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Broken, Shattered, Mended ~We’ve Told Them All the Truth~

I wrote this one in early August of 2013. It seems like a song. I like that. :)

"Broken, Shattered, Mended." Abstract artwork in varying shades of pink. A rounded X shape is the focal feature. with sprays of color around it and on it.

Broken, Shattered, Mended. (c) 2020 Windy Johansen.

Broken, Shattered, Mended ~We’ve Told Them All the Truth~

obsidian, sapphire, gold
unknowing, the people unknowing

impossible, it was impossible
but now we can

effervescent, electric, scared
pretending, the rulers pretending

impossible, it was impossible
but now we will

broken
the doors fly off their hinges
shattered
the screens no longer spew lies
mended
we’ve told them all the truth
but now we’re almost defeated

obsidian, sapphire, gold
now they know, the people know the truth

impossible, it’s not impossible
and now they are

broken
the doors fly off their hinges
shattered
the screens no longer spew lies
mended
we’ve told them all the truth
and now we’ve opened the doors

Look into… (Everything Begins Here)

I found out about the idea of chiastic structure in a religion class while I was in college. It is a very interesting structure. This poem uses that idea.

Wikipedia’s page about it is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiastic_structure

(poem after artwork)

Image to go with the poem “Look into...”. . It is also called "Look into..". Red and orange abstract artwork with a main X shape with one diagonal of the shape more vivid and detailed than the other.

“Look into..” (c) 2020 Windy Johansen.

Look into… (Everything Begins Here)

look into the storm
and see the way
full of wonders, possibilities

look into the storm
and feel your way
full of learning, inventions, imagination made reality

the prismatic rain beams the light to you
unfurling the ribbon of your path
unfurling your garden’s beginning

everything begins here
a garden that grows it all
infinite space, infinite beginnings
everything begins here

unfurling your garden’s beginning
unfurling the ribbon of your path
the prismatic rain centers the light on you

look into starlight
and see new life
full of sweetness, possibilities

look into starlight
and feel your life
full of brightness, inventions, imagination made reality

Cybernetic Perfection

I wrote this in early October of 2013. I’m not sure if this poem is trying to say that cybernetics is cool or scary…or both. Realistically, I suppose the concept of cybernetics is both cool and scary. It has a potential to be a positive transformation. And yet, in the wrong hands, it would be a devastatingly awful thing to unleash on the world.

(poem after the photo)

Glowing Tulip (c) Windy Johansen.

Glowing Tulip (c) May 2012 by Windy Johansen.

Cybernetic (This New Invention)

we’ve made this new invention
it’s cell-sized and glorious
it’s tiny and wonderful
and it will change your life

storing data, chewing numbers
drawing original scenes
measuring everything in a flash

cybernetic invention
if you can think it, you can be it
cybernetic invention
it’s something more perfect than you
making you more perfect than you
cybernetic invention

you’ve bought this new perfection
you’ve grown to be powerful
you’ve overcome all your faults
and you can’t be more free

scoring higher, crunching numbers
meeting magnificent goals
controlling every part of your fate

cybernetic perfection
if you can think it, you can be it
cybernetic perfection
it’s something more perfect than you
making you more perfect than you
cybernetic perfection

Save #NetNeutrality

So I’ve been a bit of a broken record today (and yesterday). I believe in net neutrality.

As it says in my sidebar right now..

I grew up with a free and open internet. I found my friends and my family there. I will not allow this attack on our way of life to go uncontested. The internet is, first and foremost, a tool for communications.

#StoptheFCC from redefining it as yet another way for companies to control what we see and know. Call, write letters, make a ruckus. :D

 

“Make a ruckus.” — Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC commissioner

“I aim to misbehave.” — Firefly

I aim to misbehave in the sense that I’m not going to ignore this. I’m a very anxious sort, but I don’t have that same anxiety when I’m here and talking, so I’m going to use this as my opportunity to not shut up about it.

I not only grew up with an open and free internet, I grew up with computers. My father was a computer programmer. Computers and the internet are a blessing that is not to be denied.

Right now, if you want to read a story or post on a small website, you can do that for the price of your internet service. It might be a news story. It might be frivolous. It might even be a story about why someone thinks ISP X or Y is superawfulhorrible…or how yours is doing something bad. Your ISP serves the site to you (even the stories that don’t say favorable things about them), and doesn’t have the right to deny you that content. That’s net neutrality.

What the repeal of net neutrality will do is make it possible for your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to charge you, or the site’s owner, or even both to allow you to see that website.

Or they just won’t show it to you at all.

That throttles useful communication and puts our lives and information streams in the hands and control of companies that would profit greatly from either blocking access to certain things, or charging more money for access to whatever content they decide to charge more for.

I’m not going to trust companies when the situation is like that. Net neutrality is a blessing.

Again, in my sidebar, it reads:

This site can’t exist without a neutral internet. Fight for #NetNeutrality!

Battle for the Net – Break the Internet

Fight for net neutrality by calling Congress. Don’t let them ignore you. Go to Battle for the Net – Break the Internet to get some tools to make a ruckus with. Go to their main page, Battle for the Net to further understand what net neutrality is and why it’s such a big deal to fight for it.

Make the biggest ruckus you can manage. Show them our power to get in the way of this regression.

This is my profile picture on Facebook and Twitter right now.

The FCC is about to vote to kill net neutrality. Only Congress can stop it. Call Congress.

I’m gonna fight.
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The Effect of Impact and Intent on Hurting Others

Branches in a Grey Sky - branches frame a grey sky on the bottom and right sides of the photo

Branches in a Grey Sky (c) 2012-2017 Windy Johansen

So, I have been thinking about impact as compared to intent as applied to mistakes and hurtful things. This will probably be short, even though this is something that would benefit from a longer post.

If someone crashes into you, and the event paralyzes you…you’ve been hurt. No one can be truthful in saying that you were not injured. Paralysis changes someones life. That’s fair to say.

Maybe you’ll never walk again. You have the use of everything other than your legs. You might feel a lot of things. This is a traumatic thing, even if you can still do almost everything even after this.

But think of this possibility. The driver of the car wasn’t trying to hurt you. Maybe they had no idea that the car was faulty, and something broke…and you were hit. The driver is apologetic. Pays all the bills needed to help you get back to as much of you as possible. Maybe you find out that you can drive again, but you have to have hand controls for your car. The driver pays for all this too.

You’re still paralyzed, but this person has apologized and tried to set things as right as they can.

Compare, though, someone that wanted to hurt you. Maybe they thought they’d get money for it or something. Or they just straight up hate you for whatever awful reason.

If I were in such a car crash, I’d want to be dealing with the first driver.

I really think intent does matter, because it can change what happens after the injury. Even if it doesn’t, I’d say that one suffers less when you know someone wasn’t trying to hurt you. It’s worse when someone wants to hurt you, I think.

And yet, you’re still paralyzed. And you need kindness from others, and it hurts when people are nasty to you.

Even though intent is important, I know I have a holy responsibility to be the person who lifts others, even when the initial injury was nothing I caused. I’m a fellow human being, and it’s only right that I honor God by acting towards them in the way that He would.

It’s only what I need when I fall.

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