“When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said ‘one o’clock’ as though I could see it, and ‘Monday’ as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year’s Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls… You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that — then any time at all will be the right time for you.”—Peter S. Beagle
“I don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.”—Arthur Golden
“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”—Chuck Palahniuk
“Corporations are getting better and better at seducing us into thinking the way they think—of profits as the telos and responsibility as something to be enshrined in symbol and evaded in reality. Cleverness as opposed to wisdom. Wanting and having instead of thinking and making. We cannot stop it. I suspect what’ll happen is that there will be some sort of disaster—depression, hyperinflation—and then it’ll be showtime: We’ll either wake up and retake our freedom or we’ll fall apart utterly. Like Rome—conqueror of its own people.”—David Foster Wallace
“To have regret is to be disappointed with yourself and your choices. Those who are wise, see their life like stepping stones across a great river. Everyone misses a stone from time to time. No one can cross the river without getting wet. Success is measured by your arrival on the other side, not on how muddy your shoes are. Regrets are only felt by those who do not understand life’s purpose. They become so disillusioned that they stand still in the river and do not take the next leap.”—
“As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself up to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself - so like a brother, really - I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.”—Albert Camus
“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”—William Arthur Ward
But, you don’t know me. You don’t know where I’ve been or what I’ve been through. You don’t think like I think. Your mind doesn’t even remotely work in the same ways as mine. Even if you assume you have a good idea of what makes me think, act, or believe what i choose to believe. You don’t…
You might have an ‘idea’ of who i am, some kind of abstraction, but it’s only illusory. Although you might believe you understand who i am and, maybe you can surmise our lifestyles might be comparable, however; who you think i am and who i really am, are two very different things. Humans subconsciously deny their own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, or other people creating these false projections of each other…
So what you hate about me, may really be what you hate about yourself…
“With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”—Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
“In all instances, you need to examine your addictive thinking. Virtually every spiritual tradition teaches that your higher self is the presence of God within you. When you know this power within yourself, you no longer think in terms of anything that you must have or do with reference to external needs. In Christianity, this inner knowing is referred to in the commandment that says “… for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” In Confucianism we are told, “What the undeveloped man seeks is outside. What the advanced man seeks is within himself.” In Buddhism we are reminded, “If you think the Law is outside yourself you are embracing not the absolute Law but some inferior teaching.” In Shintoism we are implored, “Do not search in distant skies for God. In man’s own heart He is found.” And finally, in Hinduism we are told, “God hides hidden in the hearts of all.” Within each and ever one of us is a divine power that needs no substance or anything external to know bliss.”—Wayne Dyer (via nirvikalpa)
“My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while…”—Fernando Pessoa
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today I came across an interesting blog post on Roanoke.com, in the RoundTable blog section…I was simply trying to post a Pro-Liberitarian/Ron Paul entry just to add some diversity to all the talk a bout Bachmann and Romney. After my first post “Sandi” decided to “teach” me about the world….
@Joshua, your indignation is palpable, it is not that you are wrong, like Scott M, you are espousing a vehicle for change and changes you think will make things better, but I am not clear how you can possibly believe it is possible.
Look at the obstruction and fight that Obama has had. Do you seriously think that #1 Ron Paul could ever get elected and #2 that the fight to eliminate or even change “the Fed” would be any less awful and ineffective? Do you seriously think those fat banksters and corporate cats are going to lay down and let you take away their bread and butter? Do you seriously think that anything you are “demanding” will happen? Even if we crashed and burned, declared bankruptcy, martial law and emergency fail safes, NONE (or very precious little) of what you espouse will ever happen. There is no vehicle, there is no driver and there is no leader.
IDK if you are kidding yourselves but you are not kidding me.
The demonization of Dems and Obama has poisoned the well of cooperation and the folks wanting to “take their country back” are so deep in bed with the people who run the world that they are committing sins unheard of without their own knowledge. The TPR’s are the equivalent of “bare foot and pregnant” and do not even seem to know it.
I realize he will never make a sound, but Jim Lucas’ accusation of “preaching” fits the last few posts to a finely crossed T and is every ounce as effective as anything I have preached on here before. If you think electing more Republicans will get you where you want to go, good luck with that. Write and let us know how it turned out.
Comment by Sandi Saunders — August 17, 2011 @ 12:28 pm
Sandi Saunders, Indignation?? Your use of “indignation” would imply that there is a “perception” of unfair treatment, when clearly, there no doubt that the system is unfair and corrupt. And my generation will send you a thank you card once we get type of global enslavement that you so willingly support. Instead of having the least bit of courage, you capitulate on issues that you feel “have no vehicle or driver”. I guess the number of spineless presidents and politicians that you have listened and voted for over the years have left you void of any Freudian “fight or flight” instinct and you have become completely dependent and subservient to the government. But that does not give you the right to dismiss the actions of those who want to salvage what prosperity we have left in hopes of bettering the corrupt, broke American Political system.
