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

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hitting the Pause Button

The phone chirped (or rang as one used to say) while I was engrossed in a program on television.  What to do?  Hit the pause button and take the call - from a friend, according to caller ID.

I stopped time.  Thanks to the DVR, the program would "wait" for me.  What fun to manipulate the universal laws!

It's quite easy to find something to marvel at these days.  Marveling is fun - it's a form of appreciation.   There's a lot to appreciate these days.  I'm a plodding technological dinosaur, I confess.  The pocket calculator still fascinates me.

A recent visit with two nieces disturbed my thinking towards getting a Kindle.  As teachers, they know things.  I love to read, and spend a couple of hours doing so most days.  But reading without, er, books?

As Yakov Smirnoff says, "is this a great country or what?"

Julius Caesar could have read the ancient texts with a Kindle (or similar device.)  The Universe has not added new laws or substances since that time.  Everything needed to produce the Kindle (which is a result of decades of marvelous advances in electronics, data storage, space exploration, etc.) existed thousands of years ago.  Yet Caesar didn't have it.  Why now?

I have to think the inalienable rights are more in play now than ever in known history.  Freedom to think and pursue happiness - pursuit of happiness certainly includes new and better ways to download music, or books, and take them anywhere.  The American Garage continues to spawn great ideas.

Marvelous.  Simply marvelous.
Is this a great country, or what?

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