Archive for March 2012


March 31, 2012

Live like you are going to die tomorrow; learn like you are going to live forever.–Gandhi

Two useful myths to live by. Neither is actually true, which is irrelevant. Both help us live more effective more fulfilling lives which is the whole point of a myth,


March 30, 2012

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.–Betty Smith

The first time we see something,, we see it rather that seeing the ideas we have about it. After that, we mostly see our past associations with it, our memories about it, our thoughts, our judgements and our beliefs. We only return to anythng like the first seeing if we believe it to be our last time. Perhaps not even the.


March 29, 2012

In my shop I handle all kinds of merchandise. If someone comes looking for rat shit I’ll sell him rat shit. If someone comes looking for gold I’ll sell him pure gold.–Zen Master Yang-shan

As it turns out, the price for pure gold is high, very high indeed. Even the downpayment is steep, you must give up all of you illusions. Ind the end you must give up all that you have and all that you think you are even your very self.


March 28, 2012

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.–Mahatma Gandhi

The “forgiveness” of the weak is not real forgiveness. Rather is is a way for the weak to feel superior to the strong. True forgiveness means taking responsibility for our feelings, and our lives. It does not mean saying that our oppressors are okay it means recoognizing that while our oppressors can cause us pain, they cannot cause us to suffer unless we let them. Only the strong can do that.


March 27, 2012

Cynic: A disillusioned idealist who regularly passes judgement on the world for failing to live up to his high standards/–me

Normally we think of a cynic as a pessimist with a sour view of reality. This is not the case. A cynic is someone who thinks the world is not as it should be, as it would be if he were in charge. The payoff for this view is the feeling of superiority they get because they are the only one who knows just how things should be. They are the ones who could fix things if only the fools running things would get out of the way.


March 26, 2012

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.–Lewis Carroll

It really doesn’t work backwards all that well either. Memories are the stories we made up about what happened, not what actually happened. Some of us make up more accurate stories, but they are stories nonetheless.


March 25, 2012

What is the sound of one hand clapping?–a Zen koan

Slap yourself in the face. Keep slapping till you figure it out.


March 24, 2012

If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, then I’m sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two.–Limony Snicket

Life’s a bit like that. Some of us get the show about a happy little elf. Many, perhaps most, of us don’t.


March 23, 2012

You’ll never get to be good at anything unless you are willing to be bad at it first.–me

The greatest enemy of learning is fear. Perfectionism, the need to do (and be) perfect, is the result of fear. Not sure when we learn this fear, but I’m sure it’s something we’ve learned rather than somthing we are born with. Infants don’t wait to make sounds untill they’ve learned to talk. Children don’t wait untill they know hot before they learn to ride a bike. Bust sometime after that the fear of making mistakes happens to most of us.


March 22, 2012

All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies.–K. Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle)

We don’t actually have direct acces to reality. Everything we percieve is filtered through our unconscious beliefs and expectations before it reaches us. This is only the first step in the process in which our minds make up a story about what is happening and what it means. As a result, all the true things we “know” are conclusions we’ve drawn about the story we made up in our minds. If they happen to be actually true that’s pretty much a coincidence.