Archive for the ‘Personal Mythos’ category


April 3, 2012

God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you.–Joel Osteen

According to Genesis 1:31 “God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”

For some reason we choose to see things differently. Not sure why that is….


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 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.


March 8, 2012

Ignorance is the leading cause of certainty, fear is a close second.–me

So am I saying certainty is a bad thing? The short answer: Yes. From my perspective, certainty is a myth that has little to no utility. The fact that it is patently untrue is a lesser problem in my mind. The problem for me is that certainty requires constant defending, it requires us to ignore contrary data. Worse it makes us feel superior to anyone who is less certain than we are. In other words it pushes us to be arrogant and defensive rather than compassionate and open. Not good.


February 26, 2012

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.–Victor Hugo

The voice inside our heads makes up stories, myths really, about who we are and what’s going on. Listening to those stories, taking them too seriously is the source of our suffering. Laughing at those stories restores our perspective, removing much of our suffering even if the pain behind that suffering remains.


February 25, 2012

The ego wants what it wants when it wants it. That is, until it gets it then it wants something else.–me

The human ego is a needy thing. It tells us that we are incomplete, which is true enough. It tells us we will be complete whenever we get…well something. But when we get that something, we find we are still incomplete. So, the ego finds something else to complete iself. The underlying myth behind all this is that there is something we could have, something we could to that would complete us. All that’s required is to figure out what that something is and either get it or do it. Question is: how many times must we try and fail before we figure out that this is all nonsense?


February 8, 2012

If an obscure 19th-century president falls, does he make a noise? Candice Millard (Destiny of the Republic)

Forget about obscure presidents, this applies to everyone. It’s posed as a question about fame, but really it’s a question abot the significance of human life or rather the end of human life. The Christian answer might be something like: God hears each and every one. A Buddhist might answer from the perspective of the Heart Sutra that nothing much as happened, there is no boundary called death.