Monday, September 14, 2009
Thinking is Good
The "no pundit zone" experiment is going well. I'm reading news stories, but skipping all editorials and analysis type articles, for the time being at least. What I'm finding is that I really have to think when someone else isn't telling me how I should approach "the news." What I'm discovering is: thinking is good!!
After Ted Kennedy's funeral, I looked for stories that sounded more like biographies than tributes or obituaries. In obituaries and tributes, the writer chooses what's important about a person's life. That's also true in biographies, of course, but they seem to my eye to be more complete, more historical. I wanted to get a sense of the trajectory of his life rather than read about what made him famous. What I decided about Ted is that after he got his act together, sometime in middle age, he became a truly great senator. Mistakes were made, and I don't think he ever stopped drinking, but in later life, he was a force for good in the world. May he rest in peace.
I'm not thinking I'll never listen to the pundits again. I'm sure Merle Sneed (for instance) can listen/read them without being swayed. I'll need to practice for awhile, thinking for myself. You can almost see the dust bunnies blowing out of my brain these days. I am loving it and so is my brain.
In the meantime, as often happens at this time of year, I am receiving a huge download of psychic information. I don't know why but when I receive visions, I receive a ton of them. Too many, in fact. It's mesmerizing and intoxicating, so I usually just go with it. Ordinarily right around this time of year I'm glassy eyed and strange, more in alternate realities than here on planet Earth. For the first time in my life I'm using psychic barriers to hold a big chunk of these visions at bay. I'm giving myself time to sift through the visions, one at a time. I swear it never occured to me before that psychic downloads could be anything other than big ole hallucinogenic-like benders. Wow.
Strangely, what I'm doing in the psychic realms feels a whole lot like what I'm doing with the world of news media, taking on what I can and holding the rest of it at arm's length, thinking for myself. I wonder why I've never tried this before? Interesting.
Life is but a dream.