2009.07.26 19:00 - Global Culture

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    The Guardian for this meeting was stevenaia Michinaga. The comments are by stevenaia Michinaga.

    Vajra Radikal and I were together for the meeting tonight talking about culture, architecture and spirituality.

    stevenaia Michinaga: hello

    Vajra Radikal: hi there steve

    stevenaia Michinaga: thank for joining me, Sunday nights (for me here) can be rather quiet

    Vajra Radikal: same here except that in rl they are not that quiet

    Vajra Radikal: trying to get the girls 2 sleep :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: you have 2 daughters?

    Vajra Radikal: yep 4 and 8

    Vajra Radikal: and they can be a handful sometimes

    stevenaia Michinaga: my 18 yr old is finally old enough to ignore me

    stevenaia Michinaga: ignore

    Vajra Radikal: around here they still listen but i know adolescence is not far away

    Vajra Radikal: the good thing is that with daughters at least here u never lose them

    Vajra Radikal: they stay in the family

    stevenaia Michinaga: where is here (I forget)

    Vajra Radikal: mexico

    stevenaia Michinaga: right, I did write it down, forgot to look

    Vajra Radikal: this is still a family oriented society

    Vajra Radikal: not much of a ME culture

    Vajra Radikal: however it is changing rapidly

    Vajra Radikal: you r from the states right?

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, eastern Pennsylvania

    Vajra Radikal: its weird when you are from another culture, you probably can't notice it as much but we are reaching some sort of single global culture

    Vajra Radikal: mass media and the net generating a single world view


    stevenaia Michinaga: unfortunately yes

    stevenaia Michinaga: similarly with food

    stevenaia Michinaga: part of that corporate uniformity

    stevenaia Michinaga: a new colonialism of sorts

    Vajra Radikal: not really doesn't feel as imposed

    Vajra Radikal: i find it dangerous though

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, they are good

    Vajra Radikal: sort of the cultural equivalent of losing+

    Vajra Radikal: bio diversity

    stevenaia Michinaga: you don't even know it

    Vajra Radikal: that the worrisome part people buy into it

    Vajra Radikal: the prob is the world wont be able to stand it

    Vajra Radikal: there are problems in large numbers

    stevenaia Michinaga: they count on it, advertising doesn;t sell if you if many don;t believe it

    Vajra Radikal: 4 example can u imagine what would happen if china bought into the american dream?

    Vajra Radikal: there are probably not enough natural resources to withstand it

    stevenaia Michinaga: well there is the "Blade Runner" view of the future, a mixture of everything

    Vajra Radikal: yep, big fan of Phillip k Dick myself

    Vajra Radikal: is it usually this slow on sundays?

    stevenaia Michinaga: this summer it has been, unless you are from down under, then it;s this winter, isn;t it

    stevenaia Michinaga: :)

    Vajra Radikal: how long have u been a guardian

    stevenaia Michinaga: it;s strange enough that time is now different everywhere, but season's as well

    stevenaia Michinaga: I think over a year now

    stevenaia Michinaga: I rely on the my scribe interview to remember even my history here

    Vajra Radikal: hehe

    stevenaia Michinaga: chronicles, rather

    Vajra Radikal: pardon my asking, you are a buddhist? your profile is filled with dharma and buddhism

    stevenaia Michinaga: Dharma is actually a friend's name who introduced me to Pema

    stevenaia Michinaga: I knew little of Buddhism before second life

    stevenaia Michinaga: I am learning more and more abut many beliefs ere

    stevenaia Michinaga: especially my own

    Vajra Radikal: and are you an architect?

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes

    stevenaia Michinaga: :)

    Vajra Radikal: have you translated your new found spirituality into your work

    Vajra Radikal: ?

    stevenaia Michinaga: I;m not sure I can say that, but what I have found is that certain philosophies seem to be more in alignment with how I view my work and life

    stevenaia Michinaga: so I am understanding my self more, in that sense

    Vajra Radikal: the thing is that i have always perceived architecture as an art

    Vajra Radikal: thus it can help you express a whole cosmo vision

    stevenaia Michinaga: a large part of it is


    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, it can reflect much of the universe

    stevenaia Michinaga: and ideally it does

    stevenaia Michinaga: it's the nature of the process

    Vajra Radikal: like 4 example albert schpeer(sp?) used to love to reflect how small the individual was vs the power of the group

    Vajra Radikal: probably was that that made the nazi love him

    Vajra Radikal: him

    stevenaia Michinaga: interesting choice

    Vajra Radikal: i was the obvious

    Vajra Radikal: it was architecture as statement

    stevenaia Michinaga: as Hitler was an artist in his own mind

    Vajra Radikal: religious architecture on the other hand especially in the west had to do with showing the power and mystery of god

    Vajra Radikal: yet it was still an architectural statement

    Vajra Radikal: one thing i never have seen is a true buddhist architecture

    stevenaia Michinaga: what religion in the east or west hasn't, have you seen Adam's exhibit on Sacred Architecture?

    Vajra Radikal: nope

    Vajra Radikal: a rl exhibit

    Vajra Radikal: or a sl one

    stevenaia Michinaga: Sl, comparing all religion's architectures in SL and RL

    stevenaia Michinaga: let me see if I have the link, it may still be up

    I gave Vajra a ,ink to the Hall of Appearances where the exhibit was

    Vajra Radikal: i do love architecture it is a human way of conforming reality to our expectations of it

    stevenaia Michinaga: if it is up, is should be at that landmark

    stevenaia Michinaga: I see Adams just signed off too

    Vajra Radikal: ty will check it out later today

    Vajra Radikal: i don't believe i have met her yet is he a part of PaB?

    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, she was part of those who did the guardian Chronicles

    stevenaia Michinaga: http://playasbeing.wik.is/PaB_Chroni...n/D._Stevenaia

    Vajra Radikal: ok definitely a must read then :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: http://playasbeing.wik.is/PaB_Chronicles

    stevenaia Michinaga: on moment Adams just logged on

    Vajra Radikal: it would be great if she could join us to deepen the discussion

    Vajra Radikal: or to at least tell us if his exhibit is still on

    Vajra Radikal: :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: it;s late for her and she is not answering my IM

    Vajra Radikal: 2bad

    Vajra Radikal: in any case i will go have a look l8r

    stevenaia Michinaga: no, signed she off, try the landmark

    stevenaia Michinaga: brb for a moment

    Vajra Radikal: no prob


    stevenaia Michinaga: my spouse broke her ankle today and is a bit inconvenienced

    Vajra Radikal: sorry 2 hear that

    stevenaia Michinaga: so is she

    Vajra Radikal: do you wish to go with her

    Vajra Radikal: i can keep guard here

    stevenaia Michinaga: I just tended to her

    stevenaia Michinaga: I;m fine

    Vajra Radikal: ok then. I will drop you here in order to look 4 the exhibit

    Vajra Radikal: c u l8r

    Vajra Radikal: :)

    stevenaia Michinaga: enjoy

    stevenaia Michinaga: see you soon

    Vajra Radikal: namaste

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