Man the Animal

Man. He was created in the image of God, and put in dominion over all of nature, yet he trys to reject that and attempts to convince himself that he is just another animal.

“Evolution lowers man from the ‘image of God’ to the level of an animal. Why then should he not behave as one, in his own life and towards others?”

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Man desperately wants to separate himself from God. In his sin he desires to be his own master. Man wishes to be “just another animal”, yet his deeds set him apart.

“Animals don’t behave like men. If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don’t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures’ lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.” -Richard Adams

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In this way, Man becomes Man, and not the animal he wished to be.

“…In little more than a single century from 1820 to 1945, no less than fifty-nine million human animals were killed in inter-group clashes of one sort or another…. We describe these killings as men behaving “like animals,” but if we could find a wild animal that showed signs of acting this way, it would be more precise to describe it as behaving like men.” -Desmond Morris

Oh that Man would raise himself to even “animality”, the world would be much better off.

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Imagine

Recently, I heard John Lennon’s “Imagine”. I was simultaneously struck by the beauty of the song, and appalled by the error of it’s message. So, I took the liberty to change some of the lyrics. I hope you enjoy it.

“Imagine” Revised

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s difficult I know
No hell below us
No place our souls to go
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no Maker
That’s something millions do
Nothing to live or strive for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Taking life in hate…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine no abortions
I wonder if you can
No more we’d kill our children
Create the end of man
Imagine all the children
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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Poi

What is poi? Poi, (plural is also just “poi”, and not “pois”), is a Maori word meaning ball on cord. Poi was first developed by the Maori of New Zealand, and were used by both sexes. The women used poi to keep their hands nimble for weaving, and the men used it as a training tool for battle.

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Since then, poi has drastically changed. It has taken on many forms, and has been influenced by the martial arts, and several more modern performance arts.
In the more recent past, poi has been influenced by the glow stringing/sticking rave culture. Many new moves, (such as orbitals), have been brought to poi through this influence.

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There are many different types of poi.
Sock poi, cone poi, flag poi, veil poi, fire poi, sparkle poi, club poi, and contact poi, just to name a few. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Fire and sparkle poi are most dangerous, while fabric poi are the most benign.

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Poi is a branch of the flow arts, and is useful in reaching the flow state. It’s uses range from physical therapy, to fitness, to recreation. Poi offers phenomenal health benefits. Poi can strengthen hand-eye coordination, improve awareness, and possibly even raise IQ by strengthening the corpus callosum. So go, get a pair!!!

A Reflection on Environmentallism

“How does man think he can exploit and pollute the earth with no thought of tomorrow?

Look to the beginning. From the dust man was made, and to dust he returns. In his creation, man uses energy and matter, but he then later returns energy and matter to the earth in his death.

The very course of his life is environmentally conscious, shouldn’t he be as well?”

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Clothing for Spinners

All spinners (people who spin poi, staves, etc.) have their own unique style of pants they like to spin in. Here is a quick guide so a few of the many types you may see.

1: Action Pants

Sold by Flowtoys in California, these are sold two varieties, Poplins and The Performer.

Poplins, a light weight colorful cotton pant, are great for warmer weather. They are loosely styled after Thai Fisherman Pants (covered below).

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The Performer is a heavier cotton pant of similar style. It is very… samurai meets yogi.

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2: Thai Fisherman Pants

Thai fisherman pants have been worn for hundreds of years by the native fishermen of Thailand. They are a wrap pant with a fabric tie around the waist. Although originally from Thailand, thai fisherman pants are also worn in Vietnam and throughout that region. They have become increasingly popular with tourists. Thai fisherman pants are most commonly made of cotton, although some are made of rayon.
Do not wear rayon or any other synthetic while spinning fire. Synthetics and fire do not mix!

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3: Harem, Aladdin, or Parachute Pants

Harem pants originated in India. I really don’t think they need much introduction.

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I know that I have probably missed a lot of awesome pant varieties. If I have, I apologize. Drop me a line and tell me about them. I’ll be sure to include them here.

Podpoi by Flowtoys

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Flowtoys has done it again. Podpoi have got to be the best LED poi ever created.

Features:
• full color
• many modes
• infinitely adjustable
• bright
• lasts all night
• usb rechargeable
• non-toxic
• conscious design
• super durable
• lifetime warranty

Made of soft and supple silicone, (that won’t yellow and can be thrown in with your laundry or dirty dishes when it does need cleaning), with a hi-tech removable polycarbonate LED light capsule housed inside, these are as good as I can imagine poi being. If there were a better pair ever made though, it would be by Flowtoys.

The specially designed flowcord leashes with amazingly smooth swivels and seamless nylon “floop” handles practically disappear into the silicone pod. All with no painful hardware!

On top of that, Podpoi are microusb rechargeable, so no more having to carry extra batteries! Now charging your poi is as easy as charging your phone!

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Podpoi have an intuitive single button interface that is very easy to use. You just press to change modes, and press and hold to access the individual modes options. You can even save 10 modes as favorites! Most modes last over 7 hours on a single charge, while some modes last over 50!

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Just in case you weren’t quite sold yet, they have a lifetime warrenty!
You can purchase Podpoi at Flowtoys. They are currently sold out, but should be receiving more in early April. When they are back in stock, it will be announced both on their site, and on their Facebook page. Like them on Facebook!

Be sure to check out the links above!

I’ll be sure to post here as well when they’re available.

May the Flow be with you.

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