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Hard Rain

John Pederson, pedersondesigns, Jan 06, 2006

John Pederson writes about the "week of reinvention," quoting mostly from Bob Dylan.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Someone sent me this link this week, and I have been thinking about this link (do read the related items) and other things like it. And I wrote back, in part:

"But - again - you can't change government merely by changing the government. Doing this do decision-making leaves the door wide open to the subversion of media, or the educational system, or the workplace, as instruments of political pressure and sway. Any place where there is a center of power. So these, too, need to be decentralized and distributed.

"That's what I wrote (without saying as much) in 'Connective Knowledge'. That's the thing I'm trying to wrap my mind around.

"Thing is - all this affects me personally as well (affects anyone personally, I guess). We don't just float around like flotsam in this environment; it gets into us, changes our thoughts and beliefs. These days I am not even sure what's real and what isn't. Life as a hologram."

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