My signature block used to include a few extra quotations to show what was important to me. That has grown to such an extent that it became unmanageable a while ago, so I split it, with a full list on my "pages", and a shorter list on (shorter) posts on my main, or "home" page. Well, that has got to the stage where it is harder to manage, so, as I look at the latest batch of quotes I want to add in, I have decided to create a page solely for quotations - and here ' tis :) I recommend that anyone who is serious about personal growth (especially future-life me :) ) meditates on each and every one of these quotations - perhaps do one a day or one a week.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral. Returning violence with violence only multiplies violence, add deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
We are not going to turn the United States into a right-wing totalitarian country in order to deal with a left-wing totalitarian threat.
The real dividing line is not between Christianity and Islam, Sunni and Shia, East and West. It is between people who believe in coexistence, and those who don’t.
Beware the enforcers of conformity - those small people who, sharing the banality of evil, cannot abide that others may demonstrate that doing the same as everyone else is not compulsory.
The evil - and, whether it is there out of malice or ignorance, it is evil - that is in the hearts of those who are harming and diminishing gays, lesbians and trans people, is, at its core, the same as the evil that harms and diminishes humans of other races, ethnicities or cultures, or sexes or genders, or religions, or those humans seeking safety. Furthermore, as with the evil that is slavery, one of its worst aspects is that those people indulging in it get used to being cruel and try to justify it.
The struggle for Equal Marriage is a struggle to abolish the slavery-like control that one group of people exerts over the hearts of another group of people.
US Justice Harlan’s comment "This 'liberty' is not a series of isolated points ... It is a rational continuum which, broadly speaking, includes a freedom from all substantial arbitrary impositions and purposeless restraints" speaks to a more universal principle: specific “–isms” of discrimination are not the problem, the underlying bigotry, and whatever fear, ignorance or hate it is founded on, is the problem.
Human dignity is the inherently cumulative holistic combination of human rights, wellbeing and potential, and all actions or interaction which promote, realise or facilitate same. The converse also applies: whatever degrades, diminishes or robs humans of dignity, is inherently undignified.
Failure to recognise the Universality of the Declaration of Human Rights is the preserve of despots and the weak minded.
Abuses of power such as silencing victims are one of the causes of conflating revenge and justice - which is karmic, in a sense - perhaps, but also wrong.
Physical and moral violence is too often committed in the cause of cheapening consumerism.
The “purpose” of spiritual evolution is not the attainment of “spiritual perfection” - not in the sense of not having to evolve further, at any rate, since there is no such thing. We need to evolve in order to grow - but we can take rest breaks (hopefully well earned :) ) along the way. No, the “purpose” of evolution is, rather, to perfect our ability to learn, and thus grow.
The reason for diversity / variety in life is not to allow choice, it is to enable the meeting of the diversity / variety of spiritual needs in life.
As you are right now, here, living on this world, it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to know everything or understand everyone. The only thing to do then, is accept people as they are - unless they are genuinely harming others - and learn to co-exist.
Spiritual love is NOT about emotional highs.
Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2016, ISBN 978-0-374-27353-8)
No work is insignificant. All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this.
(in a 1993 British Telecom advertisement)
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger [people].
(who was quoting 19th Century Episcopal Bishop Phillips Brooks)
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
There is no root that is devoid of medicinal value,
(described as “an old Sanskrit quatrain")
Families are often where people are spiritually sentenced to learn to co-exist; they can be controlling and abusive, and, perhaps even more importantly, the focus on family first cuts down our empathy and compassion for people who are genuinely in far more extreme suffering – thus diminishing the family-focused people and making them less as human beings: it is mistaking an apprentice application of love for a mature application of love.
- Although personal choice means individuals are accountable for what they choose to be (for good and bad equally), that same principle of accountability means those individual's parents, peers and Guides are also accountable as to whether or not they failed in their influence - as much if the person turns out unthinking, selfish, bigoted, or otherwise flawed or evil, as if they turn out well;
- If you are making more than 10% profit, or not living as small and simple as you can, you may be directly and personally contributing to inequity and environmental degradation.
- Why isn’t GDP adjusted for population growth, as interest on money is (i.e., “real” vs. apparent)?
- Striking a singing bowl is ringing it - like a bell. To think it is making the bowl sing is as much a misconception as thinking it is acceptable to pronounce the sacred AUM by the simplified approximation "Om". Both, ubiquitous though they may be, are wrong (although Om has been built into a thought form, something with psychic power from those who use it, albeit lacking in the sacred connection of AUM) and signs of sloppy half-thinking.
- The inability of people to be on their own, whether for a period of time, or in the sense of not having an intimate relationship, is a flaw in both them and society.
- Any parent who whinges about their child not staying in touch after they leave home, or of being unappreciated, and then claims to love their child or to be selfless, is a hypocrite and a liar. The saying "if you love someone, set them free: if they come back they are yours, if they didn't they never were", although unduly possessive in its phrasing can also be adapted to a parenting situation - which is a different form of love, but should be about love, nevertheless. If you love your child, when they reach adulthood LET THEM GO, so they can be all they can be, as they choose to be - flaws and all. If they stay in touch or come back to say they now appreciate and understand what you did, that is wonderful - but not only do you have NO right to ENFORCE that, any attempt to do so makes a mockery of everything you ever did.
