Human Suffering

Suffering is not necessary, but it is a fact of life these days. We as a race have accumulated hundreds if not thousands of years of dysfunction, which is caused by living based on the judgment of surface appearances rather than living according to the underlying reality of being. That disconnect is the root of …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude XII

"Ingratitude is manifest in three degrees of intensity in the world... The first phase, the simplest and most common, is that of thoughtless thanklessness... The second phase of ingratitude is denial, a positive sin, not the mere negation of thanklessness... The third phase of ingratitude is treachery, where selfishness grows vindictive... These three—thanklessness, denial and …

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Courage and Resolution

"How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them." ~ Benjamin Franklin Of all the words that come to mind in relation to personal faults, I can't imagine that "ownership" would top the list in the minds of most people. The majority, I imagine, would claim …

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Comfortably Numb

I heard Pink Floyd's song, Comfortably Numb, yesterday, which apparently is an autobiographical tale of Roger Water's childhood experience with a high fever that made him delirious, giving him the sensation of being dissociated from his body. He had the same feeling at different points in his adult life, including a bout of hepatitis while …

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