Saturday, June 5, 2010 B
"Sketch of Christopher Hitchens"

I've decided to take the pot parable to heart. I'm going to make lots of 'cracked pots'. I decided to start with the talking head that was on the TV at the moment. A rather grumpy English fellow was discussing a book of his. Whatever the reasons for his grumpitude, he at least had the gumption to complete and get a book published. So I had at 'im:

"I wake up every day thinking DAM! I should have put that in!" (in regards to his memoir).
Christopher Hitchens has had many books published.
His most recent is Hitch 22

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"Quote - The Need for Resilence"

In addition to the sketching last night, something else I caught on the news program were the words of Fathali Moghaddam, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University whose most recent book is called _The New Global Insecurity_. He was speaking about terrorism, but it has broader implications:

"I think the aim is psychological impact. And that's why it's important for the United States to develop collective resilience here. It seems to me that we have become too jumpy. We have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion to these threats. And we need to build up a sort of Dunkirk spirit."

JEFFREY BROWN: Which means what?

"Which means that, collectively -- and I don't mean just mean as individuals, but, collectively, as a society, we need to become more resilient. We need to be able to react better to these kinds of threats..."

Developing a thicker psychic skin, that does seem a useful thing. We hear about so many terrible things going on in the world, and it's so easy to get shell-shocked. How can we deal with all the calamities, and not become frightened, confused and exhausted?

(A helpful url I received gives clue to the most flexible, useful attitude of 'relaxed awareness', for in the state we can notice the things that are a possible danger, but not be too tense. 'Relaxed awareness' is the best state for a mindful life, anyway, a life in which we don't doze away the precious moments.)

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