Posts Tagged ‘ People ’

Food for Thought #9

Excerpt from Alan Watts’s – The Tao of Philosophy:

Now it is my contention and my basic metaphysical axiom that existence—the physical universe—is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It is not going anywhere; that is to say, it does not have some destination at which it ought to arrive. It is best understood by analogy with music because music as an art form is essentially playful.

We say, “You play the piano.” You do not work the piano. Why? For instance, music differs from travel because when you travel you are trying to get somewhere and, being a very compulsive and purposive culture, we are busy going everywhere faster and faster in an attempt to eliminate the distance between places.

With modern jet travel you can arrive anywhere almost instantaneously, and what happens as a result is that the two ends of your journey become the same place. So you eliminate the distance and you eliminate the journey, and you forget that the fun of the journey is to travel, not to obliterate travel.

In music, though, one does not make the end of a composition the point of the composition. If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played fastest, and there would be composers who wrote only finales. People would go to a concert just to hear one crashing chord because that is the end. The same is true of dancing because the point of dancing is to dance.

However, we do not understand this because it is not something brought by our education into our everyday conduct. We have a system of schooling which gives a completely different impression. Everything we do is graded, and we put the child into the corridor at one end of this grade system, with a kind of “Come on, kitty-kitty-kitty.” So you go to kindergarten, and that is a great thing, because when you finish that you will get into first grade; then “Come on!” First grade leads to second grade, and so on. When you get out of grade school you go on to high school, and the whole thing is “revving up,” and coming closer.

Then you go on to college, and then by Jove, you get into graduate school, and when you are through with graduate school you go out to join the world. You get into some racket in which you are selling insurance and everyone has their quota to make, and you are going to make it. All the time that great thing is coming and coming, and it is the success you are working toward. Then one day when you wake up, and you are forty years old, you say, “My God, I have arrived! I am there.” However, you do not feel very different from what you always felt, and there is a slight let-down because you feel there was a hoax.

Of course there was a hoax, a dreadful hoax, because they made you miss everything by expectation. People live to retire and they put those savings away, but then when they are sixty-five they do not have any energy left to enjoy it, and they end up in a senior citizens’ community.

We have simply cheated ourselves the whole way down the line. We thought of life by analogy—as a journey or a pilgrimage—which had a serious purpose at the end. The thing was to get to that end, success, or whatever it is, or maybe Heaven after you are dead, but we missed the point along the whole way. It was a musical thing, and you were supposed to sing or dance while the music was being played. Instead you had to do “that thing” and you did not let it happen. So this is why the human being sometimes becomes an organism for self-frustration. ~ Alan Watts

 

Do You Truly Know Them?

No matter what, you will never actually understand someone’s pain, until you are the one feeling it or until you truly know them. Until you have gone through it, understand it as it is or feel it, you have no clue how hard it is. I’ve seen lots of people who just judge others without knowing about them and think they know it all, and then end up making all false opinions in their mind about others. Don’t judge people before you truly know them, because behind every person, there is always a reason why they are the way they are. Ask yourself first before judging others, do you know what they are going through? Do you truly know them?

Keep it Real

Let me tell you something. Never let yourself down just because someone failed to understand you, never forget that you are important, never hide who you are and how you feel. Always stand up for what you believe in your heart and the good you do, that matters. People can’t do something themselves, they tell you that you’re a loser or that you need to get a life but it’s them that can’t do much good, if they were really living truly, they wouldn’t be saying those things for sure. Never regret the past. There’s a reason for everything. Every moment, every moment of pain, every terrible thing that has happened to you, grow from it but most importantly, stay real and human. Do your thing and never apologize for being you but also never hesitate to apologize if you think you should. It takes courage and pure heart to be yourself in a world where people are just too scared to be themselves. Be free, do what you feel in your heart. Keep it real.

Food for Thought #4

For some people, why is it so difficult to admit that they are wrong? In many instances it is important to admit that you’re wrong otherwise more damage will be done, but only saying you are wrong will not work, there needs to be a different way.

Random Thought

Too many people concerned with what image they project and not enough people concerned with what energy they project.

Chapters in Our Lives

We all have good and bad days so give people more time to learn more about the rest of someone you do not know about. Everyone behaves different in different situations and it takes time to see how people handle things they have to deal with over their life. Everyone will have their turn to deal with having loved ones pass, jobs changing , loss of health, ups and downs, and all different sort of things, because we are always in a state of change. We never know where people are at in their life journey, so always be respectful to not add to their pain they are in at this time in their life.

We have many chapters in our lives and each person in this world have a view, if you only hearing one side of it then that’s a problem, respecting who you communicate with is half the understanding. Sometime people remember us the way we were with them and we remember them the way they were with us, and sometimes we simply don’t know what the chapter was and that’s why we or they can’t understand. Some will have opened your book at the beginning and read through to the end, others pick up your book when the pages are well thumbed.

Random Thought

You can tell people the truth, but you cannot understand it for them.

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Quote -  You can tell people the truth, but you cannot understand it for them

React to What You Observe

Sometimes you may find yourself all surrounded by people who pretend to be something else, people wearing faces over face or some maybe most of the time surrounded by them, by these pretenders or by these people with masks. They obviously have some reasons to act like that; there is a reason behind everything. I believe at some point in our life we all do it for some different reasons. But it’s not at all needed to wear different faces over face when you know how to observe yourself first and then others, and when you learn to observe things, you will be real you, a person with a real face. React to what you observe, not to just what is visible or audible because sometimes truth is beyond what we are watching and hearing.

Have a good day/night friends~ Vikas Sharma