steam fog

yesterday was a cold day, biting cold. We walked. Paws, fingers and toes ice cold and stiff.









121203iMr Dog would like to have a word with you about that last picture. And as I am too tired (and too dumb, he adds), why not. He pontificates:

Humans. Something is not quite right in their heads, if you ask me. Now, there’s a perfectly fine lamp-post — appropriate for sending and receiving pee-mail, or perhaps for a few moments of meditation on wonderful and interesting scents — but what, I ask, what are the humans doing!? They don’t get it. The higher truths will forever elude them, unless they take up the study of canineosophy. And even then. They are not dogs; they are inferior beings on two legs. No tail. No nose. Hopeless. Gazing unintelligently into the void, they are — and sometimes with a bizarre gadget blocking what ought to their most precious asset, their noses.

9 thoughts on “steam fog

  1. I fear that Mr Dog has only shown his ignorance and prejudice, which shows the disadvantages of home schooling. As a materialist, he thinks lampposts are only good for pissing against – sending pee-mails (a good one..yeah). But Charlie Citrine in Saul Bellows “Humbolt’s Gift” used them to meditate on. As a Jew, he preferred not to follow FRudolf Steiner’s indication to us a rose-crfoss. Frank

  2. Did you not read mr Dog’s suggestion, Frank? He did mention meditation. He has read Humboldt’s Gift and is totally on board when it comes to replacing crosses with lamp-posts. Although, in his view, if crosses were used the way lamp-posts are, the right scents for meditations would presumably be present…

  3. Alicia, as I type away here with my physical body sitting in the reclaimed desert that is Los Angeles in the month of November, I feel the piercing longing in my astral body nested within the somatic memories in my etheric body because your wondrous photos bring me back to the time of my winter childhood in the “Panhandle” of Manhattan Island in New York City. There I lived in one of the tenements of the Inwood section, a neighborhood teeming with families of Jewish, Irish, Puerto Rican (Cuban after 1958) origin — (although by the time I left NYC for good in 1972, the demographics would term it: the New Dominican Republic.)

    Because Manhattan Island is so narrow at this, its northernmost, part, then even as a child I was able to walk a scant few blocks to the East and come to the shore of the narrow Harlem River to view the borough of the Bronx on the far shore; or else walk across on Dyckman-200th Street an equal distance to the West and stand on the banks of the wide Hudson River and gaze across at the majestic Palisades, the high cliffs of the state of New Jersey. (The closest we came to fjords in NYC.)

    And on some bitter cold snowy days back then, the same species of billowy steamy fog as your photos show could be seen rising up on both rivers, though it seemed much more dense and pronounced on the Harlem River because it was so much more narrow than the Hudson.

    So thanks to you and Mr. Dog for not only bringing me back to my childhood with those cherished memories ensconced within my etheric or formative forces body, but also for helping me acknowledge my physical body’s deep nostalgia for the numbing of extremities exposed to the cold, something I miss and can’t quite reproduce naturally and easily in the ever balmy clime of Southern California.

    (Here is the wiki of my old neighborhood with its single greatest tourist attraction, the Cloisters, which houses the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.),_Manhattan

  4. Well, Frank, while I must laud your keen observation of the coincidence of lampposts as identical objects of meditation for both Mr. Dog and Charlie Citrine, nonetheless I must chide your rather gratuitous inclusion of the superfluous information that Mr. Citrine is a Jew coupled with your pointed reference to the Rose-Cross Meditation of RS, as he enunciated it in the essential book Outline of Occult/Esoteric Science.

    Thus it is eminently clear to me, Frank Thomas Smith, that you are still struggling inwardly with unresolved issues related to Jewry and anthroposophy.

    Therefore, as a helpful palliative to relieve some of your inner distress, may I create here for you an imaginative thought picture (Vorstellung) of actually ahrimanically spiriting Rudolf Steiner himself in a time machine — to scoop him up, as it were, in the year 1924 and transport him unmetamorphosed to our present year of 2012 and then ask him which side he would support in the rather nasty and ceaseless conflict existing today between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    (Please allow me now to present both sides of the issue from the point of view of anthroposophy since most readers are unfamiliar with them.)

    Now Frank, both you and I, as very seasoned fellow Anthroposophists (with a combined age of 144 — yes, I know it’s gross!) we both know — especially given the meticulous and comprehensive historical scholarship of one Herr Doktor Professor Peter Staudenmaier now racking up tenure at the prestigious Jesuit university called Marquette in Milwaukee — that Rudolf Steiner his whole life long maintained a staunch opposition to the Zionist impulse of the Jews. That is to say, Rudolf Steiner’s prescription for the members of the Jewish race was to have them disappear or assimilate themselves into all other nations in order to allow the outworn decadent Moon-race of Jewry to die out quietly since their race had already fulfilled its mission in human evolution.

