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‎”The blues is the difference between what you want and what you got” – more or less as was told to me by a Chicago Jazz musician.

 
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Truth is an acquired taste – in the same way that vulnerability is an acquired taste. Why would anyone willingly expose themselves to being wrong, again and again and again …?

“Winning does not tempt that man.
His growth is this: to be defeated
by ever greater forces.”

Rilke

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Aphorism, Poem, Quote

 

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‎… the sweetest thing of all … (4 minutes in)

If I were rich, I’d have the time that I lack
To sit in the synagogue and pray.
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall.
And I’d discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Poem, Quote, Spirituality

 

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Should the ‘devil’ be given the protection of the law? Response by Sir Thomas Moore:

“I give the devil benefit of law for my own safety’s sake”

Slightly longer version:

 
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“Genius is knowing what is important in any situation” – more or less what Douglas Hofstadter told me at lunch in 1997.

 
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Wherever you go there you are.* Unfortunately.

* Origin of quote unknown. Title of book by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 
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Measuring non-attachment

Perhaps the most beautiful and insightful – albeit double-barrelled – personality test item I have ever seen –

“I find I can be calm and/or happy even if things are not going my way.”

Answer with the following:
1 = Disagree Strongly,
2 = Disagree Moderately,
3 = Disagree Slightly,
4 = Agree Slightly,
5 = Agree Moderately, and
6 = Agree Strongly.

From paper: A Scale to Measure Nonattachment

 
 
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