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Monthly Archives: April 2011
“Lao Tse said: ‘The thing about the desert people always seem to forget about is the wind. It never stops, and your mouth and eyes have no protection from it. Wind has swiftly carried your open society around the globe, and I am sorry. It will one day will wear it down, fill it and bury it. In the desert, attackers move as fast as the blowing sand itself.’”
This is not really a quote from Lao Tse or anyone. I stayed up for 40 hours, followed by 16 hours sleep which just ended with reading that paragraph in a book. I almost let myself forget it until i realized it’s not from any old book, it’s from my brain just now. Not that i mind having inspired quotes dropped on me, but it’s springtime! This is too heavy for spring, i’m goin outside!
From the album “John Houx’s Green Period”
Directed by: Brandon Vedder
Cinematography by: Colin Mika
Art Direction: Tim Stafford
Thought is a tool for solving rational problems. When thought is of no use, I turn off the mind. Tools are best kept in their chest.
I hammer a loose nail, but I do not swing the hammer in my other affairs. Hammers fix nails and damage all else.
I have a flashlight, but I keep it off while sun is shining. A bulb left on all day is useless by nightfall.
I may speak, but what good is a mouth that won’t shut up? Moments of speech get their value from hours of silence.
Thought is the mouth of the mind. Teach it to keep quiet until it has something to say.
When practice makes perfect, it translates idea to instinct, mind to muscle, thought to no-thought.
All skills* operate on muscle memory.
Muscle memory is beyond the grasp of conscious thought.
Even once learned, action falls apart when THOUGHT about. Why?
The BODY is a ship, steered by the SELF (subconscious center). The EGO (conscious thought) is the cabin boy, who thinks he could be a better captain. He takes the wheel from the self, but hasn’t the strength to steer, nor the ability to juggle so many duties, and the ship goes off-course. The cabin boy must either give the wheel back to the rightful captain or risk a dangerous crash.
See also: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice!
* Skills in the real-time world of three or four dimensions, excepting skills on computers or within one’s own mind.