Sunday, October 16, 2016

Media Socialized

Media socialized.
Present's wild, wild west.
Ids' trigger fingers,
Poised over reply.
Myth believers hearded, 
Love their cowboy.
Words slung, Crap flung.
Good life fertilizer?
Or just a pile a dung?
Our Myth? Forthwith.
On sheriff should we rely?
or patricians 'tainted maid?

Thursday, July 21, 2016


 I put my head underwater in the tub 
and listen to my heart beat sometimes
to scare away the suffering
and exist in the moment of being.

Friday, July 15, 2016

BB Dust

I got a BB gun.
Upon reaching adolescence.
First chance I got,
I went "hunting".
After a day of trying, 
I finally shot a robin.
Holding the robin in my hand,
I realized it would never sing again,
That robin could not care for its babys anymore,
I could only drop it on the ground
Watch it turn to dust.

At 18 I became a soldier.
I learned dozens of ways
To kill man and beast.
I stared through a scope
Across a fence
At another man.
I had no hate
But I was from Seattle
And he Vladivostok.
If only he moved wrong
Or too fast.
I would have killed him
Taken away his unborn babies
Made his mother touch his dust.

My friend Jack was shot,
By a drug dealer he had crossed.
A tent revival meeting
Had given salvation.
But this found morality
Did not sit well
With co-conspirators.
Jack was found floating
Face down in the river,
Like my robin.
He had no babies.
He became dust,
In a far away land.

Years later
I raised my own
Chickens and rabbits.
I killed them each
With an axe.
Every bit used.
They still died.
They still had no more babies.
They still turned to dust
after eating them
and pooping them into the ground.

The power of death brings 
An awesome responsibility.
Most people never mature 
To be allowed such power.
Too many fools 
will kill because they can,
Never understanding 
that singing and babies 
Turn to dust with a flick of their finger.

