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NP Journal for experimenting with ideas, Copyright © 2011-2017 LJ Frank. All Rights Reserved. 

 

Narrative Paths Journal

“We think we know but have yet to discover.”  Thomas Aquinas

 

NP Journal for experimenting with ideas was initiated within the context of experiences and rooted in treks, voyages, studies and work. The access, integrative content and design of the journal are evolving with the goal of enhancing the reader’s experience. The views and opinions expressed in the Journal are those of the individual authors.

 

“Narrative Paths Journal is a literary magazine focusing on new philosophies and ideas.”  Uriél Dana

 

CONTENTS

 

About Us

Brief overview of  the vision and people who offer their insights and expertise. Includes a list of NP Journal Group & Contributors: editor, assistant editor, guest columnists, photographers, poets & writers.

Announcements

An evolving look at ideas, philosophies, trends and reflections on a variety of topics.

Art

Includes some of Frank’s works of abstract expressionism.  Several of his paintings have been donated to nonprofit organizations. An increasing number are on display in business and professional offices and private homes.

Guest Column

It’s My Pleasure by Randi Sloane, Actress.

Inquiries

Philosophical approaches to various artistic, cultural, literary, political, religious, scientific and social matters. The nuances of our future are ambiguous by L J Frank.

Interviews

Strives to offer insightful and thoughtful observations of varying lengths in areas that are engagingly diverse and leaning towards the paradigmatic.  Most recent interview: Ken Lazer, Casting Director.

NPJ Book Review

Books from the past to the present are reviewed that express the inquisitive and exploratory nature of NP Journal.

Publications 

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”  Lao Tzu, Daoist philosopher

Preview listing of L J Frank’s published books with links to retail availability.  Frank is also working on two books.

Now available: The Elusive Mistress of Thomas Paine.

Rhythms

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home — Japanese poet, Matsuo Bashō

Contrasting shapes of experiences, ideas and thoughts primarily in the form of poetry and essays. The words amusing, romantic, haunting, disquieting, nonlinear, obscure and existential are a few of the descriptors for these jottings.

Index

Links to archived Contributors, Announcements, Guest Column, Inquiries, Interviews, NPJ Book Review and Rhythms.

 

The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr)

 

Monday, February 20, 2017 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

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Credit: Jean Philippe-Cypres, photographer

Ideas change over time, as does the human perspective on history. Revisions to history occur and are made. Textbooks and recommended reading, viewing and listening matter are filled with revisions as more evidence-based knowledge is gained, though much remains to be explored. The challenge is not all revisions are based on fact. A nuanced agenda or action for whatever reason may inadvertently or purposefully distort the revisions.

The challenge during periods of rising populism is that history doesn’t repeat itself so much as the actions and behavior of people do. The greed for power and greater wealth are common behaviors when humans decidedly exhibit and relish strong material oriented values. While the jockeying for power and wealth increases, so are the numbers of people who are merely existing from one paycheck to another, wondering when a robot, not an immigrant, will do their work and begin questioning the value of their work, relationships and existence.

In certain formats technology allows for the propagation of massive amounts of information, disinformation and misinformation to occur at a faster rate than the human mind may wish to contemplate. Literacy in everyday life in such times becomes progressively important for survival. One can only imagine what revolutions in the past would have looked like if technology had been more advanced at the time. A multitude of nations today have sufficient destructive technologies to cause humankind to become literally extinct and planet Earth barren of mammalian if not all animal life.

On the other hand human technologies can aid us in disallowing fear to feed into our insecurities and serve as a blessing when saving lives, improving health, finding solutions to climate change that affects food and water quality and shortages, building affordable housing, creating meaningful work with sustainable wages, enhancing equality and the quality of living and a myriad of other promising venues.

Still, the nuances of our future are ambiguous.

 

During the late 1980’s I purchased the three-volume set of The Temple Scroll edited by Yigael Yadin (1983) from The Israel Exploration Society at The institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, during a time in which I had an interest in the Second Temple among other ancient writings. In the preface of the Hebrew Edition was a quote that represented my search. It was from the – Sayings of the Fathers ii:16 : “It is not my part to finish the task, yet thou art not free to desist from it.”

