Some of the stories that keep my life together.
I suggest you choose consciously yours.
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The Consciousness Shift
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Luke's Perspective, and Ours
Life is an Invitation
The Most Important Thing
The Matter of Prepositions
7 ways to think and feel better
Deciding What You Want
About the photo, and an introduction to LyU
A woman sat two seats in front of me (you can see the top of her head if you view the picture on a wide screen), and there were other passengers sitting in front of her, but I felt as if the bus were being driven just for me. It was, after all, taking me to where I wanted to go. I had empty seats around and behind me, and the quiet I wanted (the continuing roar of the bus engine notwithstanding). I had time and space to think. To observe. Apply conscious meaning to. Of the bunch of photos I took that day, this one speaks to me the most. I remember reflecting as I took it, on a trip from Palm Springs, CA, to Fullerton, CA, through Los Angeles, to Thousand Oaks, CA. The overlapping highways; cars and trucks in motion; plants growing as and where they could; business parks; tall buildings and cities in the distance, were/ are an accurate picture of life. People on their simple ways, myself included. In a world, and in a life, of great and increasing, not-ever-fully-understood, complexity.
That is the story of this photo. A story of this photo. The story I give to this photo. I use it as a bridge to talk about stories themselves.
Stories! They often hold us together, sometimes drive us apart, usually, keep us sane. Help us/ allow us to make sense of the world. Without them, everything is just facts. Stories hold us and our understanding of life together. Be they observable, measurable, and repeatable (science); ones we take in because they are all around us (our upbringing, pop culture, what commonly passes as true); stories we have decided to pay attention to and actively believe in (religions, belief systems, politics, history), stories are all around us and in us. They provide context, and we use them to function and create. They are connection, glue.
Consider, if you will, the stories that you listen to, the stories that you tell. Are they useful and good? Do they serve you, others, the future of our species, and planet, well?
Do you care to think about such things? Do you realize your importance and role?
LukeyoutheU, I, do.
In podcasts, essays, and books, LukeyoutheU considers stories, looks at narratives. Including some that do not seem to much get along: Islam and Christianity, Jesus and modern life, metaphysics and science, what could be and what is.
My big claims, and hopes: I am the farmer, the fisher, the curator of this site. Be prepared, if you look in, to find wonder; and meaning; and, sometimes, to be stupefied. In the end, and during, to more richly experience life.
More, including about the movie Iron Man
I took this photo while on an Amtrak bus trip from Palm Springs to Fullerton, CA. Painterly effects and color saturation have been added to the image.