Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Appears that Major "Bumps in the Night" are underway.

Finally, this is the 21st Century I was expecting.

Tom Delonge announces a new approach to science, technology, and entertainment based on artifacts and knowledge obtained from what have previously been called Unidentified Flying Objects. 
The video introduces a novel concept of a public institution to develop and introduce technology worldwide with the potential for dramatic, and very positive, results for Mankind.

A summary of the event is provided by long-time television journalist George Knapp, who has covered the "UFO" beat for decades.

This effort, coinciding the The Disclosure Project driven by Dr. Steven Greer, M.D., indicates that just perhaps the era of profound secrecy and unjust "protection" of information is in the first stage of ending.

I have read Delonge's novel "Chasing Shadows" and it's quite a good read.  So, the entertainment part of the Academy is off to a good start.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Guest Blog - The Play Writes the Thing

Yours truly guest blogged about playwriting for Author Dan Baldwin's weekly "learn how to write" newsletter.


Dan Baldwin
Effective Writing Tip of the Week
Guest Blog – George Sewell
The Play Writes the Thing

To be, or not to be, a playwright?  An author or writer is not another name for the one who pens the words, spoken aloud, to an audience, alive, for one moment only, in time.

Okay, that was mischief.  Yet contained in that mischief are prime characteristics of writing for the theatre – it’s quite different from other creative writing formats, screenwriting included. The novel can be experienced by a reader over time, and read again.  Same for short stories, magazine articles, website posts and other media.  But not theatre. 

Like a concert, the play exists for a short time only – a time where performers act out a story to an audience, seated in a place for such an experience.  After a while, the curtain comes down (or the lights fade out) and the performance ends.  Gone, forever. Only those gathered in that space for that time will have the experience. Granted, another performance of the play is scheduled, but because the audience will be different, and other variables may affect the performance, it cannot be the same show as the one presented earlier.  Theatre is by definition live; it is the presence of living performers and audience that create that special electric experience found in no other medium.   Think of the play script as a blueprint for that event.

Now if that makes any sense, then you’ve got the basics to write a play.   Although there are plays that have little dialogue (it’s the live energy of the performance received by an equally live audience that does the magic) it is the words, spoken or withheld, that make the play.  Some writers have an ear for dialogue, some do not.   All writers create characters.  For the playwright, the characters are meant to be seen, on stage, in the flesh.  And the rascals know it!  Be prepared, as you write, for your creations to jostle about, seeking a more dominant position in the evolving script.

Seriously.  Talk to any playwright and you’ll hear how a character, perhaps slated in support of the plot, manages to con the author into more dialogue, more stage time...upstaging the other characters.  It’s lively writing! 

Rowdies all
You’ve tamed your rowdy creations and herded them into the first draft of your play (short, full length, doesn’t matter).  Now you need to hear it.  You will benefit greatly from assembling actors to read the script aloud.  It’s not what’s on the printed page that counts – it’s how the words printed on the page are heard by an audience.  In this case, you.

You might be delighted with what you hear.  It might scare the hell out of you.  This reading is for your benefit.  The fun of crafting the play begins.  You have the story firmly on the blueprint.  The dialogue cues actors about the personalities you created for them to mimic.  Caution:  Egos ahead.  Theatre people are hugely talented, lovable, greedy, and prone to “fix” every script they find. 

Case Study:  “Lawyers”.  Lawyers was a comedy written by yours truly and Micah Hackler.  The story centers on a hapless fellow caught up in a litigation society run amuck.  Imagine a legal establishment enmeshed with the internet, keeping a close eye on you.  It was a futuristic foray when written.  In the premier production, the script was played straight, that is, normal. Contemporary characters, in contemporary costumes – the comedy deriving from the “fish out of water” experiences of the protagonist.  It was well received, even by the local Bar association.

Another production, in another state by a university, had a different approach.  Nothing was straight in this version.  The characters were costumed like cartoons; the visuals were cartoonish, such as a Judge’s gavel the size of a baseball bat.  It was well received by the audience.

The point is that the story via dialogue came through to the audience regardless of interpretation of staging.  It did scare the hell out of the playwrights, however.
Satisfying when your characters come to life

Let your show begin! 

(George’s website is well worth a visit for anyone interested in writing and/or committing philosophy.)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Some Thoughts on Thinking

Thoughts on Thinking over Time

Heraclitus of Ephesus (ca 535 - 475 BCE)   Greek philosopher.  Believed change was central to the universe.
"You cannot step into the same river twice."

Epictetus (ca 55-135 CE)  Greek Stoic philosopher.  “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”  “Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)  playwright. “...for there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  Hamlet, Act II, Scene 1.

George Berkley (1685-1753)  empiricist.  “The only thing we can perceive are our own perceptions.”

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)  Economist.  “When someone persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind.  What do you do?”

Emmet Fox (1886-1951) minister, author.  “People are trying to change outer conditions but leaving their consciousness unchanged, and it cannot be done.”

Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) philosopher, mystic.  “Your mind, body, and affairs are the expression of your thoughts, so, if you are unhappy, change your mental habits.”

John A. Wheeler (1911-2008)  physicist.  “We inhabit a cosmos made real in part by our own observations...our observations influence the universe at the most fundamental levels.”

Everything begins with a thought.  A wag once wrote "Things not thought never came to pass." Whatever you wish to "pass" in your experience must be preceded by a like thought.

So, think about it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Linda M. Howe presentation that hits on just about everything.

"Another new to youtube Linda Moulton Howe presentation. Linda made some remarkable discoveries after studying the ancient elegantly carved, nineteen-foot-tall, limestone pillars weighing five tons each are standing in rings on a hill in southern Turkey called Gobekli Tepe, “potbelly hill.” The T-shaped pillars have an anthropomorphic identity. But who are they? As their faces are never depicted, they seem very likely to be related to supernatural beings, beings gathered at Gobekli Tepe for certain, but so far unknown, purposes.

Howe traveled to Turkey to see first hand, dozens of 19 foot tall elegantly carved limestone pillars, erected in a series of circles, covering 30 acres. Gobekli Tepe is a few miles from the northern Syrian border. Carbon dating places the age of these finally crafted pillars at 12,000 years. Researchers are now speculating that Turkeys Stonehenge and other erected stone circles, and pyramids, located around the world, could be self-activating machines left behind by non-human intelligence that have terraformed Earth for a millennia." Summary of the video as posted on youtube.

Sit down and fasten your seat belt.  Linda puts together decades of research and findings.