A transformation, such as that of magic or by sorcery
A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.
(biology) A change in the form and often habits of an animal after the embryonic stage during normal development. (e.g. the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly or a tadpole into a frog.)
(pathology) A change in the structure of a specific body tissue. Usually degenerative.
This entry began with a very specific, perhaps briefly addressed goal of being in transformation from one state to another. I am interested in this because I am personally going through it. I've entered my later middle age. I was never a man who exercised much, other than walking as a younger fellow because it broke me to pay money to take a bus when I could instead walk and get one more hamburger or one more comic book, or one more cd.
But I should have done so. I should have exercised, because when I was young I had time and energy to do so, but chose instead to read, or watch movies, or do whatever the hell I found more interesting. As a result, I've become unfit, perhaps even fat as hell over time, even though it doesn't altogether look as such. I am 6'4" and 250lbs, which isn't so fat, but, it is fat enough that now my body has grown to become afflicted with Type Two Diabetes. Adding this to thyroid dysfunction, and massive depression, I've entered a period of being unwell. Perhaps, in fact, I've entered an end period to my life.
My flesh, however, is not my terminal state of being, but instead, a temporary one. I existed in a form before being on earth, and will exist in a new form after this existence of flesh has moved on. I might not matter more than dust in the cosmos, but I am eternal, as are all people.
"You grieve for those who should not be grieved for; yet you speak wise words. Neither for the dead nor those not dead do the wise grieve. Never was there a time when I did not exist nor you nor these lords of men. Neither will there be a time when we shall not exist; we all exist from now on. As the soul experiences in this body childhood, youth, and old age, so also it acquires another body; the sage in this is not deluded." Bhagavad Gita
And that takes me to another point of discussion, perhaps our earth is entering a transformation and metamorphoses. Perhaps we are fools to think of the earth in any way as being permanent.
Observation of other planets in the solar system might suggest that we don't really understand anything but the hands in front of our eyes. We become hyper focused upon the evidence in the light, but in the darkness we might in fact find the truth.
Some of how we view things is good or bad, but only in the context of that being in our own mind. For example, over population can be seen via people per square mile, or carbon footprint, or starvations or deaths versus births. But some of that is artificial, numbers and statistics that have meaning only in the data comparisons. For example? China is heavily populated, and, has been for many many years. But it could instead be viewed as being so populated because the culture and physical nature of that nation can support it. Some view every new life above death as a tremendous deficit for the world, but others, such as Julian Simon believed that every new life meant potential for greater innovation and potential for adding to the world's corporate intellect. So why do millions live in Bangladesh? Perhaps it is an example of human capital being able to be produced. Who knows, perhaps our solutions will come from minds raised in countries with too many mouths to feed, in the view of the western mind. Some people see the world as a a crisis ever happening, others see it as a system that changes, adjusts, and has both positive and negative contributions from humans.
It might be that it just requires a different way of looking at things. Or we are doomed, what the hell do I know?
MY CURRENT READING and LISTENING LISTS
I've decided to discuss what I've been reading lately and listening to, since I no longer do so on my blog Poplitiko which is now mostly comics.
I've been reading and enjoying Vampire Hunter D, with fantastic art from Yoshitaka Amano.
I have been preparing to help teach my son how to play the very excellent game, Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls. I played the original version of it through a number of editions, and solitaire adventures. I really like what by Ken St Andre, Liz Danforth, Jim "Bear" Peters, Steve Crompton have done with the game system and creative work. I wanted to get this so that when my beloved boy leaves for further education experiences he will have a system to use that is easy, fun, and worth an investment of time.
I do not LOVE the Christian metal HOLY BLOOD, but I do feel moved by it. It isn't for everyone, but reading the lyrics are likely a way to enter a certain metal frenzy.