strange sentience

math, fugues, meditative neurosis

Month: March, 2013

Linguistic Idiosyncrasies

Yesterday I attended a wonderful lecture about secular Buddhism. Afterward, I approached the speaker and said,

“I would like to thank you for the directed precision of your elocution and insight.”

He calmly replied, “Well, that just means we share the same linguistic idiosyncrasies.”

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Feeds Only the Intellect

“For that which feeds only the intellect entraps, while that which feeds the soul liberates. And it is the soul that thirsts for truth. The intellect thirsts only to satiate its fascination.” — Ram Dass

Things are objectively relative, yet relatively objective, and consistently paradoxical, yet paradoxically consistent.

When it comes to elaborate writing, the difference between the scholarly and the grandiloquent is that one expresses complex ideas compactly, while the other expresses simple ideas diffusely.

When it comes to elaborate writing, the difference between the scholarly and the grandiloquent is that one expresses complex ideas compactly, while the other expresses simple ideas diffusely.

Meditation is about slowing down enough to catch up to yourself.

Never underestimate the power of denial

Today, as I was about halfway done smoking a joint, a man walked up to me and asked if he could have a cigarette. I said, “No, but you may have the rest of this joint,” and offered it to him. He smiled delighted and exclaimed, “Aw, dude, that’s what’s up!” He then took the joint and nodded/smiled to show his gratitude. I followed suit, and said, “Absolutely, have a great evening.” We began walking our separate ways. He then called out to get my attention, saying, “Yo!… Never underestimate the power of denial!”

I was at first puzzled  it seemed far out of context  but I nodded in acknowledgement. What an interesting thing of which to warn a complete stranger.