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    <div class="title"><span>Be Open</span></div>
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... just attending to the now,<br>
with no purpose,<br>
no method,<br>
nothing to attain ...
    <div class="mantra"><span>No Goals!</span></span></div>                  


Be Open
... just attending to the now,
with no purpose,
no method,
nothing to attain ...
No Goals!

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The flip-side of feeling left-out is the feeling that other people get that someone is cutting-in ...


... how science is about how things that seem different are really the same, and the humanities are about how things that seem the same are really different? ... Macro vs Micro ??

Halfway - between the supergalaxies and the fundamental particles - between the Hubble Time and the Planck Time - we sit, and think, and care for one another


check out and esp.

Wikipedia:Shardik - re-read and quote?

This is my LIFE.

There was a day that was so much fun.
There was a day something good happened.

There was a sad day, though it wasn’t about me.
Ah... and a sad day that was about me.

There was a day that was depressing.
And a day that was so boring.

That day,
this day,
that time,
this time.

Whatever the kind of day,
it was one day of my life.

That day, this day, that time, this time.
Whatever the kind of day,
it was a good day to be alive.

This is my LIFE.
I can’t trade it with anyone.
These are my days,
and they belong only to me.

This is my LIFE.
This is my BOOK.

Hobonichi Techo

"Analogies between Analogies" - Ulam?

Noam Shpancer

[1] "Decision-Making for Sound Mental Health: 3 Useful Principles" 6 Feb 2019

flexibility over rigidity, compassion over cruelty, approach over avoidance

and [2] "Are We Being Mindless About Mindfulness?" 13 Mar 2019

The communication breakdown here can be illustrated by imagining a coordinate graph on which you plot what you understand to be the racist episodes you experience or hear about during your life. The x-axis represents the passage of time and the y-axis represents the degree of racism of an episode — from someone’s assumption that you’re a valet when you’re parking your own car to the burning of a cross on your lawn. For each experience, you mark a dot.

Over time, the dots accumulate, and you start to see a pattern. You draw a curve that connects the dots and you develop a keen sense of things that happen to you because of your race. The pattern allows you to notice correlations, to make predictions. You are learning from evidence, in part for your self-preservation.

Now imagine someone plotting a graph who encounters such episodes from a more privileged or isolated perspective. Maybe this person hears about them only if they are sensational enough to make the news. He sees evidence of racism only from time to time, and when he does, it tends to be stark and unambiguous — the use of racial slurs, an explicit avowal of hate.

-- z 2019-05-19 15:17 UTC

I would define power as the ability to make other people do what you want; freedom is the ability to do what you want. Like gravity and acceleration, these are two forces that appear to be different but are in fact one. Freedom is the defensive, or pre-emptive, form of power: the power that’s necessary to resist all the power the world attempts to exert over us from day one. So immense and pervasive is this force that it takes a considerable counterforce just to restore and maintain mere autonomy. Who was ultimately more powerful: the conqueror Alexander, who ruled the known world, or the philosopher Diogenes, whom Alexander could neither offer nor threaten with anything? (Alexander reportedly said that if he weren’t Alexander, he would want to be Diogenes. Diogenes said that if he weren’t Diogenes, he’d want to be Diogenes too.)

-- z 2019-05-22 09:13 UTC

The basic problem is that most of the jobs offered today don’t provide the guarantees that workers once expected. This transformation is obvious in “gig economy” jobs like driving for Uber. But the gig economy is still pretty small; for most Americans, the problem is that their work has been gig-ified. Corporations used to pool major economic risks within their labor forces. They did so because they could — the pressures of financial markets and global competition were less constraining. And they did so because they thought they had to if labor unions were to remain satisfied. Now those risks are mostly on workers alone.

-- z 2019-05-22 11:42 UTC