Grainger Smokestacks of Conway

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Sunday February 7, 2016

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and also the day of the demolition of a historic landmark. I awoke this morning to a thunderous explosion followed by a significant earth tremor. I was soon informed it was the destruction of the smokestacks of the late Dolphus M. Grainger Power Station, just over one kilometer away. I was startled by the explosion but quickly recovered. A lingering emotion was regret that I missed witnessing the demolition. I would have made an effort to wake by 6:30 AM and been at Lake Busbee by 7, standing in the cold rain with an umbrella, if I had known about it. I regretted missing the irreplaceable experience of witnessing the razing of a fifty year old local historic landmark of a town which I’ve lived for fifteen years. I regretted this for about two hours until I rationalized the misfortune and learned something important.

I accepted that I was responsible for missing an event that greatly interested me. I had been so preoccupied with work and play that I missed a major unrecoverable planned event of deep interest, occurring just a kilometer from my residence. The crashing boom that startled me from sleep was a literal wake-up call to my senses. It forced me to realize that I want to be thoroughly informed to the local affairs of the city that affects me. I began to regret less missing the demolition. I started to appreciate the omission of the foreknowledge of the event because I had learned something paramount. I became inspired and motivated to read about the power plant and write what I had learned. More importantly, I was happy I learned of myself a characteristic that I might otherwise not have discovered for much longer. I decided to embrace and own the lost opportunity. If I had been told of the destruction, I would have made a short schedule adjustment and gone to watch. Most likely I would have taken that information for granted and not have realized my deficiency. It’s of course simple to say and accept “we’re responsible for what we learn”, but it’s far more impressive a lesson to miss a grand event that affects us.

I’m going to start reading local newspapers and follow local politics. I want to know about the developments that occur around me. I can’t expect to effect desired changes if I’m ignorant of my environment. I think it’s crucial to take responsibility over our individual education. I can’t presume this is a rare epiphany unrealized by most, but I feel it’s important to share that it took me 37 years to realize I’ve been failing myself by treading water without air in my lungs. Perhaps with my head above water I can get a clear picture of where I’m at, then I’ll start to swim toward beneficial goals.

– Jeremy Edward Dion

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The Center of the Soul

Several days ago I had a dream about the soul. At least, I think it was about the soul but it might have been allegorical to a thought I had while awake. I don’t need to make a ruling on the reasoning, because either way I learned something. I’m a distant person. I’m extremely involved in something most of the time. Even when I’m at play, it’s usually in a manner of my own design. Games can be very scripted and show a clear path and goal in mind. It’s easy to group and cooperate when the goals are the same. But I have very clear goals for myself as far as design and function. There is a quote that is relevant.

“Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun.”

That’s a quote by Harold Eugene Edgerton, a famous electrical engineer. That motto sounds like a good maxim, but one part is extremely difficult for me. The “tell everyone everything you know” part isn’t probable. It’s also not wise when the general morality of a given society has been diminished.

There are plenty that attempt to tell everyone all they know, but it’s an exhaustive practice and often serves to devalue the reception of what they say. Speech becomes cluttered with redundancy and the practice can serve to alienate those that don’t tell everyone everything they know. This practice can very easily be misinterpreted as desperate attempts to bolster one’s ego by divulging all their knowledge, especially around those that already know the subject matter but refrain from telling everyone everything they know. Certainly it’s a valid argument that people care to share knowledge; sharing an informational resource is a valuable practice after all. But context and presentation shouldn’t be overlooked. There is also a level of self-awareness that should be observed when practicing the impossible. Practitioners should be mindful of individual operational preferences, so as to not be received as being critical of their method, or presumptuous of their ignorance. Clearly just because another doesn’t reciprocate in telling everything they know, doesn’t mean they don’t already know what you’re telling them. It can become quite insulting to relay common information effortlessly.

