STRUGGLE

Arjuna, hero of the Bhagavad-Gita, pondered whether or not he should fight. I try to follow in his footsteps in order to find out *how* to fight.

  1. The first glance was an alert glance.
  2. People are like ghosts; the more you fear them, the more they attack.
  3. To be a hangman is not so much a matter of mentality as a matter of opportunity.
  4. Justice is not a right but a privilege, a Holy Grail on the pathway of our struggles. Nobody defends justice, only "his" justice.
  5. Everybody talks but only the weak have to listen.
  6. The powerful glide, the weak walk, and everything becomes stones on the road.
  7. It's better to be an authentic loser than a false success, and to die alive than to live dead.
  8. Reality is the only adversary that has to be fought on its own ground. Still by daring to play the game of the reality you wish for, sometimes you win.
  9. The fish deprived of fins has no choice but to try to swim.
  10. In an ocean of absurdity, fins still are needed.
  11. Is the road responsible for our limping?
  12. The problems grow but the container "you" remains small.
  13. Titanic struggles inside of a glass of water -- you.
  14. Each human comes to the world as ruler who has to fight with other rulers.
  15. Leisure: the worst form of resignation.
  16. I watched a small larva trying to climb a steep incline. It fell constantly because it was perfectly smooth with no appendages and began again and again, its fat little body turning over itself, exposed to all dangers. It was like a blind machine. Finally it reached a little chink that I had not seen. Could it have known that the chink was there or is it just that chance always favours persistence? It crawled in for a deserved rest. This mindless little worm did not live for circumstances ("I am me plus my circumstances" -- Ortega y Gasset), but for life itself. Therefore it gave itself entirely to what it was doing. And it didn't even know it. This worm lived a saga. If a human did half of what this worm did, his chest would be decorated with medals.

    Tactics

  17. Resolve or dissolve the problem before it dissolves you.
  18. For most people words don't serve as enlightenment but as weaponry.
  19. You can beat your head against the fog as long as you want but it's no more efficient than beating your head against the wall.
  20. Don't fight with shadows. Accept them, and proceed.
  21. Don't let time run if you don't follow.
  22. Don't look for the trigonometry of your way -- this is not your way. Accept knowledge, even when you don't know how you know.
  23. Be with yourself only when the two brains have a lot to say to each other.
  24. If you have a problem you can't handle, watch how it handles itself.
  25. Accepting your fate still allows you to remain master of your fate; the stream accepts the stream bed and forms it simultaneously.
  26. "Anaesthesia": pleasure that leads nowhere.
  27. Let your eyes be the instrument of sight, not the openings through which others see you. The eyes should discover not betray.
  28. Don't dig into negative situations. In stony ground you risk breaking the plow.
  29. Don't create monsters you'll have to fight later.
  30. Alchemist-like transmutation; from boredom to "concentration on nothing." On the empty screen of the inactive brain, something may bloom. This "waiting for what may bloom" -- is it an archetype of human longing, a proof of the eternal dissatisfaction with the present? The Chinese dismiss it: "You look for happiness not knowing that you are already happy." Still, we are not ready for this "eternal present," because on our life's road we encounter dragons and monsters which have to be defeated. Nowadays the Chinese saying is useful because it places a hold on our inquietudes.

    "Bird's-eye View" and "Oblique Glance"

  31. A side-glance is the only way to keep your distance from a situation and yet stay in touch.
  32. The purpose of the direct look is to savour happiness and/or to face disaster. In "purgatory" the oblique glance is the best.
  33. The oblique glance: when desire is put into storage. A dragon subdued, not beheaded.
  34. Instead of enveloping yourself in life as in clothing, detach yourself and be simultaneously within it and above it.
  35. Fight negative feelings by observing yourself feeling.

    Attitude

  36. Temperature changes, the thermometer remains the same. Let's stick to the fixed values.
  37. Don't shrink your horizons or you will become a microbe in the microcosmos.
  38. If you lost an eye, would you renounce seeing? If you lost a leg, would you renounce walking?
  39. Fog prevents you from seeing the landscape. Suffering prevents you from seeing if there is a reason not to suffer.
  40. Don't fill an empty screen with sterile dreams.
  41. Happiness is to be lived, misfortune to be noticed.
  42. Avoid the confusion between cause and effect. Having a goal doesn't mean you know how to reach it. Legs don't tell you where to go. Eyes don't give you something to look at. Hunger, no matter how intense, will not provide you with something to eat. Life will not provide you with a goal for your life.
  43. Can the windmill provoke wind?
  44. Belief in justice: trying to involve cold fate in matters that cold fate could not care less about.
  45. Accept the limits of your mind and memory as you accept the limits of your steps.
  46. Don't try to accept the inevitable; you do that already by living. Learn how to accept the acceptance.
  47. Without a vocation, life is a heavy burden of yourself upon yourself.
  48. Freedom means full realization of our potential. For the queen bee confinement is not prison.
  49. Does the power of the mediocre astonish you? Remember that it is the microbes that will bury you.

    Action

  50. The Einsteinian universe may be static, but we, living in the Newtonian universe, must be dynamic.
  51. Prison is thought without action.
  52. It is better to have possibilities without time than time without possibilities.
  53. Thought without action stirs the void.
  54. When you think, you transcend reality. Action makes you part of reality.

    Goal

  55. Inquietude: with roots in the past forms legends; with vision in the future forms dreams.
  56. Is it possible to make a fantastic leap backwards and catch oneself? To do this, one must re-evaluate one's whole life and must consider even emptiness and ruins valid parts of the structure.

    Hope

  57. Aging is painless. Balding is painless. So, when something is painful, it shows that you are not going downhill and there is hope for change.
  58. As long as you live there is hope that you will live.

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