Aphorisms presented in this Compendium were not yet written or not found in time to be included in New Extracts. WM
- Reality -- too nearby, suffocates; too far -- confuses
It's between reality and dream that humans belong.
- Rather than filling up the past void (#57), start from zero and join the rest of your life.
Measure all grace and disgrace
From the perspective of time and space
Then you'll find yourself in such a tiny frame
That your joys and your pains will mean the same.
- In #46 we talked about the concept of 'accepting acceptance.' Recently it crossed my mind that, as usual, when we search for absolute formulas, we discover that their opposite may be true as well. Attitudes may change according to circumstance. Example from a book I read in my childhood: Arkady Fiedler, a writer-explorer well known in Poland, described an expedition to Brazil at the beginning of the century to collect specimens for the zoo. Among their catch there was an animal called hirara. I don't remember its characteristics. I think it was a rather small predatory animal. This particular hirara stunned everybody. It just refused captivity, throwing itself blindly against the bars. It lasted hours and hours. Where it took its strength and tenacity was beyond imagination. The men tried everything. They gave it food and drink. It ate, drank and resumed its thrashing. They tried to tame it by beating it with a heavy stick ( I assume that nobody today uses this method). The people around became as feverish as the animal itself. Then the unexpected happened. The aid came to Arkady, screaming "The hirara escaped!" and Fiedler saw her running lopsidedly, her back twisted from the beatings. The man raised the gun to his shoulder, aiming at the hirara. Fiedler wrote: "I knocked his arm and the shot fired into the air. My father taught me: we have to respect madness. Let the hirara go." The moral: The madness of non-acceptance is as respectable as accepting acceptance.
- Draw the curtains, then open them -- by obscuring we may find something previously submerged in excessive clarity.' This is true in art, science, philosophy , spirituality. In the "Anti-Virgin" we read, "First we destroy the temples, then we rebuild them."
- I am looking -- finding -- the mystery, not on the canvas but in myself.
- God, have pity as I am too big and too small for myself, simultaneously.
- I peep at the universe through a keyhole.
- Thought is a hunter on a strange wing; stopping kills it. therefore it needs constant challenge.
My organic self lives -- simply lives.
If I do nothing I join universal senselessness.
- The essential goal of all our leisure activities: killing time which kills us.
- The world is a dance of complicated steps and each species is a 'dance.'
- No secrets in the Universe -- knowledge trickles through selective openings of the Universe's gates -- too much knowledge at once may be blinding.
- Plots? It's open force, not hidden force, that is dangerous.
- The Triviality of the Obvious
"Bread and Circuses!" -- screamed the Roman populace.
Nonsense is when people want to live for circuses
Sense is when people are ready to give their life for abstractions.
Usually the obvious doesn't trigger passions.
- O nature -- if I cannot respond to your beauty with my own beauty where do I belong?
- You can only wake up from your own dreams to your own memories, wrapped in your own skin, and you remain with yourself for the rest of your life. Only your desires can surpass you.
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