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Posted 09/18/11 - 9:58 AM:

"The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Posted 09/21/11 - 10:05 AM:

"Never satisfied: a two-word definition for Existentialism."
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Posted 10/01/11 - 9:39 AM:

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.



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Posted 10/01/11 - 9:41 AM:

Eighty percent of success is showing up.


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Posted 11/22/11 - 4:27 AM:

from Nietzsche's The Gay Science, (trans. W. Kaufmann), s. 154


Different types of dangerous lives.- You have no idea what you are living through; you rush through life as if you were drunk and now and then fall down some staircase. But thanks to your drunkenness you never break a limb;, your muscles are too relaxed and your brain too benighted for you to find the stones of these stairs as hard as we do. For us life is more dangerous: we are made of glass; woe unto us if we merely bump ourselves! And all is lost if we fall

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Posted 11/22/11 - 5:40 AM:

Nietzsche locates the dark Dionysian worldview in the folk wisdom of the ancient Greeks:

There is an old saying to the effect that King Midas for a long time hunted the wise Silenus, the companion of Dionysus, in the forests, without catching him. When Silenus finally fell into the king's hands, the king asked what was the best thing of all for men, the very finest. The daemon remained silent, motionless and inflexible, until, compelled by the king, he finally broke out into shrill laughter and said, “Suffering creature, born for a day, child of accident and toil, why are you forcing me to say what is the most unpleasant thing for you to hear? The very best thing for you is totally unreachable: not to have been born, not to exist, to be nothing. The second best thing for you, however, is this: to die soon" (The Birth of Tragedy, Section 2).

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Posted 11/22/11 - 9:41 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
"The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson



I'm afraid I must disagree with Mr. Emerson here, because people are curious about the sun and the warmth and light, and some are exploring and discovering the how and why. I'm sure the reference was figurative to mean trivial things that are the topic of the usual conversation and the larger questions that few take the time to discuss. It is an easy distiction that the trivial matters are usually close at hand and easy to explore, and affect us more directly, the larger questions are farther away or beyond the means of most to examine in a meaningful way.
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Posted 11/22/11 - 9:45 AM:

Life isn't about arriving at the grave

with a perfectly preserved, well manicured body.

It's about sliding in sideways,

broken down, used up,

With a drink in one hand,

a box of chocolates in the other,

Yelling, "Damn, What a ride."
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Posted 11/22/11 - 11:17 AM:

There's something about being on several froums. Most have a different emphasis and the threads go in different directions to suit the particular group of members. Occasionally similar themes will come up on different forums ans while reading a thread one may think "Wait, I just posted something like that, but when and where?" and then you are left with searching thru a bunch of post's to avoid retyping something.
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Posted 11/22/11 - 6:13 PM:

thedoc wrote:
I'm afraid I must disagree with Mr. Emerson here, because people are curious about the sun and the warmth and light, and some are exploring and discovering the how and why. I'm sure the reference was figurative to mean trivial things that are the topic of the usual conversation and the larger questions that few take the time to discuss. It is an easy distiction that the trivial matters are usually close at hand and easy to explore, and affect us more directly, the larger questions are farther away or beyond the means of most to examine in a meaningful way.

i'm guessing that the point he's trying to make is that humans often attribute malicious intent in places where we would not likewise attribute benevolent intent when the outcome is in our favor.
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Posted 11/26/11 - 10:52 AM:

thedoc wrote:
There's something about being on several froums. Most have a different emphasis and the threads go in different directions to suit the particular group of members. Occasionally similar themes will come up on different forums ans while reading a thread one may think "Wait, I just posted something like that, but when and where?" and then you are left with searching thru a bunch of post's to avoid retyping something.



This happens a lot. Not only just with forums. I think, more than plain coincidences these are synchronicities; increased dopamine, increased perceptiveness, increased pattern cognition!
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Posted 11/26/11 - 10:52 AM:

thedoc wrote:
Life isn't about arriving at the grave

with a perfectly preserved, well manicured body.

It's about sliding in sideways,

broken down, used up,

With a drink in one hand,

a box of chocolates in the other,

Yelling, "Damn, What a ride."