The three volumes are finely detailed descriptions of an idealized temple with inner, middle and outer courts. Yadin covers the acquisition of the scroll and its unrolling, writing and spelling, language and the use of certain words and their meaning to technical terms, to rules and purity rituals associated with the temple…marriage, family, laws, placement of furniture and furnishings, health, food, drink, prayer, war, he booty of war, festivals and so forth are to be found. Much also appears to have been drawn from the Torah.

This is a reference tool. When reading, context is everything. It requires a historical, theological and philosophical awareness of why people desire rituals around what they consider as sacred. That is, human perception of the sacred is also tied to its rituals and subsequent rules and laws. The Temple Scroll requires patience of its reader and explorer. An understanding or at least an appreciation of ancient Hebrew cultures and thought is significant if not essential. It’s worth more than a cursory effort for those having an interest.

 

  • 9 February 2017  BBC  Middle East
     Archaeologists have found a cave that once housed Dead Sea scrolls in a cliff in the Judean desert – the first such discovery in over 60 years.

     Israel’s Hebrew University said the ancient parchments were missing from the cave, and were probably looted by Bedouin people in the 1950s.

Storage jars, fragments of a scroll wrapping, and a leather tying string were found at the site.

The Dead Sea scrolls date from as early as the 4th Century BC.

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Randi Sloane, Contributor/Columnist for NP Journal, conducted the interview.

New York City – the city of dreams, the city of opportunity, the city that never sleeps; especially if you’re in the acting industry. On any given day or night you can walk through the city and hopefully be lucky enough to catch Shades of Blue or Law and Order or dozens of other shows filming here in the Big Apple. Most people do not think about what goes on prior to “CAMERAS ROLLING! QUIET ON SET! ” “IT’S A WRAP!”

Where does it all start? Where does this part of the journey begin? It starts inside a casting director’s office or studio. Actors must get picked to go before casting directors to audition to start the process. But what is it that casting directors actually do? They are the ones who are organizing and collaborating with directors, producers and studio executives to cast the best talent for each role. And it doesn’t end there.  If chosen, the actors are sent back in for a callback to the producers or directors of the particular show they are auditioning for and continue on with the auditioning process.

Casting directors are key in all of this. You can say they act as a liaison between the directors/producers, actors/their agents and the studio/networks to get the characters cast. They are a big part of the audition process. I was lucky enough to interview Ken Lazer of Ken Lazer Casting Company. With 24 + years experience in the casting industry, Ken has worked in both Los Angeles and New York and has successfully casted for thousands of commercials, film, television, voiceovers, and more. He has made himself widely sought after with his ability to bring in a variety of actors to cast the perfect talent for each project he is handling.

NP: You started out acting before you went into casting. What helped or hindered you most in transitioning your skill set in front of the camera to casting for the camera? Do you think your experience as an actor gave you any particular insights into the casting process?

Lazer: Actually, my acting career was extremely short-lived. After I graduated college with my BFA, I swore I would never get on a stage again. I wanted to do commercials, television and film. So, I started at the bottom like every other actor, doing background work for $45/12 hour day. It was horrible. But on the set of one of these shoots, I met and became friends with a woman who used to work with a casting director. That friendship between her and her husband grew strong and when she was at the point of delivering the baby, she recommended me to work as the casting assistant temporarily until the casting director could find a full-time replacement.

The temporary two weeks turned into a month and we got a TV series. The casting director asked me to stay full-time and book the background talent for the show. I did. After several months of working there, she wanted to train me how to run camera for the commercial castings. I learned. And after my first commercial casting for Cool Whip, I was in charge of all commercial castings.

NP: Is there any one thing that you think sets you apart from other casting director’s?

Lazer: I think casting directors on a whole do the same thing. If anything was to set us apart I think it would be our “style” of how we cast something.

NP: What do you feel sets apart the auditions you know will send into producer’s sessions?

Lazer: Good question. For the most part, I bring in talent to my castings that I already know will do a great job with the scene. However, there are times (not many) when an actor is having a bad day and if the audition is not up to par of excellence, I won’t include it on my session link.

NP: What is something you look for in an actor’s demeanor that makes them a go-to actor that you will bring into read over and over until they get cast?

Lazer: I believe humbleness balanced with confidence is key. Once in a while I’ll come across a prima donna attitude. I deal with it at the moment, but most likely won’t bother bringing them in again on future castings. My thinking is:  “If this person acts like this towards my assistants and I, then this is how they would treat my clients on set.”  And I can’t do that to my clients.

NP: What is the best piece of advice you can offer to an actor who is just starting out?

