Human–What is that being? A Theme Essay with Musical Side-Effects.

*Okay, I picked this Human Theme and wow, did I ever put myself in one heck of a wormhole by doing so.  I don’t think this has gone at all as I thought it might. I’m really curious what Bear, Johnny, Willow and Deborah have come up with for their Human Theme Essays. I might try this again–or not. I can’t say I’m happy with this posting and I can’t say I’m not. Maybe I have too many issues with humanity in general at this point in time? Yeah, I’m more than a little pissed at us regarding the state of the only planet we can call ‘home’ because we are responsible for this state of affairs. So, I think that’s coloring my view of humans.  I suspect The Doors’ song just might sum up a good part of my attitude at the moment. But just part of it. Feel free to chat up any part of any of this. I really am interested in how ‘we’ view ourselves these days.  Now, on with the show:

Isn’t it cool that a band called The Killers has a song titled Human? If anyone knows of a band called The Lovers that has a song titled Human, please, please share it.

The Killers ~~ Human

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What does it mean that we humans feel the need to make a declaration of our rights? Who violates innate rights and the natural laws and orders of our world? Oh yeah, we do. Falls under the phrase, ‘crimes against humanity.’  All humans are not nice, kind, compassionate and loving beings.  If we were then we would not need to make such statements–which are continually ignored and violated by our own kind. Hmm. What the hell are we going to do about this element of being human?

http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org
Created by Seth Brau
Produced by Amy Poncher
Music by Rumspringa courtesy Cantora Records

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This UK series  about a vampire, ghost and werewolf living together in the same house and attempting to have ‘lives’ as human as possible, as impossible as that may be, is a sort of quest for a nonexistent holy grail for each of them.  Humans do a great deal of questing, questioning, and quests and so this non-human trio with strong human connections offers a great deal on the human condition and human nature. At least I think it does/did.  Moral choices just never seem to leave the daily in-box even when you’ve got to be careful around the full moon.

Being Human –Good-bye Trailer

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I’ve included Time is Nothing partly because it gives glimpses of people around the world and the concept that humans travel a great deal from place to place. It also shows a lot of places touched by humans.

Time is Nothing

For more work by Kien Lam, visit http://kienlam.net/. The soundtrack was composed by William Lam, and is available as a free download on the site as well.

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An Exercise in Humanity  The Doctor, as in Who, as human; a hell of a job for a Time Lord to do.  Song: Sia’s “Breathe Me” . How might a non-human attempt a life as human is the point of this Doctor Who montage of when Rose and a ‘human’ Doctor Who live as humans. I think it does a decent job of showing a range of human emotions and interactions. It’s certainly not complete–but it gives a window on some human couples.

 Eclaire

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Robin Williams gets to play out several lifetimes in this film. Take or leave the concept of reincarnation as you please. Still, the film offers some perspective on the human condition over time.  In some ways it paves the way for the much more ambitious film, The Cloud Atlas.

Being Human ~ film trailer

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Something about The Doors and this song just feels soooooo right.  Sigh.

The Doors ~ People Are Strange

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This was an unexpected find via an online search. I was fascinated by someone actually writing about how to become a better human being–according to their perspective of course.

David Cain

Raptitude is a blog for getting better at being human. I see being human as a skillset — something you can get better at if you take it upon yourself to do so. You can learn to temper rotten moods, shed your insecurities, shore up your weak points and sharpen your strong ones. Human minds and bodies are complicated vehicles for which there is no manual and no training, but we can learn to drive them a hell of a lot better than we often do, if only we make a point of it.

And glittering prizes await! Consistently agreeable moods. Unshakable gratitude. Strengthened relationships. Abundant days and sleepful nights. Capabilities you never imagined were in you. Relief from boredom, envy, frustration and complacency.

A little skill and insight go a long way.

About Raptitude and Getting Better at Being Human

http://www.raptitude.com/about/

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Typical? Who is typical? What does this concept even mean for humans? I’m not entirely sure to be honest. But this attempt to use data to create a profile that changes over time is fascinating for what it tries to do–and the qualities of humans such venues can never grasp.

