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  1. Still Around : September 23 2023

  2. The Titanic and the Titan.....

  3. Dunkirk 2017...

  4. The New Circles of Hell

  5. The World Is Full of Violence

  6. The Little Self vs. The Bigger Self

  7. Stargazer Dreams May 2023

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  11. Dream April 11 2023 Stargazer

  12. Passover/Easter

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  14. "On The Road" 50 years later

  15. St. Valentine's Day

  16. Stargazer January 6 Dream 2023

  17. Stuck in the Middle....


  19. Dreams : Stargazer Dec 8 2022

  20. Dead Drunk Poets

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  22. "The Train"

  23. The Death of Vladimir Mayakovski

  24. Charles the Third: What’s in a name?

  25. Stargazer August 17 2022

  26. My Fellow Democrats

  27. Godzilla and Rodan

  28. Some notes about The Battle of Gettysburg:

  29. Dream : Stargazer June 22 2022

  30. A Short History of Race in the Americas: Part two

  31. A Short History Of Race in the Americas: Part one...

  32. Dream : Stargazer May 22 2022

  33. Ethics

  34. Writing Practice: Sea Turtles

  35. Dream : Stargazer April 11 2022

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  37. The faith of an ancient pagan

  38. Gawain and the Green Knight

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The Titanic and the Titan.....

The moment the Titan submersible imploded on its trip into the deep Atlantic to visit that other vessel sunk by arrogance and pride is the great existential moment of our 21st Century…so far. The titanic was considered unsinkable. She became a metaphor for the sin of the technological arrogance of the early 20th Century. Over 100 years later, the Titan implodes about 1000 feet from wreckage of the Titanic killing all five men aboard. This makes the Titan a metaphor for 21st Century human pride that we can do what we want. After all, we have walked on the moon.

When I first heard the news that all communication had been lost with the mother ship, my imagination ran wild with the existential angst of these men lost in a tin can on the bottom of the ocean. What were they thinking? What were they feeling? The truth is, nothing. They were already dead. The fact that communication and location had been lost in the same moment should have been a clue. The craft had imploded under the intense pressure of the deep ocean. I found that news a relief. At extreme pressure and depth, the Titan would have been crushed in an instant. We will never know for sure how it played out. One school of engineers say it would have happened without warning. Other engineers with the same evidence say they might have had a 60 second warning that the skin of the sub was about to fail. First, the sensors that there was a problem, the lights go out, the rapid fall in the dark probably with vibrations. Then "Bam" it's over. A moment of pure terror for the 21st Century and a warning. We are not invincible. Icebergs and oceans can take us out. (It wasn't even a very big iceberg.)

Our beloved planet is giving us plenty of warnings: hurricanes, heat waves, blizzards, plagues, earthquakes, floods, droughts. Mother Earth is trying to tell us something.

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