Philosophers Squared – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (14 March 1908 – 3 May 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, following Rene Descartes, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, and influencing the field of Cognitive Science. “There is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was a French phenomenological philosopher


Quotations of Merleau-Ponty are from sources: EGS, WikiQuote, GoodReads, QuotesTree, BrainyQuote, – Phenomenology of Perception. 1945,  YouTube


 

To ask for an explanation is to explain the obscure by the more obscure.

It is because we are through and through compounded of relationships with the world that for us the only way to become aware of the fact is to suspend the resultant activity, to refuse it our complicity…or yet again, to put it ‘out of play’.

We must not, therefore, wonder whether we really perceive a world, we must instead say: the world is what we perceive.

The essential point is clearly to grasp the project towards the world that we are.

….we are nothing but a view of the world….

Inside and outside are inseparable.

We know not through our intellect but through our Experience

The flesh is at the heart of the world.

The world and I are within one another.

Because we are in the world, we are condemned to meaning, and we cannot do or say anything without its acquiring a name in history.

Where are we to put the limit between the body and the world, since the world is flesh?

There is never determinism and never absolute choice, I am never a thing and never bare consciousness.

I wanted to render precisely the perceptual experience, I ought to say that one perceives in me, and not that I perceive.

We know not through our intellect but through our Experience

The body is our general medium for having a world.

All consciousness is perceptual…The perceived world is the always presupposed foundation of all rationality, all value and all existence.

Language transcends us and yet, we speak.

In perception we do not think the object and we do not think ourselves thinking it, we are given over to the object and we merge into this body which is better informed than we are about its world.

We must rediscover, after the natural world, the social world, not as an object or sum of objects, but as a permanent field or dimension of existence.

Being a human means being a human within the mankind.

Humanity is not an aggregate of individuals, a community of thinkers, each of whom is guaranteed from the outset to be able to reach agreement with the others because all participate in the same thinking essence. Nor, of course, is it a single Being in which the multiplicity of individuals are dissolved and into which these individuals are destined to be reabsorbed. As a matter of principle, humanity is precarious: each person can only believe what he recognizes to be true internally and, at the same time, nobody thinks or makes up his mind without already being caught up in certain relationships with others, which leads him to opt for a particular set of opinions. Everyone is alone and yet nobody can do without other people, not just because they are useful (which is not in dispute here) but also when it comes to happiness.

The world is… the natural setting of, and field for, all my thoughts and all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not inhabit only the inner man, or more accurately, there is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself.

Nothing determines me from outside, not because nothing acts upon me, but, on the contrary, because I am from the start outside myself and open to the world.

For the child men are empty heads turned towards one single, self-evident world where everything takes place

It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.

If we are to rediscover a system of morals, we must find it through contact with the conflicts revealed by immoralism.

Are moral principles merely a way to reassure rather than to save ourselves, a way to wave questions aside instead of answering them.

The function of the novelist is not to state these ideas thematically but to make them exist for us in the way that things exist.

One cannot imagine what a thing would be like if it were not to be seen by “me”.

A feeling is the name conventionally given to a series of instants, but life, when considered lucidly, is reduced to this swarming of instants to which chance alone gives a common meaning.

I am sure that there is being — on the condition that I do not seek another sort of being than being­ for-me.

Every philosopher, every artist believes that his masterpieces require completion.


COMMENTS

Science is a map of the world, but in Merleau-Ponty’s view he is a perceptual experience living interactively within his world. He is not a reasoning machine computing a local environment, he is an interactive verbally conscious animal. The perceived world is the always-presupposed foundation of all rationality, all value, and all existence. He moves on to explain, I am sure that there is being-on the condition that I do not seek another sort of being than being­ for-me. At another time he says, One cannot imagine what a thing would be like if it were not to be seen by “me”. He simultaneously blends himself into the world and separates himself from it, he proclaims himself to be rational while making his ideal an identification with an emotional blending of his inside with the outside, but then proclaims, The inside and outside are inseparable. I become annoyed with the Continental philosophers’ insistence on contradicting themselves. It seems to be a self-protection strategy for not being contradicted by their fellow philosophers.

There is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself.

Condensed thoughts Probaway July 2015

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January 2015

01 January 2015 – Probaway – Person of the year 2015 – Peter Higgs and Alan Guth – They discovered particles that could be found anywhere in the Universe, that are fundamental to our existence.

02 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 23 – If you are distracted quickly recognize that you have lost that moment for maintaining tranquility.

03 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Kindness – The greatest acts of wisdom are simple acts of kindness.

04 January 2015 – Progress review for Probaway and modern society – This blog began with a list of Life Hacks for creating a better world with good habits.

05 January 2015 – Imagine There’s No Heaven by Mitchell Stephens – book review – If God is incomprehensible to man, it would seem rational never to think of Him at all.

06 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 24 – The world is constantly making demands on us to do things that take us away from our personal duty to ourselves.

07 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Energy – A person without a present purpose has no energy and soon falls into despondency.

08 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 25 – Sometimes a friend gets a perk you would prefer had come to you, but that decision was some other person’s choice.

09 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Reliability – No one is reliable who is expected to act against their own self-interest.

10 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 26 – We can choose how we respond to inevitable events.

11 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Tranquility – Being courageous, constructive, and kind are the fruits of tranquility.

12 January 2015 – The Wisdom of Donkeys – by Andy Merrifield – review – My aim has been to clarify how the goal of tranquility, so prized by the Stoics, might be generated in our modern people.

13 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 27 – Our world does not exist intending for us to miss out on opportunities.

14 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 28 – To maintain control of your inner self is your personal responsibility.

