"If you live to be a hundred, it is considered a long life. However, only one in a thousand persons are that lucky. But if we take a person who has lived a hundred years and look at the time he has spend in his life, we will realize that a hundred years is not a long life. Out of these years, childhood and old age take up at least half the time. In addition, half the day he is asleep. Not to mention the hours during the day that he has idled away. What does that leave him? Moreover, if you take out the times when he is ill, sad, confused, suffering and not feeling good, there isn't much time left that he can enjoy or be free.
"Some people think that we can find satisfaction in good food, fine clothes, lively music, and sexual pleasures. However, when they have all these things, they are not satisfied. They realize happiness is not simply having their material needs met. Thus, society has set up a system of rewards that go beyond material goods. These include titles, social recognition, status, and political power, all wrapped up in a package called self-fulfillment. Attracted by these prizes and goaded on by social pressure, people spend their short lives tiring body and mind to chase after these goals. Perhaps this gives them some feeling that they have achieved something in there lives, but in reality they have sacrificed a lot in life. They can no longer see, hear, act, feel, or think from their hearts. Everything they do is dictated by whether it can get them social gains. In the end, they've spent their lives following other people's demands and never lived a life of their own. How different is this from the life of a slave or a prisoner?
"The ancients understood that life is only a temporary sojourn in this world, and death is a temporary leave. In our short time here, we should listen to our own voices and follow our own hearts. Why not be free and live your own life? Why follow other people's rules and live to please others? When something enjoyable comes your way, you should enjoy it fully. Don't be imprisoned by name or title, for social conventions can lead you away from the natural order of things. It doesn't matter whether you will be remembered in generations ahead, because you will not be there to see it.
"Why spend your life letting other people manipulate you just to get a name and reputation? Why not let your life be guided by your own heart and live without the burdens of fame and recognition?"
To know about me, like any human, is to understand existence. I am just a young anomalous guy who is trying to understand life and my place in it. My interests, beliefs, and opinions are like a summer wind and depend on a variety of typically unforeseen variables. That said, I do try to approach most things 100% openly, however, I am unfortunately human and prone to mistakes and prejudices. "My life is a performance for which I was never given any chance to rehearse." From there, my life evolves daily and so do my opinions of it.
The oceans of mine seek comfort in the daily changing sanguine tide. Consuming complicated quells with the passing of time. While collaborations of bruised egos wash ashore like driftwood of the mind.
"The motto stated a lie. If this nation has ever trusted in God, that time has gone by; for nearly half a century almost its entire trust has been in the Republican Party and the dollar -- mainly the dollar." [Mark Twain]
"You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man who's words make your blood boil, and who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free." [Michael Douglas - American President]
Preface to the 'New Alligiance': The decline of The United States of America is the natural and inevitable effect of an inordinate greatness extending from its egocentrically torn twofold parties, corrupting religions, and forgone economic balance. The facade of universal prosperity ripens the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiply with the extent of conquest; and, as soon as time or accidents have removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yields to the pressure of its own weight and the Empire falls.
•The Pledge of Modern Allegiance• To the Newly Retrogressive Republic of the Divided States of America
I pledge no Allegiance to the Blood Stained Flag Of these Dividing States of America And to a Republic that I cannot Comprehend One Nation, turned away from a Just & Loving God Un-convinceable of Law-Written Liberties Imbuing Justice for no one.
"You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions, or its office holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags—this is loyalty to unreason, it is pure animal; it belongs to monarchy, was invented by monarchy; let monarchy keep it." [Mark Twain]
•"Judge not, lest ye be judged." [The Bible]
• Humans: What a waste of evolutionary potential! [Paul Andrew]
•"If you don’t like the reflection - Don’t blame the mirror." [Unknown]
• Normality is widely over-rated and exceedingly under achieved. [Paul Andrew]
• Loneliness is sometimes a lesser letdown than that of disappointment. [Paul Andrew]
•"Happy, is he who forgets or ignores what he alone cannot changed." [Mark Twain]
• Rules are like Dams, meant to keep most back, but let some flow through. [Paul Andrew]
•"It's not that I fear Death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." [Woody Allen]
•"Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen." [Epictetus]
•"As sad as it is to want something you don't have, it is much worse to have something you don't want." [Unknown]
•"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." [Einstein]
•"After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her." [Adam's Diary - Mark Twain]
•"There are two dates they'll carve on your stone, and everyone knows what they mean. But what's more important is the time that is known as that little dash there, in-between." [Unknown]
• I feel everyone has the inalienable right to love and be loved, though seemingly more important in my eyes is the outward emotion of whom you love and a clear comprehension of whom you are loved by. [Paul Andrew]
•"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines; sail away from the safe harbor; catch the trade winds in your sails... Explore... Dream!" [Mark Twain]
•"Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth." [Baz Luhrmann]
•"History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable, and that life has order and direction. That's why events are always reinterpreted when values change. We need new versions of history to allow for our current prejudices." [Calvin & Hobbes]
•"Did Christ live 33 years in each of the millions and millions of worlds that hold their majestic courses above our heads? Or was our small globe the favored one of all? Does one apple in a vast orchard think as much of itself as we do? Or one leaf in the forest -- or one grain of sand upon the sea shore?" [Mark Twain~Letter to Olivia (01/08/1870)]
•"It is the epitome of life. The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity... But such is human life, here today and gone tomorrow. A dream -- a shadow -- a ripple on the water -- a thing for invisible Gods to sport with for a season and then toss idly by, idly by. It is rough... Life is at best a dream and at worst a nightmare from which you cannot escape... Life: we laugh and laugh, then cry and cry, then feebler laugh, then die." [Mark Twain]
• A painted canvas entices controversy, yet a white canvas induces harmony. Therefore why paint your canvas with definitions of title, of belief, or of sexuality when it is simpler to just be yourself, the white canvas you've been from birth. Only then can you be content in your life. And be self-assured that what another person may say to or about you, can bring you no harm of mind or of soul, since you are genuinely indefinable. As Loa-Tse said: "The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." [Paul Andrew]
•"As I see it unfolding, and consequently ponder its outcome - Someday when the 'Future' looks back at the fossils of our civilization we take for granted, will they see an ever-evolving society of Homo Sapiens, capable of such beautiful art, the grandeur of impeccable architecture, and incomprehensible technological knowledge? Or shall they simply see a breed of alienated technological 'machines' attempting to survive in an addictive functioning disease process of toxically codependent apes? At the rate we are currently regressing, I fear the latter of the two." [Unknown]
•"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have more conveniences, but less time. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life, add years to life but not life to years. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. These are the times of big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes." [Unknown]
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