Category Archives: Longer Quotes

Don’t wait to retire

Retire now

This is one of the biggest cons going: the notion of putting off fun and adventure for decades until you can financially kiss the working world goodbye.

Whatever you do, don’t go down that road.

Each moment, each season of your life is important; not just after you’ve accumulated enough to stop working for a living.

Commit yourself to lifelong semi-retirement. And that doesn’t necessarily mean working part-time, though it could.

When you are out of the rat race, when you no longer read more

The Carrot

It is very difficult to be absolutely nobody, just as it is to be someone very special. By “be”, I mean to become consciously, with your own will. I’m not sure how this is possible, or what exactly it means to “be” nobody. Avoiding to become famous, isn’t what I mean, because “avoid” implies that you have a potential to be famous, and that you are pursuing something that can potentially make you famous, or that you are aware of this potential.

What read more

Government CAUSES crime

First of all, the police do not exist to protect you: the police exist to protect the Government from you. The police don’t actually directly protect anybody except politicians and maybe movie stars, as well as themselves. For the rest of us they’re just highly paid garbage collectors who show up after the damage is already done to collect evidence. In fact it is simply physically impossible for police to personally protect anyone unless they are there with them. Unless you read more

How NOT to make people believe in something

Yes, it’s back to my typical anti-fundamentalist rantings. You know why? Because I hate religious coercion by parents toward their children. It is ineffective and will definitely pull your child AWAY from your faith, not towards it. To give you a little backstory: I am nearly 20 years old. My family have been fundamentalist Christians since I was twelve. Since the age of twelve, I have had bible-reading, church attendance and adherence to Christian social mores pushed on me. I was surrounded read more

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.
Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your read more

No such thing as “normal”

People from the (rapidly splintering) “mainstream” of society in Europe and the United States today take a peculiar pleasure in considering themselves “normal” in comparison to legal offenders, political radicals, and other members of social “outgroups.” They treat this “normalcy” as if it is an indication of mental health and moral righteousness, regarding the “others” with a mixture of pity and disgust. But if we consult history, we read more

Purpose in life

Some people have no purpose

The beginning of this post is actually about The Alchemist. I left that bit out though.

There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this:

“When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.”

But what if you only had one penny? Bread or lily? Bread and survive, or lily and die. Which one? If I knew that I would only get bread and never any lily for the rest of my life, it seems pointless to survive for the sake of surviving. There isn’t any read more

Boredom

The joy of boredom

Perhaps understandably, boredom has never caught the attention of the psychological world. Emotions like anxiety, fear, or anger have been subjected to a much more thorough examination than merely feeling drab, according to Richard Ralley, a lecturer in psychology at Edge Hill University in England.

“What’s gone wrong with the psychology of emotion is that the ones that are easy to do are the ones that have been researched: fear, threat, fear, threat, again and again and again,” read more

Intelligence

Intelligence is not separate from love

Modern education, in developing the intellect, offers more and more theories and facts, without bringing about the understanding of the total process of human existence. We are highly intellectual; we have developed cunning minds, and are caught up in explanations. The intellect is satisfied with theories and explanations, but intelligence is not; and for the understanding of the total process of existence, there must be an integration of the mind and heart in action. Intelligence is not separate read more

Depression and Pain

It hurts when you put your hand on a hot plate… so does that mean you take painkillers and keep your hand on the hot plate, because it’s your hand’s own fault for feeling pain?

Depression

Your human emotions serve as your feedback mechanism on your life’s journey. They’re like the dashboard display on your car. When your dashboard indicates a problem, it means you need to fix something with the car. It doesn’t mean the dashboard is broken.

If your car can’t move forward because you’ve read more