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Posted 11/30/11 - 1:48 PM:

H.L. Mencken in giving thanks for this wonderful country, where

… more than anywhere else that I know of or have heard of, the daily panorama of human existence, of private and communal folly–the unending procession of governmental extortions and chicaneries, of commercial brigandages, and throat-slittings, of theological buffooneries, of aesthetic ribaldries, of legal swindles and harlotries, of miscellaneous rogueries, villainies, imbecilities, grotesqueries, and extravagances–is so inordinately gross and preposterous, so perfectly brought up to the highest conceivable amperage, so steadily enriched with an almost fabulous daring and originality, that only the man who was born with a petrified diaphragm can fail to laugh himself to sleep every night, and to awake every morning with all the eager, unflagging expectation of a Sunday-school superintendent touring the Paris peep-shows. ["On Being an American", 1922]


-Mark Liberman used this quotation in his recent post at Language Log.
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Posted 12/01/11 - 10:39 AM:

'He comes from the grave, his body a home of worms and filth. No life in his eyes. No warmth of his skin. No beating of his breast. His soul as empty and dark as the night sky. He laughs at the blade. Spits at the arrow. For they will not harm his flesh. For eternity he will walk the earth smelling the sweet blood of the living. Feasting upon the bones of the damned. Beware; for he is the living dead." --Obscure Hindu text, circa 1000 B. C. E.
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Posted 12/01/11 - 10:50 AM:

henry quirk wrote:
'He comes from the grave, his body a home of worms and filth. No life in his eyes. No warmth of his skin. No beating of his breast. His soul as empty and dark as the night sky. He laughs at the blade. Spits at the arrow. For they will not harm his flesh. For eternity he will walk the earth smelling the sweet blood of the living. Feasting upon the bones of the damned. Beware; for he is the living dead." --Obscure Hindu text, circa 1000 B. C. E.



I never encountered this before. This would have been said of either 'Shiva' or 'Babaji' or ChangDev( famous Yogis) or some other 'Aghori'( a Tantriki); but certainly not of modern day zombies( because they're modern day! laughing )
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Posted 12/01/11 - 4:18 PM:

The quote (and I have no idea if it's genuine or not...I found it on-line as a 'stand alone' without any accompanying material) properly describes the self-willed 'zombie' (the revenant) who retains him 'self' upon rising from the dead.

The modern 'zombie' is just a walking, moaning, growling, reptilian complex without a stitch of 'self'.
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Posted 12/01/11 - 10:44 PM:

Just the last part,

Annabel Lee

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-
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But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.


Edgar Allan Poe

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Posted 12/02/11 - 6:19 AM:

henry quirk wrote:
The quote (and I have no idea if it's genuine or not...I found it on-line as a 'stand alone' without any accompanying material) properly describes the self-willed 'zombie' (the revenant) who retains him 'self' upon rising from the dead.

The modern 'zombie' is just a walking, moaning, growling, reptilian complex without a stitch of 'self'.

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Posted 12/02/11 - 6:20 AM:

thedoc wrote:
Just the last part,

Annabel Lee

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-
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But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.


Edgar Allan Poe




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Posted 12/02/11 - 12:32 PM:

Let your conversation possess a clarified conciseness, compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility, without rhodomontade or thrasonical bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabical profundity, pompous prolixity, and ventriloquial vapidity. Shun double-entendre and prurient jocosity, whether obscure or apparent. In other words, speak truthfully, naturally, clearly, purely, but do not use large words.

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Posted 12/02/11 - 3:13 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Let your conversation possess a clarified conciseness, compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility, without rhodomontade or thrasonical bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabical profundity, pompous prolixity, and ventriloquial vapidity. Shun double-entendre and prurient jocosity, whether obscure or apparent. In other words, speak truthfully, naturally, clearly, purely, but do not use large words.

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Indubitabily.
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Posted 12/05/11 - 1:49 PM:

"We live on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

Carl Sagan.
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Posted 12/28/11 - 11:20 PM:

You can master a mad elephant;
You can close the mouth of a bear or tiger;
By alchemy you can earn your bread;
You can wander incognito throughout the universe;
Make the gods your slaves and preserve eternal youth;
You can walk on water and live in fire;
But - to control your mind is better and more difficult.


--Thayumanavar
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Posted 12/29/11 - 12:04 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
You can master a mad elephant;
You can close the mouth of a bear or tiger;
By alchemy you can earn your bread;
You can wander incognito throughout the universe;
Make the gods your slaves and preserve eternal youth;
You can walk on water and live in fire;
But - to control your mind is better and more difficult.


--Thayumanavar



So true.
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New year's Desiderata

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

-Max Ehrmann, 1927
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