I’ve been thinking about the negative tilt that can occur with reciprocity. Reciprocity refers to the tendency for systems to co-evolve, and is usually used to describe small-scale human interactions that build mutual trust and interdependence. It is a strong attractor resulting in social cohesion. Continue reading
It’s late afternoon on a Tuesday, a gray, murky, fiercely windy day, shortly before sunset. The aforementioned wind is howling, scouring the deep cold from the valley. I’m listening to a choral concert for Epiphany on BBC3. It’s been a day of cancellations, mostly due to illness of one sort or another; it seems to be that time of year.
Epiphany was last Saturday, and marks the arrival of the wise men and prefigures the exodus of the Holy Family to Egypt. There are reversals and misrule aplenty in this day. For one, three kings or wise men arrive at a manger and give gifts of great value to the newborn and his family, folk of low stature. Then, not long after the wise men dream that they should quietly return home, telling no one of the miraculous events they have witnessed, and wisely do so. The baby’s small family packs up and wisely heads for Egypt, a former place of slavery. Continue reading
Today dawned cloudy and cold. The ground is bare save for the occasional skiff of snow. Our two-year long snow drought continues, the cold interrupted by warmth and rain. As we collectively limp towards the inauguration, I find myself strictly … Continue reading
The year has turned. We spent New Years with family near the ocean, accompanied by warmth, both emotional and physical, and much good cheer. Yesterday was New Years Day, and we celebrated by following our Sunday routine when with family: breakfast, conversation, and newspapers. We then drove the five hours home. Continue reading