Sunday, August 2, 2015

What Do I Like Best About Korzybski: A Biography?

A Brazilian correspondent contacted me through the message board of my Academia.edu page and asked:
Q: About your book, Korzybski: A Biography, what do you like best about it??? 

Regards,
V. S. 


A: What I like best about my biography of Korzybski? Hard to pick just one aspect. For one thing, my wife and I and only a few other people are in Korzybski's direct lineage of student-practitioners. There has been much dilution and distortion of his teachings and I did my best to present those teachings in their fullness and with the widest context I could. GS is not actually focused on language as many people think, but is more concerned with human reaction/evaluation and primarily the study of self. I wanted to do honor to my teachers—and the great teacher Alfred —and I believe I did that without making him into a saint. He was a great man but a man for all that and he had foibles and flaws as we all do. I feel I represented his life in the best way possible.

As well, I'm proud of the book, not only as a documentation of Korzybski's work and how it developed but also as a lively and interesting narrative. With that book, I came of age as a writer.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rebbe Nachman on The Process Universe

Rebbe Nachman? 
"For Rebbe Nachman, living in tune meant awareness—being aware of the transient nature of this world and the eternity of the next.

From his window facing the marketplace Rebbe Nachman spotted one of his followers rushing by: 


"Have you looked up at the sky this morning? The Rebbe asked.

"No, Rebbe, I haven't the time."

"Believe me, in fifty years everything you see here today will be gone. There will be another fair—with other horses, other wagons, different people. I won't be here then and neither will you. So whats so important that you don't have time to look at the sky?!"


From The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy: Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Adapted by Moshe Mykoff and the Breslov Research Center