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Pleasure is a gulp of pure fresh air and a glass of cool clean water


Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could | Grist: "4. Uncertainty breeds wishful thinking: It’s not clear exactly how climate change will play out, and “uncertainty about future outcomes generally increases self-oriented behaviour and … promotes optimistic biases.” When scientists communicate the probabilistic nature of climate impacts (for instance, through analogies like “loading the climate dice”), “recent research shows that individuals often misinterpret the intended messages … and tend to do so over-optimistically.”"


Here we meet a fork in the road
Nietzsche knew that most people cared only for comfort
And the old pleasure pain is still a good measure of what will work
and what will not
But by the same token perceived pleasure
may lead to an overabundance of pain
I think that there are ontological values 
that have been here all along
Tolerance helpfulness democracy non-idolatry
These all contain the spectrum nature of reality
We would not tolerate unless we had to
The same for help and governing ourselves 
Non-idolatry is the key because it affirms scientific method
and continuity and openness and freedom
We might thus say that there is nothing wrong with
pleasure pain and that we should always produce the most pleasure
It's just a matter of what actually does that
Nothing wrong with pleasure pain 
as long as we are aware of what actually brings pleasure
For me pleasure is a gulp of pure fresh air
and a glass of cool clean water

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhk0ckaCxDI
The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…