JULY 2013

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cartography (n) A representation, usually on a flat surface, as of the features of an area for the purpose of mapping. Linear and four directional.


"What makes a pirate is what he sets his sights on, what he seeks to change, what he proposes as an opponent of a particular society.

Our research has revealed a number of essential traits shared by all pirates. First, pirates are not solitary heroes who challenge authority out of fury or despair. Rather they organize themselves into groups, which in some cases grow to several thousand strong. These groups are built to reach specific goals, forge alliances, negotiate with enemies and engage in conflict - thus our focus on the pirate organization."

(Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism, Harvard Business Review)

"The Way has no trace of its coming,
no limit to its going.
Gateless, roomless, it is airy and open
as the highways of the four directions.
He who follows along with it
will be strong in his four limbs,
keen and penetrating in intellect,
sharp-eared, bright-eyed, wielding
his mind without wearying it,
responding to things without prejudice.
Heaven cannot help but be high,
earth cannot help but be broad,
the sun and moon cannot help but revolve,
the ten thousand things cannot help but flourish.
Is this not the Way?"
(Chuang Tzu)

good man's charge | PATRICK WATTS

Jiddu Krishnamurti


"A state of negation. Negation is the most positive action, not positive assertion. This is a very important thing to understand. Most of us so easily accept positive dogma, a positive creed, because we want to be secure, to belong, to be attached, to depend. The positive attitude divides and brings about duality. The conflict then begins between this attitude and others. But the negation of all values, of all morality, of all beliefs, having no frontiers, cannot be in opposition to anything. A positive statement in its very definition separates, and separation is resistance. To this we are accustomed, this is our conditioning. To deny all this is not immoral; on the contrary to deny all division and resistance is the highest morality. To negate everything that man has invented, to negate all his values, ethics and gods, is to be in a state of mind in which there is no duality, therefore no resistance or conflict between opposites. In this state there are no opposites, and this state is not the opposite of something else.

To deny good and evil is to deny oneself, and oneself is the conditioned entity who continually pursues a conditioned good. To most of us negation appears as a vacuum because we know activity only in the prison of our conditioning, fear and misery. From that we look at negation and imagine it to be some terrible state of oblivion or emptiness. To the man who has negated all the assertions of society, religion, culture and morality, the man who is still in the prison of social conformity is a man of sorrow.

Negation is the state of enlightenment which functions in all the activities of a man who is free of the past. It is the past, with its tradition and its authority, that has to be negated. Negation is freedom, and it is the free man who lives, loves, and knows what it means to die."
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)

"What is good?
All that heightens the
feeling of power in man,
the will to power, power itself.
What is bad?
All that is born of weakness.
What is happiness?
The feeling that
power is growing,
that resistance is overcome."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)


UG Krishnamurti


"There is a uniqueness in each of us. Unfortunately society and polity do not accept this disparateness and club us all into one. Each of us has a different potential that has to be expressed and realized in a unique way. In an attempt to establish the equality among men we have suppressed individual peculiarities which are most useful. For, happiness depends on one's being exactly fitted to nature's own work. There are many varied tasks in a modern nation. Human types, instead of being standardized, should be diversified , and their cultural differences maintained and exaggerated by different modes of education and life habits. Each type will find its place. Modern society has refused to recognize the dissimilant of the human being and crowded him into four classes -- the rich, the politician, the farmer, and the middle class. The clerk, the police man, the teacher, the shop-keeper, or the government employee, and all others, have the same standard of living as the rest of the middle class. Such ill-categorized types are banded together according to their financial position and not according to their individual characteristics. Obviously they have nothing in common. The best of those people who could develop their potentialities are atrophied by the narrowness of their life. In order to promote human progress it is not enough to hire architects, to buy bricks and steel, and to build schools, or establish innumerable universities, laboratories, libraries, and temples. It is far more important to provide those who devote themselves to the things of the mind with the means of developing their personalities according to their innate constitutions. The brutal materialism of our modern civilization is not only opposed to the soaring of intelligence but it also criticizes the nonaffluent gentle weak who look for other things than money and whose ability does not withstand the struggle of life."
(UG Krishnamurti)

"Listen to the cry of
a woman in labor at the
hour of giving birth
look at the dying man's
struggle at his last extremity,
and then tell me whether
something that begins and ends
thus could be intended for enjoyment."
(Soren Kierkegaard)