about the PARABOLA editor blogs

The editors at Parabola wondered if we could create a blog space that functioned like a parabola, casting outward like a flung fishing net or a boomerang, hoping to draw in new thoughts, impressions, and observations.  Can a blog be a means of real exchange?   What do you think?

In order to facilitate a mature discussion, we ask that all participants avoid aggressive language and personal attacks. Please keep all comments relevant to the topic presented in the original blog entry.

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§ 9 Responses to about the PARABOLA editor blogs

  • I think a blog space can be a great venue provided the contributors are serious and will obey some basic rules of sincere and respectful discussion. Also, comments need to follow what seems to be Parabola’s fundamental belief: all spiritual traditions of the world deserve respect and are unique.

  • contoveros says:

    Sounds good to me. Don’t know a lot about the Buddha, but am learning. Finding out that a lot of what he taught I already knew, but have been unable to recognize it until it was highlighted bu someone more knowledgeable about the Path.

    Got to get my beliefs out in my own words because, frankly, I can’t understand a lot of the language used from a thousand years ago.

    Enjoyed the posts, will return.

    michael j

    Conshohocken, PA USA

  • I recently faced the same question: to blog or not to blog, and thought hard about it, as if I was supposed to know the answer in advance. Fortunately, I went ahead on faith alone, and discovered that blogs simply do not obey your original intent. They’re a trip into an unknown place where you meet both friends and strangers who trigger unknown parts of yourself to write unexpected and revealing posts.

    You won’t regret it … unless you’re already pressed for time.

  • Karen says:

    Love to keep in touch, and find email So Much Better Than USPS, and find facebook another quantum improvement over email …

    Love Parabola. Don’t always have an active subscription, or the time to enjoy Each And Every Page, which I love to do when I have the active subscription. So your appearance on facebook and now venturing into blog space … to encourage active communications in community …

    nice ….

    but / and to quote Seth Godin
    http://sethgodin.typepad.com:

    “A car is not merely a faster horse

    And email is not a faster fax. And online project management is not a bigger whiteboard. And Facebook is not an electronic rolodex.

    Play a new game, not the-older-game-but-faster.”

    ————————————

    A toast to mutual explorations – may they be enjoyable and fruitful – may we bring the best of heart and spirit to a medium that many still feel to be too high tech and too impersonal and too far removed from physical life (in most cases, someone is still sitting at the keyboard with thoughts and feelings to share and someone else is still sitting at the monitor, reading …)

  • We should certainly avoid aggressive language and personal attacks, but if we’re to be Buddhist in any way, shape or form, we should neverthless be relentlessly critical, and suspicious of nice words and pleasant feelings. The Buddha taught that our illusions about life lie at the root of suffering; to follow his guidance means to embrace disillusionment.

  • “casting outward like a flung fishing net or a boomerang, ”

    i thought you should know that it works. i am in the net.

    of course, i have always read parabola the magazine. but now i will subscribe to these editor blogs… if tracy cochran’s latest post is an indication of the quality i might expect.
    scott

  • gnossarian says:

    Since poetry is a form of initiation to the Gnostics, then yes this is appropriate and a sound idea – to see how receptive cyberspace is to the recurrence of Gnosis unfolding in the 21st century. “The seeds have been sown and now we shall reap.”

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  • You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I to find this topic to be actually something that I believe I’d never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very wide for me. I’m taking a look ahead to your next post, I will try to get the cling of it!

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