15 January 2015 – Easy diet, easier diet, easiest diet. – Leave something on my plate for Grandma!

16 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Freedom – Without free speech there is not even the possibility of any of the other rights.

17 January 2015 – The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel – Book review – I think, therefore I can change what I am.

18 January 2015 – You can’t cure stupid, especially Detroit stupid, stupid, foolishness. – You can’t cure stupid, but sometimes even fools can cure themselves with forethought.

19 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 29 – To become a Stoic is easy to do once you are willing to abandon the wonderful things society pretends are available to you.

20 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Desire – The sage’s desire is to help another being find their way.

21 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 30 – Be content with the past, because there is nothing you can do about it.

22 January 2015 – The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans DeWaal – Book review – Why not assume that our humanity, including the self-control needed for a livable society, is built into us?

23 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 31 – It is important to have a proper piety toward society’s gods, its ideas of justice, and whatever it is that created our universe.

24 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 32 – Remember the man who was violently cast out of the Delphi Oracle for asking if he should defend his brother, who was about to be murdered.

25 January 2015 – The Tao Teh Ching – #10 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – When training your self in the use of your secret source,
hold close to your essence and thus avoid dispersal.

26 January 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Ethics – Being ethical means doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.

27 January 2015 – Risk of death measured by CriSTAL, Glasgow Coma Scale, RTS and START – What are the criteria that guide our medical people in triage decisions?

28 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 33 – Right now give some thought as to how you will behave when alone, and how you will behave towards others when in public.

29 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 34 – How you will feel a year from now about having accepted a pleasure, and how you will feel about having rejected it.

30 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 35 – If you can’t do the job correctly don’t start it, but if it is within your abilities, do a competent job, and ignore those who disparage you.

31 January 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 36 – Demonstrate your appreciation to your host by behaving appropriately, which usually means modestly.

Condensed thoughts Probaway February 2015

01 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 37 – When you choose to do some job that is beyond your ability, it is likely that you will fail, so do jobs where you will be successful.

02 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 38 – Never through lack of caution hurt your ruling principle of carefully seeking tranquility and contentment.

03 February 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) logarithmic chart update – 03 – The effort is now being shifted to tracking down every case of Ebola, and every contact made by each sick person.

04 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 39 – Pause for a moment and consider the endless new troubles you will acquire when putting on another man’s shoes.

05 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 40 – In Roman times girls attempted to get married quickly by making themselves as attractive as possible to marriageable men.

06 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 41 – It demonstrates a lack of judgment to spend excessive time exercising, eating, drinking, and copulating.

07 February 2015 – Saint Augustine’s analysis of lying – Even truth thought false by the sayer is a lie.

08 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 42 – When a man treats you badly or speaks badly of you, remember that he is coming from his own experiences.

09 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 43 – Choose the view that he is your friend and you have always solved your differences. Then approach the problem from a place of common interest.

10 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 44 – A man standing before you is neither his property nor his style; nor are you.

11 February 2015 – Will computer minds find an inherent meaning to the Universe? – Are the evolutionary goals of a Universal superintelligence even conceivable to humans?

12 February 2015 – Convert all of the Universe’s silicon into intelligent material. – To survive and reproduce oneself is the goal of an evolving silicon living system.

13 February 2015 – Vint Cerf discusses 1000 year storage of digital information – Digital vellum will make our current digital information available to people a thousand years in the future.

14 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 45 – If you don’t know why a person did a particular act, you don’t know if he did it well or poorly.

15 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 46 – Instead of showing off your knowledge, demonstrate it in your actions.

16 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 47 – Do things to maintain your own self-control over your body, but don’t tell anyone you are doing these things. They are for you.

17 February 2015 – St. Augustine’s Confessions – But, where does all of his abundance come from? It comes from Jesus’ idea that you should “help others live and live more abundantly.”

18 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 48 – A Stoic expects all benefits and harms to come from within himself.

19 February 2015 – Attention with kindness yields the best love. – Even arguing and fighting is a form of personal acknowledgment and validation.

20 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 49 – Nothing of value comes to me until I actually attempt to use the information that I acquire.

21February 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Love – Love is an expression in actions of the respect for another’s intentions.

22 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 50 – Your self-chosen rules’ function is to train you to personally gain control of yourself and your habits.

23 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 51 – Prepare now, because every moment of your life is a now, and it will be met with all that you have to offer.

24 February 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Lies – To lie to another convincingly trains one’s own self to lie to oneself, and thus to voluntarily ruin one’s own character.

25 February 2015 – The Tao Teh Ching – #11 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – Clay may be molded into a cup, yet – From the void within arises the utility of the cup.

26 February 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 52 – We must never lie or everything becomes meaningless.

27 February 2015 – The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert – book review – The impressive thing about humanity creating this world-wide sixth extinction is that “we are doing it without even trying.”

28 February 2015 – My controversial jelly bean diet kills desire to continue eating. – The three jelly bean diet has been the easiest diet I’ve created, so far.

Condensed thoughts Probaway March 2015

01 March 2015 – Epictetus – Enchiridion – A manual of Stoic living. Paragraph 53 – I choose to influence only that which is within my ability, and be content with the rest.

02 March 2015 – How to save the frogs of the world. – The freezing of frogs is a method for saving the frogs and probably some other species from extinction.

03 March 2015 – I am aware. – I enjoy the awareness that I am aware of my awareness and of its rareness.

04 March 2015 – Speak in complete sentences. – I have a habit of speaking too briefly and expecting whomever it is that is listening to fill in the missing words.

05 March 2015 – When an unknown opportunity knocks at least open the door. – The world is still filled with many potential unknowns that are easily discovered.

