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Jail Break

“We men are in a kind of prison” Phaedo 62b Socrates. Oddly enough when Socrates said this he was in prison shortly before his forced suicide by drinking hemlock. But this wasn’t the prison Socrates was referring to. The prison we all occupy is made up of our desires, emotional states, ideas, limited sensibility, and the fact that we are in no way equipped to know what lies outside the...

Be Zero

Zero emotional identification and zero intellectual attachment. It sounds like it should be easy, but it isn’t. Life has its hooks into your emotions and has shaped your ideas, and we all walk around with a massive amount of intellectual and emotional baggage. Zero is not concerned with trying to stop emotions, but with not buying into them. For the intellect, however, zero is all about weeding...

Sweet Dissatisfaction

All the usual distractions don’t work. TV, reading, thinking, smoking, drinking, imagining, meditating. Nothing works. I’m filled with sweet dissatisfaction. The dissatisfaction isn’t dissatisfying, it fills me. It isn’t the dissatisfaction that hurts, it’s the attempts to get away from it. Sooner or later, it will pass, but why try to avoid it while it persists...

The Meetup

Oh fuck! I’d forgotten all about it, which is unusual for me. A social occasion can prey on my mind for weeks ahead of the actual event. You see, I don’t socialize all that much, and so when a social event is peering back at me from my calendar a kind of dread comes over me. A social entry in my calendar can totally ruin a month or more prior to it. Once upon a time I would think that I was...

Your Latest Trick

So, what is your latest trick? And by trick I mean something new that is supposed to cure all your ills. Maybe it’s meditation, mindfulness, retail therapy, optimism, pessimism, religion, reading the philosophers or maybe ancient spiritual texts, a new gadget, a fresh start, right wing or left wing politics, a new relationship … This isn’t meant to be judgmental, simply an...

Mastering Emotional Pain

A short book of some 20 pages detailing the nature of emotional pain and some simple methods to deal with it. The preface is below, along with the download. MasteringEmotionalPainDownload Preface Emotional pain is a given and as long as we live we will experience it. Anyone who claims to have a way of eliminating emotional pain is a charlatan, and such claims can simply be seen as a way of...

The Great Deceptions

Nothing makes sense because we fool ourselves in three important ways. The notion that we have a self, that our reality has meaning, and that we have free will, set us up for a complete misunderstanding of the nature of our existence. The First Deception – the self Our default state is to believe that we are a person with a value that goes beyond the essential functions of survival and...

The Duality of Non-Duality

We have a new fashion, and it's called non-duality. It's a philosophy that will send more people to the madhouse than anything that has come before it.

See. Understand

You’ve probably noticed that life offers up an excess of opportunities to get angry, hateful, envious, excited, depressed, sad – and so on. Generally speaking people don’t understand why they are experiencing a certain emotion or how to deal with it. The root of all emotional states is the diminishing or enhancement of our survival prospects. Diminished survival prospects – poor...

An Antidote to Inner Emptiness

Please note, this article is also on medium.com Whether a person feels their life to be empty will depend on immediate circumstances. If such a person is in the middle of passionate sex with a much-desired partner, or has just won the lottery, or is eating an incredibly delicious meal, it seems unlikely they will feel their life to be empty. But if a person is financially needy, lonely, hungry...

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When you no longer want peace and contentment you can be absolutely certain that you have found peace and contentment.

Optimism is not only a false but also a pernicious doctrine, for it presents life as a desirable state and man’s happiness as its aim and object. Starting from this, everyone then believes he has the most legitimate claim to happiness and enjoyment. - Schopenhauer

It is improbable that our ‘knowledge’ goes much further than what is absolutely necessary for the preservation of life. Morphology teaches us that an animal’s senses, nerves and brain develop in proportion to the difficulty it has in feeding itself. - Nietzsche.

Most people are searching for the secret to the happiest possible life. The reason this search persists through generations is that there is no secret and there is no happiest possible life.

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