A Farewell

This post will be my last for the foreseeable future. The blog site itself, with the current content, will remain available as long as visitors continue to drop in. The Table of Contents serves as a guide to the themes and articles.

My grateful thanks to the readers over the years who checked in regularly and commented helpfully. You helped me keep the posts going.

In 2012 I began the blog in order to write about the relevance of biology and evolution to my personal experiences and beliefs. Prior to that, as I was retiring from teaching English, I realized that I lacked a foundation for understanding such issues as aging, dying, afterlife, struggle, consciousness, and the nature of being alive. It was not clear to me what I thought or believed about too many important things.

Exploring basic evolutionary biology has brought me much of what I had hoped for. Not that my ideas and outlooks will become static as I approach 80, but now I have a foundation for making sense of where old fears, new joys, and fleeting intuitions fit in.

But the more I’ve learned, the more difficult it has become to integrate complex knowledge with my inner life – and then to explain it all in writing. For now, the blog has done its job and I’m burned out. I may return to 38by.blog in the future, or not. It’s time to move on to other interests in the time remaining.

May all your lives – may all living things – flourish in kindness.

Brock Haussamen

10 thoughts on “A Farewell

  1. Deeply grateful for your sustained commitment to the themes and content you have so succinctly and ,may one say , brilliantly offered us over the last seven years. Perhaps our cells have fully renewed since you started this hymn to our little part in ghus grand living tapestry you have woven before us. I feel part of a long and magnificent adventure thanks to you and your dedication to this ever evolving story. You have taught me to reach deeper into our living mystery and to see death as a natural unfolding in an endless emerging context. Thank you for working so hard to find and refine the words and images of our biological heritage. I find myself reading more deeply and widely thanks to you. I , too, come from the humanities, thus so appreciate your courage and stamina to embrace your inner qualms by sharing your ” green” quest with all of us. How
    I wish some teacher could have opened the many portals to science and philosophy you have for us in times past. I plan to continue this quest- ioning you have initiated. Thank you for suggesting the movement in Spiritual Naturalism- with our civilization challenged by climate disruption , and our species causing and threatened in this Sixth Extinction, I find a renewed energy , maybe even a mission, to
    find the means to coalesce your themes into
    a kind of Earth First Movement that the younger generations are currently picketing for
    Around the world. Green Speed, Brock 🌿☘️🌴

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    • Thank you, Mark. It’s good to hear that the view here has made a difference for you. “Death as a natural unfolding in an endless emerging context” is certainly part of that. And “Green Speed” to you also.

      Brock

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  2. I started reading these blogs only recently. And, have enjoyed them very much.
    I’m working my way back through the Table of Contents. The pursuit of the ineffable by way of the physical, of meaning via knowledge, is at the core of our being human, being alive.
    “Fare thee well” indeed, Brock. We stumble through this mystery together, and alone.
    The blog does a nice job of highlighting the “together” part, and making the “alone” part
    less alone.

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    • Jim, thank you. Your words regarding “The pursuit of the ineffable by way of the physical, of meaning via knowledge” are a helpful summary of part of this effort. I’ll keep them in mind. And sociobiology suggests that for humans, the balance of autonomy vs togetherness is a constant, uniquely human struggle.

      Brock

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