06 March 2015 – How to love one’s self. – Cultivate the habit of being loving to oneself through kind actions toward other people, because it generates the habit of being loving and kind to oneself.

07 March 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) logarithmic chart update – 07 March 2015 – If not treated the death rate from Ebola is greater than ninety percent.

08 March 2015 – How to drink beverages for greater pleasure. – Why beer tastes better from a glass than a bottle is because it flows over more of the tongue.

09 March 2015 – Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich – review – Revealing a life of pain doesn’t help others find a path to tranquility.

10 March 2015 – Intelligence coupled with free will is not to be trusted. – People want security and a person exercising free will is unpredictable.

11 March 2015 – Superintelligence – Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom – review – Superintelligence is still in its infancy; what will its childhood be like?

12 March 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Gratitude – A demonstration of gratitude is a sure sign that a person is awake.

13 March 2015 – How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & J. Rosenberg – review – This is a great book for the one-in-a-million person applying to Google, but for most other general readers it will be a put-down.

14 March 2015 – Confirmation bias and be careful what you wish for. – Samumpsickle said, “Yep. That I can do, but is that what you really want?”

15 March 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Truth – Truth is often symmetrical with other truths, but also sometimes with falsehoods.

16 March 2015 – Adverse Childhood Experiences versus Positive Childhood Experiences – comments – I would like to meet people who have low ACE and high PCE scores.

17 March 2015 – Index of EarthArk category’s posts – A list of 115 EarthArk posts from the most recent to oldest.

18 March 2015 – Give thanks to Gravity. – It would be an orientating thing for us to go to our ultimate source of being and give thanks to The Four Fundamental Forces of Nature, for being so consistent and dependable.

19 March 2015 – Adverse Childhood Experiences versus Positive Childhood Experiences – This new chart adds numbers to each test’s items, one through ten. It also reformats the page so the two tests align each item for item.

20 March 015 – A photograph of a rainbow, moon and rainy street. – It was an overly abstract story for a camera club that talks a lot about cropping and blurry backgrounds.

21 March 2015 – Potential enemies of the EarthArk project – These are the profit-minded people who want to bring all life forms under their personal control, using DNA manipulation techniques.

22 March 2015 – Humanity must survive its dangerous moments to continue existing. – You and humanity must survive every deadly instant before your offspring can exist.

23 March 2015 – Do a quicker and easier EarthArk before it’s too late. – Start your personal EarthArk today, by putting seeds in a bucket.

24 March 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Evil – Evil is in the motivations of humans who willfully choose to injure people or other living things for personal pleasure.

25 March 2015 – The Tao Teh Ching – #12 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – The artists’ colorful works make your eyes too sensitive; the musicians’ melodic notes make your ears too delicate; the gourmets’ succulent flavors make your tongue too refined.

26 March 2015 – Dome Argus in Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. – The EarthArks can save millions of species, but they must be in place to do it.

27 March 2015 – Antarctica – A year on ice – movie by Anthony Powell – review – A year on ice will open your spirit to understand more soulfully where you now live.

28 March 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Doubt – Doubt is a momentary condition between the choice of options that can lead to depression when a decision can not be made.

29 March 2015 – I live within inertia and so do you. – A person 80 years old would have experienced 2,524,608,000 seconds of potential free will decision making.

30 March 2015 – A useful upgrade in percent % notation system. – If society learns to replace the % sign with p/00 we will make the meaning of the numbers more obvious.

31 March 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Death – Living is the astonishing thing in the Universe, as non-life is the default condition.

Condensed thoughts Probaway April 2015

01 April 2015 – Is suicide a free-will option, or is it a destiny? – Is it the champions of other people’s needs who are the most in need of help?

02 April 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Pain – Avoid pain by doing the right things at the right times.

03 April 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Wisdom – True wisdom is invisible because it brings tranquility, contentment and a quiet life.

04 April 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Contentment – It feels better to enjoy what you have than suffer over what you want.

05 April 2015 – The exit strategy of Kelsey Collins – I speak to the living – do little kind acts frequently.

06 April 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) logarithmic chart update – 06 April 2015 – Develop a weakened virus that can be sprayed into bat colonies.

07 April 2015 – A pleasantly tranquil walk in downtown Bend, Oregon – If you can look forward to helping someone live a better life you are needed and wanted.

08 April 2015 – Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) – review – The only thing that consistently reduces population is lack of food, and starving is a terrible way to die.

09 April 2015 – What is the question we should be asking about our life? – I wasn’t, I am, I won’t be, and I am content with all of those?

10 April 2015 – Our habits are magnetically attached to confirmation bias. – What feels right at the moment is dependent on what happens to attract our attention at the moment.

11 April 2015 – The Unpersuadables by Will Storr – review – We are all unpersuadables – and once you realize that, you can be more comfortable with yourself and kinder to all those other foolish people.

12 April 2015 – My sad change of opinion – A government of the entrenched rich, by the entrenched rich, and for the entrenched rich that shall never ever perish from the earth.

13 April 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Success – The easiest road to personal success is found in being kind to others.

14 April 2015 – What do you want? – I came to my wish: “To let the world progress as it was going to do without my suggestions or my garden gnome’s help.”

15 April 2015 – In the shadows of unknowns – Use falsifiability as the starting point, as opposed to using it as an ending point proof of the not quite rightness of a theory.

16 April 2015 – Do what you want to do … but … – Do what you want to do, but give others the opportunity live healthier lives because of your actions.

17 April 2015 – Categories are only in our heads. – People believe they can claim superiority over others, because they exist on a higher plane, a more significant reality.

18 April 2015 – Be nicer. – It is not the helping of people that is desired, but their perception of being cared for personally.

