Sunday, August 27, 2006

Speedlinking 8/27/06

Happy Sunday morning! I hope you all are relaxing a little this morning with a beverage of choice and planning to spend some time doing something you really enjoy. But before you go and have fun, here are some links that I found interesting.

~ Paul Salamone at Zaadz (and of I-I) quotes Matthew Dallman's statement that complex theory should be presented in complex writing (a complaint about KW's recent "reader friendly" books). For the record, I agree with MD. What I enjoyed in early Wilber books was having to wrestle a chapter to the floor, get it in a headlock, and knee it in the ribs a few times before it would open itself to me.

Anyway, I'm offering up this link because the comments section has a nice back and forth between Casey and Andy that is worth looking at and thinking about.

~ Chalip at Zen Under the Skin has a nice post on working with achievement mind in our practice.

~ Sean at Deep Surface muses on the value of narrative. Interesting post. I haven't read a novel (except for Boomeritis, which doesn't really count) in more than ten years, since I quit working in bookstores.

~ "More than 2,000 religious leaders from 500 organizations representing over 100 nations gathered Saturday in Kyoto to discuss themes ranging from transformation of violence to advancing shared security in the face of a world threatened by sectarian conflict." This is 8th World Assembly of Religions for Peace, an organization based in New York, include Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Buddhism, Christianity and regional faiths. This is essentially a pluralistic and sometimes relativistic group, but that's not a bad thing considering the current issues facing all of us.

~ Brad of Hardcore Zen fame takes a look at authority in his most recent post. It's worth the read.

~ Elza Maalouf of Lebanon Rising reveals the faces of the people who have been left behind in Hezbollah's (and Iran's) offer of $12,000 to those who lost homes and the government's inability to provide swift support. She points out that not all who lost homes are Shia, so they don't get the money or any help from the ineffectual government. They have been lost in all the coverage, but Elza wants us to know who they are.

~ How to Save the World offers his weekly collection of good stuff: Links for the Week -- August 26, 2006.

~ Blogmaster ~C4Chaos wants us to blog our talents with compassion, no matter how good (or not) we are at them.

~ I've stumbled upon a cool new e-zine, The Integral Leadership Review, which is free to subscribe to. In the curent issue:

Article: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 1 of a new series. Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann.
* Article: Cindy Wigglesworth, Why Spiritual Intelligence Is Essential to Mature Leadership.
* Leadership Coaching Tip: Reflection.

And tons of other cool stuff, including a review of the Clare Graves book I am still working my way through.

~ From that issue of ILR, an update on KW's health and projects:
A brief update on Ken Wilber. Some of you may know that Ken has recently suffered ill health. In addition to struggling with a difficult episode of his chronic immune disease (Rnase-L Enzyme Dysfunction Disease) he was also involved in an accident that left him with serious injuries that among other things, included a torn rotator cuff, vertebrae damage, and a broken pelvis. Remarkably, despite extraordinary physical pain, he still gets up every morning at 2AM and writes until 6AM before he resumes his management responsibilities as the visionary leader guiding Integral Institute's continued growth and expansion. During the past year, Ken wrote five books. The first is Integral Spirituality, the next three were the Many Faces of Terrorism Trilogy, and the fifth was Transformations of Consciousness. Meanwhile, Integral Institute launched the groundbreaking "multiplex" made up of dozens of subject-specific web sites all interconnected via an "integral commons." To guide the organization's explosive growth, experienced business leader Steve Frazee was recently named acting CEO. For more information, including daily updates, see Ken's blog which can be viewed at
~ From the Wall Street Journal, a hint that the world might be starting to figure things out: Science Journal: Key to peace in mideast may be 'sacred beliefs'. Key quote:
Sacred values are ideals so transcendent they have no equivalent in anything material. People in all societies have them. For Palestinians who say that sovereignty over Jerusalem is a sacred value, insinuating that it can be denominated in anything so crass as money is deeply offensive. It's so offensive, in fact, that more Palestinians say they would resort to violence to prevent giving up their claim on the holy city with the monetary sweetener than would do so without it.

Seeing actions through the lens of sacred values makes explicable what seemed irrational by the usual cost-benefit analysis. Many Israelis say rescuing soldiers snatched by Hezbollah and Hamas is a sacred value, to be achieved at any cost. Hence Israel's willingness to exchange hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for a single captive, and to go to war over them.

And to outsiders, for Hamas to fire Qassan rockets from Gaza into Israel makes no sense, because they inflict little damage but bring horrific retaliatory destruction from Israel. To the Palestinians, however, the firings embody the sacred principle that "we are not impotent."

Seems that other thinkers are approaching the Graves/SDi framework without even being aware that a model already exists for what they are doing.

~ Did you know that killer whales can mimic other creatures? Me neither. Seems they can bark like a sea lion.

~ Rosa Brooks of the LA Times has an editorial on the sexualization of young girls that manages to say something important without blaming the girls. Strange that that should be the exception. [Thanks to Feministe for the link.]

~ The new issue of Yes! Magazine is all about the health care crisis in America.

~ Picture of the day is "Meis" by ~GulenayPema.

And that is a taste of the good stuff.

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