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Another late post – ‘Tis the season for visits with family and friends.  My time alone only now as the darkness of Sunday night encases me.

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To be beautiful means to be yourself.  You don’t need to be accepted by others.  You need to accept yourself.

Thich Naht Hanh

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Buddhist Monk Thich Naht Hanh is returning to his native Vietnam from his place of service in France for medical reasons.  Prayers of him are welcome.

His work has been beneficial to many.  I offer but one of his observations.

What he says I wish to say to my son, my daughter-in-law, my grandson and my granddaughter, my friends and those I encounter who are far from accepting who they are.

For my family and friends I seek only that they may know their sacred being and live life in humility making contributions which align with their gifts and their heart.

For those who do not trust their divine being, I say – you cannot make perfect what The Perfect One has made in order to teach us Heavenly Perfection and help us see the small slivers of divinity that we carry in this mortal life.

There is no need for us to carry the thought that we are “not good enough” – for being good enough is our best … it is, after-all, as good as we are capable of being by design.

We are but imperfect images of the Perfect One and to be just that is to be as we are made to me.  We are not good at out-doing our generous Creator – and all attempts to the contrary end in injury to self and others, to torment for us and others – even those we love.

To be yourself is to be as God hath made you.  In that act of acceptance is obedience, and peace and joy – sufficient to reduce all disappointments to extraordinary understanding and that good product is added to the goodness we possess gratis – as sacred gift.

In acceptance of self comes humility and certainty in the face of what is not known.


The ultimate result of shielding (people) from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer

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The recent Kavanaugh confirmation hearing put in play the memory of one witness – his accuser – a 50 plus year old women with a Ph.D.  Her memory of the alleged events 35/6 years ago was the principle issue in question.  Yet, her memory was never submitted to thorough examination … hardly questioned at all.

This is particularly astonishing for two reasons: (1) we know a great deal about memory and the brain’s function as to memory, (2) Democrats on the Congressional Committee which held the hearing pronounced her testimony believable and concluded that her account was true even though she could NOT present ONE corroborating witness to confirm one fact she asserted as to the allegation and despite her inability to remember and recount critical parts of what she alleged.

Here is some of what we know about memory that is extremely pertinent to the woman’s claim:

  • memories are formed by a number of things to include – what we imagined, fantasized, dreamt
  • memories fade over time
  • memories are fresher over time when they involve a trauma that one has (literally) personally experienced themselves
  • memories fade particularly when one has not talked of an event over the years
  • people can have false memories – they do not lie for they believe their memories but they are recounting a fiction, not a truth
  • when one is deprived of memory – they will grow a memory that conforms to their belief system
  • in false memories what began as a lie or untruth takes on the form of truth to the person over time
  • stress clobbers memory especially as to the source of the memory
  • memory, like light, bends with stress over time
  • what one imagines can easily be confused with what actually happened over time
  • when danger looms memory records two things: (a) the details of where you are, why, who you are with, and a host of related details, and (b) the sights and sounds present and your perceptions – that is – (a) and (b) are recorded in your brain
  • these things, (a) and (b), associated with danger are stored in your brain – so to warn you as to future danger.

Memory was neglected in these hearing and no one among the lawyers present and involved, nor the people on the Senate panel, knew enough to ask pertinent questions despite what is known about memory and brain function.

Putting the accuser to the above test one would have to doubt her account –because she alleges a dangerous situation and yet has no detailed memory that would have been taken in and recorded in her brain.

We pay Members of Congress well and staff their committees and offices – yet something like this gets overlooked.  Just not good.


Good Source – Diane Ackerman’s excellent book An Alchemy of Mind was very helpful in my preparation of today’s blog.

Wrote this … while managing the flu – now back to rest.






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