So where am I going with this and how does it relate to my dream?
As I stated before, I’m a distant person. I don’t greatly require human interaction, but when I prefer it, I go out. I used to believe that was how most people operated just because of the self-projection principle, but then I grew up and observed otherwise. The dream was the presentation of these thoughts in a concise package, presented as a colorful example.

The message of the dream was this: The soul is the collection of our knowledge and it craves strong affirmation.

This is also theorized as the same goal of a story-teller. People ultimately want to be taken seriously. Even a comedian requires an attentive audience for them to be effective. Their skill relies heavily on their knowledge and cleverness. They don’t want to be ignored, they want their comments and ideas to be affirmed; positively received. Ignorance (ignore-ance) is the opposite of sharing (or receiving) knowledge. So to not share and be affirmed, one would assume that individual may be ignorant. So the presumption of a quiet individual’s ignorance could be a valid reason for other’s to unload much redundant information on them. The soul would be the collection of one’s knowledge, and thus the defined character for that entity. People often believe they retain their information in the various forms of some afterlife, but again those are conscious thoughts of operational energies forming new connections and knowledge inside the fatty meat of the brain.

The specifics of the dream are for myself, their relevance to anyone else are limited and I will not share them. But the result of my findings are that in some cases, I appear to be stupid. It sounds funny to say that. But stupidity relies on context of subject, and what is considered common sense of a majority. So for me to not give strong affirmation, or otherwise show interest in what someone is telling me, it leaves an opening for it to be assumed I am ignorant on that subject matter. And when dealing with new data on a subject, it is likely to be true. Just as it is equally likely that I have a preference to spend my time working on my own projects than the interests of others. If my projects lead me into those subjects then I would show interest, but even if that occurs, it’s unlikely I will deviate from my current methods to entertain another’s take on any given subject.

Ignorance and knowledge management also has much to do with the passage of time. Many young people spend an enormous amount of time on activities that have little likelihood of being beneficial to their future usage of time. Bad habits are formed. One can spend a great deal of time learning everything everyone wants them to know. But without having discretion on the dissemination of your knowledge, then a great deal of time is wasted trying to spread knowledge to busy people doing their own thing; they are hardly a receptive audience. But how much effort are you willing to spare?

Now this leads me to the practice of procreation. What is life if it isn’t the spread of information? Procreation and building a civilization is based on the spread of information. But without exercising discretion, we’re likely to end up with undesirable results. The genetic information that’s passed from parents to child are literally a physical manifestation of the result of combined information. The offspring can be undesirable if the creators don’t exercise control over their information; diet, nutrition, wisdom, exercise. But who determines what information is proper for each other to share and reproduce? That should be common sense; which brings us back to the “stupid” argument. Eugenics is a form of procreative control. It deals heavily in the management of genetic information, but it’s still just a design based on the ideal’s of a small group of people trying to control the outcome of other people as per their desired result. It’s common sense to want to have the best possible outcome for your children, so why would anyone listen to the discretionary principles of others that are far removed from your conditions? People must decide for themselves what is right for them. Information can be shared, but have no expectations of strong affirmation for your principles because ultimately, everyone should value their own voluntary efforts over the designs of others.

Let’s get back to the soul. So here is this alleged collection of a living essence. What else could it be if the collection of energy and information wasn’t central to its existence? So if there’s an afterlife.. Take comfort in knowing all your knowledge will be shared with the other energies thereafter. And if there is no soul, then why would you spend so much time attempting to tell disinterested people everything you know when your time is better spent working toward your immediate or long-term goals?

Every so often I’ll elect to tell others something I know, but I have no expectation of how it will be received. I prefer to use discretion most of the time because it feels rude to dump subjects on others without receiving interest from them. However if people have made it a habit to unload on you, it’s customary to dish it back from time to time. But by no means should you project insincere interest, that serves nobody. It wasn’t always my way to manage information in this manner; but experiences have developed a tiny bit of wisdom on the matter.

– Jeremy Edward Dion