The time I spend is related to the spaces I occupy as I do such things as: loving my three sons (from whom I am separated); teaching new questions and learning by the asking; trying to balance reading and cutting wood; listening to music and being with my dog; writing poetry and hiking; thinking and smell- touch-hearing the sunrise (the balance seldom seems quite right); fly fishing for steelhead.
As a teacher I am a slut in the desire to learn, experience and think, and a puritan in the conviction that learning, experiencing and thinking is an absolute necessity. Many of those who preceeded us in the world took the trouble to leave records of their journey. (I am especially interested in the records from the fall of the last great world-ordering view at the end of the 18th Century to the present.) The gut level courage of attempting to leave information for succeeding travelers fascinates me as a person, turns me on to what evergy and power I have as a teacher and is the means by which I see us honing our minds and consciousness up to the level necessary to have an actual presence in A.D. 1972.
Thus, though the skills necessary
for involvement and understanding are quite diverse, I treat Dicken's Great
Expectations, The Prison Letters of George Henry Jackson, Wagner's
Emily Dickinson's lyric poems, Jung's
of Transformation, the so-called folk opera, Hesse's Glass Bead
Game and on, and on, and on as tangible records by living people of
where they live and, to the degree that we fully experience them, I see
us providing ourselves with the only short-cut I know of to experiencing
all of these things as actions in our physical lives. I teach the cultural
artifacts of the past and present because I can thereby multiply by 100's,
even 1,000's, the number of experiences I have, the number of lives I lead.
I am greedy and I want to act as a guide or instruator to others who are
also greedy and who can use books, books, films, operas, paintings, old
and new houses, books, records, tapes, photographs, essays, books, poems,
carvings, graveyards, etc., to give their minds the P.T. necessary to make
it a full partner with the rest of their consciousness in being alive.
In my terms I am an intellectual; I would like to share with others the
I know and care about and have others so share with me.
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