Things to live by to get the things to live for

*This post WILL be edited often.

I heard this at a mediatation class a few years back:
*Throws a pencil on the floor*
Try and pick it up. Go on.
Noooo, I said TRY and pick it up, not pick it up.
Noooo, stop pretending to pick it up, you’re not posing for a photograph. Try and pick it up.

There is no such thing as try. QED.

At the same class:

Carbon dioxide is a waste product. It is excreted out of your body because
1) your body doesn’t need it
2) your body doesn’t want it

So what’s the point of drinking carbonated drinks?
I actually stopped [cold turkey, mind you] after hearing this. And then, I started toying with the concept of a “big red self-destruct button” again. I LOVE Sprite Ice.

From OC Fairoz: Perception is relative.
At the end of the day, you choose who, what and how you want to be. Your mood IS a choice!

OC Fairoz again: You see the worst in yourself in other people.
As I consider all the things I find irritating in people I know [and probably don’t like], I find I have these traits [perhaps to a lesser degree] very often. One might say we’re ignorant of our flaws. But I think we know what our flaws are; I have a list of shortcomings. We’re just in denial! I was. The next step…well, the best thing to do is change the bad traits and become better. The passive thing to do is to accept and keep them in check. I guess I’m doing the latter. Explained later.

From Zerthimon’s teachings [lol]:
1: Strength lies in knowledge of oneself. Those who do not know themselves can be misled.

2: Scripture of Steel: Ignorance itself is no weakness, only clinging to it.

3: Submerge the Will: From endurance comes strength.

4: Vilquar’s Eye: Those who choose to see only that which is in front of them are blind to the whole. Treachery is inescapable, but even treachery can bring knowledge.

5: Power Of One: There is strength in the individual, and strength in the multitude, but the greatest strength is held by the individual which can become a multitude.

6: Balance in all Things: One must balance reason with desire or lose ones focus.

7: Missile of Patience: Anything can be accomplished if one is patient.

8: Zerthimon’s Focus: Focus and discipline are the greatest of weapons.
Awesome game; awesome mythos.

From PC Thia: Once the first bullet flies, what will happen will happen.
No point “trying” to predict the outcome of a volatile situation. Have a contingency plan ready.

From a friend [forgot who]: Only gamble if you’re directly involved in the outcome.
Maybe this should be Plan B. Plan A being not to gamble in the first place. [To all those who bet on the World Cup and lost, “tolja so”!]

Buckminster Fuller [discoverer of Buckyball] began to search for the purpose of life, God and the universe. He sought to discover what, if anything, could be done by a penniless, unknown man working on behalf of all humanity.
And he came up with Precession.
Keep “moving”. Don’t sit still.

Universal sources: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Commonspeak: Don’t piss people off if you don’t like to get pissed on.

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. – Oscar Wilde. How true? Lol.

Think positive. Be decisive. And re-evaluate your priorities often.
I cannot seem to stop recommending affirmations! I’m telling you, believe me. It works. It’s not magic; it’s opening your eyes to opportunities that you wouldnt otherwise have noticed because you havent tagged them as priorities in your mind.

From Picasso/ Pirates Of Silicon Valley: Good artists copy. Great artists steal.
I’m most definitely a pirate, Steve. Pick me, pick me.

May the best man win. How many times have you heard that? Sounds fatalistic, almost. Surely if you try, anything is po…I -*HATE*- cliches.

Here’s my take: If it ain’t effortless, it ain’t worth it. Lemme rephrase: if it ain’t effortless, you probably don’t deserve it. And I mean what I say: if it requires exertion, it’s not worth it; it wasn’t meant for you.

By means of example, I’ll illustrate what I mean. Say you have a running race coming up. If you have to really EXERT yourself so much that you’re aware that that kinda achievement is NOT something you might be able to reproduce easily, then you might get first, but you know there was an element of luck involved. It’s not as easy as sprinting to the nearby hawker centre in less than 5min. What am I trying to say?

Say you’ve a test coming up [for all intents and purposes I’m referring to tests that do not insult your intelligence by demanding answers from memory; rather, these test what they’re supposed to, your comprehension of the topic at hand, by testing the applications of that particular knowledge-let] and you do well without studying for it. That’ll give me more pride in my intellectual capabilities than if I topped the class but mugged like a no-lifer. That’s what I think anyway. As I said, it’s a very fatalistic way to think, but I think unrealised potential is more impressive [by way of being more promising] than used-up potential.
Mark Twain once said: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” I disagree. The literate guy can choose to read at any time, should he wish to.

Hmm, ponder ponder.

From Being Cyrus: Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

On a side note:

Physics Story

A true story!
A thermodynamics professor had written a take home exam for his graduate students. It had one question: Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with a proof. Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Lawor some variant. One student, however wrote the following:

First, we postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for souls entering hell, lets look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and peopledo not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all peopleand all souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant.So, if hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which soulsenter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increaseuntil all hell breaks loose. Of course, if hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, than the temperature andpressure will drop until hell freezes over.

It was not revealed what grade the student got. LOL!

This is hilarious: I got an F and a C, and I got a K too, and the only thing that’s missing is a bitch like U. Hmm, crass but one for the textbooks on one-liners.

Various: Knowledge is power.
See one of my earlier posts. On that note, I have to now re-evaluate my one-time ambition that has become irrelevant and almost redundant. I wanted to know everything about everything [what an INTP?]. Now that’s not too hard to digest is it?
But over the years, the proliferation of informative websites on the Internet has made any specialised knowledge, should it be required, accesible with just the click of a mouse [pardon the irritating cliche]. As such, the limiting factor is NOT access to knowledge anymore; it’s the *willingness* to seek it out. **Which is significantly harder now more than ever because the information is THAT accessible. It’s easier to jusitfy procrastination. A very human flaw: to ignore that which is under our very noses. I hate to say this, but I must: the grass is greener on the other side! I digress. My point is, I really would like a bio-data interface or something. Can I order that on eBay?

Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom [1995]: No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Racism…dude…need I say anything? Then again, the opposite of love is NOT hate [see earlier post], so if you hate, you’re actually making an effort to, foo!

And this will always be the final quote.
Marianne Williamson: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
This is SO true. This is why we’re consatntly looking for purpose. This is why we’re loathful of being normal, and/or living a mediocre life. To end up not achieveing anything would be such a pity. There may have been potential there. *This is the part where people will start nitpicking. Yes, while I think that natural innate abilities are more admirable than nutured ones, if no effort is taken to even find out what abilities you might have that you can excell in, then I disapprove of your lifespan.

To a quote, a quote. Smith: Only human.


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