Sarsential 19: walk [ exit trough the giftshop ]

"The cliche about sculpture, that the sculptor finds the statue which is waiting in the stone, applies equally to [film-] editing; the editor finds the film which is waiting hidden in the material."

British film editor Tom Priestly quoted by Ralph Rosenblum and Robert Karen in 'When The Shooting Stops... The Cutting Begins', page 273,  first published in USA by Da Capo Press, New York, 1979 

"When we align with our purpose, passion long lost is once again ignited." 

Mark Divine in his recently pubished blog, accompanying his excellent keynote lecture at Colgate University on September 18th:

"[The] opening adage of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, China's classic novel of war and strategy, best captures the essential dynamism of Chinese geopolitics ["Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been"]. At its heart is the millennia-long struggle by China's would-be rulers to unite and govern the all-but-ungovernable geographic mass of China. It is a story of centrifugal forces and of insurmountable divisions rooted in geography and history -- but also, and perhaps more fundamentally, of centripetal forces toward eventual unity. [T]he Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, may be nearing a deal that would enable him to return to his Tibetan homeland. If it happens, it would end the Dalai Lama's exile in Dharamsala, India -- an exile that began after the Tibetan uprising in 1959, nine years after the People's Republic of China annexed Tibet. More important, a settlement between Beijing and the Dalai Lama could be a major step in lessening the physical and psychological estrangement between the Chinese heartland and the Tibetan Plateau.[…] The very existence of the Tibetan issue bespeaks several overlapping themes of Chinese geopolitics. […] The Tibetan Plateau and its environs constitute roughly one-quarter of the Chinese landmass and are a major source of freshwater for China, the Indian subcontinent and mainland Southeast Asia. The high mountains of the Himalayas make a natural buffer for the Chinese heartland and shape the complex geopolitical relationship between China and India. […] The Dalai Lama has concentrated the Tibetan cause into himself and his image. It is the Dalai Lama who represents the Tibetan identity in foreign capitals and holds a fractious Tibetan movement together, holding sway over both indigenous Tibetans in the homeland and the old and new generations of Tibetan exiles. [T]he Dalai Lama's international prestige exposed the central power in Beijing to numerous international critics. […] The peaceful path promoted by the Dalai Lama is respected, but not guaranteed forever, by the younger and more radical elements of the Tibetan movement, which have only temporarily renounced the use of violence to achieve their political goals. […] Over the years, the Dalai Lama repeatedly has expressed a strong desire to return to the Tibetan homeland, seeing it as an end goal in his longstanding efforts to gain Tibetan autonomy. […] The report of the Dalai Lama's possible return to Tibet comes as Beijing has resumed talks with representatives of the spiritual leader. This round of negotiations comes after nine rounds of failed talks over the past decade and four years after the last attempt. Nonetheless, the mood appears at least somewhat optimistic on both sides. In recent weeks, the Dalai Lama has offered conciliatory comments about Xi and intimated that he could be open to returning to Tibet, a longstanding desire of the 79-year-old spiritual leader. For its part, Beijing has released some Tibetan political prisoners and reportedly allowed the Dalai Lama's image and words to be used in certain Tibetan regions after years of prohibition. […] This dynamism is not limited to China. The Scottish referendum and waves of secession movements -- from Spain's Catalonia to Turkey and Iraq's ethnic Kurds -- are working in different directions. More than half a century after World War II triggered a wave of post-colonial nationalism that changed the map of the world, buried nationalism and ethnic identity movements of various forms are challenging the modern idea of the inviolable unity of the nation-state."

Zhixing Zhang in 'Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Work in the Nation-State' on the Stratfor website, published yesterday:


Above: Cooling down after 30K training. Just listened to Skip Richard's David Baldacci interview: "...If you're in the zone, you can really, really roll..." There is a link to Skip Richard's website and the interview here


Above: Footprint after today's completion of 32K-lunch-time-SAR 4. Todays weather was the experience of the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth within roughly 2 hours30. Start under fully-clouded-sky with rain. First step on the beach at sun-break: clear blue sky, fresh wind from South/West, deep-tide. Next: partly cloudy with silver sun reflections, then sky opened again to end the training and the day in Friday sunshine.

There is an excellent study to be found on the SSI Website (Strategic Studies Institute). From the booklet 'Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future Selected Presentations From a Symposium at the National Defense University' (pag.80): "... Our greatest problems are not political; they are biological. Specifically [...] that science and anthropology converge to prove that the human brain has not evolved to keep up with human progress. Complexity has outpaced the brain’s ability to process it. This causes it to hit [...] a cognitive threshold, defined as the difference between the slow speed at which the human brain can evolve and the rapid rate at which complexity grows".

There is more interesting stuff to be found in the book; such as the case around a questionnaire that asked people in many different disciplines across the sciences, engineering, arts, futurists and other fields too numerous to mention about their projections of the future. From page 103: "...the possibility of a technological singularity by 2060 is noted, when robots will be smarter than human beings..."

Read te paper here:


Above: FP 30K SAR BLT [ training ]. SAR [ act 2.2.1 ] : key-light.

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