Monday, August 16, 2010

My Beautiful Contradiction

When everything is a dizzying mess of variables you are my stabilizing constant. When everything is stagnation you are my joyful flux, my ecstatic explosion of colors and beat. You anchor my ship to safe havens when the waves below and roar, but when the sun is shining bright you become as the trade wind behind my sails, keeping me out of the doldrums and sailing me on to the farthest shores. You wear me out until I am spent, and then you lay me down to blissful rest.

You are my danger and my safety, my risk and my security, my battleground and my sanctuary. You are my adventure and the home I come home to after the long journey.

You, and no one else but you, are my beautiful contradiction. And without you I am naught.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Creation as Motherhood

When a mind bears great promise, we call it pregnant, but when this promise is fulfilled, we almost always call it a father – the father of an idea, of a school of thought, of a science, and so on. The contradiction before us is clear. To be consistent, this we must profess: All creators are mothers. Thus all creation is like giving birth – painful, bloody, and dangerous. And this too we must profess: All creations are like children – they come from one's very bowels, yet after being born they take on a life of their own.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Untimely Meditations 2

A world without argument is a world without truth. (July 2008)

A life is a work of art, it is the masterpiece of the soul who lives it. (July 2008)

The ideal individual is one who always seeks to improve herself. The ideal society is the society consisting of such individuals. (July 2008)

Where science is silent, one ought to pass through with caution. Where philosophy is silent, one ought to pass through with fearful respect. Where religion is noisy, one ought to go away from. (August 2008)

Of all the ways of acknowledging the ineffability of things, there is none more powerful than humor. (August 2008)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Untimely Meditations 1

The mind as a flux
The following thoughts and ideas I have believed at one time or another. I may not believe some of them anymore. I may even believe the contrary. But the self, after all, is a history, and the mind is a flux. The thoughts here presented are just snapshots of the author's ever-changing mindscape.

Love is the safety net that catches those who fall trying to walk the tightrope of expectations. (February 2008)

The theologian's trade consists of being certain of things for which no honest human should be certain of. (April 2008)

Our optimism gives us reason to live, our pessimism keeps us alive. (May 2008)

Only a free individual can become a moral individual, for morality is impossible without choice and being moral cannot be forced upon anyone. (May 2008)

There is nothing more damaging to the cause of freedom than the illusion of freedom. (May 2008)

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Pecier Carpena Decierdo is a male specimen of the primate species homo sapiens. According to Pecier, one of his main goals in life is the justification of his species’ name. Close proximity to his most preferred carbon based life form, Rose Anne, causes Pecier’s brain to become saturated with phenylalanine, and being with the said Rose Anne is also known to bring about attacks of involuntary spasms called “laughter” in Pecier. Aside from Rose Anne, the subjects “philosophy”, “science” and “literature” are some of the other things that fire up his libido. He has so far survived twenty-two roundtrips aboard his home planet and he has no intentions of quitting soon.

Venerable Verses

The cloud-clapp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,

And like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Leave not a rack behind: we are stuff

As dreams are made on; and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.

-William Shakespeare, The Tempest-

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