Archive for November 2011


November 30, 2011

There’s probably a place for everything and until I figure out where that is, everything’s in a place.–me

According to the laws of thermodynamics, the universe has an natural tendency toward disorder. This tendency is called Entropy. Order can only be maintained by expending energy. That’s a problem for a lazy person and who among us isn’t just a bit lazy.

I find clutter depressing but organizing is not my thing. The problem is that Entropy sort of sneaks up on you. One minute you’re happily living your life then suddenly you find out that you haven’t put things away for who knows how long. Or you lose something and there’s no way of finding it without spending a couple hours cleaning up. Depressing I say, or perhaps just incredibly ironic.


November 29, 2011

Happiness comes and goes, all we can really do is to create the conditions where it will dwell with us more often–me

The more we learn to live in the present moment rather than the past or the future, the more likely we are to experience happiness. One key is learning to take our thoughts less seriously. Another is learning to accept our present feelings whatever they might be.


November 28, 2011

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.–Wilhelm von Humboldt

And that’s a good thing. In the present moment, we have more influence over how we react to things that happen to us than we do over what happens to us. The imbalance is far greater for past events. We have no ability whatsoever to change past events, but we can always change how we react to past events by changing how we think about them.


November 27, 2011

I am what I am and that’s all that I am.–Popeye the Sailor

So much of the time we pretend to be stronger, smarter, more successful, even happier than we are. The psychological term for this is persona, literally the masks we wear. We wear these masks nearly constantly, so much so that we come to believe that’s who we really are. The problem is that by pretending to be more than we are, we actually become far less.


November 26, 2011

In the movie High Plains Drifter Eastwood says, “It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes ’em afraid.” I think it’s what people know about themselves but refuse to acknowledge that makes people afraid.–me

We all have stuff inside us that we rather wasn’t there. We know it it’s there but pretend we do not. We hate it, we fear it and worst of all we see it reflected in others. We hate and fear them for that reflection.


November 25, 2011

If you ask whether I am a Christian any answer I might, give including this one, would be misleading–me.

I have some idea what a Christian is, though I’m pretty unsure about which bits are essential. I have no idea what I am, spiritually or otherwise. Just a guy comes closest, but don’t know what that means either.


November 24, 2011

To love is to recognize yourself in another.–Eckhart Tolle

From a Christian, it’s seeing the Christ in another. From a Buddhist perspective it’s seeing their Buddha nature. It’s really all the same thing.


November 23, 2011

We cannot change the past or even the present. Accept both, learn what you can and then move on. Otherwise the future will likely become a not so instant replay.–me

But much easier said than done. I know. Today was my day to learn just how hard. Maybe I’ll do better next time. Pretty sure there’ll be a next time and keep on being next times until I finally get it. That’s how life is.


November 22, 2011

An evil act done in the name of God remains an evil act.–me.

We see our own inner darkness reflected in others. We hate it, but we are no more willing to accept our hatred than we are to accept our inner darkness. So we attribute our darkness to Satan and our hatred to God. Then, since it is God’s hatred, we feel justified in acting against the object of that hatred. We can do literally anything at that point, never realizing that this is how our inner darkness acts through us.


November 21, 2011

The whole only equals the sum of the parts if all the connections between the parts remain unchanged after the whole is divided.–unknown

This almost sounds like a Casey Stengel quote. Not sure how it’s even possible for the connections between the parts to remain unchanged after the whole is divided. Perhaps that’s the point.