""Unconditional love" is, as the logicians say, a self-contradiction. For here we find the adjective "unconditional" as the condition required for this sort of love. "Unconditional love" is not the higher love referred to in all of our traditions, but rather a self-defined perspective that politely overlooks, and then excludes, reason and integrity. Its invocation is naturally (and often unconsciously) anti-Jewish, because it implies that reason and integrity, the basis of the law, are not necessary, and because historically, it implies that the Holocaust was the fault of Jews and others for not acting with unconditional love towards nazis. "Unconditional love" is the limited condition of love that mistakenly forgives the crime while the crime is ongoing. Thus it is the opposite of love, because it unconditionally encourages continued unloving behavior. The higher love, the love advocated in all three of the Abrahamic phases, the love that can be a unifying force, includes not only unlimited compassion and submission, but it also includes reason, integrity, and context. Neither the tradition of Moses, nor the tradition of Jesus, nor the tradition of Mohammed, ever endorsed unconditional love for an adversary while they were engaged in attack. All require a higher standard of love that takes into account not only compassion for both the victim and the victimizer, not only submission to Allah and/or yirat ("awe of") Hashem, and/or giving one’s life over to Jesus, but also consideration for the future, for both the victim and the victimizer, and for the rest of society."

World Mysteries - Articles by Stan Tenen

Involve

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Involvement is a crucial aspect of our lives. As we push to involve ourselves in activities, we realize that either it benefitted our lives, or it simply wastes time that we could be spending on other more valuable activities. We must pay attention to such details as they certainly can affect our lives in a large way.

"So is there a role for classroom training for complex subjects? The answer is a resounding yes. Classroom training is good for helping you achieve a state of conscious incompetence in a complex subject. You know a skill or tool is available and you understand its value. The transition from conscious incompetence to conscious competence is probably best learnt using legitimate peripheral participation."

Sailing – Complex or Complicated? | The IT Risk Manager (via structureprocess)

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Teaching #permaculture introductory course at @Otavanopisto with Joel Rosenberg

"Today I am mourning
the death of all the
people I could have
been."

Epitaph For The Unknown | Lora Mathis (via lora-mathis)

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"Stop talking."

Using Permaculture Principles to become a better teacher | Permaculture Magazine

"Never ask a question you already know the answer to."

Using Permaculture Principles to become a better teacher | Permaculture Magazine