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Entries from October 2017

Eyes tight shut

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“Why should it be that whenever men have looked for something solid on which to found their lives, they have chosen not the facts in which the world abounds, but the myths of an immemorial imagination—preferring even to make life a hell for themselves and their neighbors, in the name of some violent god, to […]

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The answer is no

October 18th, 2017 · No Comments

“Was any man ever the happier for being unhappy about death, and did he live any longer? Is suffering made the less by tears about it? Or another’s pain removed by your abundant gloom?” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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Onward, Buddhist soldiers

October 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“No Buddhist has ever burnt his neighbour’s body for the sake of his (non-existent) soul, nor has there been a ‘Buddhist’, still less that blasphemous phrase, a ‘holy’ Buddhist, war. It has always taught that truth is either relative (all that we know), or absolute (which we cannot know).” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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We know their names

October 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“And if there shall ever arise a nation whose people have forgotten poetry or whose poets have forgotten the people, though they send their ships round Taprobane and their armies across the hills of Hindustan, though their city be greater than Babylon of old, though they mine a league into the earth or mount to […]

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Otherwise, go figure

October 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“What we do is what we are; when we are, we shall know what to do.” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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Git on it

October 14th, 2017 · No Comments

“Now is the best time for everything, because if done now it is immediately done, without like or dislike, purpose or desire. For things are what we do with them; they are not good or evil save as we make them so, and the same applies to their being useful, beautiful or just plain dull.” […]

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Holding it close

October 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“There are only three things in the world, one is to read poetry, another is to write poetry, and the best of all is to live poetry!” – Rupert Brooke

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The equation

October 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“Freedom is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do.” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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The thousand points of light

October 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“The hope of mankind does not lie in the action of any corporate body, be it ever so powerful, but in the influence of individual men and women who for the sake of a greater have sacrificed a lesser aim.” – Kenneth Walker, Diagnosis of Man

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Illuminated manuscript

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“Words exist for their meaning, of which they are but the shadow, and if they enshrine some part of the meaning, they probably obscure still more.” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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Rolling stones uphill

October 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“Knowledge is always an attempt. Every fact was established by an argument—by observation and interpretation—and is susceptible to being overturned by a different one. A fact, you might say, is nothing more than a frozen argument, the place where a given line of investigation has come temporarily to rest. Sometimes those arguments are scientific papers. […]

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Don’t let it get away

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“The weather is always ‘good’ or ‘bad’. It is nothing of the kind. It is the weather. The same applies to the news, one’s neighbour’s morals and the soup.” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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Well, shut my mouth

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“All words are nets in which to ensnare the flow of life.” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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Two monks walk into a bar

October 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“Zen can no more be explained than a joke. You see it or you don’t.” – Christmas Humphreys, Zen Buddhism

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Let me tell you about . . .

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“As a species, we repeatedly fail to acknowledge the equal and inherent right of all other species to exist, a right implicit in existence itself and in no way subordinate to our own. We ignore, as if instinctively, nature’s right to itself—its autonomy, if you like. No matter how we feel or act as individuals, […]

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Nanny’s not gonna give you that

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“The decisive distinguishing feature of Western philosophical or metaphysical spirituality is that it does not regard the truth as something to which the subject has access by right, universally, or simply by virtue of the kind of cognitive being that the human subject is. Rather, it views the truth as something to which the subject […]

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The political process

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A scheme of which every part promises delight can never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by the defence of some little peculiar vexation.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Sing joy spring, etc.

October 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“No tribal rite has yet been recorded which attempts to keep winter from descending; on the contrary: the rites all prepare the community to endure, together with the rest of nature, the season of the terrible cold. And in the spring, the rites do not seek to compel nature to pour forth immediately corn, beans, […]

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Or the mob can do it

October 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“The hero of yesterday becomes the tyrant of tomorrow, unless he crucifies himself today.” – Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (emphasis in original)

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