Archive for December 2011

Just_Saying_Sat12/24/2011

December 24, 2011

Much of what we know and believe as adults, rests upon ideas that were put into our heads long before we could think rationally about them.–me

The thing is that these ideas have been with us for so long, they have the feel of our own ideas even though they are not. They affect our thoughts and behavior even if they are antithetical to our current beliefs. Of course for many if not most of us they dominate our thinkin,. they are fundamental to who we are. It may be possible to change them but first we must be aware of them, we must rationally examine them before we can change them.

Just_Saying_Fri12/23/2011

December 23, 2011

A personal God can become a grave liability. He can become a mere idol carved in our own image. We can assume that he loves what we love and hates what we hate, endorsing our prejudices rather than compelling us to transcend them.–K. Armstrong, The History of God

Make no mistake here God is not the problem, the idea of God as a tool in service of ego, is the problem. God as an idol is the problem. Idols are creations of the ego. The ego creates idols in effort to get what it wants. And it wants everything, power, control, recognition, literally everything without limits. No potential idol offers more in this regard than a personal God.

Just_Saying_Thu12/22/2011

December 22, 2011

Life is about love and not giving in to fear.–David Arkette

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Life is here and now, it’s not in the remembered past or the imagined future, so is love. For most of us, it takes all the courage and discipline we can manage to stay in the present moment.

Just_Saying_Wed12/21/2011

December 21, 2011

When we are young other people: parents, teachers, friends write on the slate of our personality. As we grow we need to examine what is written there. We need to edit, to rewrite it in our own hand in order to become our own person.–me

Problem is it’s written on the walls of the catacombs deep below where we currently live. It’s dark, and damp and scary down there. Not telling what you might find there, or what might find you. The purpose of most spiritual disciplines is to strengthen you, to provide a bit of light as you venture into your own depths.

Just_Saying_Tue12/20/2011

December 20, 2011

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for.–Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It might be better if we valued our own opinion of ourselves more than the opinions of others. We don’t of course, it’s an ego thing. And ego is all about the fear of losing control and it’s about maintaining the illusion of control. So of course the opinions of others matter a lot because if they don’t think well of us there’s no telling what they might do. Think of it this way. It’s like getting all your ducks in a row where other people are the ducks. And everyone knows that when you have all your ducks in a row, nothing can possibly go wrong. Sure…unless those other people, I mean ducks, have ducks of their own that aren’t lined up.

Just_Saying_Mon12/19/2011

December 19, 2011

“I don’t see what’s so t’riffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people,” said Adam severely. “Anyway, if you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive.–Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)

Probably my favorite all time book. The book posits the Antichrist as a 9 year old who doesn’t understand why the world works as it does. Nevertheless he loves it and isn’t about to see it destroyed by any silly Armegeddon. In this bit he’s wondering why people, created as they were, deserved punishment for acting like people in Eden. Next he’s wondering how it makes sense to tell folks that things will work out right for them after they’ve died since that clearly demotivates them for setting things right while they are alive.

These are pretty good questions, though the first is better than the second. Both hint at one of the book’s underlying themes.

The angels think they have the whole plan doped out. So do the demons and also most religions. They are all wrong, the plan is ineffable. Regarding spiritual truth, it’s been said that those who say don’t know and those who know don’t say. All I can say is …Yep.

Just_Saying_Sun12/18/2011

December 18, 2011

Laziness is merely the habit of resting before you’re tired.–unknown