Book: “A Study of History” by Arnold Toynbee

A Study of History

A Study of History

by Arnold Joseph Toynbee, Jane Caplan (Editor)

Mr. Toynbee’s analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations has been acknowledged as an achievement without parallel in modern scholarship. In its way, Mr. Somervell’s abridgement of this monumental work is also an unparalleled achievement, for while reducing the work to on – sixth of its original size, he has, preserved its method, atmosphere, texture, and, for the most part, the author’s very words. Indeed, through this miracle of condensation, he has provided a concise version that is no mere summary but the very essence of Mr. Toynbee’s work.

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The Complementarity of Multiple Loves: The Victorian Philosopher Edward Carpenter on How Freedom Strengthens Togetherness in Long-Term Relationships

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org)

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“A friend is not to be found in the world such as one can conceive of, such as one needs, for no human being unites so many of the attributes of God as we feel our nature requires,” the pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell wrote as she devised her lovely theory of complementarity in intimate relationships, insisting that rather than burdening one person with the expectation of meeting our every expectation, we ought to scatter our needs and desires across a range of intimates, each chosen for their natural and unstrained ability to meet a particular need.

Curiously, while most of us are able to see the clear and radiant truth of this theory when it comes to our friendships, our cultural mythologies, sculpted by millennia of religious dogma, still hold romantic love to the impossible expectation of having one person meet our every need. We speak easily and gladly of a circle of friends, but in romance we contract the circle to the unitary locus of the idealized lover.

Long before the notion of polyamory entered our lexicon and became an acceptable frontier of the heart’s imagination, the philosopher, poet, and early LGBT rights activist Edward Carpenter (August 29, 1844–June 28, 1929) offered an antidote to this limiting cultural mythology in his uncommonly insightful 1912 book The Drama of Love and Death: A Study of Human Evolution and Transfiguration (public library), which also gave us Carpenter on how to survive the agony of falling in love.

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Edward Carpenter, 1900

Two decades after meeting the love of his own life, with whom he would spend the remainder of his days, Carpenter — a contemporary of Mitchell’s who, like her, was ahead of his time in myriad ways — writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngSympathy with and understanding of the person one lives with must be cultivated to the last degree possible, because it is a condition of any real and permanent alliance. And it may even go so far (and should go so far) as a frank understanding and tolerance of such person’s other loves. After all, it seldom happens, with any one who has more than one or two great interests in life, that he finds a mate who can sympathize with or understand them all. In that case a certain portion of his personality is left out in the cold, as it were; and if this is an important portion it seems perfectly natural for him to seek for a mate or a lover on that side too. Two such loves are often perfectly compatible and reconcilable — though naturally one will be the dominant love, and the other subsidiary, and if such secondary loves are good-humoredly tolerated and admitted, the effect will generally be to confirm the first and original alliance all the more.

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Art by Maurice Sendak from Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss

More than a decade before Virginia Woolf offered her succinct, incisive recipe for what makes love last across the long sweep of time and habituation, Carpenter offers his:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngTwo people, after years, cease to exchange their views and opinions with the same vitality as at first; they lose their snap and crackle with regard to each other — and naturally, because they now know each other’s minds perfectly, and have perhaps modified them mutually to the point of likeness. But this only means, or should mean in a healthy case, that their interest in each other has passed into another plane, that the venue of Love has been removed to another court. If something has been lost in respect of the physical rush and torrent, and something in respect of the mental breeze and sparkle, great things have been gained in the ever-widening assurance and confidence of spiritual unity, and a kind of lake-like calm which indeed reflects the heavens. And under all, still in the depths, one may be conscious of a subtle flow and interchange, yet going on between the two personalities and relating itself to some deep and unseen movements far down in the heart of Nature.

Beyond this shared attunement to the pulse of nature, Carpenter argues that the coremost element in an enduring love relationship is not merely tolerance for but a largehearted welcoming of the partner’s other loves and interests, buoyed by the understanding that they enrich rather than impoverish the primary relationship:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngOf course for this continuance and permanence of love there must be a certain amount of continence, not only physical, but on the emotional plane as well… New subjects of interest, and points of contact, must be sought; temporary absences rather encouraged than deprecated; and lesser loves, as we have already hinted, not turned into gages of battle. Few things, in fact, endear one to a partner so much as the sense that one can freely confide to him or her one’s affaires de cœur; and when a man and wife have reached this point of confidence in their relation to each other, it may fairly then be said (however shocking this may sound to the orthodox) that their union is permanent and assured.