19 April 2015 – How can we find truth? – The pirates who can somehow become legitimate will eventually triumph.

20 April 2015 – Your world might expand like mine just did. – The people are coherent wholes, and will explain themselves well, if given a chance.

21 April 2015 – I have opinions based on observations. What are yours based on? – Part of the fair play of conversation is to admit you are wrong when you are proven wrong.

22 April 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Grief – Grief is like the Laocoon snake, slowly squeezing the living breath out of now.

23 April 2015 – The good, the bad and the ugly of Ebola – To the research people weaponizing disease I would say – Remember that we and you too are part of humanity.

24 April 2015 – How do we identify wisdom? – Wisdom is the ability to find the exact thing that will make a difference, and the ability to propagate it virally.

25 April 2015 – The Tao Teh Ching – #13 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – Honors and dishonors will disturb your equanimity; and when you think highly of yourself, your body will be filled with suffering.

26 April 2015 – The good and bad of prayer, and finding a better way. – When we pray for what is, and what will be, and what has been, our prayers will always be answered.

27 April 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 0 – Let me expose my confirmation biases, as best I can, to clear the way forward as much as I am able.

28 April 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 1 – The world is filled with many problems and many paths, and we have need for help along a proper path.

29 April 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 2 – Asking an undefinable entity to help one with human problems introduces a huge gap into reason and responsibility.

30 April 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 3 – To seek to live in a world of fantasy is what we are specifically guided away from.

Condensed thoughts Probaway May 2015

01 May 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Goals – If you don’t do something you won’t get anywhere, and you are eternally stuck where you are.

02 May 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs– 4 – I ask of my inmost being to validate life’s potential force.

03 May 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 5 – Let me embrace the past as it was, the present as it is, and the future as it will be.

04 May 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) logarithmic chart update – 04 May 2015 – During an epidemic most people would prefer to wear a health status badge than to die of an avoidable disease.

05 May 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 6 – The only way to avoid rewards is for the helping action to be done in secret, and therefore let my every kindness go unobserved.

06 May 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Resilience – Resilience is the conviction that the goal is worth the effort.

07 May 2015 – Should women be drafted into military service? – Drafting all people, men and women, into an army sets up a whole nation to be brutal and become ugly and miserable.

08 May 2015 – My prayers begin to transcend humanity’s needs – 7 – I pray that at every moment as it occurs I am ready to participate. I am ready … now!

09 May 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Ignorance – One who refuses to observe reality will always be ignorant, and one who bases his actions on ignorance will always behave foolishly.

10 May 2015 – It’s time to say hello to our new reality. – Let us do what we can to bring a humane morality to this astonishing new world.

11 May 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Imagination – Until worldly facts convince the imagination of their functionality, imagination based on random experience will control our actions.

12 May 2015 – Thoughts condensed from the popular world – #93. Commit to your task and finish it with enthusiasm.

13 May 2015 – Yes, I’m on a spiritual path! – Our writing group chose to write for ten minutes about the word “path”. Click to read my little 149 word essay.

14 May 2015 – How to improve your ACE test score. – It’s impossible to change the past, but you can change your relationship to the past by retelling it in a helpful way.

15 May 2015 – You can’t have the impossible. – “You can’t have the impossible” sounds like an obvious falsehood, but it’s an obvious truth.

16 May 2015 – Prayers for the new millennium – Humanity needs a goal to have a purpose, to feel comfortable with ourselves, within our vastly expanded universe.

17 May 2015 – A typical Sunday for me – I left intellectual Berkeley, after 50 years, with some trepidation for the small resort town of Bend, Oregon. It’s different but wonderful.

18 May 2015 – A prayer for tranquility and contentment – Treat other people in a way that will maximize their tranquility within themselves and support their contentment with the world around them.

19 May 2015 – A quiet day, but memorable for me – It’s quite a pleasure having people respond positively to something I’ve done, because it is such a rare event.

20 May 2015 – How can I promote tranquility fairly? – People are who they are and creating tranquility in them is aided by accepting them as they are, a vast array of self-promoting habits.

21 May 2015 – Fear can be a good emotion or very bad. – Fear can drive you to be sensible. Don’t take unnecessary risks, and don’t ignore real ones.

22 May 2015 – Doing something worthwhile makes you feel good. – Do something worthwhile for other people, not something destructive and hurtful, or simply a waste of personal and public resources.

23 May 2015 – How to make a vertical take-off and fast horizontal flight copterplane. – The copterplane would go much faster and further than a helicopter, but others are pursuing it now.

24 May 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Judgment – A thoughtful man thinks about what he knows and figures things out from observed facts.

25 May 2015 – The Tao Teh Ching – #14 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – Before something exists, you may draw it into existence; and
after it exists, you may draw it into non-existence.

26 May 2015 – Migraine prodrome visual pattern variations on colored backgrounds – I did an experiment where smooth colored areas matched the color of my scotoma, and it nearly vanished, but when shifting my gaze to a visually complex area it returned.

27 May 2015 – 10 things you know to be true – Within seconds everyone was bent over their notepads, writing furiously. When done we each read our efforts. Wow.

28 May 2015 –When shouldn’t we help other people? – Don’t help others if it hurts anyone; thus don’t help if it hurts you, don’t help if it hurts them, and don’t help if it hurts the health of society.

29 May 2015 – How can we identify actionable information? – Actionable information is that which enhances your overall survival and heritability.

30 May 2015 – We can’t predict the future very well and therefore …   – Have the reserves ready so you can act quickly and appropriately to rare problems.

31 May 2015 – What are the questions you should be asking today? – How can I learn to ask better questions?

Condensed thoughts Probaway June 2015

01 June 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Desire – To make your future life tranquil and contented intentionally choose to do things that will help you to be tranquil and contented in this moment.