Lazer: If an actor starting out has a degree in acting–great. You still need consistent training and honing in on your acting skills. If you have no experience acting and want to get started, I suggest finding an acting studio that offers training.

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Travel in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson (1974)  I found this book gathering dust on my shelf and decided to reread. I am reminded of Gandalph the Grey’s admonition to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

For most of human history people walked to their destination, forging new paths with subsequent people following their tracks until better ones were discovered. Eventually the donkey, horse, mule or boat assisted in the travel depending on the geographical location.

After the wheel was invented roads were built. Tribes and cultures exhibited various strengths in developing different means of travel, whether it was chariots and horses or carts pulled by donkeys and mules or boats with sails and oars. Through trade each tribe and culture borrowed from each other, improving upon the means of travel. As trade expanded so did travelers, writers and adventurers while the need for inns and places and buildings to visit grew.

Inns, bars and restaurants sprung up along the travel routes. The décor of the average inn was minimal and the female servants in a number of cases also served as prostitutes for the overnight guests. Interestingly, the ancients preferred eating in a reclined position as to sit up straight on a stool indicated a lower class and or the traveler was in a real hurry and did not wish to spend time at that inn. An interesting aside regarded meat. That is, it was not always readily available for the guest so innkeepers “cheated” the travelers. “The Roman physician Galen, for example, in describing human flesh as tasting very much like swine’s, adds that he knows of many innkeepers and butchers who have been caught selling human flesh as pork, and the diners were totally unaware of any difference.” The more selective of travelers preferred fish, vegetables, fruits and wine, which was watered down.

Casson’s in depth research primarily focuses on the western world especially the Levant from ancient Egypt to the sixth century of the Common Era. This is an engaging, very accessible work for those with a remote interest in ancient travel and the itineraries of the travelers whether business or pleasure and the exhilarating, exciting, dangerous and enlightening experiences encountered along the way. When one departed home it was with a prayer and an understanding that one might not return.

 

THE NEW YORKER

MAKING ART IN A TIME OF RAGE

What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant? Those who work in the realm of the arts have been asking themselves that question in recent weeks.

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The crucial role of human factors in the future of technology

For new systems to be successful, we need to ensure that people are not only able, but keen to work with them.

Technology is at the forefront of all new design processes, and in a relatively short space of time, has seen exponential growth, impacting immensely on almost everything that we do as part of our everyday lives, including how we work.

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Currently, I am a Quantum Healing Hypnosis Practitioner. This form of hypnosis involves Past Life Regression to have an understanding about the current life as well as draw some healing to certain areas of the self, and these could be mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually – this method was created by Hypnotherapist Dolores Cannon. I mention her name because she’s extremely insightful in her discoveries. She has a wealth of available material including a number of videos on YouTube that I encourage people to look up.

I lead mediation groups where I emphasize expanding the self and spreading the love from within each of us to others. Along with the natural state of what someone would refer to as “a spiritual being having a human experience.” I am also an actress/model. I have appeared in a number of print ads, commercials, television shows, independent feature films including one short film that is currently in the film fest circuit called “Concrete Canvas.”

My mission is to light the light in others and am always delighted to connect with new people while continuously learning. I have a You tube channel where I share some of my personal experiences as well as give a few tips on how to work through “difficult times.”

NP:  How would you explain the nature of your work?

Sanchez: The work I do is Quantum Healing Hypnosis that involves Past Life Regression. This process allows the higher self to do some healing work as well as answer questions the client has regarding their current life circumstances, life’s purpose, connection with others, etc.  The objective of the process is to connect with the ALL KNOWING Self, which has the answers to anything we’re ready to hear.

NP: Past life regression therapy is an intriguing subject and personal process. How would you explain what it is and the process to the layperson as it is seen as something distant from most people’s lives?

Sanchez: It’s interesting that we call it “Past life regression” because in reality it’s “Other lives regression.”  I believe that we are living other lives simultaneously and that the lives we tap into are lives that are parallel to what is happening in this current reality.  During the Past life regression portion of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT), we allow the Higher Self or Subconscious Self to take the client to a life that has helpful information for this life. For example, I had a client that went to a life where her sister left her as a child and this made her very sad. She even described, “needing her sister to be there with her” and got very emotional during this process. She also recognized the soul of her father in that life we were exploring as her father in this current life.

