“Perceptiveness deals with problems which yet have no significance but which acquire significance in the future.” -Isabelle Stengers, “Order Through Chaos“
“Paradox: A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.” -Dictionary.Com
Since getting clean there are people saying that I must not be clean if I’m living in Vegas again – that I am either lying or just insane. Also, hate to put this on blast, but after posting “Men on Meth Carrying Guns” and “Notes From Emergency Shelter,” I’m told that I should probably be more “careful” with what I say online – that I shouldn’t talk about my real life over the internet.
I appreciate the detailed responses with details. I will now address about my online and offline activities (over the internet).
One of the first things Buddhism teaches is the importance of not taking life. It’s not a Mortal Sin but a kind of trained discipline where one becomes strong enough to be gentle enough to abstain from killing. Especially killing for no reason. Not taking life is the first of five precepts taken on by Buddhists and it’s a difficult rule to follow, as the discipline includes letting the insects live, which can be a difficult thing to do – for all of us.
Editor’s note: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues including the political, and I know I said I wouldn’t get all philosophical on this blog but I thought some of my readers might find this reading interesting.
“To many minds all this liberty for the individual spells sheer anarchy. Every newcomer, every friend who looks at A.A. for the first time is greatly puzzled. They see liberty verging on license, yet they recognize at once that A.A. has an irresistible strength of purpose and action. “How,” they ask, “can such a crowd of anarchists function at all? How can they possibly place their common welfare first? What in Heaven’s name holds them together?”
When it comes to getting involved with a cause or volunteering to help fuel community change, I think a good rule is to keep your service work within your ZIP code. Getting involved in a vaccination clinic in Africa for instance is a vanity to me, like getting involved in a marriage with a super model just because she’s a super model and therefore social consensually good looking.
“Besides, we are friends of the lento, I and my book. I have not been a philologist in vain — perhaps I am one yet: a teacher of slow reading. I even come to write slowly. At present it is not only my habit, but even my taste — a perverted taste, maybe — to write nothing but what will drive to despair every one who is ‘in a hurry.’ For philology is that venerable art which exacts from its followers one thing above all — to step to one side, to leave themselves spare moments, to grow silent, to become slow — the leisurely art of the goldsmith applied to language: an art which must carry out slow, fine work, and attains nothing if not lento. Thus philology is now more desirable than ever before; thus it is the highest attraction and incitement in an age of ‘work’: that is, of haste, of unseemly and immoderate hurry-skurry, which is so eager to ‘get things done’ at once, even every book, whether old or new. Philology itself, perhaps, will not so hurriedly ‘get things done.’ It teaches how to read well, that is, slowly, profoundly, attentively, prudently, with inner thoughts, with the mental doors ajar, with delicate fingers and eyes. My patient friends, this book appeals only to perfect readers and philologists: learn to read me well!”
There is an interesting write up at The Indy on “slow reading,” the antithesis of speed reading. It’s a quick read — even for slow readers. Click here to check it out.
Two things tend to happen when I read a book. The first, I tend to destroy the book by bending it, rolling it up, ripping it, trying to put it in my pocket, tossing it around, writing on it, spilling coffee on it, and so on. There’s a kind of ongoing assault on the book taking place. That’s if I don’t lose it, of course. The second thing, I tend to take a long time reading through things. Especially a good book. If you’re a fast reader and you lend me a copy of your favorite book and hope to get it back quickly and safely, there’s a real chance that you might end up having to choose between me and your book.