02 June 2015 – Choose reality over fantasy and your life improves. – Change the way you see things to conform to reality, and your reality improves.

03 June 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) logarithmic chart update – 03 June 2015 – It might be possible to catch Ebola years later when a refugia organ site, like an eye, is ruptured, and the virus enters the blood system or infects a caregiver.

04 June 2015 – Discovering blank spots in our human reality – Infinitely close to everything in the Universe will be unknowable to us forever, but we can choose to enjoy what we do perceive.

05 June 2015 – Zebrafish, CRISPR, Plague Inc., and computer-generated DNA – Several of my Probaway Person of the Year choices get blended into a single scientific experiment.

06 June 2015 – Existentialism and reality are avoided by most humans. – Existential reality is too demanding for most humans so they choose to become willing slaves to an ideology.

07 June 2015 – Learning from a moment of forethought, a moment of action, and a moment of meditation. – An upgrade to a quiet mind, and a generalized quest for a better relationship with the world in general and ourselves in particular.

08 June 2015 – Thomas E. Lovejoy of World Wildlife Fund & Founder of PBS series Nature – My thought after the lecture was, to save humanity create ways for people to make money taking CO2 and other problems out of the environment.

09 June 2015 – Preparing for problem solving with pleasure – When we know we need to be flexible in our approach to a problem we should intentionally get ourselves into a pleasurable state of mind.

09 June 2015 – A powerful variation on quiet meditation – This loud variation on the usual quiet meditation reveals unexpected opportunities.

10 June 2015 – How can I learn to avoid fear and pain and be effective? – Be more effective by intentionally making your personal presentations less fearful and more joyful and positive.

11 June 2015 – Is ultimate truth subjective? – Truth in all of its guises is always an agreed upon approximation.

12 June 2015 – Watch for kindness and you will see it. – Asking for people to be kind, humorous and wise seems attainable to everyone.

13 June 2015 – It is easy to live better by avoiding anxiety and pain – When you have eliminated the sources of your anxiety you will decrease your experiences of anxiety.

14 June 2015 – Who decides what is true? – We decide at every instant what is true, who we are and who we will become, so choose wisely my friendly reader.

15 June 2015 – Do we have a duty to live or to die? – Our duty is not to be an unwelcome burden to ourselves or others.

16 June 2015 – What is beauty to humans? – Some of us were feeling the Universal as beauty, some were thinking of it as truth, and all of us were enjoying it immensely.

17 June 2015 – The good and bad of hitting age 80 – Old age isn’t for sissies, it’s for flexible, fun-loving, personal-purpose finding people.

18 June 2015 – Training the behavior of organisms like dogs – Here are some working suggestions for helping you and your dog into a cooperative relationship.

19 June 2015 – What is our duty to the Universe as intelligent conscious beings? – We are creating sililife (silicon life) but once it is established it can take whatever time is necessary, even billions of years, to do its evolutionary thing.

20 June 2015 – Hillary Clinton can become President of the United States – Creating impossible dreams brings people to failure, disillusionment, grief, despondency, and early death.

21 June 2015 – Curious conversations in Bend, Oregon – Curious conversations would be a true reality show about ordinary people’s personal stories.

22 June 2015 – Notes for creating a tranquil life with better habits – When some action doesn’t seem right, that is the moment to choose a better habit.

23 June 2015 – How can we thrive in our uncertain world? – To help others to live within their reality is something I can do, and so can you.

24 June 2015 – Show up, pay attention, give it your best, and let it go – Repeat – means frequently returning from one’s own inner thoughts to the external thoughts of the group.

25 June 2015 –The Tao Teh Ching – #15 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – It is impossible to predict sages’ obscure behavior, but
their actions always seem simple and obvious.

26 June 2015 – If you are going to do something well, do it every day. – If you are going to do something well, do it every day, but choose it wisely so it will be helpful to everyone.

27 June 2015 – Charles LeRoy Scamahorn USAF 1960 – I got my wings, but a year later both the Air Force and I decided I could serve our country better as a civilian and we parted ways amiably.

28 June 2015 – When do people ignore you? – People only see the pretty surface and only taste the sugar coating.

29 June 2015 – A meditation for stoics. – A tranquility and contentment meditation for everyone, even atheists and stoics.

30 June 2015 – Only when we look does reality stare us eye to eye – Some quatrains from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with some stoic comments.

30 June 2015 – Condensed thoughts compilation from Probaway’s 2015 blog – This list also appears in the list at the top of probaway.wordpress.com as 2015.

Condensed thoughts Probaway July 2015

01 July 2015 – The Boy Scout helping the old lady across the street problem. – Those old women made me feel like I should be in training to be a “nice” teenager.

02 July 2015 – Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction and … ? – A Google search didn’t turn up much that was unique for the year 2015.

03 July 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Work – If what you are doing is not beneficial to you and someone else, stop doing it and find something to do that is beneficial.

04 July 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) logarithmic chart update – 04 July 2015 – In twenty years human diseases of the world may be gone, and most animal ones too.

05 July 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Suffering – The more clearly you see the world as it is, as opposed to the way you wish it to be, the less disillusionment you will be forced to suffer.

06 July 2015 – Projecting the convergence of unrelated current technologies – What will you value in five years?

07 July 2015 – Making sense of your normal body temperature – Remember 98.6°F for adults and one degree less for young and old.

08 July 2015 – A meditation for stoics, update #1. – A tranquility and contentment meditation gets you ready for action.

09 July 2015 – The EarthArk Project is still the right way to save species – List of EarthArk posts from the most recent to oldest

10 July 2015 – A meditation for stoics, update #2 – a challenge. – The goal is to learn to calm oneself and then act promptly with appropriate actions.

