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Two Books, a Movie, and your WOD Walk Into a Bar

Here’s a movie for you: Bone Tomahawk.  People are dismissively calling this a “Horror Western.”  It is a Western and it is Horror, but it has zero in common with something like the abysmal Jonah Hex.  This haunting period piece, complete with appropriate attire and spot-on dialogue, is touching, funny, eerie, and downright shocking.  Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, and a very endearing performance by Richard Jenkins.  IMDB gives it 7.1 stars, I say 7.5.

Right now I’m reading The Phenomenon of Man by Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  It has been called both “the greatest spiritual book of the century” as well as “the quintessence of bad poetic science.”  Which is it?  Too soon to tell.  But so far it’s a little dry, and I suspect that is the fault of the translator rather than the author (Chardin wrote it in French).  I really wish my French was a bit stronger so I could read it in the language it was written.  Anyway, I’m hoping it will widen my perspective the same way that this next book did.

Haven’t read William Irwin Thompson’s incredible book The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture?  Get it and read it immediately.  I’ll give you one quote, probably the most popular:

“Because we have separated humanity from nature, subject from object, values from analysis, knowledge from myth, and universities from the universe, it is enormously difficult for anyone but a poet or a mystic to understand what is going on in the holistic and mythopoetic thought of Ice Age humanity. The very language we use to discuss the past speaks of tools, hunters, and men, when every statue and painting we discover cries out to us that this Ice Age humanity was a culture of art, the love of animals, and women.”

It will make you see the Universe, and humanity’s place within it, in an entirely different light.  Pure genius.

And here’s today’s CABAL FANG WOD — it’s the workout we did this past Saturday at the martial arts club.  Try to get this done in under 30 mins — we did, but just barely.

  • 240 Kicks.  Complete 20 with each leg of Coup de Pied Bas, Knee, Coup Italien, Side Kick, Roundhouse, Stamping Kick.
  • Constitutional.  Front Lunge (100), Diamond Push-ups (25), Legs up Crunches (50), Left Planks (60 secs), Right Plank (60 secs), Burpees (25), Pikes (25), Squats (100).

Why did I title this post the way I titled it?  As a reference to what was, in my opinion, the funniest commercial of Super Bowl 50 (looks like they gave up on using Roman numerals, or else it would have been Super Bowl L).







More Spiritual Evolution


This is a painting I did a couple of years ago entitled “Homo vesica piscis” (Acrylic on canvas, 8″ x 10″)

Your Spiritual Evolution Starts Now” is one my more popular posts and also one of my personal favorites because, in one little 300-word essay, I express the seed of an incredible idea — a Unified Evolutionary Theory that encompasses both scientific and spiritual evolution.

What my theory expresses is simple.  Fish wanted food that was on land.  They splashed in the shallows, used their flippers to skip in the mud, and 65 million years later, they had legs.  Fish became amphibians which became reptiles which became mammals and now there are people.  In other words, you don’t walk around because you have legs.

You have legs because you want to walk around.  And you are not going to have wings unless and until you desire to fly.  This is immensely powerful stuff as it is.  But in this followup post I want to expand the idea somewhat.

Sure, the first fish who took it a little too far must’ve died flopping on dry land.  But there is nonetheless hope for each of us within a miraculous gestalt, a great and grand holistic process of which each of us is a part.

This great and grand process is about more than fish becoming amphibians becoming reptiles becoming mammals becoming humans.  It encompasses matter we normally consider inert and “non-living.”  Water and minerals, the so-called “primordial soup” of a billion years ago, produces monomers which become organic polymers which become amino acids which become microorganisms which become tiny creatures which become fish, and so on.   Matter has desire also.  It wants to live.

Matter wants to live not just as biological life but as cosmological life.  The dust of the universe wants to coagulate to form planets, and planets with enough mass want to become stars so they can illuminate other planets and enable.  Silicon wants to become chips, and chips want to produce artificial intelligence.

Everything in the universe wants to evolve, to become, to shine.

I’m definitely going to be reading Chardin’s “The Phenomenon of Man.” It’s next on my reading list.

Imagine my surprise to discover the work of French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  Chardin was a student of evolution and a paleontologist who was involved in the discovery of both the Piltdown Man hoax and the game changing Peking Man.   He also had some very interesting notions about the evolution of the universe, ideas that closely mirror the cascading realizations I’ve had over the last year or two, the ones I’ve expressed above.

Not at all surprisingly, many of Chardin’s writings were suppressed by the Catholic Church and were not published until after his death.  He calls his view the “Law of Complexity-Consciousness” and refers to the ultimate destination of the universe as the “Omega Point,” an idea that one could and should compare and contrast to Kurzweil’s “Singularity”.  Even more amazing, Chardin’s model is not all at odds with the Qabalistic model I’ve discussed before.

Humanity needs to realize this stuff, and realize it quickly, or else we are all going to go extinct on this little blue ball.  All of the work that went into this evolutionary journey over the last 4.5 billion years — the work of dust becoming planets and suns, the work of mineral water soup becoming proteins which became microorganisms, tiny critters, fish, reptiles, birds, and people —  will be wasted.

So many wonderful and miraculous ancestors worked so hard to get us here, and there is so much potential left in us, in this world, in all its inhabitants animal, vegetable and mineral.

How can we permit failure in carrying forward this torch?