From the Master of Kadosh (September 2017)

posted Aug 31, 2017, 2:29 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Out of the clutter, find simplicity. From discord find harmony.
 In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein.

I love quotes, they cover so much so quickly, in just a moment, I think they can do what communication is really supposed to do, provide people with the opportunity to think and form an opinion, not just a reaction. Like moments of time just for ourselves, miniature time outs we give ourselves on our lives or small opportunities to think about something without having to comment on it or respond back.

I have a few of my own quotes, one being ‘If our lives were a book we write in each day, occasionally
as one page turns to the next, if we can, we can balance on the edge of the page, looking around with no one noticing, and looking about  at what we experience’. This is about that.

Part of why quotes work for me, is that they don’t require a response. They don’t require you agree, disagree or even respond, they just are what they are. I think that because when you hear or read a quote, is doesn’t contain the usual implied responsibility to respond, like a question you get or a response you make to someone else’s question. It transcends that. As such, you get this moment to yourself, to refine your opinions on a giving topic, or consider something new.  This is true whether the quote is part of another work, as the quotes in this article are, or if they just randomly come to you, perhaps as a “Quote of the Day” on your phone or in the newspaper.

                        I used to think that Twitter was just for kids.

I have long been interested in communication; certainly quotes for example, but also look how we use letters, email, cell phones, texts and websites. A hundred years ago, the only way to communicate an idea, other than to say it, was a letter, or the newspaper. Radio was just getting started then, with TV to follow. Still, these were a slow digestion process, the reader or listener would get the communication content and then, perhaps respond in kind, like writing a letter back. In the case of radio or TV, the concepts or communications would become part of a person’s awareness of the world, that they could respond back to others in their life, but rarely to the writer or origin of the original communication.

Later as technology expanded you get a situation where information and ideas are communicated to lot of people at once or a between specific individuals. Like how the fire department uses radios instead of cell phones for some times of communication. Think about it, they both do the same thing, facilitate a conversation with someone that isn’t right in front of you. The difference is that a radio is being heard by a number of people, even though only one or two are speaking at a time. This facilitates a type of ‘hive mind’ where everyone can understand something quickly, and have an opportunity to participate as necessary, moving a lot more information to a lot more people much more quickly. I think that twitter has become like this, creating a massive hive mind of our national consciousness. Like our own mind, thoughts, considerations, actions, come and go, are considered and reconsidered but together like the water running off a mountain, trickling down in a million strands eventually become streams, that pour in to rivers and ultimately back to the ocean.

Now days we have emails, replacing snail mail written letters, where we don’t have to wait for posts to arrive once a day in the mailbox in front of our home or office. They get to us an instant after they are written, on our desk or phone. The longest part of our response is the time it takes us to read and write it. And from that comes texts, even faster, shorter bursts of thoughts, ideas, and communications.  A hybrid of texting is tweeting. At a moment’s notice, you get a thought from someone, a comment, a barely composed shred of what they are thinking, perhaps not even fully formed concept, hopefully using enough grammar that you can understand it, but often using its own concatenation of language.  And then consider the senders reach and response. Millions of one’s ‘followers’ become aware instantly of their thoughts, almost before they have thought them thought themselves. Like the two way radio, but much more powerful as you don’t have to actively hear it, it is just suddenly placed in the palm of your hand.

So how we to make sense of this, these thoughts that are thrown at us, and then republished, re-tweeted and commented on in the mainstream media? Occasionally though, as odd as this new hive mind is, it seems like it works. The thoughts of our national concernedness like one giant brain, consuming and considering what it thinks, can derive a thought, an opinion and then validate it by repeating it, saying  it again, re-tweeting it. So it was interesting in the news the other day when a tweet of a quote (remember quotes, those single moments of consideration?),  broke a Twitter record, with a quotation of Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Virginia rally violence became the most-liked tweet of all time. That tweet, had garnered more than 3.1 million likes. It also had more than 1.3 million re-tweets. Think of it, a single tweet, a thought, a comment, a quote.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion... People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love....For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela."

A simple quote, yet it can be so powerful. In a blink of an eye we are provided without the responsibility or necessity to answer anyone, the opportunity to consider how we conduct ourselves in society.

Wisdom is when you don’t have to agree with someone’s opinion—only to consider it. ~Author unknown.

So, hope you like some of this….or not, just consider it.

Mark Burger, Master of Kadosh