August 2013

* vacuum

Between birth and death,
Three in ten are followers of life,
Three in ten are followers of death,
And men just passing from birth to death also number
three in ten.
Why is this so?
Because they live their lives on the gross level.
He who knows how to live can walk abroad
Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.
He will not be wounded in battle.
For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,
Tigers no place to use their claws,
And weapons no place to pierce.
Why is this so?
Because he has no place for death to enter.
(fifty, Tao Te Ching)

As the old birds sings, the young ones twitter.



Passive aggressors are masters at disguise. They present themselves as weak and helpless, or highly moral and righteous, or friendly and ingratiating. This makes them hard to pick out at first glance. They send all kinds of mixed signals - alternating between friendly, cool and hostile - creating confusion and conflicting emotions. If you try to call them on their behaviour, they use this confusion to make you feel guilty, as if you were the one who was the source of the problem. Once you are drawn into their dramas, with your emotions engaged, it can be very difficult to detach yourself. The key is recognizing them in time to take appropriate action.
(Robert Greene)

"The more a man knows, the more he forgives."

"For to tempt and to be tempted are things very nearly allied."

"I am one of the people who love the why of things."

"I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster."

"Power without a nation's confidence is nothing."

"You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. I write on the susceptible skins of living beings."

(Catherine the Great)



Those who remain true to some idea or value without self examination often prove to be the worst tyrants in life. They make others conform to dead concepts. They are negative forces, holding back the change that is necessary for any culture to evolve and prosper.

This is how you must operate: you actively work to overcome this fixed nature, deliberately trying a different approach and style than your usual one, to get a sense of a different possibility. You come to view periods of stability and order with mistrust. Something isn't moving in your life and in your mind. On the other hand, moments of change and apparent chaos are what you thrive on - they make your mind and spirit jump to life. If you reach such a point, you have tremendous power. You have nothing to fear from moments of transition. You welcome, even create them. Whenever you feel rooted and established in place, that is when you should be truly afraid.
(Robert Greene)


"Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all."


"Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. ... One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs - not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can "be", that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves."

(Rollo May)