Monday, January 25, 2016

250 More Ritual Aphorisms

"We know not what part of reality comes only from within." ~ 501
"Fatigue closes the mind." ~ 502
"Pandering to ignorance destroys democracy." ~ 503
"Admitting error builds trust." ~ 504
"Complexity alone is an insufficient cause for life or mind." ~ 505
"Every memory is reimagined with every recollection." ~ 506
"Simple answers require less effort and ability." ~ 507
"If it is possible to choose our emotions are we not obliged to do so?" ~ 508
"Innocence is blindness." ~ 509
"Bureaucracy tends to be risk adverse." ~ 510
"Gentle words pave understanding's path." ~ 511
"The past is an imaginary space." ~ 512
"Does the web diminish my capacity for solitude?" ~ 513
"Our technology requires we think globally." ~ 514
"Ought we expect a higher morality from priest and scientist?" ~ 515
"We are free to be foolish, but should not exercise the right." ~ 516
"All but for a single day, we choose to avoid paying the ferryman." ~ 517
"What does it say of us, that violence was not required, yet we used it anyway?" ~ 518
"We make more of life than it is and do less with it than we can." ~ 519
"I am at my beginning and end a sensory island." ~ 520
"We project meaning from within onto what is." ~ 521
"The more urgent the need to pee, the less certain I am of free will." ~ 522|
"Discreteness is a scaling issue of perspective." ~ 523
"Hard times attract spite." ~ 524
"Ignoring evil never protects us from it." ~ 525
"All of us avoid the discomfort of fact with the comfort of opinion." ~ 526
"If no one watched would ugliness exist?" ~ 527
"Any person who claims to know the mind of God lies first to themselves." ~ 528
"Capitalism provides what we want, not what what we need or ought." ~ 529
"Facebook is a modern tower of babble." ~ 530
"In our myths torture is reserved for the evil or desperate." ~ 531
"Free will is often a wee frill." ~ 532
"In the first place, none of us choose to exist." ~ 533
"My hate for <blank> is so great that any compassion shown to it threatens me." ~ 534
"It is easier to throw stones than build a house with them." ~ 535
"Every day walk outside, look up, and notice the sky is not falling." ~ 536
"As no one is perfect, is it better to be too generous, or not generous enough?" ~ 537
"All the people who have ever lived have had less impact on the universe than the sun in a few of it's moments." ~ 538
"Our mental construct of ownership is a means of extending our finite space." ~ 539
"Untested beliefs are mostly just habits." ~ 540
"The joy of seeking truth is often better than the agony of its discovery." ~ 541
"Markets know not morality." ~ 542
"The sword once again tried to conquer the pen and failed." ~ 543
"Realizing I could never become the laughing Buddha, I resolved to become a laughing curmudgeon." ~ 544
"If you wash your hands, you believe in science." ~ 545
"Does order emerge from the constraint of the finite?" ~ 546
"Bigotry is a hydra which feeds on hate and breeds on ignorance." ~ 547
"Poetry is an artifice that gives license to use metaphorical falsity in pursuit of truth." ~ 548
"It is all metaphor, but we pretend some of it is less so." ~ 549
"Wizdumb is when you pee on an electric fence." ~ 550
"We too easily miss the commonality of life by focusing on the shape of the snowflake." ~ 551
"The continuous chain of being, from small to large, is in its own existence a finite self." ~ 552
"Empathy grows with familiarity." ~ 553
"The desire to be normal is the wanting to camouflage the self." ~534
"Giddiness can be as blind as anger." ~ 535
"Are we not innately born with some morality?" ~ 536
"Liberty is not a game of King of the Mountain." ~ 537
"Moving from illiterate to alliterate requires focused repetition." ~ 538
"Perhaps there is no hole in the whole?" ~ 539
"We limit our gods by our imagination." ~ 540
"Without correlation can their be causation?" ~ 541
"Less sheltered children learn to protect themselves." ~ 542
"Aphorisms need not fact nor use." ~ 543
"Self analysis is more often a hall of mirrors." ~ 544
"We exist in the thin film of a tiny ball." ~ 545
"Demagogues primarily attract the ignorant with fear." ~ 546
"Is being an illusion of perspective?" ~ 547
"Joy impairs less than anger leading to lingering, lifted lives." ~ 548
"The Pentateuch is to Christianity as Sharia is to Islam." ~ 549
"As finite beings we grasp for truth, but will never hold it." ~ 550
"Tis better to die of being too kind than its alternatives." ~ 551
"When one thinks they had a bold, new, original idea; it usually means they have not read enough. " ~ 552