- The USSR is what happens when engineers run a nation - and I am an engineer, so I know what happens when “bottom-up” focused engineers, meaning those who think everything can be predicted by looking at the smallest details and working their way up, without doing some “top-down” checks – i.e., checking the predictions against reality along the way, get too much power;
- Anyone who misgenders a trans or gender diverse person is spiritually guilty of attempted murder;
- The concepts of original sin and salvation are nonsensical: all there is, is growth and consequence.
- One size does NOT fit all.
- Economic and/or social and/or cultural interdependence has never prevented war.
- Neither eloquence nor inarticulateness inherently indicates correctness, but, as words can kill, the right to freedom of speech comes with a DUTY to be as well-informed, objective and balanced as you can be.
- Don't be mediocre - seek to excel.
- Gnwmythr's Stropping Strap: Occam's Razor only works if the simplest solution is actually recognised as being the simplest, rather than the one that best fits one's bigotries being labelled 'simplest'.
- Our entire life experience, with all the many wondrous and varied people, places and events in it, is too small a sample for statistical reliability about Life.
- I mourn the desecration of the term 'Light Worker' by commercial interests, and the warping of the word 'Light' away from 'Clear Light' by the "White Lighters".
- Ubiquitous is not necessarily normal.
- Presuming that everyone has, or wants, a smartphone is discriminatory, unspiritual, and downright stupid.
- Assuming that sharing house will be like the TV series "Friends" is downright stupid.
- Do not enter a (personal) relationship for anything other than a clear, conscious and deliberate decision - do not do so out of loneliness, or to go along with society's expectations, or because you want sex (sex is a physical and, in some cases, an emotional need, but it is NOT a valid basis for a relationship), nor even because you love someone. THINK about the matter - ESPECIALLY if you're in love, as one-way love has been used to manipulate people into situations such as the so-called "sexually transmitted debt".
- Obsessive love may be a cover up of guilt.
- Parenting and teaching are not relationships of equals.
- Appetisers stimulate appetite. They can be appropriate – even helpful, but if someone focused obsessively on stimulating appetite, they are at risk of over-eating – and missing out on a lot of the rest of life. So too with sex and, to lesser extent, relationships.
- Proxy embarrassment is both a form of control, and an internal barrier to truth, honesty and perspicacity.
- May the world of commerce and business be recognised to be a servant, not a master, of the lives of people.
- Ban the dream interpretation industry!
- A home is for living in, not feeling, becoming or being rich or a “better” class than others.
- Housework is for ensuring a home is comfortable to live in, not competing to outdo or belittle others.
- Life is not a struggle for status.
- The purpose of life is NOT finding your "other half" or, if you are polyamorous, finding your other partners, or having a fast-paced so-called "holiday" once a year so you can spend the rest of the year rushing around and working out ways to cope with the stresses of a fast paced life.
- The secret to being (financially) rich is not to have lots of money: it is to have an income reasonably (at least 20%!) above the poverty line, and then make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to live within 90% of your means. Both winning lotteries and a Uni degree are useless if one is overgenerous or otherwise fail to follow this rule.
- Being accustomed to interacting via certain rules makes those rules neither right nor universal.
- Like fire to the physical, emotions to the soul make a good servant, and a bad master.
- Emotional comfort/connection/closeness, materialism and religion (immature spirituality) are NOT more important than spiritual rigour.
- Expertise at intimacy and emotional happiness is not the same thing as spiritual growth.
- Children are a task and a test - not a source of "warm fuzzies", not an insurance for old age.
- Any person, male or female, who has neither a serious health issue, dependents nor an agreement about study. yet expects their partner to work to support them, is, spiritually speaking, little more than a parasite.
- "Following the crowd" is not "going with the flow".
- Armageddon is alive and well and happening right now: it is a battle between the indolence of "I only ..." and/or "I just ..." and/or "Everyone knows ... " and/or "they can just ..." and what Bruce Schneier calls "security theatre" on one side, and perspicacity and the understanding that the means shape the end on the other. Indolence vs. perspicacity, and expediency vs. honour.
- The means shape the end.
- Choosing blankets on appearance or custom rather than temperature is a vanity that may result in being too hot or too cold.
- Karl Marx got it wrong: it’s sex, family and intimacy, not religion, which is the opiate of the masses. ("Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people")
- BPLF restraint of uncooperatives is NOT an opportunity for revenge or getting even - even unconsciously.
- Sometimes you just can't argue with a biped that is armed with a sharp stick, a thick head and not too much in the way of grunts.
- Spiritual love is far more than just an emotion - it is a concept, thoughts, actions and a way of living.
- One of the basics of serious spiritual / psychic work is that the greatest work is that which we do on ourself, which seems trivial to many. Our own Innermost Essence, which is our Higher Self / Soul / Spirit, has the power to do so much, and is actively participating in the creation and sustenance of this physical reality. Some mote of our conscious or unconscious knows that, which is why we seem inclined to be dismissive of Self Mastery - which is a bit like the child who sees an adult spending money to buy toys, and fails to recognise the daily grind of work which has led to having the money.
- If your “gut” (your instinct/intuition) is telling you something is wrong, but logic and the available evidence is saying otherwise, the proper conclusion to draw is that you need better, more personally credible evidence. Your “gut” could be wrong, right, or missing the nuances / “shades of grey” . So could the available evidence.
- My favourite action movie of all time is "Gandhi", although I've also come across "Invictus" and might put that one in to that category. However, I loathe the stereotypical action movie - and, for similar reasons, I loathe many dramas, which are often emotionally violent, more so in some cases than many war films.
- All of this blog could be wrong, or subject to context, perspective, or state of spiritual evolution ...