Now, here’s the twist, in this current life she is living she decided to leave her little sisters by moving out and moving away not speaking to her father for several years. Moving away was something she felt she had to do to get some closure, independence, and love in this current life.  However, she was able to experience the affects one might have “being left” by a loved one in her Past life regression. During her regression she was unexpectedly on the other side of things. There is a sense of understanding when we explore other lives as to why certain things happen in this current life. Through that we gain a Universal perspective on how things work at a grander scale than just our current human prospective. There’s a lot of healing that takes place during this process. It may sound confusing because of its complexity but it is very fulfilling to be working in this way.

NP: How would you describe the variation between dreams, imagination and visualization of oneself in a past life?

Sanchez: The variations are endless. Ideas, innovation, insights, progression in ones knowing can be channeled through all of the mediums above.  Dreams are like a playground where we can play out different outcomes of our decisions. Dreams can also assist us in astral travel where we visit other places not only “Past lives” but also different dimensions where we connect with a loved ones that have passed over.  I connect with my great-grandmother in this way quite often. Imagination and visualization are also both avenues to access this information. You know the truth when you feel it. There may be times where we feel we’re making things up but it varies on how it resonates within our being. Being grounded is very important in this process as we can differentiate between truth and a fear or fantasy based illusion.

NP: Is past life regression a helpful tool in not only gaining a higher insight into who we have been and are at this moment but who we might become? How does it affect our mind, body and spirit?

Sanchez: Great question! I’ve learned that “who we might become” is not as important as the current moment. The progression or ripple effect on “who we might become” can only be determined by our current actions. In a sense, past life regression helps us understand why we make certain decisions or why we’re stuck in certain patterns that are not only in this life but in other lives as well.  I like to give the example of the alcoholic admitting he’s an alcoholic.  Once we recognize certain decisions we’ve made we’re able to figure out a game plan to consciously make different decisions to expand our awareness. I guess you can say this is how it affects who we might become. Once we realize the power we have within ourselves, our fire is lit and most of us want to light that fire within others.

NP: Given the harshness and the struggles so many people encounter everyday is this form a therapy something that would help generate greater individual peace as to who we are and where we potentially could be headed as individuals and a society?

Sanchez: Without a doubt, YES.  It is an avenue to access information that will expand our awareness. Once we break that barrier we realize how connected we are. It’s pretty magical. The effect of one person becoming aware of his or her own potential is more closely related to yet another person becoming aware. And in this day and age we have the power of social media where content can spread like wild-fire.  So, I encourage people to live in their light.  Without knowing it they are creating a ripple effect in the matrix. They’re paving a path for others.

NP: What does the future of past life regression therapy?

Sanchez: Who knows?  Science is progressing so fast. I hope to see past life regression measured on a tangible scale. The healing portion of it is already measured. There are a number of studies that show how thoughts affect the body.  Thoughts can change the molecules in our cells as proven by scientific studies. This is how healing is done.  This is how prayer has an effect on people. Our thoughts are very powerful. Past life regression just slows down the process and speeds it up when appropriate.  So, we’ll see. Website: www.angie-sanchez.com

 

 

The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Anonymous Translation into English of 1783, 1790, Revised, A.S.B. Glover translation (1955)

 There are more up to date translations of this singular literary work for its time. Each translation has something to say for it. This translation happened to be on my shelf along with translation of the Social Contract that begins with the famous line, “Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains.”

 Confessions is an intellectual work, at times deeply introspective and other times facile as a reflection of oneself in a mirror – a natural expression of narcissism yet even questioning the meaning of that narcissistic reflection. Rousseau questioned ideas, probed and offered an insightful perspective of his childhood acts  and revelations and his evolving philosophy as a young man and adult without restraint. He exposed his mind to ideas and caused others to question society, culture, government and human greed along with other human attributes. It’s not an easy read but certainly offers a glimpse into the 18th century mind and life of a man whose life ( 1712 -1778) corresponded to the Age of Enlightenment (see also French Enlightenment) dated approximately from 1715 – 1789. Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison among others were familiar with Rousseau’s writings some of which are incorporated in America’s founding documents including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Rousseau’s Confessions is also famous for the following: Enfin je me rappelai le pis-aller d’une grande princesse à qui l’on disait que les paysans n’avaient pas de pain, et qui répondit : Qu’ils mangent de la brioche; Or, At last I remembered the worry of a great princess, to whom it was said that the peasants had no bread, and who replied, “Let them eat brioche (pastry or cake).

