The Times They Are A Changin’

The times continue their incessant change (both inside and out), as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC – 475 BC) famously observed. And while looking up that quote for this post, I learned that he also was responsible for “establishing the term Logos (λόγος) in Western philosophy as meaning both the source and fundamental order of the Cosmos.” I knew that John had based his theology on existing secular philosophy, but did not realize it had originated five centuries earlier.

The changes in the outer world are pretty much the same as they have been throughout record history – hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, senseless mass murder – though it’s probably safe to say that the intensity of the last few months has spiked a bit above average. Those without a sense of history take these latest perturbations as evidence that we have finally reached the “end times” that were promised to be “coming quickly” in the Bible two thousand years ago. It’s a pity that the fundamentalist mindset makes it impossible for them to see the irony of their position.

Meanwhile, my internal changes have continued on their relatively smooth trajectory towards a more settled sense of self. One of the big questions was “What should I do with this site?” I’ve neglected it quite a bit lately, busying myself with work and recreation. It took a lot of work to set everything up again after the crash, and with work and recreation, there wasn’t much time or energy left to write posts and answer questions. But that’s changing now. I have the site working better than before. I installed SSL for security and upgraded this blog to a new theme that is responsive for mobile clients. I have lots of new ideas for where I want to take it. But first I will begin by responding to a lot of unanswered comments in various threads.

The recreation has really helped me tremendously both physically and mentally. Rose and I typically ride over a hundred miles a week, and just last week I joined the Bearded Monkeys of Yakima for a 100 mile ride called Field 41 Century. It was excellent. I felt strong, healthy, and energetic. I finished the 100 miles in 5 hours 39 minutes, at an average pace of 17.7 mph. You can checkout the ride on my Strava page. Here I am with my bike just before the ride:

At the start of the Field 41 Century ride.

At the start of the Field 41 Century ride.

And here I am near the finish line:

At the finish of the Field 41 Century ride.

At the finish of the Field 41 Century ride.

Rose and I also get out for an intense hike once a week. They typically take up most of our Saturdays. Last week we conquered the 3350 foot climb up to Goat Peak. It was only a six mile round trip, so the average grade was about 20%. Here’s a panorama from the top:

View from the top of Goat Peak

View from the top of Goat Peak

We would have been very hesitant to stress our middle aged knees on such a descent if not for the amazing assistance provided by our Nordic Walking Poles which also gives a full body workout. They are the best hiking innovation since the invention of the shoe. We call them our “magic sticks” because they have totally transformed our hiking experience, giving us an aerobic upper body workout while easily doubling our endurance and reducing knee strain to almost nothing.

On top of Goat Peak

On top of Goat Peak

 

And on that note … it’s time for Rose and I to head out for our Saturday hike. Today we are going to head north on the Pacific Crest Trail from Chinook Pass.

 

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3 comments on “The Times They Are A Changin’
  1. Richard Gambino says:

    Coming in rather late to all of this…I stumbled upon your material. It seems “the more things change the more they remain the same” is a good description of your posting. You use the same tools that led you astray to get to where you are and thus nothing you write is trustworthy because it is concluded with the same modes that you arrived at and proved wrong previously.
    It’s still a religion whether hippies in the woods, acid in any form, or visions accredited through dreams. At least you’ve attracted more attention to yourself than the ‘wheel’ self admittedly afforded you…and that’s what your about perhaps, self more than truth. Just say’n

  2. Spasiba5 says:

    Richard, that’s fantastic to hear. You and Rose truly understand how important exercising is. Your shared adventures remind me that I certainly need to be much more pro active in what I do physically from now onwards.

    Thank you for sharing this informative and inspiring insight into your lives.

  3. Coming in rather late to all of this…I stumbled upon your material. It seems “the more things change the more they remain the same” is a good description of your posting. You use the same tools that led you astray to get to where you are and thus nothing you write is trustworthy because it is concluded with the same modes that you arrived at and proved wrong previously.
    It’s still a religion whether hippies in the woods, acid in any form, or visions accredited through dreams. At least you’ve attracted more attention to yourself than the ‘wheel’ self admittedly afforded you…and that’s what your about perhaps, self more than truth. Just say’n

    Hey there Richard,

    I don’t understand your comment. What exactly are the “same tools” that you think I used to both delude and debunk myself? Obviously, I used logic and facts in both cases, but the difference is that I justified my former beliefs with cognitive errors like selection bias and confirmation bias, whereas I exposed and rejected those errors when debunking myself.

    Neither do I understand what you mean by the “same modes” since that is exactly what changed. I fell into delusion because I used a mode of “magical thinking” and I freed myself when I became skeptical of my own beliefs and challenged them with logic and facts. Obviously, skepticism is not the “same mode” as magical thinking and religious belief. So I really don’t have any idea what you think you are talking about. Please clarify.

    And I love your snarky attack, suggesting that I am motivated by some sort of narcissistic desire for attention. You’re clearly a powerful intellect who has seen through my shallow selfishness. Makes me think you must be a Christian since that line of attack is one of their favorites.

    Cheers.

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