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Truth, Freedom & the cycle of birth and death

attack / defense

Alan Watts: "Anytime you voluntarily let up control, in other words cease to cling to yourself, you have an access of power. Because you're wasting energy all the time in self defense, trying to manage things, trying to force things to conform to your will. The moment you stop doing that, that wasted energy is available. And therefore you are in that sense, having that energy available, you are one with the divine principle, you have the energy! When you are trying however to act as if you are god, that is to say you don’t trust anybody, you are the dictator, you have to keep everybody in line, you lose the divine energy. Because what you are doing is simply defending yourself.

C. G. Jung (CW 14, par. 709): "In general, meditation and contemplation have a bad reputation in the West. They are regarded as a particularly reprehensible form of idleness or as pathological narcissism. No one has time for self-knowledge or believes that it could serve any sensible purpose. Also, one knows in advance that it is not worth the trouble to know oneself, for any fool can know what he is. We believe exclusively in doing and do not ask about the doer, who is judged only by achievements that have collective value. The general public seems to have taken cognizance of the existence of the unconscious psyche more than the so-called experts, but still nobody has drawn any conclusions from the fact that Western man confronts himself as a stranger and that self-knowledge is one of the most difficult and exacting of the arts."

Dr. Peter Breggin | Psychiatric Drugs More Dangerous than You Ever Imagined
Molly Crockett: How Digital Media Amplifies Moral Outrage
Chris Voss: "Never Split the Difference"
5 Types of Bullshit Jobs with David Graeber
the architecture of belief | JP and SM
play and dialogue | JCP
praise and blame | Alan Watts and Stefan Molyneux
the asteroids club | common threats can lead to compromise
depression is a disease of civilization | Stephen Ilardi

Customization & conformity

"How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy." ~ Marcus Aurelius