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The Path of Questioning

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One of my favorite songs when I was a kid was the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." The ending of the song speaks to my passion to foster a different paradigm. While I loved the song, what I disagreed with was the passive ending:

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

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"That's not ok," was my response. In fact, the submissiveness of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss," or, as they say in West Virginia, "same sh*t different day" really got my goat.

My reaction to this line is foundational to my writing of Sophia's Web as well as posting articles here on OpEd and co hosting "Envision This!" with my wife.

Yes, my goal is not for you to buy my vision of a new world. Rather, the goal is for US to change. By US, I mean everyone in in all our states be we black, white, green, liberal, conservative, abused, loved, woman or man.

To go deeper into this, let's explore an example of opposites.

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As an experiment, (you can do this in your mind or act it out), take your right hand and violently slap the left side of your face. If you act it out, please let me know when the ambulance comes to take you to the psychiatric ward. And, do share what drugs they give you. Don't just tell me about it. Just send me some to.

Opposites are mirror images. The saying, "love thy neighbor (or in some versions, enemy) as thyself" is more than a request to be nice. (I always love speaking to the female and male body in this regard. A woman's genitals are upward and inwards, from vagina to ovaries while a man's are down and out / penis and testicles).

Can you see how this understanding of opposites can change the world?

My desire is for the reader to truly question. The question of opposites needs to be seriously addressed.

I realize that fostering opposition is a tactic of politicians and corporations as per the motto, "divide and conquer."

The question is, when do we learn to "unite and prosper." In saying unite, I am NOT saying standardized. I am saying that we need to see our self in the opposition. I am not a fan of Burger King's "Have it your way"! Pickle or no pickle does not cut it in my book (and hopefully not the reader's).

We need to be more a tuned to Nature. By Nature, I am referring to birds, bees and coconut trees. I am also speaking to essence. To use an example that may speak to the reader, we may say, 'Rob Kall's nature is reflected in his bottom up philosophy' (oh, how I want to mess with Rob by saying "bottom's up!")

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Here in Maine, I often go out for walks in the woods with my dog Sophie. (The term dog backwards is God so I gave her one of the names of God, Sophia or Wisdom).

What I notice in the woods is a wide variety of vegetation, trees, bugs and other creatures. I also notice various "microclimates" that are associated with trees or a grassy lawn. Going from the yard and into the woods in the summer entails an experience of a noticeable temperature drop.

These temperature and vegetation varieties effects what one sees as bugs and other creatures. Thus, we need to realize that within any ecosystem, there are a wide variety of microclimates, birds, bees, insects and animals.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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