Friday, April 28, 2006

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

What most people want to know
is usually none of their business.

Absent-Mundaneness

It's easier to fight for principles
than to live up to them.

Manifest Clarity

The clearer you are
about what you want,
the more power you have.

Gradualism Revisited

Practices zealously pursued
become habits.

One of these days...

One of these days
is none of these days.

Excellence

Take the time to do things right,
or you'll end up wasting time
doing it over.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

No question is so difficult as that to which the answer is obvious.

Ascendancy

Living well is the best revenge.

Question Of Importance

The important thing is
to keep asking questions.

Existential Conscription

Life is a lease
imposed on the occupant
without previous notice
of the conditions
in the contract.

Obverse Contrapositive

Innocence itself sometimes needs a mask.

I Am Waiting

They also work who only sit and wait.

It's Just Luck

The harder you work,
the luckier you get.

Crank It Up

Every emancipator
serves their apprenticeship
as a crank.

Evolution of Life

Life is a hereditary disease.

One Way Only

Life is a one-way street.
And we're not coming back.

Time for Love

You love what you find time to do.

Excellence

Everything well done,
or nothing attempted.

God's Number

What people usually ask God for
is that two and two not make four.

Sacrificial Wheel-Spinning

People will sacrifice themselves for government, for religion, and even for God, as long as these remain their creation, their idea, and are not taken too personally.

Who Am I

When you're alone
in your bedroom
with the door closed,
that's who you are.

--Billy Graham

Get Rid Of It

Life, like the airlines,
charges for excess baggage.

Optimization

What is the best
use of your time
right now?

Journey's End

In the long run,
whoever suffers,
conquers.

Inhaling the Edge

Frustrations and denials which seem cruel and unfair are often important equipment for life.

True Excellence

The mediocre are always at their best.

Passion Play

Anyone in passion
rides a mad horse.

Chilly Reception

In the north, the need to guard against winter already makes people more thoughtful.

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Most people's absence
is good company.

Peace

Those who strike first admit their ideas are weak.

Determined To Persevere

Keep on, regardless.

Run Away! Run Away!

The best way to escape problems is to solve them.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Precarious Life

In prosperity, life is only a sketch. And when misfortune comes, the wet sponge blots out the drawing with a touch.

--Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)

Politics

Politics has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

--Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907

Where are the future Time Travelers Now?

"... but nature seems uncooperative ... For a discussion of the apparent impossibility of time machines in general relativity, see "Singularities and Causality Violation," by Frank J. Tipler in Annals of Physics, Vol. 108, pp. 1-36, 1977. Tipler is open-minded; in 1974 he had argued
the other side of the case."

--Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Chaos in Order's Experience



The earliest records of humanity are very incomplete. The evolution of ideas was spasmodic. There was no steady progress. Ideas arose as situations demanded them. Only later reflection began to weave them into intricate systems of ideas.


It's the same today, since most minds do not build, much less seek, complete structures. Moreover, the life of the mind is episodic, uneven, unsystematic, and unpredictable.

Adapted from Albert Avey, Handbook in the History of Philosophy.