— The Buddha
WASHINGTON DIARIST JANUARY 29, 2013 Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint Obama finally finds his doctrine
— Bertrand Russell
Absolute power is partial to simplicity. It wants simple problems, simple solutions, simple definitions. It sees in complication a product of weakness - this tortuous path compromise must follow. There is thus a certain similarity between the pattern of extremism and that of absolute power. ~ Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind
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“The entire spiritual dilemma, you know, boils down to only one problem—denial. Denial that everything which is born will die. Denial that everything I want to keep—identity, possessions, friends, family, lovers, health, life—will be lost. That denial, that continual avoidance of this simple, basic, undeniable truth, obscures my true nature by forcing everything I do and everything I think to serve an unconscious strategy—a strategy of denial—so that instead of simply living, which means allowing whatever is to be, and whatever arises to arise, I continually attempt to protect myself against the pain of that simple truth: nothing that I think I have, nothing that I think I am, has any permanence whatsoever. It never did, and it never will.
In each moment, be honest. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to which you can cling for security. Accept that fact—for it is a fact—accept that pain, stop telling yourself the story of denial, and all will become clear without any effort whatsoever.” ~ Robert Saltzman