Absolute security

A man who is blind to danger is an idiot, there is something wrong with him. But one does not see the danger of these illusions in which one seeks security. The man in whom intelligence is in operation sees the danger. In that intelligence there is absolute security. Thought has created all the various forms of illusion – nationalities, class, different gods, different beliefs, different dogmas, different rituals and the extraordinary religious superstitions that pervade the world – and in them it has sought security. And one does not see the danger of this security, of this illusion. When one sees the danger – not as an idea but as an actual fact – that seeing is intelligence, the supreme form of absolute security. So there is absolute security: it is to see the truth in the false.

Jiddu Khrisnamurti | Brockwood Park 1979

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Achieving perfection

Gretchen Rubin: What’s something you know now about happiness that you didn’t know when you were 18 years old?

Elizabeth Svoboda: I could have saved myself a lot of heartache if I’d realized you don’t have to achieve perfection in order to be happy. In fact, you actually don’t want to achieve perfection, because our mistakes teach us a heck of a lot. Our culture’s focus on over-achievement tempts us to try to to find the shortest route to any life destination, but finding happiness often involves a lot of false starts and detours–and that’s totally OK.


My teachers had been advocating right speech for years, but I just couldn’t get into it. You know, you might try to be a better person, but until you actually understand how you’re hurting people, it’s very hard to practice the precepts. I still remember the incident that finally made me consider right speech in a new light.

Darlene Cohen | Lion’s Roar

Why do we cheat? And why do happy people cheat? And when we say “infidelity,” what exactly do we mean? Is it a hookup, a love story, paid sex, a chat room, a massage with a happy ending? Why do we think that men cheat out of boredom and fear of intimacy, but women cheat out of loneliness and hunger for intimacy? And is an affair always the end of a relationship?

Esther Perel | Ted

Pride is a silent and sneaky relationship killer. It takes a lot of courage and grace to put your ego aside and choose compassion and understanding over the need to be right. Fighting fair and resolving conflict in a peaceful manner is imperative.

Maddison Sonner | Wisdom Pills

The modern world can’t be explained by routine brick piling, such as the Indian Ocean trade, English banking, canals, the British savings rate, the Atlantic slave trade, the enclosure movement, the exploitation of workers in satanic mills, or the original accumulation of capital in European cities.

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey | reason.com

I just think letting go of all thought, for some more truthful way of living is missing the point. We are meant to be individuals who identify with their thoughts for a reason, it’s just if your attached to them and have negative and harmful thoughts you may harm yourself and others. It’s a process of change but not into a blank state, hence why the chinese incorporated emotions and experience back into meditation more. A stone buddha already exists as a stone, why should people want to be stones?

Dreago12e | reddit.ccom

The less there was of me, the happier I got.

Leonard Cohen | Lion’s Roar

People who write the algorithms, Barocas adds, “want to humanize things, and to interpret things in ways that are in line with how we think and reason. But we need to be prepared to accept that computers, even though they’re performing tasks that we perform, are performing them in ways that are very different.

David Benberry | Nautilus.us

Have Mindfulness Bells. You could have a chime regularly sound off on your phone or computer (numerous apps do this) to remind you to pause and be mindful of what’s going on right now. I’ve also found it useful to see other things as mindfulness bells: seeing my child’s face, a traffic light, hearing an alert from an appliance or the computer. Each of these can be a reminder to be present when I notice them.

Leo Babauta | Zenhabits.net

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