Tag Archives: philosophy

Attitude

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Vibrations

“Your vibe is contagious. Make sure that’s a good thing.”  ~Mod Sun (via SereneDaisies)

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Solopsistic

“The fundamental mistake we make (which causes all kinds of trouble and suffering) is the assumption that we exist as a permanent, unified, independent being, the center of a melodrama around which the rest of reality organizes itself.”  ~David Nichtern (via)

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Inspirations

I love the look of gardens in the fall. The plants have become wild and untamed, almost feral, just as the cool nights give them one final burst of brilliant color. That’s the old age I’m hoping myself and Mona live to enjoy.

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Scale

Have you ever looked at a picture, and then zoomed in over and over until it’s all blocks of color and doesn’t look like anything at all anymore? In between dreams last night, it occurred to me that that might be why things happen on earth that don’t make sense to us.  God is looking …

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Kind

“I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, ‘Ah, I wish I was not good to that person.’ You will never think that.”  ~Khaled Hosseini, And The Mountains Echoed (via)

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Annoying

Aghatapativinaya Sutta:  Removing Annoyance Translated from the Pali by Ñanamoli Thera.  For free distribution only. “Bhikkhus, there are these five ways of removing annoyance, by which annoyance can be entirely removed by a Bhikkhu when it arises in him.  What are the five? “Loving-kindness can be maintained in being towards a person with whom you …

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Anti/Pro

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The Play’s The Thing

“It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things that we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.”  ~ John Cleese (source)

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No Reason

A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, “Why is there so much suffering?” Suzuki Roshi replied, “No reason.”  (via) I like this. The two other explanations are “It’s your Karma” and “God is testing you.”  And maybe those are true, sometimes. But for some reason, this is the one that makes me smile.  😀

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Bowing Deeply

“Our difficult and very urgent task is to accept the truth that nature is not primarily a property to be possessed, but a gift to be received with admiration and gratitude. Only when we make a deep bow to the rivers, oceans, hills, and mountains that offer us a home, only then can they become …

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Pacifism

A conversation with Michael R. Ziglar, excerpted from We Have Just Begun to Not Fight, An Oral History of Conscientious Objectors in Civilian Public Service During World War II, by Heather Frazer and John O’Sullivan ©1996: You base your pacifism on the Sermon on the Mount.  Is that correct? Well, “Thou shalt not kill” comes …

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Emancipate

“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind…”  …

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The Importance of Kindness

You can read a transcript HERE (via).

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The Pursuit Of

“Sadness is Man’s natural state.  Escaping melancholia is as unnatural as fasting or chastity. It is Culture along with the powers that be who have convinced us that smiling, which, as everyone knows, not only feels but also looks unnatural, is the face’s most positive expression. Chasing Culture’s promise of Happiness—a mirage, at best—is as …

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Invasion of the Child Snatchers

“Last year, I asked this Congress to help states make high-quality pre-K available to every four year-old. As a parent as well as a president, I repeat that request tonight.”  ~Barack H. Obama As a citizen, I ask congress to deny that request. It’s horrifying that children are ripped from their mother’s homes at such …

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The Hoi Polloi

The privileged class is kind of a blight: We’ve even studied cars, not just any cars, but whether drivers of different kinds of cars are more or less inclined to break the law. In one of these studies, we looked at whether drivers would stop for a pedestrian that we had posed waiting to cross …

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The wheel is spinning me…

We are not permanent; We’re temporary, temporary… Full lyrics available at SongMeanings.net  If you’ve got a minute, they’re worth reading.  I love the visuals and the vocals of the video, but the words stand on their own quite well.

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Heads and Tails

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people …

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