Friday, December 24, 2010

Notes to my son - Introduction

I had a conversation with my older son the other evening during which I realized I had never fully explained to him what I believe and why. As I argued with him, it became clear that I had not provided him with a foundation for my point of view. These notes will be my attempt to correct that.

The ideas or concepts in these notes are not the stuff of genius except what is their genius, that they are readily gleaned from ordinary observation ... if that observation is devoid of dogma attempting to shape or explain the observation.

First, awareness comes out of existence. The body comes first and then the mind ... a mind that is undeniably human ... even to the point of creating our gods ... as explained and documented by Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth, among other works.

In my case, I realized that the dogma taught me as a child was wrong as I learned that sexuality was not a cesspool of sin but a fountain of pleasure and joy ... when experienced without coercion.

So what does this mean, awareness comes out of existence? It means we can test our awareness—what we think—by concrete means, by evidence, by the results of what we do ... remembering—as in my case— that dogma when believed will shape the outcomes of our efforts—mental and physical—by its application to those efforts.

But then the question quickly comes: What evidence can we trust to be free of dogma? Is personal faith sufficient especially when corroborated by others of like faith?
Hbr 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. - King James Bible
That opens the dialogue at its core. What is believable to me? And why do I believe it? Is there anything that I believe that isn't influenced by the "authorities"—the wise ones—of my world?

And it opens the discussion of chance and necessity, the randomness of the cosmos coupled to the infinite recurrence of events or actions that will always occur with a given set of conditions, conditions—interestingly enough—that may in themselves occur randomly.

Next: Chance & Necessity

Friday, August 6, 2010


Hilding Lindquist writes about aging, ageism and end of life issues, all of which he believes are better understood by experience.

That was my photo and description accompanying my published posts when I wrote for The New York Times local blog covering three towns in New Jersey, Maplewood, Millburn, and South Orange. The blog was appropriately titled "The Local". It went up on the internet in March, 2009. I wrote eight posts between June and December, 2009. The blog itself lasted another six-plus months, posting its last entry on June 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM.

Here is my "full" bio in Who's Who of the The Local:

Hilding Lindquist: Going into his 70’s on hemodialysis and being evaluated for the kidney transplant list is not what Hilding Lindquist planned, but neither is blogging for The Local. He will write about aging, ageism and end-of-life issues in the three towns — all of which are better understood by experience. He will share his while inviting others to share theirs here, in their own comments and in interviews. Hilding came to Maplewood in 2002 after seven years in Fairbanks, Alaska, ending his long career in developing and administering data systems there. Always writing and now a playwright, he worked as a programmer, analyst, and administrative consultant in Seattle for more than 20 years.

And here are the links to my posts on The Local:

June 29, 2009
The Old Man: Thinking of Elvis

July 2, 2009, 2:04 PM
The Old Man: My Death With Dignity

July 7, 2009
Garden State: Feeding Worms

August 3, 2009
The Old Man: Should I Get a Kidney Transplant?

August 14, 2009
The Day: Home Thoughts from North Pole

October 21, 2009
The Old Man: Of Art and Eating

November 20, 2009
The Old Man: How to Be a Patient

December 9, 2009
The Old Man: Medicare Matters

I want to continue posting here about the same issues that I posted on The Local ... and more.