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  • hardie karges 1:09 pm on March 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Goodbye Corona, Hello Global Warming, Dark Age Optional… 

    Proof of Vaccination

    I got my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the Covid-19 virus today, so I guess that now is as good a time as any to put the finishing touches on this pandemic. Yes, I know that it’s not over and could go on at least another year or more, but for me, this is a defining point, and so I think I hear the fat lady singing. And I say that with a twinge of sadness, because for me it’s been a good year, not in material acquisitions, but in spiritual gain. Because the times of greatest stress and suffering often coincide with the greatest spiritual gains. This is as obvious in Jesus’s eschatological emergence as the Roman Empire entered its down days, as it was in the Buddha’s times, with the emergence of India’s and China’s rise as the two dominant centers of world population, a position that they maintain to this day.

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    • Dave Kingsbury 4:17 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      First, congratulations on receiving the double dose – each successful step something we can all celebrate. Second, can’t fault your analysis of the recent past nor your prognosis for the near future. Third, you outline new ways of thinking and responding which are also – satisfyingly – a return to older wisdoms. Vive l’humanite!

      • hardie karges 5:03 pm on March 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Hear hear! Thanx for your comments, Dave…

  • hardie karges 4:34 am on March 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Colonization, South America   

    DNA of Culture 

    Caribbean culture seems not altogether different from that of Brazil, while the South American Pacific coast seems like a lost tribe of Europeans still attached to the homeland by memory, and extending into Argentina and Uruguay as if following the lines on a thermometer.  This is the DNA of climate, genetic trails left by temperature choices, the easiest example being the transfer of a division between northern and southern Europe into a similar division in America, albeit with Germans, Irish, and Scandinavians re-mixed back into the Americanized English lot.  The same is true of Italians with their Portuguese and Spanish counterparts.  French go both ways, if they go at all.  The best example might be the Dutch, who colonized the Mediterranean-like coast of South Africa before the native African, but tropical, Bantu-speakers ever felt the need to go that far.  The bananas that sustained their culture and facilitated its rapid expansion, had earlier been introduced from Asia.

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