"The security of absolute knowledge is a vanity." ~ 553
"When holders of ideology admits not its error, they soon suffer from the perception of persecution." ~ 554
"In so far as truth and beauty align, we strive to seek the divine." ~ 555
"God's love does not require the muttering of words." ~ 556
"A change of opinion requires a change in identity." ~ 557
"If the study of science doesn't lead you to philosophy, you're doing it wrong." ~ 558
"Language becomes us as we become our language." ~ 559
"Although we think of our self as constant, at each moment we change; we are not static beings." ~ 560
"Separation dissolves with distance." ~ 561
"We ought be uncertain, for there are only probabilities." ~ 562
"Self sufficiency is insufficient for a strong society." ~ 563
"No matter how much of our own pain we warn our children about, they will succeed in finding their own." ~ 564
"Highly educated people can make more dangerous mistakes." ~ 565
"The scientific method is letting data speak as teacher while we remain as students." ~ 566
"I cannot know what I cannot sense, however occasionally I may imagine it." ~ 567
"Brevity can permit one to think long and wit deep." ~ 568
"If a cod piece is your master piece, something smells fishy." ~ 569
"The difference between an educator and a debater is means not ends." ~ 570
"When a books cover causes a passionate review of its unread pages we prove ourselves ignorant." ~ 571
"Justice does not require brutality." ~ 572
"Our perspective implies our limits." ~ 573
"My delusion begins where external transforms to internal." ~ 574
"Tradition places a limit upon the future.~ 575
"When we value freedom over wisdom pain is sure to follow." ~ 576
"When everyone wins, winning can lose its meaning." ~ 577
"Creativity is a merging of what already is." ~ 578
"Even Planck sized bytes never nosh the whole Pi." ~ 579
"Projecting our own intent upon another is a vanity of judgement." ~580
"We rarely choose what we think." ~ 581
"we are each a single sample of the 100,000,000,000 humans that have ever existed." ~ 582
"Knowing the dying is opportunity to cherish joy." ~ 583
"Reality is the pin which eventually pops propaganda bubbles." ~ 584
"Constant chuckling catalyzes contentment." ~ 585
"Self grows from language." ~ 586
"Our awareness of reality is limited to our focus."  ~ 587
"I have met enough old people now to know that wisdom may never find me." ~ 588
"Each moment we recreate the myth of who we were." ~589
"Today is a single datapoint; a mere fraction of the set." ~590
"It is vainglorious to assume we are the pinnacle of evolution." ~ 591
"Are words the DNA of reason?" ~ 592
"Categorizing the other permits us to dehumanize them." ~ 593
"Did Columbus's mother bemoan his lack of attention in her dotage?" ~ 594
"Would an evil genius know intelligence does not require wisdom?" ~ 595
"Unexamined love or hate often leads to misfortune." ~ 596
"Is climbing Maslow's ladder the good life?" ~ 597
"While we fear the unknown, our ignorance of our ignorance holds the greater danger." ~ 598
"Metaphors are as real as space and time." ~ 599
"Fighting ideology with weapons is at best a temporary solution." ~ 600
"Culture on the whole is unexamined historical habit." ~ 601
"We are mostly made of four kinds of atoms; it is the arrangement of them that matter." ~ 602
"Abandoning the foolish to their mistakes limits everyone's future possibility." ~ 603
"Humans are less selfish when they must act in public view." ~ 604
"The good old days are certainly old." ~ 605
"Tragedy is an opportunity to develop compassion." ~ 606
"Emotion precedes thought." ~ 607
"The definition of justice depends first upon the definition of self." ~ 608
"All human religious thought is opinion." ~ 609
"We seem to be in infinitely receding realities; the horizon always remaining beyond our grasp." ~ 610
"The examination of life is where meaning is assigned." ~ 611
"A servant with this clause makes language divine." ~ 612
"I am that pattern which exists here now." ~ 613
"At what point does truth become necessary for art?" ~ 614
"I am that which allows neurons to know of each other." ~ 615
"Exploring is more productive than conflict." ~ 616
"Riots and revolutions do not spontaneously erupt without cause." ~ 617
"It is hard to listen the stranger who hears past our own deafness." ~ 618
"It is easier to be angry than solve the problem." ~ 619
"Peace retreats for one who suffers injustice." ~ 620
"Our blinds spots are more often visible to others." ~ 621
"Empowered fear is a most destructive force." ~ 622