    Indeed, one might imagine, mightn’t one, Frank, a question posed to the time-traveling Dr. Steiner about the intervening Holocaust. One could imagine him resignedly and wearily expressing his sentiment that, had the Jews properly assimilated themselves before the Holocaust, that there would have been no need for such drastic genocidal measures by Germany (the leading folk-soul/ nation of human evolution) to force the Jews out of existence if they would not go voluntarily. After all, karma is karma and will be fulfilled one way or the other. As Steiner succinctly summed up Jewish karma: either assimilate or die.

    Now that Zionist Israel faces an existential threat to its existence from the Islamic tribes and nations surrounding it in the Mid-east, then surely Rudolf Steiner in 2012 would clearly support the Pan-Arabic, Islamic and Palestinian groups that are ever ready to pick up on the Holocaust impulse where Adolf Hitler and his Nazis left off in 1945.

    But wait, not so fast. From my own reading of anthroposophy over the past 3 decades, I would like to put forth the other side. That is, however much Rudolf Steiner might be called anti-Semitic, what about his loathing for what he calls the “Arabic stream” in human evolution?

    So my question to you Frank is: would Steiner’s manifest Islamophobia trump his more notable antisemitism, or vice versa?

    Might Steiner in 2012 then support the Zionist Israelis in their defense against the same Nazi impulse of the “final solution” now relocated and upgraded for the Islamists of the Middle East who demand Israel’s annihilation?

    Just read through all 8 volumes of the exhaustive Karmic Relationships lectures in 1924 and you will discover that so many of the nasty “materialistic bad guys” in Steiner’s view — like Woodrow Wilson, Charles Darwin, Sir Francis Bacon — all had immediate previous incarnations as some evil-dealing Arab.

    Notice that none of them are ever Jews in their previous lives; instead they are, to a man (no women, of course) representatives of what Steiner calls elsewhere the “Arabic Stream.” (I love the homophony it makes with “Arab Extreme.”)

    Now consider Thomas Aquinas, whom most Anthroposophists believe to have been the immediately preceding incarnation of Rudolf Steiner himself. Who was Aquinas’ greatest foe? Abu i-Walid Muhammed bin’ Ahmad bin Rushd, the great 12th C. Islamic philosopher we commonly know as Averroes.

    Finally, I leave you with one specific quote from KR that might get your attention:

    Karmic Relationships, Volume V, Lecture 4, April 5, 1924, Prague, GA 239

    In Dornach recently I was able to call attention to another connection of karma, one which caused me repeatedly during the War, and especially at the end of the War, to warn people against allowing themselves to be blinded by a certain outstanding figure of modern times. In the Helsingfors [Note 4] lectures of 1913 I had already spoken of the very limited abilities of the person in question. This was because the connection between Muawiyah
    [Note 5: Muawiyah, Caliph in Syria from 661 to 680. Founded the dynasty of the Omayyads.],
    a follower of Mohammed in the 7th century, and Woodrow Wilson, was clear to me. All the fatalism which characterised the personality of Muawiyah, came out in the otherwise inexplicable fatalism of Woodrow Wilson — in his case, fatalism of will. And if anyone wants to find corroboration, to discover the origin of the well known Fourteen Points, he has only to turn to the Koran.

    Having failed to bait you in a previous comment at the Kiosk, Frank, I re-bait the hook and see if you bite:

    “Now if a discussion is to ensue about Steiner’s Islamophobia, I think it best to focus on Woodrow Wilson and his 14 Points being derived from the Koran. Indeed this issue is sure to be the best bait that I can dangle in front of Frank Thomas Smith who is so keen on Rudolf Steiner’s 3-fold social order — the flip side of which is anti-Wilsonism.”

    Fr. Thomasius

  5. It did snow when I visited New York, Tom!

    I was surprised by how small Manhattan was. We actually barely left Manhattan — though we did go to the Museum of modern art which was temporarily housed… in, well, I’ve forgotten … it was outside Manhattan — but it was so easy to walk everywhere and the distances were always shorter than I would have imagined.

  6. Aha! So you had to have been there 9-10 years ago when they were totally renovating MOMA in Manhattan, ca. 2002-2004. They relocated just across the East River in Long Island City in the borough of Queens. You probably took the subway, but Long Island City sits right across the other end of the 59th St. Bridge over the East River.

    If you like Simon & Garfunkel’s song, “Feelin’ Groovy,” its alternate title is “The 59th St. Bridge Song.”

    Here’s a quiz for you. New York City is composed of 5 boroughs (or boros.)

    They are:
    [1] Manhattan, [2] Bronx, [3] Queens, [4] Kings, [5] Staten Island.

    What is the more common name for [4]? (HINT: It’s where Frank comes from.)

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