Monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few non-events.” – Christopher Hitchens
Finished the Dhammapada today.
Here are my highlights:
For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule.
If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship wtih a fool.
It is good to tame the mind, which is difficult to hold in and flighty, rushing wherever it listeth; a tamed mind brings happiness
Here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people.
I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it
You never know what hand your gonna get dealt next
You learn to take life as it comes at you.
To make each day count
Got this from The Elephant Journal and thought it was worth keeping.
Jim Carrey shares the startling realization he came to after years of fame: it’s totally pointless to spend our whole lives creating and curating some specific identity for ourselves.
This is all ego: desiring to be important, to be someone, to matter. In reality, this grasping at a singular identity brings us only pain and suffering, for three main reasons. One, it introduces a separation between us and all other beings that dishonors our inherent, interconnected nature. Two, it deludes us into thinking that things are not supposed to change—that we are not supposed to change. Three, it leads us away from resting in our own basic goodness, as it makes us feel that we aren’t enough just as we are, right now.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. – Arthur Shopenhauer, 1851
The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it oneself to be acquainted with it. – Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747
I began to see that among the many universes in which the world of living creatures existed, some where large, some small, but that all, including man’s, were in some way limited or finite. We were creatures of many different dimensions passing through each other’s lives like ghosts through doors.