Andrew Furst

Did Religion Create Evil? – Modern Koans

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Question: Did religion cause evil? Did evil cause religion, or is evil just evil period? Response: Mind created evil. There is no other source. Only within mind and in language is there evidence of something being bad or good. Further, these concepts are known differently from mind to mind and can change from situation to situation. Religion and other social contracts are an invention of mind to contend with morality. A moral system is a great tool for finding common moral ground and establishing a system to monitor and regulate…read more

Poem: Forty Eight Miles – Accepted for Publication

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My poem “Forty eight miles per second every million light years” was just accepted by Levee Magazine  It will appear in the Fall Volume 1 issue later this year.  I’ll be sure to announce when it is released. This poem being accepted was particularly unusual.  It was my first draft.  That never happens. If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while. Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans,…read more

The Best Articles of July 2018 from Andrew Furst

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Here’s a selected list of what people were reading here on in July 2018: Natural Bridge in North Adams MA Islamophobia, but no Christianphobia? – Dialectic Two-Step Sun Runes – Work in Progress Are You True to Yourself? – Modern Koans As I Walk with Beauty – Traditional Navajo Prayer Song by Bill Knott – Compass Songs The Fish – Work in Progress Going to This Great Place – Verse Us (Poems by Me) Fall of Songs – A Two Minute Meditation People are Strange – Quotes

Mind (Dry Ice) – A One Minute Meditation

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Mind (Dry Ice) My teacher once said “all is mind.” Such beautiful nonsense seeing Everest’s bitter cold aside a summer dumpster. Mind is all of a fool And so there is truth in it. Dry Ice evaporating on a loading dock in Cambridge, MA If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Minute Meditations is an ongoing series of short videos, poems, and commentary intended as a meditation.  Offered as an opportunity to step back from your cyber routine and settle into a more natural rhythm, if only for a minute. Dialectic…read more

Scream Collage – Work in Progress

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Scream Collage I created this image by overlaying a profile picture of me onto a photo of All Saints Way in the North End of Boston.  Fortunately I was able to meet the man who created this labor of love.  He is a devout Catholic, well into his 80’s, who knows every parish in the greater Boston area.  He asked where I was from and he rattled off St. Theresa’s, the local church where my kids spent every Tuesday evening at Scouts.  If you get the chance to head over…read more


Does Anybody Care? – Quotes

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Quotes -The path to right view is an arduous walk through fields of manure. Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry Leave this field empty if you’re human: Does Anybody Care?

Platform Composition – Work in Progress

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Platform Composition At the time I created this composite image, I was reading the book “Where Good Ideas Come From” by Steven Johnson.  It talks about how we stand on the shoulders of others. Specifically he describes how the ideas and work that we create is the product of the mixing of ideas and platforms within our minds.  it’s a kind of serendipity.  Innovation is taking the building blocks of what’s around us and configuring them to meet another need.  Ideas can be for products, art, or any other discipline….read more


Islamophobia, but no Christianphobia? – Dialectic Two-Step

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Question: Why is there Islamophobia, but not Christianity-phobia, Hinduism-phobia or Buddhism-phobia? Response: A phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Perhaps Islamophobia is a poor term. Because, there are certainly good rational reasons to fear a religion when it’s adherents call for death as punishment for apostasy. It is very rational to fear such a consequence. If there was a suffix that signified rational fear of something, I would replace phobia with it. For now, let’s just use the word fear. So Islamophobia…read more