Language, Context, Taxonomy

Seen in the LightMiracles are seen in light.
It is important to remember that miracles and vision necessarily go together. This needs repeating, and frequent repeating. It is a central idea in your new thought system, and the perception that it produces. The miracle is always there. Its presence is not caused by your vision; its absence is not the result of your failure to see. It is only your awareness of miracles that is affected. You will see them in the light; you will not see them in the dark.
A Course In Miracles
Positive and Prosperous

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3-7-bjillion-year-old-rockChrist Consciousness and Humanity
As the outermost edges of your vibrational field touched the waters of the planet, particles of previously inert matter began gently vibrating to the rhythms of your being, aligning themselves with the energy patterns found on the periphery of your awareness. There, on the Precambrian ocean floors, they began combining to form the first cells, the first minute containers for your consciousness. In your new orientation, with your new form of attention, in a gesture of infinite love to this planet, you began offering your consciousness on the time/ space cross of material reality. You allowed your consciousness to clothe itself in the limitations of physical substance, accepting its restrictions. You allowed the atoms and molecules that were forming the first cells to come to life with your consciousness, along the lines of your own vibrational field. At the same time that you allowed your consciousness to become clothed with particles that had been subject to the laws of the materializing process, you taught the matter of Earth to rise up in a joyful dance with your spirit. As you drew ever nearer to the planet, the life forms that were taking shape began to contain more and more of your own awareness. You relaxed, opened yourself, and gave. You impregnated the Earth with your life, with your very being. You looked out of many eyes and heard with many ears. Before incarnation you were single. You drew identity from the totality of the relationship between Creator and Creation. You were the Christ, fully conscious and alert, aware of yourself, unified, integrated. You realized that to accomplish incarnation you would have to allow at least a portion of your identity to come to rest among the creatures you were bringing to life.
From Chapter 3 Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey

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cave-communicationField of Play – Language
Understanding Taxonomy
If you need to add a word to the dictionary, it’s pretty clear where it goes. The dictionary is a handy reminder of how taxonomies work. The words aren’t sorted by length, or frequency or date of first usage. They’re sorted by how they’re spelled. This makes it easy to find and organize.
The alphabet is an arbitrary taxonomy, without a lot of wisdom built in (are the letters in that order because of the song?).
It’s way more useful to consider taxonomies that are based on content or usage.
Almost everything we understand is sorted into some sort of taxonomy. Foods, for example: we understand intuitively that chard is close to spinach, not chicken, even though the first two letters are the same.
The taxonomy of food helps you figure out what to eat next, because you understand what might be a replacement for what’s not available.
Shopify has more in common with Udemy (both tech startups) than it does with the Bank of Canada (both based in Ottawa).
Your job, if you want to explain a field, if you want to understand it, if you want to change it, is to begin with the taxonomy of how it’s explained and understood.
Once you understand a taxonomy, you’ve got a chance to re-organize it in a way that is even more useful.
Too often, we get lazy and put unrelated bullet points next to each other, or organize in order of invention. For example, we teach high school biology before (and separate from) chemistry, even though you can’t understand biology without chemistry (and you can certainly understand chemistry without biology). We do this because we started working on biology thousands of years before we got smart about chemistry, and the order stuck.
The reason an entrepreneur needs a taxonomy is that she can find the holes, and figure out how to fill them.
And a teacher needs one, because creating a mental model is the critical first step in understanding how the world works.
If you can’t build a taxonomy for your area of expertise, then you’re not an expert in it.
Seth Godin

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clintons-sick-daysThe American Presidency
Clinton’s Sick Days – The New York Times
As Hillary rested and Trump pulled even in the polls, Democratic Party leaders made cameo appearances on the campaign trail.
By Amy Davidson
I am really into electing Hillary Clinton,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Philadelphia last Tuesday. “This is not me going through the motions here. I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton.” It was sunny out, and the rally was fun—Obama had spent part of it trash-talking the Eagles, in his guise as a Bears fan—but it was hard to take all those “really”s as simple exuberance. Clinton was having one of the worst weeks of her campaign. The previous Friday, at a gala fund-raiser in New York, she had said that half the people who supported her opponent, Donald Trump, could be put conceptually in a “basket of deplorables,” and were “irredeemable”—remarks that she later said were too broad. On Sunday, she collapsed at a 9/11 commemoration, and, after several hours in which her campaign clumsily insisted that she had just been “overheated,” it emerged that she had been operating for a few days with an undisclosed pneumonia diagnosis. Anyone with a spare conspiracy theory was encouraged, and many people who would normally be really into electing Hillary were depressed. Campaign officials, testifying to her toughness, kept saying that she hadn’t revealed the illness because she’d just wanted to “power through it,” as though she came equipped with a turbo switch.
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