"Does genius require meaning?" ~ 623
"Is the devil in the detail of our doctrinal differences?" ~ 624
"In every direction I look deeply, I find doubt." ~ 625
"Our perception and our reality will differ." ~ 626
"A few bad apples ought not be excuse to throw away the basket unexamined." ~ 627
"Our lives are finite possibilities." ~ 628
"Say what you mean, but do not expect to be right." ~ 629
"At least some of our morality is a construct." ~ 630
"Our dreams are a superset of our reality." ~ 631
"Confessions can create calm conditions." ~ 632
"We are at a minimum local patterns on the surface of the all." ~ 633
"Those who live in a fantasy of our past often expect us to bend our future to their dream." ~ 634
"This is not the aphorism you seek." ~ 635
"The fortunate find marriage sweeter than reproduction." ~ 636
"Belief systems based on the paranormal have a reality problem." ~ 637
"If school does not change our minds, have we learned anything?" ~ 638
"That entropy could give rise to form and function is a wonder." ~ 639
"Words are meaning codified." ~ 640
"From my vantage my bias is confirmed." ~ 641
"In a cosmos of probability certainty forever retreats." ~ 642
"Tools enable shifts in perspective." ~ 643
"Quantifying quality diminishes zen." ~ 644
"Common corruption escapes notice." ~ 645
"Conquering pride is better than pride in conquest." ~ 646
"Belief is created when we put bounds on the infinite." ~ 647
"One must venture in to the unknown to become lost." ~ 648
"Even service can be a vanity." ~ 649
"The world did not stay as I understood it upon leaving adolescence." ~ 650
"A skeptic ought first start with themselves." ~ 651
"Satire often is the propaganda of the powerless." ~ 652
"Success is not in and of itself moral." ~ 653
"Is an unexamined ritual worth performing?" ~ 654
"Pushing the decimal point toward truth should not be confused with finding it." ~ 655
"Is not death the final exam worth 100% of our grade?" ~ 656
"Every generation claims the vanity of 'the end is nigh'." ~ 657
"Ought lazy mind's comforts rule us?" ~ 658
"The cosmos has become a puzzle box for itself." ~ 659
"Fatherhood is more about helping learn from mistakes than preventing them." ~ 660
"Have philosophers become the clergy of the enlightenment?" ~ 661
"Rationalization is often impenetrable." ~ 662
"When mammon rules do we not all become slaves?" ~ 663
"Gloating is not among the better angels of our nature." ~ 664
"Perhaps we are not so as important as we might think or desire?" ~ 665
"Unattended emotion unleashes the beast within us all." ~ 666
"She was to the manners born and welcomed all the days of her life." ~ 667
"Words have unique meaning in each usage." ~ 668
"In our separateness we remain incomplete." ~ 669
"An obligor's rigor and vigor should not determine belief." ~ 670
"Between mirrors of past and future my mind stands." ~ 671
"Are not grace and humility interdependent?" ~ 672
"Exclusion is a form of judgement." ~ 673
"In the moment of toe stubbing, agony hinders the analysis of a new furniture layout." ~ 674
"Do protestors who ride in the front of the bus have a moral authority over those that block the bus moving forward?" ~ 675
"Is it good that I can nag myself better than any else?" ~ 676
"Worry about the improbable is easier than accessing risk." ~ 677
"Each of us have some opinions at the fringe of our society's beliefs." ~ 678
"A mule and his funny are soon parted." ~ 679
"Awakening is a plateau of acceptance." ~ 680
"Dense sensing opens complex contemplations." ~ 681
"Tolerance allows no definitions, while intolerance demands it absolute." ~ 682
"We more often speak from our identity than from truth." ~ 683
"I am most content when the moment is art." ~ 684
"We place every object we desire and can grasp into our realm." ~ 685
"Law is common while faith is and may ever be diverse." ~ 686
"Would that we could know certain death was not an infinity." ~ 687
"My speech, as my bowels, is best when neither too hard nor too soft." ~ 688
"Am I predetermined to be on the mindfulness path?" ~ 689
"Leisure time opened mind to create its sensory environment." ~ 690
"Dogma closes openness to novelty." ~ 691
"Empathy begins to fail at the boundary of our experience." ~ 692
"Law is a limit on liberty." ~ 693
"Who among us dare claim perfection?" ~ 694
"The duration of our existence places a limit on how much we can learn." ~ 695
"All advertising is myth making in pursuit of power." ~ 696
"By technology our species has come to a moment of great potential and greater danger." ~ 697
