Archive for October 2011


October 31, 2011

A dream is an answer to a question we haven’t learned to ask. ~ Fox Mulder in The X-Files


October 30, 2011

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.–Will Brady

Cute. Odd thing is, it actually works if you do it right. Paying attention to your breathing can bring you into the present. That is it brings you back from the past or the future where most sadness lies.


October 29, 2011

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.–Yogi Berra

If you don’t know where you are going pretty much any road will do. I’ll take you somewhere but you’ll never actually know when or if you’ll ever arrive anywhere in particular. Maybe that’s okay, so long as you are present for the journey.


October 28, 2011

Unlimited activity, of whatever kind, must end in bankruptcy.–Gothe

I’m inclined to agree with this in most cases depending upon what sort of bankruptcy is implied. Certainly unlimited activities associated with things like sex, drugs, money, power or fame lead to moral if not economic bankruptcy. I wonder what kind of bankruptcy unlimited spiritual/religious activity leads to. If ego death can be seen as a form of bankruptcy, then maybe…


October 27, 2011

I hate advice unless I’m giving it.–Jack Nicholson

The thing is we always think we’re right. Actually we are determined to be right, so determined that we’d far prefer to be right than to be happy. So advice, unless it’s well aligned with our own beliefs, is something we’d rather not hear.


October 26, 2011

The conscious mind—the self or soul—is a spin doctor, not the commander in chief….our conscious minds do not so much control how we act but rather tell us a story about our actions.

The problem is that we see our stories as the reality rather than as stories. We see them as facts rather than interpretations filtered through our own personal beliefs and desires. They pull us away from being present into our own imaginary world.


October 25, 2011

Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun–Mao

The desire for power grows out of the darkest places within us. At best it grows out of the belief that we know what is right and that it is our duty to act on this knowledge. Here’s the thing: power does not corrupt, it merely removes our constraints. Once these constraints are removed, our personal demons, those dark parts of ourselves we refuse to acknowledge are free to act. They are free to act because we cannot or will not see their actions. And when the results of their actions finally become impossible to ignore, we rationalize them away.


October 24, 2011

Death is a stage in human progress, to be passed as we would pass from childhood to youth, or from youth to manhood, and with the same consciousness of an everlasting nature.–Edmund Sears

This is definitely a myth, and one with no good way to prove or disprove. Of course proof in not relevant for myths, what matters is whether or not they help us relate to our lives. So to the extent this myth helps us face death, or rather face life it is potentially useful. My only real objection is that this myth does not stand alone well. It needs to be taken in the context of some broader Mythos.


October 23, 2011

Would you rather be loved or respected? This is a trick question. It’s more important to love others (and yourself) than it is to be loved. It’s more important to respect others (and yourself) than it is to be respected.–me

It’s possible to be loved and/or respected without loving or respecting both yourself and others. It’s not possible to experience either the love or the respect of others without loving and respecting both yourself and others.


October 22, 2011

Nietzsche said, “Whoever fights monsters must see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” The problem is that most of the monsters we fight are our own personal demons who’s power lies in the fact that we refuse to see and own them.–me

Put another way, the monsters we hate and fear most in others remind us of parts of ourselves we have rejected. We want to believe those monsters are no longer present within us, but they are. And because we refuse to see them they are free to act through us undetected. Thus we become the very monsters we fight.