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Brigitte, I LOVE this! Why did my brain not connect you and Clay? Did you know we know one another too? So truly happy to read this and other work. Let’s reconnect my love.

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I don't know if you're a jazz fan, but I am listening to a 1959 recording, "Introducing Wayne Shorter." As great as this album is, he was just at the beginning of far more exploration and innovation. He's an example of what a human mind free of preconceptions can create. The system robs children of their imagination and belief anything can be, which Wayne retained until his death just months ago. Humans demand conformity from the smallest social circles to entire nations, and if you risk being different, you risk being outcast, or worse. Shorter treated everyone he met with full attention and respect, never abused his genius, and sought to lift those around him with his gifts. That is the best of being a human, and unfortunately rare and incapable of defeating the coarser, I'll politely say less enlightened types. Any of us with gifts have a responsibility to share them for the greater good, not self aggrandizement. Finding at least a few people similar in their thinking makes a huge difference in keeping going. Wayne, entire album. https://youtu.be/iSJTyUsv_bQ

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Fascinating! Thanks for sharing that.

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"You won’t protect what you don’t love, and you can’t love what you don’t know." So true and a constant frustration to me when I write. Everything comes down to the natural world. Trying to impress this on people who have never spent a day on a mountain, or smelled the ocean and watched whales, is virtually impossible. I KNOW this is where peace and meaning comes from, and I feel much of the psychosis we see is from spending entire lifetimes disconnected from the natural world. This matrix we live in is a blink compared to our previous experience as humans on the Earth.

Also, I remember the old days of handwriting a letter and mailing it, the tactileness of it, the time it took, the personal nature when things could be slow. I miss that.

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