Archive for September 2011


September 30, 2011

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent–Holmes

This comes from a perspective of pure logos. From that perspective it is hard to beat, by which I mean it is clear as well as highly realistic. On the other hand there are mythos worldviews that may well be superior in terms of helping us to grow and develop. One such wordview is this:

    The universe is built on the principle of tough love. The events in our lives and the lives of those around us have a purpose, they are meant to teach us something.

This world view treats every situation as an opportunity to learn. It fosters both personal responsibility and growth.


September 29, 2011

Hold each moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment–Mann

Most of the suffering in life comes from remembering past pain or predicting future pain. Living fully in the present is the best way to minimize suffering. To put this in a religious context the Kingdom of Heaven lies within at this very instant.


September 28, 2011

If there is no wind, row.–Latin Proverb

Often the universe fails to provide support for efforts to achieve our goals, even our most noble goals. Whether you believe that the universe is testing our resolve or merely indifferent is irrelevant. The question is will you continue pursuing them or give up.

Karma yoga, the path of selfless action, suggests that we act without thought of success. In other words, it suggests that we continue to act whether or not our actions are rewarded by the results we desire.


September 27, 2011

I was playing chess with my friend and he said, ‘Let’s make this interesting’. So we stopped playing chess.–Matt Kirshen

We have this myth that think is hard, and most definitely not fun. Not sure why we’d have such a myth unless we’re trying to avoid thinking about why we believe what we believe and do what we do. Part of the reason I write this stuff every day is to force myself to do just that if only for a few minutes in the morning.


September 26, 2011

Goals are dreams with deadlines.–Hal Urban

A vision is a picture of who we want to be or how we want things to be sometime in the future. The purpose of a vision is to challenge us to change, to transform ourselves or our world. The key here is in the challenge. If every step on the way to our vision is clear, then there is no challenge. That vision is not worth having. The path to a worthwhile vision is necessarily unclear. Unfortunately that means it can be difficult to know if you are making progress.

Goals are one way to address this problem. Ideally goals are signposts on the way to our long term vision of who we want to be. The let us know if we are heading toward our goal at a reasonable pace.


September 25, 2011

Ideals are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands–Schurz

Ideals are mythos. They need not, and perhaps should not, be realistic. The important thing is that they help you be/become the person you want to be.


September 24, 2011

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America too–Hagedorn

From a pragmatic perspective, it’s quite possible to argue that dropping that bomb was the right thing to do because it saved lives on both sides of the conflict. The spiritual viewpoint is quite another matter; there, intent is key. Had the act been performed out of love and compassion, the damage would have been less, at least to the US. It was not. Therefore two key laws of the spirit came into play:

  1. We invariably love others exactly and precisely as we love ourselves.
  2. In matters of spirit, sowing and reaping are simultaneous.

The results were immediate and inevitable.