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05 December 2019

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Very interesting.....

I have never heard of this group, not many Jews where I grew up or where I live now.

I have tried my best to stay out of the new age fascination with all the new electronic toys and communication devices. I guess it's a reaction to having to fight the cell phone phenomenon at a large public high school. Those things caused more trouble, I felt, than served any good purpose for teenagers.

The last time I owned a cell phone, it had a flip top like those on the old Star Trek shows. I could just load it with minutes when I had to drive across country. That way I could call if I needed help on the way.

I used computers when I worked and still use them, mostly for using Word. Mostly, however, I like not to be too connected to the world. I've mentioned it before, my favorite readings in American literature were from the "American Renaissance" of Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Dickinson, and Hawthorne. I've re-read Walden by Thoreau many times.

To get to that time period, I came a long way from my early years in the local library reading all the Greek and roman epics, mythologies and plays.

I've been dragging my feet all my life trying to prevent myself from coming into the current time period.

In other words, I like living "deliberately," but would never go to the extremes of keeping myself away from others as the Haredim do. Thoreau did walk into Concord for supplies.

Has anyone here read Henri Bergson's Creative Evolution ? It's my favorite of the the philosophers--one not many people read.

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