Thursday, January 05, 2006

Thoughts

- I am daily reminded of the loneliness in the world. The will to be loved is far greater than the will for money, success, or even food. There is nothing that has power over love, and there is nothing love cannot defeat.

- I find the notion of a personal God repugnant. One is in no way related to faith without simultaneously spreading their light, for to have is to give.


- There are many ways for the world to enter into our hearts. By way of a smile, some laughter or kindness, or even an atrocious action – but these are not to be waited for. The reason they are waited for by most is that one is usually only capable of the atrocious action.


- Water is love consoling the arrogant and egotistical land.



- The ocean reminds me of my stupidity. It reminds me of my condition, that I am not capable of knowing, or being precise – but rather that I am am imperfect and continuously changing, and most important – that I extend.


- Not to be ashamed in being wrong - easy when one has sincerely felt that we cannot know anything at all.


- I love chess. It resembles art in that each and every game is an opportunity to create a world that has a semblance of harmony. If the endeavor breaks down, the will to rebuild is doubly renewed. If it is achieved, there is no language to describe the transformation that occurs within.

- I try so hard to understand the limitations of thinking. I think and think about it, I wonder about my wondering, I ponder why I ponder, and I can never grasp my reality with any certainty until the very second I stop trying. – If only I could think while I’m not thinking.

- Words are tools of navigation, not maps of reality.


- Poetry is the examplar in our eternal struggle to understand being.


- Those who write poetry to write, are often marvelous writers. Those who write poetry to think, are often marvelous thinkers. Those who write poetry to breathe, are doomed.


- There is one great lie – language.

- Holy books are all too often the most potent weapons of mass destruction.


- To believe something is one thing, but to believe something is also the other.


- One who begins a phrase, ‘to be honest . . .’, is most assuredly lying.


- Nature is honest, deception is a purely human trait.


- I find the philosophy of nihilism an absurdity. Sometimes the silliest moments reveal the most assured sense of being to me, for it is precisely when nothing feels important that I see the importance of God.


- One is surely at the greatest risk of losing themselves when they feel betrayed by the world. To purge this conviction from one’s being is the only measure of faith.


- With no effort and magnificent grace, the glance of a child’s eye brings to us the superficial and injurious nature of our being, all our shame associated with it, and the will to renew ourselves – all at once. It’s as if children force love out of us.

- Science ought to be ashamed of itself for degrading its own creator so severely.