11 July 2015 – A coming reprieve from famines caused by population explosion. – The problems are growing but our ability to cope with them is growing too.

12 July 2015 – Human wants are not infinite. – Choose to limit infinite desires for fantasies to easily attained tranquility for what exists.

13 July 2015 – People respond positively to the tranquility – contentment meditation – “I choose to feel tranquil about my past.”

14 July 2015 – Disney’s Pluto can be seen in Pluto the dwarf planet. – I don’t know what the visual equivalant to earworms is but eyeworms seems appropriate.

14 July 2015 – People responded positively to the 3rd tranquility –  contentment meditation – When challenged we can enter a tranquil state and react with intelligent wisdom.

15 July 2015 – Update on the unknown unknowns of Doomsday – Always conduct yourself in such a way that a major change won’t take you out.

16 July 2015 – Whom can you trust? – You can trust people whose self-interest is compatible with yours, and you can’t trust people whose self-interest is hurt in any way by helping you.

17 July 2015 – Evolution of Information Scale (EVOS) – Life is a step in the process of organizing information.

18 July 2015 – How bad are the 21st-century military disasters? – As horrible as the world presently is, it is only 1/30 as bad as the 20th century.

19 July 2015 – Revisiting the Pain Scale in search of comfort. – Raise children in an environment supportive of their explorations and comforting of their pains.

20 July 2015 – The lesson of Ebola is to prepare an instant information kit. – Broadcast specific information on how to prevent a viral disease from spreading by demonstrating how to separate the virus sources from people.

21 July 2015 – Fully experience your present moment. – Before you begin any action commit yourself to an enthusiastic demeanor.

22 July 2015 – Road mine blast deflector – Steel wraparound skis on military vehicles would deflect road mines’ deadly power.

23 July 2015 – The 4th tranquility – contentment meditation – It might be appropriate to not suggest any words of meditation whatsoever for this exercise, not even the idea that previously we had done tranquility and contentment.

24 July 2015 – I will never leave you! – I assure you, that it’s quite an experience having a powerful shaman look you directly in the eye, and say, “I will never leave you!”

25 July 2015 – The Tao Teh Ching – #16 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn – Reach into your perfect void, and Attain the essence of tranquility.

25 July 2015 – Roget’s Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals – Review – Following in the footsteps of Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary“, or alternatively, they are incredibly stuck-up snoots.

26 July 2015 – What’s happening to my personal communications? – Being eighty is wonderfully liberating, if one has cultivated comfortable habits.

27 July 2015 – A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Silence – A wise man often sits silently and learns a great deal of wisdom from an arrant fool.

28 July 2015 – What is marriage for? – The goal of marriage is to raise a child, a perfect rose to your ideal self.

29 July 2015 – Love is real when it is mirrored back to its giver. – Give your love in a way that can be mirrored instantly.

30 July 2015 – If this is my life, what should I be doing? – All of these companions of my life tell me what I should be doing, and I do what works for me.

31 July 2015 – I never encountered a living thing I didn’t like. – Everything needs help to survive and they must get it from friends.

31 July 2015 – Condensed thoughts compilation from Probaway’s 2015 blog – This list also appears in the list at the top of probaway.wordpress.com as 2015.

I never encountered a living thing I didn’t like.

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It is a challenge for me to write, “I never encountered a living thing I didn’t like.” There have been many encounters with living things that brought me considerable suffering. For example, accidentally being too near poison oak several times brought on a non-stop itching that covered large portions of my body, and it lasted for weeks. Mosquitoes in my sleeping room can be annoying, with their biting, itching, and sleep-depriving buzzing. I’ve encountered rattlesnakes too, and fortunately for me their buzzing warned me not to come any closer. I go to an off-leash dog park often, and frequently encounter excessively friendly dogs who jump and try to lick my face, and occasionally aggressive ones.

There are many other examples of annoying and sometimes dangerous behavior from living things, with the characteristic of appearing hostile. The common need underlying all of these behaviors is that they are all just doing their particular thing for enhancing their own life experience. Once you realize what they are attempting to do, it becomes easy to adjust your behavior to accommodate their needs and you can become friends. I haven’t explored the possibility of becoming friends with snakes, but I have known people who have, and claim an affinity. Also, I don’t have much personal experience with birds, but I routinely have some short conversations with a neighborhood parrot. One of its favorite calls is “Hi neighbor!” Other things are just calling back and forth, but without any verbal meaning to me.

When you respect living things’ basic survival needs, your relationship can be friendly. Even big cats, who when hungry would choose to eat us, can be friendly if they are well fed. Thus, when relating to living things, carefully observe what will enhance their life experience and respect it. Be especially respectful of what will threaten them. Hostility always brings resistance and defensiveness, and threat brings strong, rigid, violent reactions.

I suspect that the billions of humans you will never meet in person are friendly when you can treat them as friends. Of course there are social roles that will create conflicts based on their group’s self-interest in survival. Even these can be overcome with friendly personal behavior. The world traveler Rick Steves says he is always friendly when encountering new people, and if that doesn’t work he is even friendlier.

Everything needs help to survive and they must get it from friends.

 

If this is my life, what should I be doing?

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Some friends I enjoy know they are eternal spirits floating through an infinite universe and choosing to temporarily inhabit the body with which they are presently talking to me. That gives them feelings of the grandeur of their current experiencing of life, and a knowledge that their present temporary body is expendable, and when it dies they will then be free to choose another one. They know they will move to a higher plane, with finer vibrations, and an even more exquisite experience.

