Unremembered Aphorisms 1-5


Seem to have undergone a cognitive shift when I was about seventeen. Work prior to Inspiration Factory 5 just isn't there.Inspiration Factory 5Your enemies are the people you understand. Your friends are the people you know too well to understand.Inspiration Factory 4General rules are generally rare.IF 2 & 3 are…

Unremembered Aphorisms 6


In the odd receding time frame of a blog entry, this post continues the previous blog about rediscovering my high school journals. I'm moving forward in space and backwards in time. Aside from a draft of a children’s story about a boy who eats too many pancakes, Inspiration Factory 6 was…

Unremembered Aphorisms 7


I was digging around for something else and came upon my journals from high school, each of which I referred to as an "Inspiration Factory." I just finished leafing through Inspiration Factory 7 and have concluded the following:1> I was a depressed youngster. It would have been good to have…

Master Kong


"They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom."What surprised me about this quote initially was that it came not from a Daoist text, but Confucius. English-speaking scholars of Daoism like to complain about how poorly it is understood and appreciated when compared to Buddhism. But both…

Sages Are Like a Mirror


Sages are like a mirror--They neither see things offnor go out to meet them.They respond to everythingwithout storing anything up.They are thus never injuredthrough the myriad transformations they undergo.--Huainazi, 6cited in Ames & Hall's translation of the Dao de Jing, 101

Fausted


Keep your finger on important issueswith crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues. I’m just an oily slick in a wind-up world with a nervous tick in a very fashionable hovel.--E Costello, “Beyond Belief”Grad school is a Faustian bargain you don't realize you're making until you notice that the ink…