Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Word That Causes Bumps in the Night...

...for the haughty:  Republic.
The United States of America is a Republic, not a "democracy" and for good reasons (much on this from many venues July 4.)

What's a Republic?  Allow someone who knows explain it via David Crockett:


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Beast Perspective


“Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds.  When one finds, one will be disturbed, when one is disturbed, one will be amazed and will reign over all.” 

As they say, that’s a whale of a statement.  It’s fraught with perspective.  The first sentence instructs one to persevere until goal achieved.  The next sentence informs that the achieved goal, the find, will be disturbing.  Disturbed, in this sense, means to alter the position or arrangement of beliefs.  The rearrangement will be amazing, and will result in greater authority.

In a sense, this is a two sentence explanation of spiritual evolution.  The greater the perspective, the greater the wisdom.  The greater the wisdom, the more satisfying the life.  The key point, in my opinion, is for one to understand that increased knowledge/perspective will reorder/alter previous beliefs/perspective.  In effect, you can’t have a greater perspective with old beliefs.

I first encountered the intriguing statement years ago when reading Elaine Pagels “Beyond Belief” the secret gospel of Thomas (page 53.) According to Wikipedia:  The Gospel of Thomas (also known as the Coptic Gospel of Thomas) is a non-canonical gospel.  It was discovered near Nah Hammadi,  Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library.  The Gospel of Thomas differs from the canonical books in that it is a record of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus.  Less a narrative of the great teacher’s life, it purports to be a collection of what he said to his disciples.

More on the Nag Hammadi Library and The Gospel of Thomas here.


Why do I often reference perspective as a beast?

THE BEAST PERSPECTIVE

Perspective - you beast!
How dare you foil a simple mind
and confuse settled thinking
with an expanse of Life
without time.

The problem with growing older and learning is that the universe expands rather than contracts.  The important things of life are in flux, changing according to one's perception.  I call it perspective.  The Gnome calls it evolution.

(from A Gnome, A Candle, And Me)

A Star That Goes Bump in the Night

KIC8462852 - the WTF? star.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Keeping Perspective

Bill Whittle reminds us, this Memorial Day, that our images and concepts of the past are not those of the actual participants.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Chatting With Whales

Thanks to John Rockefeller (distilled and marketed kerosene for lamp fuel) these wonderful creatures survived (whale oil was the preferred fuel for household lamps).  I wonder if they still talk about those years?


Thursday, May 02, 2019

MIDWAY - decisive bump

A little different post this time.  I've always thought of Midway as the pivotal battle of WWII for the USA.  It was a near-run thing.  This video takes a detailed look into the strategy and decisions made on the Japanese side.  The timeline involved was a bit surprising - no USA victory could have been possible without the seemingly "futile" attacks on the Japanese from Midway island.  A most interesting video.