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Thursday
Sep032009

Truth versus Lies: An Inquiry

I do not mind lying; but I hate inaccuracy.

— Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet & satirist

  • Is the truth different from your own truth?
  • Are they the same according to all your responsibilities and response mechanisms in life?
  • Why do we lie?

Arguments for a Quality of Life

Arguments and the subsequent search for agreements take the worlds’ stage as the vehicles for the lies and truths we tell ourselves about what has happened and what is happening to us and our surroundings.

Arguments and the search for agreements are based on one persons’ interpretation of what happened versus another’s interpretation. The results following the arguments and search for agreements that are behind the truths and lies impact the way we understand everything and the way in which we seek a quality of life everywhere.

Our understanding of what exists in our universe is based on the following criteria:

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Tuesday
Aug112009

Freedom of Speech

This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

— George Bernard Shaw, attributed as from a “speech at Brighton”

A Vicious Circle

The everyday conversations we have with people and ourselves are not free. They are always prejudiced by something that has already happened.

Two things are common to all humans …

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Friday
Jul312009

Freedom From Fear

Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn, for it requires that the learner should first be taught to describe these accurately before he enters upon geometry, then it shows how by these operations problems may be solved.

— Sir Isaac Newton, Philosophie Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1686

Like the ultimate chicken and egg syndrome, Sir Isaac Newton said for geometry to exist, geometry itself demands that lines be drawn.

Throughout history we have been fighting over our differences; good versus evil, right versus wrong.

Now our very existence demands that distinctions be drawn.

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Tuesday
Jun232009

Questions of Value

What is value?

At the most basic level, value is the essence of measurable sustainable success. We seek value in everything, for it defines the quality of each moment. Accordingly, we determine what shall happen next by the design or intention of such defining moments.

Where there is a measurable difference, value is at the core. Is it not true, therefore, that when we make a difference, we separate what has already happened from what is going to happen?

All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Further exploration

Following the most basic definition, we may ask a series of questions concerning value.

Is value important? Is value one of the vital elements of life itself? Can we get by in life without things of value? Is value part of what makes life itself sustainable? If value is an answer to something that is missing, then what is the question? If the one thing that is constant is change, then is value a necessary component of change?

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Tuesday
Jun232009

Leading and the Art of Preparation

When you are leading, you must be prepared to question and potentially undo any prevailing circumstance that stands in the way of yours or others’ progress and success.

You’re either fully prepared to make a difference at every moment, or else you are simply controlled and governed by your own sense of being right.

Yet, the one single hardest thing to do in life is to not take sides — especially at yours or someone else’s expense!

Ever since humans have existed, the context behind everything we do is to fight over our differences — to take sides over everything. That is until now.

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