The Pearl Diver

Because I want something like thisTo never have happenedTo ever happenOr to ever happen againAnd I want the human race to be the only one I will pearl dive Because I want to knowWho fired the first shotBecause I want to knowWho fired the secondThe third, the fourth, the fifthAnd why? And what happened whenContinue reading “The Pearl Diver”

Spiritual Time Travel

The moon rose inconspicuously behind them. Rai was unwrapping a Black ‘n Mild cigar for his nostalgic craving. The air was fresh, as if it were just recently purified by The Great Mystery. All the stenches, waste and rotting in the world and yet freshness still dominates. All of the destruction, disease, and poverty andContinue reading “Spiritual Time Travel”

The Spectacle and the Substance

The unforgiving torrent of information that bombards us on a daily basis – photos, events, news, marketing, entertainment, memes, spiritual inspiration, motivational quotes, comments, and more – flood us relentlessly through our glowing screens. Many, feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, decide to add their voice to the ocean of data bytes and announce that they areContinue reading “The Spectacle and the Substance”

Sigma Red

“They are a rapacious species.” Abi Coru, the scout on planet Sigma Red began his report for his director. “They function ostensibly via a disorganized code of faith, piecemeal philosophy and science. But the chief code that drives their behavior is feelings – a primitive philosophic technology. They move toward carnal pleasures and away fromContinue reading “Sigma Red”

A New Currency of Peace

We have been seeing the wishes for a happy Memorial Day since before it became an official holiday in 1971. It grew out of the more localized traditions of “Decoration Day” which started after the Civil War ended in 1865, when the first national cemeteries were instituted. The comfort configuration of the nation, and humankind,Continue reading “A New Currency of Peace”

The Froth of Comfort

“It’s not a religion, it’s more of a balance between creation and destruction.” Rai was in his loquacious mode, dispensing ideas like a busy ice cream truck owner. “See, humans are very binary – and I don’t mean in the sexual sense for this – in decision making by biological design for survival. But theContinue reading “The Froth of Comfort”

Artificial Morality

“It was easier when you could tell the difference between droids and humans.” Zeek Wilburn had the vestiges of a bygone era draped like priests’ vestments over his words. “Best thing that ever happened was when the Supreme Court declared droids have equal rights.” Joshua Milia had a black or white view of the solarContinue reading “Artificial Morality”

The Art of Fasting

Fasting conjures up many different impressions in our minds. Religious rituals, political protests, dietary management, and medical purposes are some of the varied reasons people might decide to fast. But in an obese nation of excess food, and not surprisingly, ubiquitous fast food, we don’t really fast well. I am fasting as I write this,Continue reading “The Art of Fasting”

Thankful for Not Belonging

All my life, I always got along with different groups but never felt completely myself in any one. Any group, occupation or title always felt like it was selling me short, or incomplete, never a perfect fit … it became one of my core philosophical questions: Why do I feel discontent, not at home, inContinue reading “Thankful for Not Belonging”