Alexandre Dumas later recalled in one of his writings that the “great princess” Rousseau wrote about was none other than Yolande de Polastron, Duchess of Polignac and friend of Marie Antoinette.

Confessions is a thoughtful and fascinating read, and to better understand Rousseau’s influence on the Enlightenment one should consult the Social Contract and Discourse on Inequality, both of which takes the seeker even closer to the heart of the Age of Enlightenment.

I was talking to an actor friend of mine last week on the phone. We have both been part of the acting world about the same amount of time, maybe he a little longer than myself. He was recently offered a role in a film that he felt might be a bit of a struggle for him as it was going to involve reaching deep down emotionally and go to a place he would rather not go. Without getting into details, he explained he wasn’t sure if accepting this role would cause submerged feelings to resurface. Still he was ready for the challenge, he’s an actor and it’s what he loves.

When I hung up the phone, I started to think about it and it made me wonder – what makes us want to become someone else and feel the hurt, the struggles or the disappointments they do? What makes us want to put ourselves in new waters or sometimes familiar and unpleasant waters just to possibly endure the pain that was once felt? What exactly am I trying to get out of acting? I decided to begin with a discovery of an actor’s self-journey to try to satisfy my curiosity.

Merriam Webster defines ACTING as the art or practice of representing a character on stage or before cameras. It sounds simple enough, right? As a child, I would watch television or go to the movies and get mesmerized watching actors on the big screen. I would think to myself I could do that, it’s easy. All you have to do is pretend to be somebody else. Just take on that personality of the character and become them. Many years later as I was learning the art of acting, I realized how wrong I was. Ultimately yes you do want to BECOME the character. However I have learned that the journey to GETTING there and embodying yourself with the being of this character in every way isn’t as easy as you might think.

There are many things to learn on the path toward becoming an actor. And along the way you might pick up residual feelings of past experiences. Some acting classes teach what is called ‘method acting’ which means when it is time for the actor to reveal deep or frightening moments the actor will find similar experiences in their own lives and be willing and able to relive those experiences. That process can be intense. I dug deeper.

The first thing I did was to question my motive to want to play a different role other than myself. I looked at pictures of myself with people in my life. Wasn’t Randi enough? I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece, friend…aren’t those enough roles to play? Sure these are great roles, something I wouldn’t change for the world. But acting places us in a different reality. A reality that might or might not be something we are familiar with. A place we maybe just imagined or a world we only dreamed of. Call it an escape or whatever you wish but it’s not the world that we are used to having with a schedule while interacting with the same people on a daily basis.

Acting is a chance to be creative with different people who are also placed into this new reality. We all have the innate ability to imagine, to dream and to pretend. I came to realize that acting for me was a calling. In order to proceed I began questioning if playing certain characters was going to bring up old ghosts or having to rely on painful memories to mirror a character’s emotions was going to be difficult? Why bring up something that has been buried? Then again, perhaps it’s about finding a new place for those memories. Looking at a role from a different perspective was an opportunity in shining a new light on an experience for a fresh understanding. A new insight would shed light on an old issue and allow for acceptance.

Now that I was deep in thought about my self-discovery and acting, I asked myself what am I looking to get out of it ultimately on different levels. As actors, we know the creativity that goes along with our chosen path and the fulfillment we get out of dissecting a character, studying each scene, breaking down the script and ultimately performing.  But what about fame and fortune and how important would that be to me? To have the perks that the rich and famous get, to be able to vacation anywhere I want, buy a mansion, cars and fine clothes. And although it sounds great and I’m sure it makes life a bit more exciting, I can honestly say that is not my goal. Understand that I wouldn’t mind the latest Louis Vuitton bag or have you seen the Spring 2017 Mayner style Jimmy Choo heels? But at the end of the day, that’s not what is going to make me happy or feel fulfilled. There’s a deeper level to acting and it involves risk, emotion, telling a story, sharing, being vulnerable…being human. And that is just fine with me.

An acting teacher once said we all have a story to tell or a message to get across. We each must find a way to deliver ours. Other professions have their “stage”; teachers use their classrooms, attorneys use the courtroom. But ours may be on a film set or a theater stage for a live performance and that is OUR platform to send our message or tell a story. Embracing the role and the story is the actor’s challenge. Sometimes it might not be our first choice of a character, but I truly believe there are roles offered to us for reasons. I really felt I understood what my friend was talking about and a few days later, I sent him a card in the mail, “Good luck on your newest journey, embrace the challenge and trust your choices. I’m proud of you.” And I really was.

