Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

We can think of honesty and dishonesty in terms of the relationship between appearance and reality. Sometimes these synchronize, often they do not; but when they do, that is honesty, as I understand it. So we are honest when our actions are what they seem to be. When we pretend to be one thing but in reality we are something else, suspicion develops in others, causing fear. And fear is something we all wish to avoid.
Facebook, October 6, 2010

Sometimes, when we are discouraged by a difficult situation, anger does seem helpful, appearing to bring more energy, confidence and determination. And while it is true that anger brings extra energy, it eclipses the best part of our brain: its rationality. So the energy of anger is almost always unreliable. It can cause an immense amount of destructive, unfortunate behavior.
Facebook, October 11, 2010

If you have peace of mind, when you meet with problems and difficulties they won’t disturb your inner peace. You’ll be able to employ your human intelligence more effectively. But, if your mental state is disturbed, full of emotion, it is very difficult to cope with problems, because the mind that is full of emotion is biased, unable to see reality. So whatever you do will be unrealistic and naturally fail.
Facebook, November 23, 2010

Too much of a self-centered attitude creates mistrust and suspicion in others, which can in turn lead to fear. But if you have more of an open mind, and you cultivate a sense of concern for others’ well-being, then, no matter what others’ attitudes are, you can keep your inner peace.
Facebook, December 4, 2010

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Bob Dylan

Steal a little and they throw you in jail
Steal a lot and they make you king

from Sweetheart Like You (1983)

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Kenneth Grahame

Jumping off all his four legs at once, in the joy of living and the delight of spring without its cleaning, he pursued his way across the meadow till he reached the hedge on the further side.

‘Hold up!’ said an elderly rabbit at the gap. ‘Sixpence for the privilege of passing by the private road!’ He was bowled over in an instant by the impatient and contemptuous Mole, who trotted along the side of the hedge chaffing the other rabbits as they peeped hurriedly from their holes to see what the row was about. ‘Onion-sauce! Onion-sauce!’ he remarked jeeringly, and was gone before they could think of a thoroughly satisfactory reply. Then they all started grumbling at each other. ‘How stupid you are! Why didn’t you tell him—-‘ ‘Well, why didn’t you say—-‘ ‘You might have reminded him—-‘ and so on, in the usual way; but, of course, it was then much too late, as is always the case.

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Editorial: When I first read this passage out loud to my daughter she fell out of the bed in stitches. She asked me to read it again, and again, and again. I lost track at ten readings and she now takes down the book regularly so that we can read together this particular passage (we have it bookmarked of course). To this day I have no idea why she finds it so delightful. She won’t say and I don’t pry. I do however know why I like it– because it makes my daughter delirious with laughter.

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