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
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.
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” – Albert Einstein
I agree very much with this quote, it is just very hard to follow in this capitalistic, technology heavy society. Business, is the business of the USA regardless of how many 4th of July parades are done, Star Spangled Banners sung or Pledges of Allegiance recited.
Corporations have become more powerful than government and control it. The bottom line is what is looked after and taken care of and the people are just a tool to increase profits. Soon, people might not even be needed with the way AI is advancing.
I recently finished ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman. Below are some of the quotes I like:
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand…nor look through the eyes of the dead….nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them for yourself.
A Child said, What is grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child?….I do not know what it is any more than he.