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Ingredient of the Month – Intent

Kung Fu fighters: Pixabay

Kung Fu fighters: Pixabay

By Larry Plesent

My buddy Ivan claims that electron beams come out of our eyes when we look at something.

“How else would you explain why people almost always know when someone is watching them?” he would demand.

Anyone who has had the experience of turning suddenly to find someone staring at them, or been thinking of a friend or relative only to have them ring the phone a few seconds later, has experienced the phenomena known as “intent.”

I first learned about intent from a Kung Fu instructor who had formerly been a trainer of Special Ops personnel. He taught us to tune our minds to sense dangerous intent focused on us. In this way, we would know if someone intended to do us harm before they had a chance to act on it, just like in the movies.

On another level, intent seems to solicit a “call and response” reaction from the world at large. We put our intentions out there, loudly or softly and the world and people around us mirror them. Individuals and resources are attracted or repelled to us every day, and the mysterious and extraordinarily literal process that makes this happen is intent.

So constantly being on guard against attackers might well have a role in bringing trouble into our lives. However, being unprepared could easily put us into unexpected danger.

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst,” is a good old New England motto, and one I highly recommend for personal adoption.

As long as I am jumping down and down on the limb of yet another difficult to prove hypothesis about the basic workings of existence, and since you havent stopped reading this to better utilize your time scanning for household battery pack deals; lets talk about species evolution and intent.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the subject of evolution and I defend wholeheartedly your right to have one! This question is linked with our basic individual belief system of just what this existence IS, and what, if anything, is the purpose of the whole beautiful mess of it. It’s all incredible stuff to think about and form opinions on. You of course may already have some opinions on the subject.

So heres mine. What if DNA mutation is not just about random mutation caused by gamma rays, survival of the fittest or just plain dumb luck? What if it is also about intent, defined in this context as focused consciousness? Nothing language-based, this is more akin to the urge to pee. You just gotta go. And it always happens. Fins to legs, baby! There are new lands to conquer up ahead. Think of it as intelligent design from the inside out.

Crazy and simplistic? You bet! And I do hope you have enjoyed this sound bite philosophy moment. Keep thinking! Whatever we think, it is more than that.

And thank you for supporting G.E.T. and its mission to promote a saner, more sustainable lifestyle and future for us all. Happy New Year!

Larry Plesent is a writer, philosopher and soap maker living and working in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Learn more at and

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