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Miss Teacher. She was in the centre. She's in heaven now.
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The story of this day

When I visited Auschwitz, on 14 August 2006, something caught my eye.

It was the picture of a man, between other pictures in the entrance hall of the museum. Pictures of people killed at Auschwitz. I didn't know who the man was, but he looked oddly familiar.

Together with my friends, I got on a tour of the death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. This is a kind of tour you'd never take twice. There is something extremely disturbing about that place. The vibration of the place was so negative, that it gave me the headache of my life. Also, my acute sense of smell detected a subliminal stench of rot, blood, fear and excrement, all at once.

But with my knees trembling, with my headache throbbing, I couldn't stop thinking about that man. My previous day had been equally disturbing and lead me to question if there is something like premonition and/or past lives; on August 13, I had visited the salt mine of Wieliczka. All well, if, as a child, I hadn't dreamt being inside the mine, trying to save some old books from a flooding of brine.

After the demoralizing tour I had purchased a book from the museum shop, a short history of the place. I had the surprise to find the man again in the book. He was a Franciscan priest who volunteered to die instead of someone else, by thirst and starvation, in a closed cell whose only ventilation was a very narrow and hard to reach shaft. He did not die there; after the Nazis got him out alive, they killed him and signed a phony death certificate. The man whom he replaced had lived a long life.

The date of death was 14 August 1941. He was sanctified and this is his feast day. The day I had visited the place was 14 August 2006. Exactly 65 years, and it wasn't arranged. A strange coincidence it was, but even more so, because something in his picture got my attention. I still don't know what it is, why he looks so familiar. And it could have been any other day. But sometimes, coincidences conspire.
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On 24-25 August I will be boycotting the Internet [offline], in order to draw attention to the dangers of Internet surveillance. If you're concerned, be my guest and do the same. If not, I'd do my part. I am very angry because of this trespassing over my fundamental rights of freedom of thought, speech and consciousness. When you know you're being watched by people with unlimited access to brute force, you're under duress and your freedom stops.
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Not so happy about the Solstice, cause I am a creature of the daylight. Almost a Sun worshipper. From now till the next Solstice, longer and longer nights. :( Still enough time to enjoy the excessive radiance of the Sun, cause the dog days of summer are approaching. They are called like this because of a celestial phenomenon - the conjunction [projected on the ecliptic, sorry for the jargon] of Sun and Sirius, the brightest star as seen from Earth. Sirius is also called the Dog Star by many cultures. Many people know about Sirius Black, the animagus from "Harry Potter" who turned into a black dog whenever he fancied. I was born on this very conjunction, 30 years ago.
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I searched for weeks on the Internet to find this gem... here it is. I only knew the tune but not the title or creators. Greetings!

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I'd wish to hear more from that album, now virtually impossible to find.

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Good one, worth seeing.
 
Thought-provoking 5 minutes on the state of the world from the late, great Alan Watts, a man far ahead of his time:

What is Wrong With Our Culture [Alan Watts]

Image compilation by Omid Pakbin (Omega Point)
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I'm reading some books on the nature of time. I think I'm facing the gap between thinking in words and thinking in images. I am a visual thinker, I ''see" or have to "see" everything in my mind in order to understand. It's not really pictures, but sketches, more or less abstract. 

The books I'm reading, mostly philosophy, anthropology and cosmology seem to be the fruit of people who think in words. They start to analyse word-concepts then try to fit the Universe in them. 

However, my imaging brain shouts "Bullshit!" all along. My brain's "language module" is just an input-output device for my abstract, word-free thinking. But all that discussion takes place in WORDS, it's words that are analysed and very few thinkers actually seem to think outside language. I can comprehend them, but their thinking seems terribly stupid and limited to me. A few guys dedicated their lives to analyse the meanings of "time", "past" "present", "future"; however, my own thinking mind simply rejects a lot of the concepts and relationships presented there. When I read or hear something, the first triage is made between true facts and stuff that's made up. All this discussion about time seems to me misleading at best where philosophers make careers at 'prestigious' universities just for seriously-taken wordplay. So it all went into the "made-up" bin.

This may be one of the most intimate things I can tell about myself. But when they enter my mind, thoughts are stripped naked of words and are let loose in the unconscious. Then I fish them out if I need them, or if they come up with results. Then, I match them into words, and the message is usually just 60% accurate. Getting something into my mind is like converting text to textless 4D, so I need lots of extra information to fill in the countless blanks. I get word-thinking people extremely annoyed, because I turn everything around until I "see" it.

So, what's your take on this? What kind of thinker are you and how do you deal with this kind of concepts and different types of thinkers? 
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I am a burning flame. I throw sparks where I see stagnation and injustice. When they turn to fire, I go on to kindle more.

Low-impact living is my credo. I may not be as expansive as I feel like, because Mother Earth can only take so much. 

Time is the only 'commodity' worth investing in. Time is the only thing we actually have, as everything else is borrowed. 

Hungry and thirsty. Hungry for justice and equality, thirsty for knowledge. They are my greatest pleasures in life.

I live on the edge of chaos. Sometimes, listening to the quiet song of conscience. Other times, charging ahead to the unknown.
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