When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.
We may be in the Universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversation, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all.
A woman always has the last word in an argument. Anything a man says after it is the beginning of a new argument.
There is a time for politeness and there is a time when you are obliged to be rude.
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You say you love your wife. You depend on her; she has given you her body, her emotions, her encouragement, a certain feeling of security and well-being. Then she turns away from you; she gets bored or goes off with someone else, and your whole emotional balance is destroyed, and this disturbance, which you don’t like, is called jealousy. There is pain in it, anxiety, hate and violence. So what you are really saying is, ‘As long as you belong to me I love you but the moment you don’t I begin to hate you.
Evolution has made Homo sapiens, like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature. Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
BUREAUCRACY: A giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
What we see depends on mainly what we look for.
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight.
Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for.
We commonly speak as though a single 'thing' could 'have' some characteristic. A stone, we say, is 'hard,' 'small,' 'heavy,' 'yellow,' 'dense,' etc. That is how our language is made: 'The stone is hard.' And so on. And that way of talking is good enough for the marketplace: 'That is a new brand.' 'The potatoes are rotten.' 'The container is damaged.'... And so on. But this way of talking is not good enough in science or epistemology. To think straight, it is advisable to expect all qualities and attributes, adjectives, and so on to refer to at least -two- sets of interactions in time....Language continually asserts by the syntax of subject and predicate that 'things' somehow 'have' qualities and attributes. A more precise way of talking would insist that the 'things' are produced, are seen as separate from other 'things,' and are made 'real' by their internal relations and by their behaviour in relationship with other things and with the speaker. It is necessary to be quite clear about the universal truth that whatever 'things' may be in their pleromatic and thingish world, they can only enter the world of communication and meaning by their names, their qualities and their attributes (i. e., by reports of their internal and external relations and interactions).
The only link between the verbal and objective world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all "knowledge" is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order. From this point of view, all language can be considered as names for unspeakable entities on the objective level, be it things or feelings, or as names of relations. In fact... we find that an object represents an abstraction of a low order produced by our nervous system as the result of a sub-microscopic events acting as stimuli upon the nervous system.
Nothing in Chomsky's account acknowledges the difference between intending to kill a child, because of the effect you hope to produce on its parents (we call this “terrorism”), and inadvertently killing a child in an attempt to capture or kill an avowed child murderer (we call this “collateral damage”). In both cases a child has died, and in both cases it is a tragedy. But the ethical status of the perpetrators, be they individuals or states, could not be more distinct For Chomsky, intentions do not seem to matter. Body count is all.
Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.
Courage is worthy of respect when displayed in the maintenance of legitimate claims and in the repelling of aggressions, bodily or other. Courage is worthy of yet higher respect when danger is faced in defence of claims common to self and others, as in resistance to invasion. Courage is worthy of the highest respect when risk to life or limb is dared in defence of others.
You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: you earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires; or you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.
We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
The pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do.
Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.
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No one wants to die. Even people that wanna go to heaven don't wanna die to ge there.
There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. But this, I hold, is an offence against every decent conception of mankind.
The world, as we perceive it, is our own invention.
The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.
What we do in every other area of our lives (other than religion), is, rather than respect somebody's beliefs, we evaluate their reasons.
Ideas never lack for words. It is words that lack ideas. As soon as the idea has come to its last degree of perfection, the word blossoms; or, if you like, it blossoms from the word that presents it and clothes it.
The means have murdered the end.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
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Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
We are asking if thought can be aware of itself. That is rather a complex question, and requires very careful observation. Thought has created wars through nationalism, through sectarian religions. Thought has created all this; God has not created the hierarchy of the church--the pope, all the robes, all the rituals, the swinging of the incense, the candles. All that paraphernalia that goes on in a cathedral or in a church is put together by thought, copied, some of it, from the ancient Egyptians, from the ancient Hindus, and Hebrews. It is all thought. So "God" is created by thought.
The difference between science and religion is the difference between a willingness to dispassionately consider new evidence and new arguments , and a passionate unwillingness to do so.
The intelligence of the lower forms of animal life, like a great deal of human intelligence, does not involve a self.
Everyone who has eyes to see can see that if the God of Abraham exists, He is an utter psychopath--and the God of Nature too. If you can't see these things just by looking, you have simply closed your eyes to the realities of our world.
Armed with all the powers, enjoying all the wealth they owe to science, our societies are still trying to practice and to teach systems of values already destroyed at the roots by that very science. Man knows at last that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the universe, whence which he has emerged by chance. His duty, like his fate, is written nowhere.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
Adopt responsibility for your own well-being, try to put your family together, try to serve your community, try to seek for eternal truth... That's the sort of thing that can ground you in your life, enough so that you can withstand the difficulty of life.
When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.
Science probes; it does not prove.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Happiness is a state of mind.
Someone else’s action should not determine your response.
There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.
Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's....she changes it more often !!
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.
Play is the establishment and exploration of relationship.
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
General Systems Theory... possibly the model of the world as a great organization can help to reinforce the sense of reverence for the living which we have almost lost.
Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.
When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel.
As a man believes, so he will act.
Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
You are not made to live as beasts but to follow virtue and knowledge
The real danger, I think, is not that machines more intelligent than we are will usurp our role as captains of our destinies, but that we will over-estimate the comprehension of our latest thinking tools, prematurely ceding authority to them far beyond their competence.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Energy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.
Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool on the other.
It might be well for all of us to remember that, while differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve what they want to achieve.
We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
BIRTH: The first and dirtiest of all disasters.
Under the gold standard, a free banking system stands as the protector of an economy's stability and balanced growth... The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit... In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.
The trouble with the Internet is that it's replacing masturbation as a leisure activity.
The earth is not my home, I'm just passing by
The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
an idealist is a hypocrite, because he is always trying to become what he is not, instead of being and understanding what he is.
Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think. In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time. One could almost regard perception as the act of choosing the one hallucination that best fits the incoming data.
No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
People easily understand that ‘primitives’ cement their social order by believing in ghosts and spirits, and gathering each full moon to dance together around the campfire. What we fail to appreciate is that our modern institutions function on exactly the same basis.
I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I'm telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
...parental outbursts of rage or threats of punishment directed to the child, calling him names, speaking to him harshly, shaking him, handling him roughly, or actual physical punishment sometimes elicit such total panic and terror in the child that we must assume more is involved than the physical pain alone.
How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined
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I would rather die standing than live on my knees!
Why is it surprising that scientists might have long hair and wear cowboy boots? In fields like neuroscience, where the events you are recording are so minute, I suspect scientists cultivate a boring, reliable image. A scientist with a reputation for flamboyance might be suspect.
A sane society is that which corresponds to the needs of man — not necessarily to what he feels to be his needs, because even the most pathological aims can be felt subjectively as that which the person wants most; but to what his needs are objectively, as they can be ascertained by the study of man. It is our first task then, to ascertain what is the nature of man, and what are the needs which stem from this nature.
The chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most responsive to change.
Intelligence is not about knowing the answers but about asking the questions.
The secret of change consists in concentrating one's energy to create the new, and not to fight against the old.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
Most people use social media not to open their horizons wider, but to lock themselves in a comfort zone.