Other friends believe they are a consciousness residing within a flesh and blood body that may, or may not, have another existence, but even if they will have one they don’t have any control over where or when that will be. Therefore, they believe they must do the best they can to use as well as possible the body they presently inhabit, as there won’t be another chance with this one. They revere their own flesh and consciousness and that of other living beings they encounter, especially human beings. They revere all living things as being a part of the greater consciousness that is life, and they respect the physical universe as being the source material for this whole process, and the stuff that may become part of this unifying life force at some later time.

Other friends say that we are all illusions, that physical reality is only a projection of their personal mind, and that what I think of as me is only a projection of their mind. They are even doubtful that they exist, and consider it a real likelihood that they are nothing more than the thoughts of some super-being. They seem to be reasonably happy and fully functioning even though they consider life to be absolutely without any ultimate meaning or purpose.

Some of my friends proclaim that physical reality exists, and that they are a sub-component of that reality that has gone through billions of years of evolutionary processes that have resulted in our present environment and them. These people like to offer physical demonstrations of what they consider to be true, which is validated by these demonstrations simply because repeated situation-controlled-experiments keep coming up with the same results. This materialist relationship to life typically gives them a good living, and generally a comfortable life. But they believe their personal reality is based on understandable processes of physical reality, and when they die their awareness of reality is gone forever.

Samumpsickle, my garden gnome guru, resides 283.8 meters, at 13.6 degrees, from where I presently sit. We have brief facial expression conversations a few times per week. He is a good friend because he mirrors back to me my unconscious thoughts with his enigmatic smile to my questions, and thus I am able to understand my inner understanding about those ideas better.

 All of these companions of my life tell me what I should be doing, and I do what works for me.

Love is real when it is mirrored back to its giver.

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Receiving love is the goal of sending love. In the human development groups I’ve been attending lately there is a lot of talk about feeling love for someone, but I have been challenging those statements along the lines of, the feeling of love is totally internal, it’s totally personal. If the love isn’t expressed in some external way toward that other person, then the love being felt won’t be communicated. The love that is held inside dies when the person dies, or when they move on to other thoughts or feelings.

Unless love is expressed externally it vanishes, but just being expressed isn’t enough, because it must be expressed in some way that is successfully communicated, and even that communication isn’t enough, because it must be accepted, and the proof that it has been accepted is when it is reciprocated; that is, it is clearly demonstrated when the other person shows their appreciation by responding in a mirror-like way. The mirroring is necessary because it is instantaneous, and all other behaviors might be for some other motivation, totally alien to the feeling being offered.

Give your love in a way that can be mirrored instantly.

What is marriage for?

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The  general question subject to our group of fifteen diners was “What is marriage for?” My table of four discussed this for about an hour, and then we had a more general conversation with the whole group about our independent group’s findings. This was a great question, because it sounds so simple, and we all have some experience with the general subject, but when you get into it a complex array of subtleties come up. A good question doesn’t really have a pat answer, but it generates a lot of thought and interesting conversation. Our table group was already in a playful mood, so our flexibility of mind was in good position to come up with plenty of alternate ideas.

At the beginning, I sort of tuned out for a minute to collect my thoughts and wrote a list. Marriage is for the protection of the children, of the family fortune, to create a stable community, to have exclusive claim to my spouse, for community support of our personal commitment, to emphasize our personal honor to one another, to prevent being killed by violated relatives’ honor code, to have reliable sex and affection, for companionship, for money, to give continuity to our personal life, for Darwinian evolutionary survival, for equity of property. We covered all of those subjects when one of our more legally experienced members said, “Marriage is a legal contract for exclusive use of each other’s genitals.” We were all a bit shocked at that statement, but we also recognized and valued the compactness of the definition.

After a while we came back to the role of children in a marriage, and that it was a set of personal obligations and responsibilities between the potential parents to take care of one another so they together would provide a better likelihood of a good life for their children. From this arose the statement and idea that for women the marriage was more about raising the children, and ownership of the family was more important to the man. One woman quoted her mother’s parting words when she departed home for a career, “Don’t forget your duty!” and by that she meant to go forth and have children. An older couple mentioned that their relationship had to be renegotiated several times during their decades together. After the children were out of the house they needed to rediscover one another in a personal relationship that now became based on totally different goals. This apparently wasn’t easy for them or for many other couples.

It became clear as we were working through the various ideas, that this whole subject is vast and complex, and we barely touched on marriage outside of modern America. But we agreed that marriage is an opportunity to explore and live through many of the most meaningful experiences that we as human beings are capable of experiencing. At the end of the general group discussion I got to recite the sonnet, I made for Jenny Lowood’s marriage in Berkeley back in 1992.

The goal of marriage is to raise a child,
A perfect rose to your ideal self.
Upon which every loving eye will smile.
Praise good in him! He’ll be your living elf.

For one that’s praised for good, will become good,
But, no one knows which way he’ll turn from pain.
Thus, mature loving parents know they should
Eulogize, not scold, as the way to train.

This goodly rose you’ll raise need never fade,
But grow into a new born genesis,
That winds its self into a bud-filled braid,
And blossoms forth to fill your life with bliss.

The task is now set; and the course now laid;
There will be much sweat; You will be well paid!

“The goal of marriage.” recitation wasn’t planned, because I didn’t know that was to be the subject of tonight’s discussion, but it was an appropriate finish to the evening.

The goal of marriage is to raise a child, a perfect rose to your ideal self.

A Dictionary of New Epigrams – Silence

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A Dictionary of New Epigrams

Silence

Silence is bliss for those who love themselves, and agony for those who hate themselves.

Just because a person is silent doesn’t mean they are tranquil.

