Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Tao ("dow")

-- Tao Te Ching: Chapter 47

Without going out the door, one can see the whole world.

Without looking out the window, one can see the way of Tao.

The further one goes,
the less one knows.

Therefore the sage
knows without going
Understands without looking
and accomplishes without taking action.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
-- Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Purposes, ego and HS

I'm working on a new ebook, and to my new awareness it feels very much like an ego purpose, meaning that it feels like a commercial venture, meaning that I have much attention on how big a success it might become.

BUT: I had and have still the same feeling with my girlie-site (, art nudes). Though it was/is indeed heart-felt, it was never as MUCH heart-felt as my personal art. And despite that, to my surprise, it has touched people's heart in much, much deeper ways than I had ever imagined. In other words, a HS purpose may be packed in an ego purpose. (And vice versa, I'm sure.)

Sunday, February 7, 2010


We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
-- Marcel Proust

Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure.
-- George Melton

Saturday, February 6, 2010

War in the world

If one wonders why there's still war in the world despite our so-called civilization, one might take a look at the super-popularity (top best-seller) of the super-realistic video game Modern Warfare. Despite what we like to think, the ego just loves killin'.

Illustro said:
...currently there's no correlation between violent video games and real-world violence. For many its catharsis.
I would also like to point out that a lot of extremely violent games-not all of them, just many-center on the horrors depicted in their world. The Fallout series, for example. There are many cringe-worthy moments within those games. It works as escapism because of how far removed it is from present circumstances but if you ever wanted to convince me dropping an atom bomb was a bad idea you'd need only show me those games.

eolake said...
I agree. I've long thought that violent entertainment, far from causing violence, is a safe outlet as well as way of observing the ego.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Childhood is fearful

I just realized how much I want the food I eat to be like what I've always eaten. The reason obviously is that stability calms fear.
So I realized: when we're children, the ego is coming back from having been almost dissolved between-lives, and everything is forgotten, and we have to learn, and try, everything from new!
Small wonder we block out our childhood, it must be absolutely terrifying.