Archive for March 2012

Just_Saying_Sat03/17/2012

March 17, 2012

So here’s the secret for dealing with bad feelings: emotions are ephemeral. They don’t last, that is unless we hang on to them. The problem is that most of us are extremely skilled at at hanging on to the negative ones. –me (Spiritual Heimlich)

It’s almost as though we are possessed by our own minds or rather by our egos. Like slaves we are driven into the past to dwell upon perceived hurts or failures. Either that or we are driven into a future we dread, a future which might never come. Indeed, the future never comes, the past is gone all we ever have is the eternal present. And our ego avoids the present because in the present we are free.

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Just_Saying_Fri03/16/2012

March 16, 2012

Let’s have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.–Abraham Lincoln

We know that might does not make right, although it clearly gets to decide who writes the history. But enough of that. This quote expresses the hope and belief that right makes might. Faith in this case amounts to acting on that hope that belief. More generally faith always amounts to action based on hope and belief. That is, faith is more than belief, it is belief combined with action.

Just_Saying_Thu03/15/2012

March 15, 2012

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.–Gandhi

Exactly. The problem here isn’t so much the law itself it’s in the enforcement. In order to enforce this law we must pass judgement on them. The fact is we cannot judge another without judging ourselves. Specifically if we judge someone and then blind them, must we not in turn judge and then blind ourselves?

Just_Saying_Wed03/14/2012

March 14, 2012

Forgiveness is the key to ending your suffering. Always forgive yourself first.–me

Suffering happens when you give, something or someone or even your own ego the power to take you away from the joy of living in the present moment. Forgiveness is the process of taking back that power. The way we give away our power is to create a myth in which that other entity has our power. This myth, besides being untrue, is also not useful. We must never, never, never permit ourselves to have such a myth.

Just_Saying_Tue03/13/2012

March 13, 2012

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.–Edith Wharton

We think we should be happy all the time or, at the very least, most of the time. This is nonsense, the world simply does not work that way. Wanting to be happy, when you aren’t is a major source of suffering in this life. See “Holding on to Happiness“.

Just_Saying_Mon03/12/2012

March 12, 2012

Whether or not Hell is a real place, most of us have spent time there.–me

We enter Hell whenever we pretend not to see the actions of our own personal Demons. That is, we enter Hell whenever we hate another for reminding us of parts of ourselves that we want to forget. We enter Hell whenever we see ourselves a victims and therefore allow ourselves to victimize others. We enter Hell whenever we allow our ego to drag us into an unpleasant past or a feared future.

Just_Saying_Sun03/11/2012

March 11, 2012

It’s said that “power corrupts,” but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.–David Brin

We are all corruptable, some of us more than others. Power tends to corrupt the corruptable, but also the resistant. The people David Brin speaks of have little interest in power so the danget of corruption is minimal. As far as the others are concerned the ability to resist corruption is related to why an individual seeks power in the first place. Those who seek power for it’s own sake, or to boost their own ego are easily corrupted. Those who seek power to help others are likely to be more resistant. They must be corruped through their desire to help, by appealing to the belief that it’s sometimes okay to relax your pricniples for a good cause. It never is.