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Bear      http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-themes-human-beings-on-earth/

Johnny   http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/everything-human-music-theme-111313/

Deborah     http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/music-theme-for-november-13-the-humans/

Willow     http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

“45 rpm love song 57 minutes long”

  fifty-seven minute love story played by 45 rpms

estate sale crossing roads

she’s deep in the record box

he searching for 60s rock pops in

fall green long dressing she

he black leather coated elf

his fingers itching vinyl feels

who wants what

let’s share a deal

mustang sally she

he hang on sloopy

two bucks fifty cents each

one hundred plus rpms buys

front lawn finger pickings

she gifts him delta dawn

and mrs brown you’ve got a lovely daughter

he sends aretha franklin her way

box ends

she drives him

crystal glasses boxed all

porch side smiles

street sends

parting fifty-seven minutes after getting started

after glow

like a slow burn

a maze is

 easy listening

Stay Awhile by The Bells

Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve, new film

Do you love the kitties? Hmm? Well, even if you’re a confirmed dog lover, you have nothing to lose by spending time with Dear Kitty, Some Blog–for some litter – ‘On animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women’s issues, arts and much more’ –more as in very cool film about a nature reserve in the Netherlands! First time I’ve ever seen a fox try to eat a camera! If your cat curiosity is aroused then you need to sniff Dear Kitty’s fresh litter at will.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video, made during the making of the film De Nieuwe Wildernis, shows a red fox.

On 28 September 2013, to the new Dutch nature documentary film De Nieuwe Wildernis (The new wilderness). This movie had its premiere this week.

Its subject is Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands; from early spring to summer to autumn to winter to new spring.

The big cinema was sold out. Many children. They were much less noisy than one might expect at a film lasting for over ninety minutes.

This video is the trailer for Belgium of the film.

The film started with a line from Dutch poetess Henriette Roland Holst, about peace and quiet in nature.

Then, life under water in early spring. An eel swimming. Water fleas. Tadpoles.

Then, birds. A great crested grebe mating dance. A marsh harrier couple. A white-tailed eagle

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Learning Opportunity: Nature’s “What Plants Talk About”

Okay, I’m not the most sociable human at the present time so I’ve not been playing much in blogland.  While I’m not about to commence running rampant from blogcasa to blogcasa, I really want to share this recent Nature program with anyone interested in the interconnectedness of all things.  What Plants Talk About offers some incredible insights into the living Earth we call home. I think it also serves as a huge positive statement regarding why we MUST preserve the ‘natural’ environment widely and learn to re-integrate our human species with our plant and animal relations quickly in order to ensure our own survival. If we don’t, I suspect we may find Earth less than welcoming of our continued presence.  Mother Nature will find a way to deal with us as hostile creatures and create a new healthy balance.  No, I’m not kidding.

The full episode of What Plants Talk About is currently available for viewing http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/what-plants-talk-about/video-full-episode/8243/

It is very well worth an hour of your time to watch and learn what’s going on with all the leafy green things above and below ground. This is a very accessible program about some serious science. It’s also features beautiful photographic film work.

 

Lice, Tigers, Worms and Microbes! O My! Rob Dunn’s utterly delightful tome, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, reveals some strange and wonderful interconnections that you can’t wash away no matter how many soapy showers you employ.

 

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“Utterly delightful” — yes, I mean that with all sincerity. Admittedly the delight will depend on your sense of humor. If we’re on the same laugh track then all will be in tune. If not, then, ah well, you might not laugh but you still will learn from this highly accessible science writing. Unless you’re in the ranks or trenches –or the trees–with the likes of Rob Dunn, then I assure you there are things to learn in his The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today.  Okay none of that “oooo yucky parasites” business. Time to put the fear of all the unseen creepy crawlers aside and learn about the garden of our bodies and who’s living in it. This is not an exhaustive inventory of all the strange critters lurking in human stomachs and intestines. That’s not what Dunn is about in this book about very important interconnectedness of all living things. Yes, that’s what this book does–it explores our forgotten interconnections with other living creatures and the natural world at large. Sufferers of Crohn’s disease should read with care–in other words, be careful with whatever ideas you get about worms from Dunn’s book.  If you’re into sustainable living and green cities then read Dunn’s text provides a serious foundation for the argument of urban farming on multiple levels. If you’re a “doctor” then it’s time to find out what’s been going with the work of the research scientists Dunn, a scientist with a penchant for ants, connects with all the glee of someone who has a vision of the bigger picture of life from the ant world on up.  If you’re ill–or healthy–here are some serious ideas to consider as to why.