When one’s mind is tranquil and the world is quiet they can perceive the subtle details of their reality.

Your being silent rarely offends other people, and your being noisy rarely pleases them.

Your unspoken helpful thoughts will never help other people, and neither will your unspoken hurtful ones harm them.

Our occasional breaks into silence from the chaos of our world gives us the opportunity to reorient ourselves to our better purposes.

The natural progression is from silence to observation, to pondering, to revelation, to plans, to creations, to actions, to exploitation, to consumption, to pollution, to silence.

When you have no knowledge of a subject there in no need to pontificate upon it, and silence is the better part of wisdom.

Silence is a form of nothingness; it is what surrounds silence that makes it meaningful and lovely.

When in the presence of knowledgeable people, considerable silence on one’s part is a reasonable action.

If you can silence your mind for a while, and then ask yourself what is really important, you will find your way.

When you come to silence in the right way, from tranquility with yourself and contentment with the world, it will speak to you what you need to hear.

Silence can be the perfect expression of balance of the chakras, or it can be death.

The truths of your reality are inevitable if you are quiet enough to perceive them.

A perfect absence of words in silence is easier than a perfect presentation of words.

We don’t need an excuse to remain silent, but we do need a good reason to speak.

Your breaking a silence and delivering an idea breaks the other people’s understanding of whatever it was they were thinking about.

A wise man often sits silently and learns a great deal of wisdom from an arrant fool.

What’s happening to my personal communications?

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I have been having a wonderful time communicating with people lately. I feel emotionally closer and more physically intimate with people than ever before in all my life. That has to be considered strange, because I am now in my count-down to my eightieth birthday – sixty-seven days to go, but who’s counting? … I am. It seems so implausible that I am so old. Some people tell me I act like a high school kid, but I usually make some smart-ass comment like, I’m heading out to high school next year.

Part of what makes my present life work well is that no one has much expectation  of me to perform in any particular way, and I just spontaneously do whatever comes to mind. Life for me has become sort of an ongoing improv event. No one seems to mind me being different than everyone else. I don’t make any particular effort to hide what I believe to curry the favor of whomever I happen to be talking to, so I must give people the appearance of complete transparency.

People know what I think, and that gives them a certain security. When in a group I try to state my ideas as clearly as possible, and hone my ideas to be meaningful. It seems people respond to that in a positive way, because there seems to be a strong trend toward conformity to local society’s mores, and that can feel invisibly confining, but I flow freely without constraint. The several groups I hang out with praise open conversation, but the atheists are different from the spiritualists, and both of those are different from the philosophy group, and they differ greatly from the dog-lovers I hang out with at the park who are closer to ordinary people. That list gives a taste of only some of the diversity I encounter weekly, and I love them all.

Being eighty is wonderfully liberating, if one has cultivated comfortable habits.

Roget’s Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals – Review

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My spouse Debbie has read aloud to me every night for thirty years. Early on it was books such as Darwin’s “The Voyage of the Beagle” and “The Origin of Species“. Our first book was “Bantu Philosophy” by Placide Tempels. Last night we finished my bedtime reading with the completion of Roget’s Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals, by Olsen, Bevilacqua & Hayes, subtitled “Synonyms, Antonyms, & Related Terms Every Smart Person Should Know How to Use”. It has 423 pages of words with their definitions, almost all of which we both knew, and eighteen pages of a tightly spaced alphabetical listings. What made this book exciting reading was the carefully honed usage examples of the two-thousand eight hundred words defined. It is difficult to know if the authors were following in the footsteps of Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary“, or alternatively, if they are incredibly stuck-up snoots. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Chinks in America’s EGALITARIAN armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism. – Florence King

Before Arthur applied to college, his sister offered him a CAVEAT: “Many of us do not consider Columbia to be a true Ivy League school.”

Learn to be  pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not  having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied. – Plutarch

Many of us maintain a PALLID pallor because we want to make it clear that we do not need to go outdoors unless we so choose.

What’s the point of taking on OPEROSE work when our social connections help us to achieve success with little effort?

Richard RESCINDED his order for a yacht, opting instead to purchase a private aircraft.

The way Emily NATTERS endlessly about her family’s new yacht is revolting to those of us who have owned several yachts over the years.

The SOLIPSISM of some members of the leisure class is distasteful to those of us who, for example, know what our servants need even more than they do.

It’s sad that we, at times, must place LIENS on our servants’ automobiles, but that is why they are the servers and we the “servees.”

The occasional kind comment seems rather enough to keep our servants TRACTABLE.

“We found it a  HERCULEAN effort not to chortle at the outlandish clothing of the nouveau riche attendees of our party,” said Lillian.  “How inappropriate to wear evening attire to an afternoon garden party!”

Conceit is an INSUPERABLE obstacle to all progress. – Ellen Terry

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet DEPRECATE agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. – Frederick Douglass

Michael has made no attempt to GAINSAY the persistent rumors that his family’s fortune rests solely on insider trading.

The TRITE subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible. – Albert Einstein

There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, EXPUNGE it from his memory. – Marcel Proust

The Tao Teh Ching – #16 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn

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Reach into your perfect void, and
Attain the essence of tranquility.
All things take their turn to activity.
By this you may know each shall return to its origin.
When flowers bloom in spring, you know
They shall return to Earth from which they grow.

Know the source of your origin;
It is your destiny. For
Returning to the source is the eternal law.
When you go against the eternal law, you provoke disaster.

While you flow with the eternal law, you are enlightened, all-loving, godly
and in tune with nature.
While you flow with the eternal law, you are on the proper path, and
The end of your personal existence
Is not the end of your personal essence.

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