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Don’t Be Personal

The world operates under laws, or at least that’s the way it seems to us. These laws are inviolable and form the framework for a mostly ordered universe. The laws of physics are perhaps the best example and the most fully developed. Release an object from your grasp, and it will fall to the ground every time – no exceptions unless it happens to be a hydrogen-filled balloon. Energy...

The Great Experiment

Prior to the appearance of human beings, there was no cognizance in any creature of being alive. Life did not know it was alive. Sure enough, plants would bend toward the light, but not know they were bending. Dogs would get hungry, but not know they were hungry. They were hunger. And so on. When human beings appeared they marked the beginning of a cruel and potentially explosive experiment...

Be Kind – To Yourself

Life is not a benign thing – quite the opposite. You are required to strive to continue with your existence and in many cases find a mate and reproduce. Now it just so happens that these things are not as simple as they sound. In the process of striving, you will come across a multitude of others who are also striving, and in some instances, if harming you enhances their own survival...

To Group or Not To Group

Here we are, isolated consciousnesses feeling alone and lost. This creates a natural need to be connected – with anything. Spiritual folk want to make a connection with God, or spirit, or anything else that might make them feel as though they belong. For most people this sense of belonging might come from family, supported football team, political affiliation, a group of friends. Of course...

No Systems, No Laws and No Truth

The Great Way is without limit, fathomless and subtle, beyond comprehension, beyond words. – The Ceasing of Notions To imagine that the world can be contained by a system is a fairly quick route to the madhouse. Even so, the temptation to encapsulate the world by a system of thought has proved irresistible for western minds particularly. Physics might make the boldest claim in this regard...

Self-Hatred

We hate the things that diminish our power for existence, and our anger is an attempt to destroy a thing that is diminishing our power. As we journey through life so we adopt ideas that seem to confer power. These ideas are highly conditioned by circumstances. For example, if we learn that mummy takes on a better mood if we flatter her (and kids are always looking for approval) so we will learn...

Life – A Dull Affair

The basic dynamics of life are very easy to understand. It is a self optimizing machine that churns out species that are stronger, more deceitful, and those best suited to a particular environment. That’s it. The implications that follow are also easy to understand. The strong devour and/or exploit the weak. The skillful liar will deceive and take from the honest individual. Changing...

The Grim Reaper Says “Hi”

I saw a letter from an Italian doctor, published in a UK newspaper, explaining what was coming to the UK – Coronavirus specifically. One of the things he mentioned was a stronger than usual awareness of mortality, and with it a pressing need to understand the meaning of it all. And this is how it is for most people. While life presents no existential threats we walk around in a daydream and...

Aphorisms to Entertain – Until They Don’t

Ambition is always dangerous territory, but spiritual ambition – enlightenment, moksha, salvation, nirvana – is the most dangerous of all. As far as emotional states are concerned, don’t fix – feel. As long as we strive we will suffer. Be silent you know nothing. Because you believe that you know, you cannot experience the wonder and mystery of existence. By craving freedom, you...

The Particular

The world is comprised of particular things – lots of them, and this is where the richness of existence is – in the particular. But since we possess the ability to form concepts so we categorize things such that they can be grouped. As a result, we speak of “people” – a category that enables us to consider billions of individual human beings in a single word, but at...

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All is nothingness in the world, including my despair, which any man who is wise but also calmer, and I myself certainly at a quieter time, will see as vain, irrational, and imaginary. Wretched me! Even this pain of mine is vain, nothing. - Leopardi

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