Got skin care on your mind? Rethinking your hair–everywhere? Consider what fur is for.  Remember that supposedly useless appendix? Turns out it’s not so useless at all. Who says “milk does a body good”? I think it’s all the folks who mass produce that white stuff that is passed off as milk. It’s not. It’s something else entirely in my opinion. Is The Jungle Book one of your favorite stories? If so, I think you’ll enjoy The Wild Life of Our Bodies even more. Yes, it does have a tiger story in it–a real one about man/woman eating tigers. Ever wonder about the connection between our sight and our biology? Why do we behave as we do? Some tantalizing ideas are planted in Dunn’s mind garden–and they’re well worth watering.

Are you simply looking for some very good science writing with comic relief? Apparently Rob Dunn has a sense of humor and is not afraid of sharing it in his writing.  This is a very cool thing because it makes Dunn’s writing so very engaging rather than stiflingly pedantic. This is truly an accessible book about very serious science. Do not be afraid of it! Dunn is not out to clobber readers with a massive ego. He’s trying to sow some seriously potential seeds for hope for our future survival as a species. Part VII of his book, “The Future of Human Nature” focuses on “The Reluctant Revolutionary of Hope”  — Dickson Despommier. If you read no other part of this book except the last 26 pages–well then let it be these 26 pages.

If you care to read more than twenty-six pages other delicious tidbits await to tantalize your tongue (oh yes, you will learn a few things about tongues and taste buds too):  the story of Tim White’s discovery of Ardi; Debra Wade’s struggle to deal with Crohn’s; why the “bubble boy” died; Reynier’s long, long-term research in Paris to create a germ free world; an appendectomy performed in a submarine –complete with spoons and fingernail clippers; why we’ve done the weird thing of breeding beautiful roses without scent (a choice which baffles me to no end); a great deal about human fear of snakes–and quite a variety of other things–including the ways of leaf cutter ants.

If I were writing reviews for employment, and therefore funds, I’d give Rob Dunn’s The Wild Life of Our Bodies a full five-star rating (as in five out of five possible stars). I don’t currently write for monetary rewards. So there’s no cash incentive for me to praise Dunn’s personable writing, vision, and thinking. But praise I do.  Having read enough deadly dry scientific texts in another life I can appreciate what Rob Dunn offers–science ideas presented in a manner that entices one to explore further rather to retreat after being bludgeoned by a massive ego swimming in incomprehensible jargon.  Go forth and discover The Wild Life of Our Bodies–read, learn, and share widely. Please! How our future as a species unfolds may well depend on such seeds.

“The secret that runs throughout this book, the one I hope to have shown more than I have discussed, is that our bodies and our lives only make sense in the context of other species. Only by looking at other lives do we really understand our own.” Rob Dunn

 

One Earth for All

It’s tune time!  I’ve spent way too much time listening on YouTube today to music videos from Alison Krauss to Yothu Yindi. Yep, I’m using some music and art ploys across these latest posts.  Perhaps this indicates an inability on my part to focus or to integrate everything into one coherent missive.  Or just indecision. No matter.  At any rate, the pieces are here. Feel free to chat about whatever strikes a chord.   Also–if you have suggestions for music dealing with the same concepts, please share them–comment and link away to your hearts’ content.  Hmm. We could make a music web. Indeed we could.  Who wants to weave?    

“Children of the World”    Arglukark, Dunn, Ross et al.

“O Siem”    Susan Aglukark

video via  Shinjitsusei

video via  Mishi45

video via  yakidk89

Thanks to land artist Magda of Clegyr Boia  for introducing me to Yothu Yindi’s intense energy and compelling lyrics.  You can visit Clegyr Boia’s  wild —> http://clegyrboia.wordpress.com/

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