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From his twitter archive.....

Possibly true, at least interesting:
People are usually paid according to how much damage they can cause not how much good they do.

Addiction and fatalism go together. You don't see one without the other.

It is not our place to correct the delusions of others, only to find the common ground necessary to get things done.

You are addicted to something if you do it not for its own reward but for how anxious you feel when you don't do it.

Before you try to move a boulder, ask it how it wants to move.

The convicted murderer died in his sleep before he could be executed, robbing society of the satisfaction of killing him.

Solution to the UFO mystery: an advanced race of alien cats. With laser pointers. Trying to get even.

I'm distracting myself with the question of if freeing yourself from distractions and unsatisfying desires is such a great idea (most of the tweets seem to be stoicism), why one would use so much of that time giving advice which one believes is unlikely to be followed.

Date: 2010-11-09 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
Those are awesome. And yes, largely true.

Date: 2010-11-09 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's the double-edged sword of wisdom.

On the one hand, anyone who either has wisdom or is expected to have it is compelled, both by circumstance and by inclination, to share it.

On the other hand (as a Taoist philosopher I can't remember the name of said), it's impossible to teach wisdom because wisdom can only be understood by those who came to it themselves already. People who don't already agree with the wisdom can't understand it.

So being a dispenser of wisdom means a lot of practice butting your head against a stone wall, metaphorically speaking.

Date: 2010-11-09 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for alerting me to the presence of @BadDalaiLama

Date: 2010-11-12 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Addicts are forever trying to latch onto philosophies of self-empowerment, and forever relapsing - and this is explained as 'you just didn't believe enough'.

Fat people don't will themselves thin; if they are among one of the 1% who diet successfully (look that stat up for yourself) it's not because they gained the secret of willpower from a self-help book but rather because some new self-image, philosophy, sporting goal, medical threat, whatever, became a more powerful incentive than comfort-eating.

Oprah, the queen of self-empowerment, should amply demonstrate the truth of this to everyone. Even the Zen master Hakuin Zenji struggled to quit sweets, fags and booze. He was probably a diabetic and did not suit a lifestyle of regular fasting.

We are aggregate organisms, not self-determining monads.

If we only want to 'get things done' but not correct delusions we will busily serve delusions. We will become wise together or not at all; isolated pockets of wisdom are ineffectual. Corporate workers know this.

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