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The Law of Repulsion

I guess most people reading this have heard of the Law of Attraction. Its claims is that by focusing the mind on the things we want we can achieve them with pretty much zero effort. The Law of Attraction is very popular – millions of hopefuls visualizing untold wealth, fame, endless sexual conquests, a private jet, or whatever a particular person’s thing happens to be. It doesn’t work. If...

Security or Freedom – Your Choice

We all want security and we all want freedom. It’s not going to happen. Security and freedom sit at opposite ends of a scale, and to have one means abandoning the other. This manifests in many areas of life. Most people want a stable relationship, typically marriage, but they also want the freedom to engage with other sexual partners. This often causes problems, as is testified by very high...

Skin in the Game

There are two ways to live a life. We can live the life of an animal or that of a human being. Human beings are surprisingly rare. The life of an animal is easily defined – all our efforts, aspirations and dreams are geared toward one thing – survival and procreation. That the activity of most of us is concerned exclusively with this is easy to show – earning money, seeking...

The Prison

Then it is all mere Maya, with which the Brahman deceives himself. – Upanishads Here is a description of the walls and iron bars that comprise your prison. You are driven relentlessly by the will-to-life to maintain your existence and seek as much power as possible. The driver is your desires, and these can never be wholly satisfied. If your desires are not met you feel pain. This is the...

Forces, Laws and Things

The world seems to be driven by forces of various kinds, gravity being one of the primary shapers of the structure of the universe. In fact it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that the stars, galaxies, black-holes and the like are merely coincidental. They come and go as gravity pulls masses together and then other forces blow them apart. That a particular star came into...

The Creation-Destruction Asymmetry

I wouldn’t class myself as a misanthrope, I’m not interested enough to hate people. However I have come across a few misanthropy groups. It is something of an oxymoron to have a misanthropy group, since misanthropists hate people it is assumed they would not want to participate in a group. Nonetheless it is interesting to see what happens in these groups. Once the members have all told each other...

Deconstruction

I’m going to say something that may make you want to throw up. You are already perfect. So the obvious question is “why don’t I feel perfect?”, and what does perfect mean anyway? This is not some new-age bullshit claiming that you are love (you are not), or making promises of nirvana or enlightenment (no such things). I’ll start by defining “perfect”. You...

In a Nutshell

Welcome to a life you know almost nothing about. Throughout the ages various sages and thinkers have made efforts both to understand life and the best way to live it. Here is the bottom line as far as I understand it: The body rules. We can entertain ourselves with all kinds of fancy ideas when the body is well and we have surplus energy to expend of various speculations. However when the power...

Depression is Lack of Power

Depression – to be pressed down. There are many causes of depression, but whatever the cause, depression is in the body. Chemical and hormonal imbalances can cause depression, and for some people even certain foods will cause it (gluten being a well-known cause in this respect). The common misunderstanding of depression is that it arises from “depressing thoughts”. Well, thoughts are just a...

Not to Die Like a Dog

It was Gurdjieff who said that one of our aims should be to not die like a dog. Let’s unwind this one. How does a dog live? Dogs have no self respect. This is both endearing, but also quite sad. Give a dog a bone and it is happy. Chastise it for pissing on your new authentic Armenian carpet with secret knowledge embedded in its patterns, and it will skulk in a corner. Although, maybe your dog...

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