Monday, October 11, 2010

The Case For Concealment

Found at the National Geographic site

Cygnus Loop Supernova
Photograph courtesy J. J. Hester (Arizona State University)/NASA

This 1991 image shows a small portion of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant. The formation shown here marks the outer edge of an expanding blast wave from a colossal stellar explosion that occurred about 15,000 years ago. The blast wave slams into clouds of interstellar gas, causing it to glow and revealing information about the composition of the gas.

(My comment: this is the consequence of a star's failure to thrive after a time. It is very wise to get the hell out of the neighborhood if you can when something like this is about to happen. Stay informed as best you can.)

One should always consider the consequences, both near and far. One thing is just guaranteed: that you don't know what the consequences are will not matter when it is time to pay the piper. This is the worst part of our overly complex world, that we each and every one are busy paying consequences we never intended for our well meant but ignorant actions. No one escapes this. Some of us realize and turn deliberate sometimes. If you are going to pay steep unintended prices you might as well lean into them and create spectacular outcomes.

You should know that some unintended consequences are not bad, at least not everywhere and if you are lucky you will find yourself in the eye of the storm, though dragons stalk the nearby wounded and feast on them.

The Case For Concealment

Should I reveal things,
unload the baggage, unwrap
the trash packages
as you suggested,
there would be large explosions
in unexpected
quarters, in the rooms
left thoughtfully beyond time
and occupied space.

July 29, 2009 12:32 PM


  1. "large explosions
    in unexpected quarters"

    - yes, I'm living with a couple of those right now. I unwrapped the trash at work, finally. It's not pretty, but I think I'll survive it. Let's hope.

  2. You never know where the work gremlins will lead you once you start down the muddy brick road.

  3. Someone once told me, "If you're going to fail, do it with flair." Go big or go home. Same message. Sometimes an explosion is the only thing heard by the "hearing" impaired. Necessary.

  4. Hi, Annie. Go big or go home, huh? Okay then.


  5. The game shapes the life.

    I used to play the games but they are much more sophisticated now.


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