Some Photos & Fancies

Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…



IMG_3944bMeaning is not only layered and varied, but is now protected by law. This may be well-intentioned, but is most likely doomed to failure since most people tend to insist that they are or their group is or their country is the only entity to be able to look at something and know what it means. People can insist these things even though they actually believe something else and even express that belief openly. As long as they fly with the group in times of need or crisis their fluctuating  beliefs have no affect on their status. People imbue symbols, especially if they appear to be ancient, random events, and anything to do with the unreachable heights or depths with powers to protect, destroy, bestow gifts, heal, and much more. Humans’ many ways to establish meaning here and now while observing senseless events demands that meaning be assigned to whatever seems appropriate at the time and that these meanings develop into belief systems, that, unfortunately, create havoc among and amidst others of our kind. Though it seems problematic, having developed and matured belief systems,  people definitely do not want to relinquish them. Other belief systems should not be forced on others though, should they?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Meaning

  1. RE; Your “Meaning” post.
    I have a problem with reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” in classrooms. Children should not be required to swear fealty. An adult may choose to do so, but children have not developed an understanding of what they are doing, so requiring the recital of this pledge each day by children is simply brainwashing. Adding the additional religious indoctrination with the “Under God” part is also disturbing, for obvious reasons.

    I believe this ties in nicely with your last line:
    Other belief systems should not be forced on others though, should they?

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