Complement this excerpt of Carpenter’s altogether visionary The Drama of Love and Death with Anna Dostoyevskaya on the secret to a happy marriage, Rilke on the balance between freedom and togetherness in a long-term love, and Esther Perel on surrender and autonomy as the two pillars of romance, then revisit Hannah Arendt on how to live with love’s fundamental fear of loss.

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Panic Rapidly Setting In As Man Realizes He Has No Plan For Ripe Avocado

April 27, 2019 (theonion.com)

BRENTWOOD, TN—Growing increasingly worked up over his lack of foresight, local man Alexander Diggs began to experience severe panic after realizing he had no plans for the ripe avocado on his kitchen counter, sources indicated Friday. “Oh God, no, no, no, please—I just picked this up yesterday, and it’s already going soft—what the hell am I supposed to do?” said Diggs, who reportedly was gripped with a sense of terror and uncertainty upon realizing the perishable good would soon expire and he didn’t have a single salad, brunch, or dinner recipe in mind. “Think, dammit. Surely, I can put it to some kind of use. Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t even have a piece of bread to scrape it on. Why did I buy this thing? Fuck, fuck, fuck!” At press time, reports confirmed Diggs had decided to bury the avocado deep in his kitchen wastebasket beneath a layer of paper towels.

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Book: “Ontological Mysticism: An Experience of God”

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Spirit Press, LLCMar 12, 2011 – 190 pages

Mysticism, the full realization of God cannot be attained through thoughts or words. The Archetype of the Story of Exodus provides a paradigm of spiritual development that includes spiritualized intellect symbolized by Moses. Mr. Gilberti’s tome is more than his personalized writing, but rather takes you through the maze of thought to new realizations. Using Carl Jung’s concept of archetype symbols and Aristotle’s method of reasoning you are led to the brink of your mind in An Experience of God. There will be those who will no longer run from the fear, who will go into free fall, who will begin to trust the world more to be what it always has been and always will be — God. The taboo against sensuousness, the indictment and conviction of Eros as evil, effectively puts us at odds with the entirety of our creation as the universe, since we know this creation only through our senses.

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SUNDAY NIGHT TRANSLATION GROUP – 4/28/19

Translators:  Melissa Goodnight, Richard Branam, Mike Zonta, Hanz Bolen, Alex Gambeau

SENSE TESTIMONY:  People and groups get stuck in routines that lack vitality and do not promote progress.

5th Step Conclusions:

1)  Truth is one indistinguishable group: lawful, vital, adult, stuck on Itself and promoting Itself directly.

2)  People and groups are the I AM I in Infinite Cause totality of Reality in Design Intelligence or Mind.

3)  All is Infinite Consciousness Beingness — the indomitable formless force, that is always succeeding and transcending, by continually expressing with exuberant dynamic vigor, the absolutely limitless variety, that always presses onward and advances forward.

4)  The Instantaneous Expression of Individuated One Truth is Clear, Principled, Valued,and Self Evidently Harmonious and Complete.

5)  Truth Apprehends, Comprehends with Characteristic Distinction: Self Stimulating With Unquenchable Fire, this Androgynous Master-Piece-Work, the Only Cosmic Comic Spirit, Fully Precipitating, Fully Comprehending Autismiscal Creativity, Aggressively Driven Thriving Living Life Force: Admitting It’s Own Innate Progression.

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TRANSLATION ADVENTURE – 4/28/19

Translators: Alex Gambeau, Sara Walker, Bo Lebo, Heather Williams

SENSE TESTIMONY: People are separated from SOURCE

1. The I AM I, Consciousness aware of Consciousness is the Source of One Beingness, that is Whole and Complete
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2. People, being Energy, are completely and constantly connected to the One Ever Present Infinite Source.

3. People is omnipresent Awareness ongoingly knowing Oneness through all.

4. Truth is the connection to source is whole and complete with us but the story we are telling is now the opening to a new understanding.  Ecos or home cleaning must be a route to renewal and unity. Truth is the cooperative or the cooperation of all with the biosphere not kings, corporations or tenants.

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