Let me remind you that the same way that you were able to become so well educated and successful, in America, may not be there for your children or grand children. I’m sorry that so many Americans do not share your enthusiasm for exchanging our personal liberties for fascism.The people of this world have had to stand up against illegitimate governments and rulers many times throughout history in order to preserve their way of life, and this time is no different. If America falls, democracy will be looked at as a FAILURE and we will never again see such freedoms. The progressive movement will rewrite history books with arguments against the idea of a democracy.
I don’t believe I ever said I wanted the bankers to give up bread and butter? I have no problem with the fat cat bankers making multi-millions of dollars every year, I have a problem with the conflict of interest that exists when they are allowed into Washington as experts on policy making.
“Demonization of Dems and Obama”? PLEASE spare me with your CNN, FOX NEWS-esque report on the political theater of party politics…I am not Republican or Democrat however… Tea party “terrorist”?… Holding congress “hostage”?…I would venture to say that the Left is more engaged in the demonization of the opposing party than the Right, simply because they are behind in the polls.
“Look at the obstruction and fight”?? Are you serious Sandi?? Forgive me for not taking the time out of my day to remember the misery that is everyday life for Barrack Obama. He knew exactly what he was getting into and he is taking the fall in order to advance the agenda..i hope you aren’t losing too much sleep over poor Obama…
The governing no longer have the consent of the government, the social contract is nonexistent and the rule of law is not sovereign, and “sovereign” always necessitated a moral imperative on the entity exercising it…History and Civics have been watered down for so long that we are no longer taught the importance of these aspects of government and that the true power in a democracy lies in the people. Our social contract with the American government is has been breached, John Locke tended to emphasize those violations of the social contract that are so serious that the social contract is entirely broken and the parties enter a state of war in which anything is permitted, including killing the violator.
It is from my understanding that you believe we are American “subjects” and not citizens…I have unalienable rights, therefore, I am a citizen…The future that you hold for us will most certainly change that title to subjects or vassals, meaning we are possessed by the ruling elite, governed by their laws. I choose not to live in a “Kingdom of Darkness”, a confederacy of deceivers that, to obtain dominion over men, will lie and mislead the people at any costs. If that is something that you desire from your government move elsewhere there are plenty of Totalitarian states that will make you feel quite at home!
So please, before you lecture me on how there is no “vehicle or driver”…..Tell the Sons of Liberty that there was no hope, tell Martin Luther King , tell Nelson Mandela, Nat Turner, or tell Ghandi. Better yet write President Obama and ask him to please just tell the millions of families in America living paycheck to paycheck that their future lies in the agenda that the financial oligarchs have predetermined.
Sandi, it is people with your mindset that have slowly turned the wheels of decline in America and the result is our current situation. You expect the government to continue business as usual, oblivious to the nefarious political tactics used daily in Washington to deprive ordinary citizens of their basic rights. Woodrow Wilson warned us governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men….and Eisenhower suggested we guard “against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex”. Your lackadaisical interests in the real hierarchy of power in this world makes it difficult for you to decipher the truth from propaganda and lies broadcast to you from the many progressive new outlets you visit every day.
Comment by Joshua Walton — August 17, 2011 @ 3:23 pm
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”—Lao Tzu
“How’s an intelligent person supposed to react when he discovers that he’s merely the product of a corrupt and evil system? How do you continue to live after you learn that your every breath, every dollar you pay in taxes, every baby you conceive and love will only perpetuate some evil system?”—Chuck Palahniuk
“We are living at an incredible time and anyone that is following the spiritual path knows that the earth is changing, which in effect, propels human beings to evolve/change as well. There is no escaping. Those that are resisting the changes because they are not aware of what is going on, their lives will show much turmoil and chaos. All one has to do is look outside and see this for themselves. This is not top secret, it is wake up time. The inner search has finally been put into high gear for many. People no longer believe in other humans who once stood on high pedestals, as those pedestals are crumbling beneath their feet. Many people are finally turning inward to search for the truth within their own beings, instead of relying on and trusting outside sources.”—
“The senator is wrong on his history. We’ve been at war in Iran for a lot longer than ‘79. We started it in 1953 when we sent in the coup to install the Shah and the reaction, the blow back, came in ‘79 and it’s been going on and on because we just plain don’t mind our own business.”
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson