Loyalty by Gaither Stewart

Loyalty

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Originally published August 31, 2016
May 2, 2017

The quality of loyalty has played an important but perplexing role in my life, both positive and negative, which for many years has prompted countless nocturnal ruminations about the reasons for my concern for what at first glance might be considered banal. Along the way I have experienced that loyalty is often confused with sense of duty to which, in my opinion, it should not be reduced. Instead, rather than a quality related chiefly to duty, obedience or obligation, I have come to relate loyalty more easily to love. Nonetheless, in my experience too much loyalty has been a curse, a cross to bear. As a result of my family background, religious and typical American South, as well as the ideological environment of the second half of the twentieth century in which I became closely involved, I have been infected with a powerful sense of loyalty. The quality of loyalty as I intend it includes—by some complex extension in my mind almost a perversion—discipline and severity and, above all, love. Thus, although at times a handicap and an impediment, loyalty remains ethically desirable.

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Chris Hedges: Artists As Prophets

Guernica - Picasso

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 29, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the role of the artist with Enrique Martinez Celaya. The sculptor, painter, physicist and philosopher’s work focuses on the struggle of individuals to navigate the inner and outer realms of darkness that negate our individuality. RT correspondent Anya Parampil looks at Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most controversial paintings of the 20th century.

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Transformation by Gaither Stewart

Capitalism isn't working

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 21, 2016

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

Change is a word that both intellectuals and the intelligentsia of America are discussing in these times. However, one is justified to wonder what kind of change they mean. As a rule when intellectuals/liberals speak of change, they mean reform (and not enough of it, at that: that is, the leisurely conforming of the lives of the collective with their own. The radical, politically-socially committed intelligentsia means something else and their thought and conclusions take another avenue of meaning: their aim is transformation or, if you prefer, radical change. However, it is an unfortunate paradox that no more than liberals, the intelligentsia does not always know what to do with its convictions.

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Chris Hedges: Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline

World War 3 - III

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Depth Psychology Alliance on Sep 14, 2016

In this depth psychology oriented discussion powered by Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Depth Psychologist, Bonnie Bright, Ph.D, about how, as both individuals and civilizations, we encounter cycles of growth, maturation, decadence, and decay, and death.

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Indifference, by Gaither Stewart

Indifference

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 14, 2016

Indifference is an American-European story. As French chansonnier Serge Gainsbourg sang of his love for Brigitte Bardot: “What does the weather matter, what matters the wind? Better your absence than your indifference.” Or Gilbert Bécaud: “Indifference kills with small blows.” The indifference of one person to the other in a dwindling love affair is emblematic of the terrible impact of indifference in any field at all.

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Loyalty by Gaither Stewart

Loyalty

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
August 31, 2016

The quality of loyalty has played an important but perplexing role in my life, both positive and negative, which for many years has prompted countless nocturnal ruminations about the reasons for my concern for what at first glance might be considered banal. Along the way I have experienced that loyalty is often confused with sense of duty to which, in my opinion, it should not be reduced. Instead, rather than a quality related chiefly to duty, obedience or obligation, I have come to relate loyalty more easily to love. Nonetheless, in my experience too much loyalty has been a curse, a cross to bear. As a result of my family background, religious and typical American South, as well as the ideological environment of the second half of the twentieth century in which I became closely involved, I have been infected with a powerful sense of loyalty. The quality of loyalty as I intend it includes—by some complex extension in my mind almost a perversion—discipline and severity and, above all, love. Thus, although at times a handicap and an impediment, loyalty remains ethically desirable.

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The Nature of Reality by Tristan A. Shaw

Wisdom...

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by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 28, 2014

I write these words for those interested in the esoteric domain of philosophy (real philosophy). Certain truths, in seeming contradiction, may be reconciled with a novelty of perspective – and so may this short piece help one’s struggle with the many difficulties which inexorably lay ahead.

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Embracing the Specter of Systemic Collapse by Tristan A. Shaw

Know Thy Self

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by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 15, 2014

Let us evaluate our collective despondency as activists (the categorical minority of those who care) attempting to sustain the existence of human life. We think our role is defined by the perpetual struggle against imperial empire and capitalism – that the elite class must be vanquished through repeated protests and social organization. But limited is our mental landscapes, for there does exist an unrecognized alternative out of which our efforts will culminate great impact and change. Its essence can be discovered within your latent potential as a spiritual being, an inscribed message from our ancient past. Continue reading

Introduction to Intelligibility by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
February 24, 2014

Sunflower Golden Mean

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We have all wondered adrift, consumed by our own moral complicity and jaded by the broader darkness of fear. Make no mistake: we are all among the Parmenidean “Deaf, Dumb, Blind, and Stupid – unreasoning cattle.”

To simply exist amongst this dark wave of history, predicted by ancient mystic cultures and sages past, is to be swept up, sometimes without recognition, in a frequency of hatred and corruption. Continue reading

The Great Unknown by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 12, 2013

Peering forward to the unknown abyss of modernity’s great unraveling — the instability of industrial civilization and its 7 billion inhabitants — invokes feelings of anguish. So apparent is the trajectory of global civilization, so obvious and clear, that we need not invest more energy outlining our inexorable demise. Continue reading

Alain de Botton: Religion for Atheists, interviewed by Chris Hedges

with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 2, 2012

XIX: The Dyson Sun

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C-SPAN
March 12, 2012

Mr. de Botton, an atheist, argues that rather than mocking religion, atheists and agnostics should steal the best ideas from world religions, such as the methods for building strong communities, overcoming envy, and forging a connection to the natural world. The philosopher essayist discusses his concepts with former seminarian and author Chris Hedges.

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Utopia or Oblivion by Gunther Ostermann

Infinity of Forces: The Beanstalk

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by Gunther Ostermann
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Kelowna, BC. Canada
Nov. 15, 2011

To whom it may concern:

UTOPIA or OBLIVION, that’s the prospect for humanity, said the late Buckminster Fuller. And I wonderIs it Missed Opportunities? Conspiracy? Greed? Vested interests? Or just plain stupidity, if we carry on as usual!

What are human beings fundamental birthrights? They need to be understood and claimed, especially for the disenfranchised and future generations, who cannot speak for themselves.

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