Reality inheres in the connections between us. Let me say it again: reality inheres in the connections between us. What do you think of as “reality?” Those things we share with each other, our consensus. This is a chair. This is a bear. Dreams, our personal internal reality, are not real. The people we see muttering to themselves in the streets they don’t share our reality. But of course your reality depends on who you’re connected with. Think about this for a minute. Language, which dominates our consciousness (and even our dreams) is only a function of our connection. If […]

Ho, ho, hum

Like many of us in the Northern Hemisphere this solstice time, I’m suffering from the oh so aptly named SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. The nights grow long. For some reason, instead of sugar plums dancing round my head, I have the holocaust, slavery, and the endless war inflaming North Africa and the Middle East. Add some racism, police brutality, mass incarceration for Christmas dinner dressing. Terrorism is down on the list. All violence is terrorism. A crazed couple killing 14 people is terrorism, but the bombing of Iraq killing a million civilians – that’s not terrorism? Really? No, that’s just […]

Go see Chi-raq now!

I saw Spike Lee’s new masterpiece Chi-raq last Monday. The next day, I called the Grand Lake Theater owner and got him to donate 30 tickets. We (Oakland Parents Together) are inviting the parents we work with in West Oakland to a showing on Saturday.  The movie is not just a masterpiece, it’s a revolutionary masterpiece. Please go see it forthwith. It’s a comedy about urban/gang violence – and world wide violence. Who can do that? A comedy, with deeply tragic moments. It’s also a blueprint for revolution, metaphorically, at least. I think the idea of a sex strike by […]