Stream of Consciousness

Although longer, carefully considered essays and articles go in the Words section, quick quips, revelations, rants, emergent ideas and other random brain farts that don't qualify as essays or articles will end up here. Probably not a wise place to hang out if you value your time, but if you're bored and don't mind trawling through the haphazard neural firings of a man who has way too many hobbies, you might even come up with a gem or two. I'm hoping I'll be able to come back here from time to time and find those gems myself.

Let the Stream Begin ...

So many ways to waste time. So little time!

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"Do." It's the two-letter one-word key to success.

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The light at the end of the tunnel is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Giving up means you may never see it.

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"Being in the moment" is much more than a fuzzy spiritual ideal. It is good practical advice. Do what you can, wherever you are, rather than dreaming about how much better off you'd be somewhere else.

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Some people don't want to know about the world's problems, or even about the problems facing their neighbor. Such issues are a nuisance that prevents them from enjoying dinner, or what's on TV, or the game they're engrossed in.

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I've done a few things in my life of which I'm not exactly proud. Nothing that would be considered a serious crime, but I have most certainly been on the dirty end of a number of little betrayals for impure and selfish motives. What's funny is that although my yardstick for defining such improprieties was mostly provided by my parents, I can now look back and clearly see that they were guilty of similar if not worse transgressions. Both of 'em. My guiding lights were not the pure, unimpeachable founts of wisdom I once assumed them to be. All part of growing up, I guess, but a little disconcerting nonetheless. But it's OK, because I also find that many of the distinguished statesmen and religious leaders that I once held in high esteem are even lower on the moral scale.

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When people think of "the world," as in "what is the world coming to" or "making the world a better place" they're actually referring to people, and more importantly, the non-physical, invisible connections between people. The way people see themselves, others, and themselves in relation to others.

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Here's how discrimination works against you: If you refuse to treat me as an equal, and look down on me, don't expect me or anyone else you look down on to look up to you. Quite the opposite, the people you look down on will in turn look down on you. When you treat me as an equal, then we can see eye-to-eye. Only then can I learn to respect you.

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Racism is human nature. It takes a bit of sophistication and enlightenment to not be racist. Viewing that from the other side, it means that racists are unsophisticated and unenlightened. Sounds about right.

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Re: people who talk too much. It's not really talking. It's more like sonar. They constantly feel a need to bounce sound off their environment to reassure themselves that they're still here.