Impermanence

Here we go again. It is the day before posting, 7 PM and I am at a loss for blog fodder. I considered several themes, for example, what are tears made of? I even researched on Wikepedia and learned that there are three different types of tears, lubricating, those responsive to irritants and emotional, all with unique chemical components, but I didn't want to write an entire blog about tears.

I considered writing a blog playing with the idea of what secrets would be revealed if dogs suddenly gained the power of speech! We can be so honest with ourselves around our dogs because our secrets are safe. What if they could reveal what they witnessed to others! Oh I think they could blackmail us for filet and long walks.

I thought of writing about the joy of finding true love, but that is more fitting for February. I thought about June and what themes may have presented to me, but continued to draw a big blank. I don't ever want to write a boring blog chronicling what I have been up to. I much prefer to dissect a concept or idea.

I considered writing about Freedom since we will be celebrating Independence day, but that seemed far too contrived. Heck, I even struggled to find a decent mystery link as I usually try to tie those into my theme! This doesn't happen too often but then again, I don't think I have spent enough quiet time recently, and this is needed for contemplation.

The one idea which keeps surfacing even though I have no idea how I might write an entire blog about it is impermanence. Nothing lasts forever. There is the development, the pinnacle and then the decline. This is reality. Each thing shall have its turn and then needs to take its departure so that the next thing shall have its time. This is kind of an amorphous topic- not concrete. But a topic it is nonetheless. So let's talk a bit about impermanence.

Everything is in flux and not stagnant. Like a bouncing ball. This is the energy of life. Like the waves in the ocean, they build, climax and decline only to make room for the next. The flower sprouts, blooms and drops its petals only to make room for the next. Our thoughts appear, we consider them, and then we either act upon them or dismiss them, and then the new thoughts can arrive. What is behind this constant motion of sorts? In physics, there is always an initial action which causes motion. But what is this initial action? Where does it come from? What force makes the waves rise and fall and the wildflowers sprout? We can plant the seeds and water the plants but we do not make them grow. Civilizations develop and decline, popular fashions come and go. I think that each thing is dependent upon all of the things around it.I guess this might be called unity?

We are dependent upon the circumstances into which we were born. The people we have in our lives. And the way that we choose to respond to all of it. We cannot hold onto the good or the bad. We simply pass through hoping to come out all right. We like to think that we have the power to shape our lives into what we would like them to be- but are we really the sculptors or are we the clay? To love and be loved, to be compassionate, to create, to learn, to express, to be. This is life. It is impermanent and ever changing. That is the design. Why fight it?

Happy 4th of July!

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May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! ~Daniel Webster

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We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. ~Robert J. McCracken

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If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish

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I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. ~Author Unknown

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I love my freedom. I love my America. ~Jessi Lane Adams

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Without freedom, no one really has a name. ~Milton Acorda

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Where liberty dwells, there is my country. ~Benjamin Franklin

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All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, "Maxims: Liberty and Equality," 1905

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It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ~J. Horace McFarland

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The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. ~Simone de Beauvoir

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The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine

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Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. ~Thomas Macaulay

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Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson

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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner

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My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! ~Thomas Jefferson

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What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from." ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade

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How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney

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From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"

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We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey

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Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

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Quotes:

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

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He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine

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This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis

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The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation. ~Woodrow Wilson

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Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Let freedom never perish in your hands. ~Joseph Addison

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You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

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Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it. ~Curtis Billings

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Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

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This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. ~Lyndon B. Johnson

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For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges. ~John Burroughs, Journal

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Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis

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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus

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It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

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Liberty is the breath of life to nations. ~George Bernard Shaw

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America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson

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Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

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