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  1. I have read some Epictetus.

    Just today, I came across a new personal epiphany, tho I think I knew it before.

    I don’t remember the exat quote but I remember the concept:

    If you make a judgement about an issue, that judgement entangles you to that issue.

    My own earlier thinking is that one does not have to make a judgement about things that are thrown at us, that we don’t have to allow the events or fake events of the day influence our emotions and our actions and inactions. We don’t have to make personal, mental, emotional and spiritual investments to every little issue that is FORCED upon us by the media. We don’t have to be manipulated in that manner. It is a grand thing to sit on the fence on issues, to see both sides, or to wonder if what we are told is true or not. I have always said that apathy destroys the soul. But this is NOT apathy. I don’t cease to care about things. I merely have stopped letting my thinking and care be influenced from the outside, unless of course we are talking about those storms that rolled thru this past week, and the week of clean-up that it is forcing me to make. I believe in my internal sensor that indicates truth from fiction when I have no emotional or mental or spiritual investment in the issue. I will not doubt it.

    I will not “entangle” to everything that they want me to. I am more at peace. My peace means the world has more peace.

    I have even let go of the fact that all 7 of my pullets, my layers are roosters. It was tough going but I have it down now.

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  2. Joseph Biden ‘We Will Follow ISIS to Gates of Hell’

    So like Isis, what is it that is supposed to be resurrected, Joe? Why on earth would you use Egyptian mythology? Who was it you were talking to when you said this?

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  3. “For,” Gargantua said, ” the greatest loss of time that I know, is, to count the hours. What good comes of it? Nor can there be any greater dotage in the world, than for one to guide and direct his courses by the sound of a bell, and not by his own judgement and discretion.” Francois Rabelais

    My illegally-living rooster, the one I simply cannot kill (ohgodohgodohgodohgod), marks the rising of the sun, my beloved of the cosmos. It seems he crows on the hour. He did not adjust his timing, nor did the sun.

    The ohgod pearls is my extreme anxiety about killing any more. It is just so hard on me to end their lives. They are not presently necessary for survival.

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  4. Where is everybody?

    Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540): Quoting: In narrating current events, some writers will enter on a discussion of what is likely to happen hereafter: and such forecasts, when made by men who are well-informed, seem very admirable to him who reads them. Nevertheless, they are extremely misleading. For as these reasonings, like the links of a chain, depend one upon the other, if any one of them fail, all the others deduced from it fall to cause an error in the conclusion. It is impossible, therefore, to form a judgement as to the course of the events while they are yet remote; our opinions must be formed and modified from day to day. End quote
    I got this from the book THE RENAISSANCE TREASURY, (1953) hard copy, now my own book (YAY!)

    Here is “Counsels and Reflections”:

    This is a great night time read. Altho it left me wanting to read so much more. So i was up reading for quite a while, early into the morning, starting Machiavelli’s play where he attempts humor. I don’t know if Machiavelli is successful at it, since I am barely into it. BTW, Machiavelli and Guicciardini were correspondents, writing to each other. Guicciardini is a little softer in the heart and less rigid in his advice. But Guicciardini is as current today as he was back then. Obviously history repeats itself.

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  5. “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.”

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  6. I agree. I am all for regulating businesses and for giving The People true freedoms. But that is not what we have seen happening in the last 16 years.

    I tell my Congressmen, regulate the larger corporations, but not The People.

    SHillary was not going to allow us freedoms. She was going to take them away, just as Obama did.

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  7. After the tRumpelection and seeing how so many people are falling for false news this is relevant:

    “All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
    — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf”

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  8. Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
    Francis Bacon,
    philosopher and statesman

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  9. Some more from Kurt, from other sources:

    “I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all their money on airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it. I got a very good grade.”

    “Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules—and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress. ”

    “History is merely a list of surprises. … It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again. Please write that down.”

    “Why throw money at problems? That’s what money is for.
    Should the nation’s wealth be redistributed? It has been and continues to be redistributed to a few people in a manner strikingly unhelpful.”

    “If you want to take my guns away from me, and you’re all for murdering fetuses, and love it when homosexuals marry each other, and want to give them kitchen appliances at their showers, and you’re for the poor, you’re a liberal. If you are against those perversions and for the rich, you’re a conservative. What could be simpler?”

    Socialism is no more an evil word than Christianity. Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve.”

    “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”

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  10. The Matrix: The “watch your house key” siblings (too lazy to find the spelling, Wachihauski?)

    “You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”

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  11. Truth is not always listed in the NY TIMes top 10 books list.

    “The apparent barrenness or vacuity of modernity results from the lack of inward vision, without which the people perish. What I am supporting is that the destructive dimensions of modernity, right along with it’s greatest achievements, derive, ultimately, from an orientation of the mind outward toward what we could call technical, ratiocinative, or manipulative consciousness or cleverness. But the cleverness is not the same as wisdom. And it is no accident that, as modern technical and economic apparatus has gained more and more sophistication and power, as society has grown more bureaucratic and complex, one finds in the West fewer and fewer who are devoted to the inward or contemplative life. We will not think our way past the ecological destruction we have wrought; we will not think our way to a new metaphysics of nature. Required, rather is contemplative vision.”


      The Mystical State: Politics, Gnosis, and Emergent Cultures

    End underline

    OH to hell with it:

    THE MYSTICAL STATE: Politics, Gnosis, and Emergent Cultures

    by Arthur Versluis

    Chapter 4, page 49, paperback

    This is a mind-moving book

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  12. “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    ― Mark Twain

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  13. Remember it is the Hidden Power within us that pulls the strings;
    There lies the guiding force, this is the life,
    there, one might say, is the man himself.
    Never think of yourself as a mere body with it’s various appendages.
    The body is like the axe of the carpenter. Dare we think the axe to be the carpenter himself?
    Without this inner cause, which dictates both action and inaction, the body is of no more use than the weaver’s shuttle without the weaver, the writer’s pen without the writer or the coachman’s whip without the horse and carriage.
    Honor the highest thing in the Universe; it is the power on which all things depend; it is the light by which all of life is guided. Dig Within.
    Within is the wellspring of good, and is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig. Waste no more time talking about great men and how they should be. Become one yourself.

    Marcus Aurelius
    Born 26 April 121
    Birthplace Rome
    Died 17 March 180 (aged 58)

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  14. Looks like Marcus had a vision about tRump and tRumpistas:

    “When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil.”

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