On birds

Brain size is also correlated with how long a bird stays in its nest to apprentice with its parents after fledging; the longer the juvenile period, the bigger the brain, perhaps so that a bird can store all it learns. Most intelligent animal species have long childhoods. 49

When Nietzsche Wept

I had written it off as the worst book I have read thus far from nypl. I thought it was basic, simple, repetitive, maybe even a bit pretentious in name of vanity, and wit. However, the drawl of first 250 pages is redeemed by the sharp and intense charge that takes place at the book’s very end (with about 1/4 to 1/5 of book left to read).

I had to put it down, because I wasn’t ready for the anticipated climax, which I believe will be breathtaking. 

Talking of.about a smile Dr. Breuer is haunted by; (not all haunting is bad; Breuer’s is deep and ingrained). 

The meaning of Nietzsche’s illness, and its reprecautions on his life, whereupon he was able to escape academic career and materialistic worries. Time of the start of the illness..

And Breuer’s obsession with Bertha– the meaning of magic, and passion, and life attributed to her; and also, beauty– and the descriptions of smile within that beauty, and its meaning.. /|

I’ve been on an Ursula K. Le Guin journeyΒ 

As of late… what a simply expansive and subtle mind.

Reading her works have been a joy and a content pleasure. 

Human language; communication; emotional, intellectual, moral, and ethical possibilities– basically what it is to be human, what it could be, what it might’ve been is the ethereal element of her writing. Reading her works can be calming. 

Isolation, soltitude, vastness, the cold, resilience, uncertainty, unknown, and slightly above all, instincts. I erased the word ‘faith’ from the list because in Le Guin’s epic stories, it’s instincts– instincts of conscious, communicative beings- which are a mix of individuals’ intentions, stories, beliefs, wants, needs, ethics, etc., that allows them to circumnavigate faith– or see, blind faith. 

I don’t want to convey faith as this evil and negative force, but just that faith without instinctual guidance can be dangerous. The instinctual guidance is a tool, or even arguably an extension of the self- a self-knowledge, a foundation, a rock, a haven that can spur survival in unfathomable solutitude, loneliness, and isolation. Faith could lead to resignation and fear; fear of having the faith broken. Broken faith is devastating, but instincts, when pursued freely, can only be sharpened and made more acute, because it’s always a process and not a point or type of knowable finality/totality. 

In their unlimited, expansive possibilities, instincts free us and allow us to walk as equals with aloneness. 

Re: Musings from reading the writings of brilliant and legendary Ursula K. Le Guin β™₯️ (The Left Hand of Darkness; Rocannon’s World; Planet of Exile; City of Ilusions