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The Four Ontological Values of Abba's Way



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We live with Abba
That would sound pathological if I did not believe
that Abba is one way to talking about the divine spark in all
Abba is one with ontological values
in all

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Abba signifies these universal ontological values
Willing these creates porogress
Democracy 
meaning universal rights
Tolerance 
meaning strength to temper judgment
Helpfulness 
meaning putting others ahead of me
Non-idolatry 
meaning worshiping nothing on this planet


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Adam suffers the first of several full-blown panic attacks




It’s Chicago. April. 1965. The Panflicks — Adam, Ganya and the two kids — are settled in at 2422 North Orchard. Adam has sometimes wondered why they have had seven residences in the five years of their marriage, but the idea of remaining nomadic seems far-fetched. They are more settled now than ever.

Night falls.

Adam is lying in bed reading TIME. He and Ganya playfully fight over who gets first read. Adam flips to the religion section to see if he is quoted this week. In the 1960s “Protestant” and “establishment” are synonymous. Despite the late JFK. Yes, there Adam is in a TIME story on urban churches. Don Benedict is quoted too.

A recent lunch at Jacques French Restaurant. Some pearls of wisdom passed to TIME’s Miriam Rumwell. Her notebook. Then this.

Time to sleep.

Ganya is still reading Joseph Campbell. She raises the name of John Dee, a genius of yore. Adam knows where this is going. He is not interested.

“Night.”

He lies there. Suddenly he feels a constriction in his chest. His heart? Oh.

He is filled with fright. Pressure in his chest. His heart is racing. That would scare anyone. The rate feels double what’s needed for an aerobic effect. This is desperate.

Adam feels everything slipping away. Everything. Vacancy beyond. Ending. Going away.

He felt some of this in Birmingham in ’63 climbing the hill to Mountain View. The girl at the counter where he stopped in the middle of it said he needed to pay a dime for a cup of water. That bit of reality cured him on the spot.

Adam knows nothing of “fight or flight”. That elucidation of panic attacks will become common knowledge as more and more episodes register on the national radar. In 1965, Americans are not as saturated by drugs as they will be. Angst is not yet the default body language. Speech has not morphed into incomprehensibility.

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New Ideas for Post-Sandy Construction - Revised 11/29/2012

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Do not rebuild rethink
Imagine a flood and plan beyond its reach

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Post-Sandy construction should be an opportunity to
create new concepts of building and community

Among the concepts to consider

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Either raise structures or move them to higher ground

Create new mass-prodsuced pre-fabricated smart surfaces - 
walls floors ceilings streets 

Create matrix's (skeletal structures) to support walls and other surfaces
and to carry all elements in and out of  living and working spaces

Stop building individual houses and imagine something past repeated 
apartments - create spaces for community life

Ultimately the space occupied by a stadiun could become a living
and working community for 5-10K people 

If a community is dense enough it can be car-free
with most everything in walking distance

When ways are clear they can be used for 
other than automobile transportation
moving surfaces rides etc

Rooms and other spaces like cars should
become standard models made remotely and delivered
in easily assembled parts

Create at least one public space for every four or so
living spaces 

Create stair free communities of no more than four levels
and build to withstand extreme weather
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