Monday, February 28, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
And as love produces and bridges the generations, I begin making some tiny part of the world what it will be.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
If you find yourself torn between being honest or being attractive, you are seeing the wrong choices. The choice that will live longer is between being honest or backing away from the situation. There is nothing less attractive than a liar for when we hear him, we must depend on sore and uncharitable imagination to supply the parts of the picture he covers or leaves out.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Your browser might not be up to showing Greek symbols. Capitol Psi, in a modern physics context, stands for the wave equation. It says in effect that if you know how much energy the particle is carrying and the disposition of forces that may act on a particle [e.g. in the case of an electron, where the nucleus is and that it exerts electrical attraction, where other electrons swarm and that they exert repulsion] then you can describe the shape of a "cloud" of probable presence for the particle. That is, a shaped region of space is defined by the equation allowing you to say for points within the shape that there is such-and-such a chance of detecting the particle at (x1,y1,z1) and much less chance of finding it at (x2,y2,z2) etc. If you actually make a measurement, stick an antenna or a thermometer or shoot a laser beam through the atom, you may detect the electron but having done so, you are, at that instant able to say the electron is 100% HERE and not smeared all around the space taken up by the atom...you touched it and the wave equation collapsed or became momentarily meaningless. Likewise, absent any particular context or trying events, who the hell can say what they really believe? I certainly can't. It is so much slipperier than you dare admit. Todays installment is uncharitable as there are also good reasons and good effects for which we have invented gods. But those most riled by this idea will be those who are most scared of what truth it may be digging for:
Men invented gods so they could be at peace with a world they did not understand. They invented devils so they could be at war without taxing their conscience. Women invented the goddess out of loneliness.
The great teachers know the student as well as they know the subject.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Complaining: The chief reason men have language, and more than language, the main thing that separates man from beasts. Complaining is that tiny fire we build to stand near and shiver rather than go inside when life grows cold.
When there is a difference between your thoughts about how the world is and how the world should be, you will find that it goes on turning out contrary to what it should be. Your thoughts about how things really are rule your experience but your thoughts about how things should be rule your happiness.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
[a] posing as a sage by passing off my pompus pearls is arrogance enough,
[b] EXPECTATIONS! Your title can cast you in irons. Some of the people who stumble on a link, seeing only its name, might follow it in hopes of porn or avoid it in fear of porn. The rest might follow it in hopes of juicey inside politics and priveleged revelations. They'd never come back once they see its just some farm-boy filosofer. There are many blogs with unreported "facts" and news with which to assail whatever it is that they already hated before they heard of blogging...I would not want to be tossed in that basket by readers who get no farther than the title. I certainly have my biases but they haven't much to do with the news and anyway, I am working on them. Nope, I will strive for wit and settle for intrigue.
But I digress. Todays installment:
Whatever it was, its was not the worst mistake you ever made until you made it the second time.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Without any technological assistance, I have always had choppy attention so what little I can think, I must set down in briefest form. So: here goes nothing and lets see how long I can keep this up.
Love must be an addiction. We handle it as we handle other addictions: some celbrate it, some curse it.