Omicron

There is a new variant that has leveraged our fears about getting everyone vaccinated ASAP.

But is it worth the risk?

Most of us have been convinced it is worth the risk.

“Freedom” seems like it is not a public safety concern at the moment.

Everyone is doing there best to make good decisions and choices at this time.

Please support both freedoms and be calm, kind and safe.

Keeping informed needs to be personal choice and decision.

The Proper Use Of Impressions: Desire Vs. Aversion

In this dialogue, Epictetus is talking to me about the need to work on the proper use of impressions. He is elaborating on Virtue as good and the practice we call a good life.

Epictetus: I wish you would stop reading and writing about philosophy and just live it.

Me: I am doing it. But I am a little sketchy on a few points.

E: It is easier to act on aversion and more complex to act on desire. You can see the problem more clearly when you act on aversion. You already have some habits that will help you change.

M: Common sense, the same kind of sense that makes it a practice to live the ‘good life’. It is better to do this than to write or talk or read about it. But I am not sure if I understand when to start acting on desire as a good habit.

E: That is difficult until you become proficient at living rather than study. As we build stronger and better habits, we learn what we need to do or be. We need to work on desire once we do enough to think more deeply about our life and therefore build more complex habits.

M: So, when I stopped on aversions to me like eating junk food, sugar, alcohol, meat: these bad habits taught me about aversion. But when I took supplements, the desire taught me when they became adverse and I stopped doing it.

E: I guess you are right. But the habits get harder the worse the habit. Sometimes the habits is designed around thought loops that obscure your awareness and will make action improper or confusing at best.

But as we get more grey with our thinking we can illuminate or become more aware of our reality and learn to help ourselves, family and friends. But it is too difficult to help much more than this in one life.

M: I am looking at what I want out of life. The consequences are of the utmost importance to me. I am deciding what is best. How to be or do the best I can.

E: Yes, and that is all any of us can do. Try to do it as much as you can. It is a good life, legacy, it is virtue.

M: You make a good teacher. I am grateful for your help in clearing up these questions of mine.

E: Do me a favor and get on with it as much as you dare. You can help me a lot more than you know. Be a good person, relative or friend.

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What better motivation for getting into the holiday preparation.

So get out those Christmas tree lights and decorations.

Start making your holiday list…

Slowing Down Time

Silently repeat “calm, still, silent”.

Where ever, when ever possible say these three word over and over in all your affairs.

In time you will become mindful of being here.

In time, the hurry and worry will lessen and become more calm, still and silent.

If that is your intent, you will become less stressed and more able to deal with the ups and downs that life serves us all.

Cultural Exchange

Ideally, there will be no war or violence of anykind.

Can a world produce culture from the baby through childhood to adulthood without any kind of violent outbreak from a neighboring country or world superpower and back again?

The culture of violence gets all the rock and roll, but the wisdom or thinking about love exists on all continents and you would never believe it.

We sacrifice love for violence in all our affairs and in our naïve way.

We think we somehow will imagine world peace along the road to destruction.

So, if this is the prevailing thought about the world, perhaps there is more to reality than meets the eye.

It seems as though nobody speaks for humanity.

Too much to say and no way to begin.

Humor may disarm a few billion in a win-the-lottery kind of way.

I understand that I am a bug and will be squashed for the bug I am.

How much does love mean to you? Can you believe in these words: love and peace.

She is pretty. She did it. Equanimity?

Big equation=E=mc2.

Graphic novels animate simple ideas to people who may be considered somewhat unstable but they get the message and bring love and peace to the world.

Why can’t I? or anyone who is willing and able.

People who live for peace and love work hard at it everyday. To be good at it you need to practice, and we are from a very long evolution that has brought us this far.

We will kill for a very long time.

We will live for a very long time.

Some say thanks to the powers that be, that we only live a short life.

Yet another state of emergency…

Local rain storm has caused flood damage which has affected everyone from incidental problem to severe emergencies.

My first concern came when my boss asked me to fill up with gas.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PSSG0073-002190

The link above is about the state of emergency in British Columbia after a bad rain storm.

What is a state of emergency?

https://www.easthants.ca/faqs/what-is-a-local-state-of-emergency/

The link above gives basic information about a state of emergency.

More and more we are being asked to understand events that have immediate impact on our state of mind.

This article attempts to clarify and inform this kind of situation.

For me, it is a challenge to maintain the basic needs like supplies (gas and groceries). Yet, provincial and federal authorities continue to do a good job at the management of COVID-19, opiate pandemic, and the recent rain storm here in British Columbia.

Following all the rules are taxing but worth doing for my own health and safety, not to mention the good it does for us all.

There may be short term effects to the build in states of emergency here in B.C. But things are improving each day.

I got my gas and groceries with little or no difficulty this morning.

Please support the effort…

What Is Freedom?

Our free will to do what is within our power.

These actions may be bound by our constitution. Or the political will of our country or society.

But what is a will and how can it be free?

There are wills to power and discipline.

This last statement allows a certain kind of permission.

To be equal and able also implies we need to work to earn our freedom.

However, there is a means to freedom that has no bounds other than the bounds of the human condition.

These bounds are seen through the proper use of impressions.

Like using works to accurately describe a picture.

It will take many practice times to gain the proper use of these words.

In the same sense, each person knows it is their ‘will’ that they must use to discipline their actions.

The preconception that we will be free when we do the right thing or moral or be virtuous, is like naming the unnameable.

Hence, the need for philosophy to learn what way will allow us to be free.

Again, freedom can be illusive when we are blinded by fear or ignorance, but we must learn we are willing and able to be free at birth or through education or by applying our will and discipline to achieve our freedom.

No amount of rhetoric will make you free when you are bound.

To learn to live, requires a philosophical idea that knows no bound.

Some say that idea is to do no harm. The proper use of impressions and the practice to discipline our impulses or desires. With our faculty of will…

Little Critters With A Bad Reputation

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cimex_lectularius

Bed bug fear is as big or bigger than the fear of spiders.

It is true they can become a nuisance, but anyone experiencing the epidemic firsthand will be loathe to admit their acquaintance.

Personally I have had the bad fortune of an infestation but I value the discretion of pest control.

My experience is an initial bout of fear and loathing reduced to my normal curiosity arising after the experience was resolved with help from family friends and the community.

I expect many people will enter this bed bug pandemic with a similar reaction, but for those willing to go forward, there is much to learn about the common bed bug.

Wishing everyone a speedy recovery from their stealthy experience of a bed bug infestation.