and more like a Franz Kafka novel. Our oceans acidic levels are rising to alarming numbers, waste and chemical pollution in just the last 50 years are like something from a x rated science fiction movie, “x” just by way of not wanting to scare our children half to death from them witnessing the reality of how things really are, and will be for them after we leave them with this byproduct of both extravagant human consumption, and our very bad decision to trust the industrial culture that is being lead by the Billy goats and Apes that are controlling the course of our destiny to fulfill the needs of their insatiable appetites.

Rivers, lakes, even our underground water supply is now being effected. The air quality is just unbelievable in most our major cities around the world, China has the common sense to promote their city populations to ware masks to keep the public health expense bearable … fluoridated drinking water, REALLY! … Farming, and ranching practices, well lets not even go there…Wendell Berry…“The earth, which we all have in common, is our deepest bond, and our behavior toward it cannot help but be an earnest of our consideration for each other and for our descendants. To corrupt or destroy the natural environment is an act of violence not only against the earth but also against those who are dependent on it, including ourselves. To waste the soil is to cause hunger, as direct an aggression as an armed attack; it is an act of violence against the future of the human race.”

We are all complicit in this erosion of the world around us, even though its much easier to point the finger at the “one percent” even though they very well should be pointed too! we do buy all the crap they sell us, and do drive all the smog producing cars and vans that are causing all the health problems for ourselves and our kids, and we do also go along with the programs laid out to us by the Billy goats, and Apes that hold title to this planet and the creatures in it…So I guess we are as much to blame as the “one percent” …OK…Maybe that’s a stretch, but you get my meaning…

A quote from the devil himself Edward Bernays who was a key player in this country’s shift from a manufacturing base, to consumer driven culture … He even tells us how he did this…

“Universal literacy was supposed to educate the common man to control his environment. Once he could read and write he would have a mind fit to rule. So ran the democratic doctrine. But instead of a mind, universal literacy has given him rubber stamps, rubber stamps inked with advertising slogans, with editorials, with published scientific data, with the trivialities of the tabloids and the platitudes of history, but quite innocent of original thought. Each man’s rubber stamps are the duplicates of millions of others, so that when those millions are exposed to the same stimuli, all receive identical imprints. It may seem an exaggeration to say that the American public gets most of its ideas in this wholesale fashion. The mechanism by which ideas are disseminated on a large scale is propaganda, in the broad sense of an organized effort to spread a particular belief or doctrine.”
Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

Wendell Berry

“But love, sooner or later, forces us out of time. It does not accept that limit. Of all that we feel and do, all the vitues and all the sins, love alone crowds us at last over the edge of the world. For love is always more than a little strange here. It is not explainable or even justifiable. It is itself the justifier. We do not make it. If it did not happen to us, we could not imagine it. It includes the world and time as a pregnant woman includes her child whose wrongs she will suffer and forgive. It is in the world but not altogether of it. It is of eternity. It takes us there when it most holds us here.”
Wendell Berry
painting…by, Jen adam mothers morning11116221_10204490693007308_5939239064989047009_n

Cornell West…

10342400_10204492861901529_8938703887333304462_nIt seems that we really are at a point in our both national, and evolutionary history that will require a much needed cultural/social paradigm shift if we are going to survive ourselves, the fact is, we as human beings “need” to get past much of the natural propensities of being at this stage of, being human. We seem to just keep falling into the same old position of believing what we have been conditioned to see as, “the way things are and need to be”, as just, “the way it is”. This will have to change one way or another, I pray Cornell is correct here, and a beautiful child will be born from all these many many years of labor pains, both in this country and abroad…Techno aint nothin to be taken for granted, its a game changer…!

A word from Cornell West…

“In these downbeat times, we need as much hope and courage as we do vision and analysis; we must accent the best of each other even as we point out the vicious effects of our racial divide and pernicious consequences of our maldistribution of wealth and power. We simply cannot enter the twenty-first century at each other’s throats, even as we acknowledge the weighty forces of racism, patriarchy, economic inequality, homophobia, and ecological abuse on our necks. We are at a crucial crossroad in the history of this nation–and we either hang together by combating these forces that divide and degrade us or we hang separately. Do we have the intelligence, humor, imagination, courage, tolerance, love, respect, and will to meet the challenge? Time will tell. None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.”
Cornel West

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