10 Days in Ireland

Sarika and I are about to leave for Ireland in a couple of days! Ahh, the feel of a trip to Europe. The freedom to experience the joy of history, nature and travel.

This will be my third time to Ireland; and, Sarika’s first trip. There is still so much to see and experience. The Irish people always delight me with their energy.

On Wednesday, we will head to the Emerald Isle. The feeling is palpable.

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints. ~ Robert Louis Stevensons
Here is our rough itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin and head straight to Newgrange for a view of the sacred history of Ireland.

Day 2: Boyne Valley Driving Tour

Day 3: The Sally Gap

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

Day 5: Ring of Kerry

Day 6: Gap of Donloe

Day 7: Michael Skelling (Weather Permitting); otheriwse, Valentia Islands

Day 8: Cork

Day 9: Dublin

Day 10: Robert and Joanna’s Wedding!

Day 11: Robert and Joanna’s Wedding

Day 12: And, we are back to the big Apple!

Transportation: We will be driving counter clock-wise around the country from Dublin.

Accommodations: We are going to keep it nice and comfortable with some Bed and Breakfasts.

The Intention: All things spiritual — from Irelands Celtic past, to finding Irish fairy’s and whatever else the Island has in store for us.

A Credit Score for Your Entire Life?

Reputation management or a "social credit system" would be a way to measure trustworthiness and promote the Chinese governments vision of an "ideal" society.

Accelerating the construction of a social credit system is an important basis for comprehensively implementing the scientific development view and building a harmonious Socialist society; it is an important method to perfect the Socialist market economy system, accelerating and innovating social governance, and it has an important significance for strengthening the sincerity consciousness of the members of society, forging a desirable credit environment, raising the overall competitiveness of the country and stimulating the development of society and the progress of civilization.
~ China Copyright and Media

In the United States, our credit score can either make our lives a lot easier, or hell.

The idea of "social credit score" would be a way to measure "trust worthiness" based on an individuals behavior in what they buy, what they say in an email, etc.

Inevitably to create a system like this it would require breaking down society into behavioral cohorts, categorizing humans based on socio-economic demographic.

I will hold off judgement as to whether this is good or bad, but a couple questions to consider:

  1. Are you the sum result of your actions? Or, your intentions? Or, a combination?
  2. How do emotions and thoughts impact our behaviors? Can a system measure or predict this?
  3. What role does the spiritual and cultural play in behavior? Can a system account for this?
  4. What about companies that are analyzing your shopping and online behavior to determine and influence your purchase patterns? Where is this already showing up in your life?

Read the whole article here: China Is Building The Mother Of All Reputation Systems To Monitor Citizen Behavior: China's proposal is like a credit score that could encompass your entire life, from work performance to Internet activity.

What gets in the way of creating?

At the end of the day, there is always something: something that stands between us and creating; something the stands in the way of finding that fire within that drives us. Responsibilities, job, family, health, weather, Facebook….

My process for creation has ebbed and flowed. I think of an idea. I start creating. I stop creating. Repeat.

But, sometimes, I keep creating and I actually get it out the door.

What is the difference between what I get out the door? And, what I do not get out the door? What is the trigger, which stops me from creating? The cold-hard truth: a moment of difficulty — a distraction, confusion or mood-lapse.

It is as though, I need a personal trainer saying to me: write five more sentences. What would happen if we just kept creating? Even when we didn’t want to create?

I read this article this piece from Charles Bukowski on BrainPickings.com, and it explained the challenge perfectly.

AIR AND LIGHT AND TIME AND SPACE
— you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
something has always been in the
way
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I’m going to have
a place and the time to
create.” no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
welfare,
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
away,
you’re going to create blind
crippled
demented,
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire. baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.