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Here's a booklist I am keeping as of now, "sf I've liked" :

book4you.org/booklist/84202/95

Some of it is radical and cool, some of it is old-school and hypermasculine.

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Surveying, preliminary meeting scheduling  

See previous post on @nrg@chi.st for proposition details.

Make known which of these dates/times works best for you:

Make sure you select your own timezone!

(no registration or use of actual name/handle required, when2meet is an anonymous throwaway)

Looking forward to regrouping!

A Suggestion On How To Move Forward: Surveying 

Surveying is a collective and cooperative reading method. If interest is made manifest (through responses to this post), I propose we organize a preliminary meeting in December 2021, and begin surveying texts of interest in 2022.

In short: we choose a text that is a priori complex and we share it among the participants. Everyone reads their part, then we meet to discuss it collectively, share, criticize, open the reading to our own experiences.

The key point is that each participant reads a different section of the text, so that the meeting (ideally) ends with each person present having an individual and collective sense of the whole text.

Stemming from French working-class culture at the end of the 19th century, land surveying was put into practice by resistance fighters during the Second World War, then disseminated more widely by various popular education movements until today. The survey is not just a summary or an analysis; it also makes the link between theory and practice, between reading and experience.

It therefore stimulates cooperation but also the highlighting of differences in interpretation, and encourages participants to reflect on a subject beyond merely reading out of interest in the subject itself. Beyond its analytical interest, surveying is also a dynamic and proactive working method, far from the analyzes of classic texts and their preconceived criteria.

Sources:

how often do you noticeably discern between thoughts that are your own and those that emanate from others?

"An ecology of presence unfolds in a double movement, that of a material and existential reattachement to the world we inhabit. Positions and dispositions. To become present is a practice which consists of breaking with our absence from the world through an elaboration of new sensitivities, but also new positions from which to act on them, from new consistencies."

contrepoints.media/posts/ratta

Learn how to take care of yourself,
Learn how to take care of your friends,
Learn how to take care of your neighbors.
And then teach them how to do the same.

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Would I rather be reading the greats works of world literature and spirituality? Sure, but that's way more than I can handle right now.

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currently reading: lots of juvenilia from my own childhood in order to get a grasp of what those books did to me psycho-somatically and help me work through trauma when unbidden feelings arise

jobs suck but if I can feel fulfilled by my interpersonal relationships the rest of the time then that's good enough for now

take me back to the spot on this timeline before wifi

Kohelet, Ecclesiaste 

1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.

1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

Stay with familiar stories to imbue them with continually new meaning

doing less, buying less, thinking less, striving less, accomplishing less, talking less, angering less, acquiring less, preparing less, expecting less, predicting less, projecting less, acting less, willing less, being less,

Hollywood stills excels at manipulating the cultural conversation

Simultaneously feeling incredible loss but also profound appreciation for being able to experience that feeling.

How often are you content to observe and exist without making any effort to coax meaning from the world around you?

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