An added thought – when trying to find the essence of something we may wish to revisit a simple explanation that may sound trite but is accurate…as Anthony Quinn’s character once said to Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) in Lawrence of Arabia of why he was there in the middle of the desert and willing to help him, he said, “because it is my pleasure.

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Humans Really Are Made of Stardust, and a New Study Proves It

An artist’s view of our Milky Way. A new study has mapped the abundance of elements found in the human body, the building blocks of life, in the stars of the Milky Way.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Humans Really Are Made of Stardust, and a New Study Proves ItCaltech

For decades, science popularizers have said humans are made of stardust, and now, a new survey of 150,000 stars shows just how true the old cliché is: Humans and their galaxy have about 97 percent of the same kind of atoms, and the elements of life appear to be more prevalent toward the galaxy’s center, the research found.

The crucial elements for life on Earth, often called the building blocks of life, can be abbreviated as CHNOPS: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. For the first time, astronomers have cataloged the abundance of these elements in a huge sample of stars.

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The New York Review of Books

 

Ur-Fascism

Umberto Eco 

In 1942, at the age of ten, I received the First Provincial Award of Ludi Juveniles (a voluntary, compulsory competition for young Italian Fascists—that is, for every young Italian). I elaborated with rhetorical skill on the subject “Should we die for the glory of Mussolini and the immortal destiny of Italy?” My answer was positive. I was a smart boy.
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Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter has maintained a very low public profile since retiring from the bench nearly eight years ago, but Rachel Maddow highlighted a 2012 appearance Souter made in New Hampshire, and his remarks on “civic ignorance” are striking in their foresight.

“I don’t worry about our losing republican government in the United States because I’m afraid of a foreign invasion. I don’t worry about it because I think there is going to be a coup by the military as has happened in some of other places. What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough, as they might do, for example, with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown, some one person will come forward and say, ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’

“That is how the Roman republic fell. Augustus became emperor, not because he arrested the Roman Senate. He became emperor because he promised that he would solve problems that were not being solved.

“If we know who is responsible, I have enough faith in the American people to demand performance from those responsible. If we don’t know, we will stay away from the polls. We will not demand it. And the day will come when somebody will come forward and we and the government will in effect say, ‘Take the ball and run with it. Do what you have to do.’

“That is the way democracy dies. And if something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about at night.”

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Harrie Farrow is a board member of BiNet USA and author of the bisexual themed novel, “Love, Sex, and Understanding the Universe.” She’s also a journalist, consultant, and speaker on bisexual issues and the bisexual community. Farrow grew up in the Virgin Islands, graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Human Sexual Studies, and currently resides in the Ozarks.

NP:  Human sexuality is complex. What are your thoughts about the meaning of bisexual and bisexuality?

Farrow: Bisexual is a term that simply means attracted to more than one gender. Yes, human sexuality is complex, thus there is no one-way and no right way or wrong way to be bisexual.

 NP:  Do you think we are approaching a time when our cultures will become more tolerant of people who are open about being bisexual and their bisexuality in its various expressions (e.g. relationships, politics, fashion, literature)?

Farrow:  I might have answered this question differently prior to the 2016 U.S National Election. Before that it did seem that things were on the way – albeit all too slowly — for better acceptance for bisexuals. Now there are so many other issues that so many of us are having to face that I fear bisexual issues will once again be pushed to a back burner. However, I for one am making a concerted effort to not forgo bisexual advocacy even as I step up to protest the republican administration, and protect democracy.

 NP:  How would you describe the positive effects of bisexuality on human culture and society and what does the future of our understanding hold in your opinion?

Farrow: Perhaps the main thing that is beautiful about human culture is its vast array of manifestations and presentations. Bisexuality, like other sexual orientations, adds to the variety. From my perspective as a bisexual person, I see bisexuality as a very beautiful bountiful aspect of the human condition, in all its multifaceted forms.

I think the future holds an understanding that humans are all different — a reality that is both good and as it should be. People will matter-of-factly get that some humans are attracted to multiple genders. This will be seen as just a very cool fact along with so many other cool facts of existence.

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