"Our scale is so large we are unable to easily see that each place has a unique time." ~ 698
"Memory is required to move from awareness to consciousness." ~ 699
"<insert personal bias here as truth/>" ~ 700
"Accipit amator sapientiae maledictionem; The lover of wisdom accepts its curse. " ~ 701
"Is my being more than the momentum of my moment?" ~ 702
"The cost of inaction is often higher than the price of virtue. " ~ 703
"I can not shake the desire to live long enough to discover all the ways to pray." ~ 704
"When I must choose between truth and love I define my character." ~ 705
"Knowing is a feeling I get when I stop seeking truth." ~ 706
"I tend to follow the chain of causes until reaching my bias." ~ 707
"The past whispers ever softly, while the future is mute." ~ 708
"Does the Golden Rule end when I am afraid?" ~ 709
"Entropy is trendy." ~ 710
"We sell our moments to another and call it progress." ~ 711
"Inherited giggletude provides competitive advantage toward contentment." ~ 712
"Never trust an unstained cookbook." ~ 713
"Habits tend to ignore novelty." ~ 714
"Am I born indebted to my species?" ~ 715
"My foe's plans hurts me less often than my own mistakes." ~ 716
"Allowing my friends to edit me, honors them, and improves us both." ~ 717
"War knows no law, while peace demands it." ~ 718
"Everyone occasionally suffers from undue clarity." ~ 719
"The beauty of a moment can not be captured." ~ 720
"With every day I better my record on existence." ~ 721
"Belief prefers consistency in value." ~ 722
"Love requires allies to prevail." ~ 723
"After a long search for meaning, I now co-exist with absurdity." ~ 724
"Philosophy and religion can be excuses for not dealing with the here and now." ~ 725
"Emotion trumps reason when unused." ~ 726
"My legend grows when I proclaim the power of mine enemy." ~ 727
"Options are usually more successful than plans." ~ 728
"Democracy enables us to gang up on the weird kid." ~ 729
"Self righteous indignation is easier than empathy but rarely as useful." ~ 730
"In a finite lifespan, how closely shall we examine ourselves?" ~ 731
"Allowing ideology to overwhelm familial love is at our descendents peril." ~ 732
"Parenting demands selfless devotion thus fertilizing love." ~ 733
"When should I sacrifice the now for the future?" ~ 734
"Wisdom is a fertilizer than can only be spread so thick." ~ 735
"I remain unable to resolve my thinking from others forbearance." ~ 736
"Both the insane and the successful stand up after every blow to the head." ~ 737
"When I do not strive to be kind, I am more apt to be mean." ~ 738
"Science illiteracy is an unaffordable luxury." ~ 739
"Trust remains mostly unmeasured by money." ~ 740
"Every moment has beauty unapprehended." ~ 741
"Where we choose to place our awareness matters." ~ 742
"Anger prevents the courage required for self change." ~ 743
"Authentic being is at least in part a self construct." ~ 744
"On what scale does mind exist?" ~ 745
"Be wary the merchants of fear." ~ 746
"A relativist claims opinion as arbitrator of truth." ~ 747
"If all our holy books were only one page long, how different could they be?"  ~ 748
"We honor those who serve when hearing them." ~ 749
"Only if infinity is real are all things possible." ~ 750

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Genius Thinking?

Have you ever been shocked/surprised/blown away by the reasoning or behavior of someone you consider an outstandingly smart individual?

Here are some patterns observed on how genius thinks.  

Chaplin and Einstein
Extremely talented at going up and down levels of abstraction. Geniuses tend to be able to fit seemingly unrelated facts into the big picture almost instantly, and drill down to any level of detail. On a related note, when learning they tend to learn at every level of abstraction at once, rather than simply building from the bottom up or top down like most people.

Make a lot of assumptions. This may seem counter-intuitive - we've often heard that creative thinking requires breaking existing assumptions. And this may be true, but it seems like geniuses tend to make a lot of assumptions very quickly, test their hypotheses, and then change their assumptions very slowly if it's necessary.

Come up with unique ways to compress information.
 A smart person might see a difficult Mathematical theorem as a connection of ten steps, whereas a genius might visualize it and see it all as one picture.

Separate emotion or external thoughts from their thinking.
 At least in science, geniuses tend to never attach any external meaning to their thoughts-as an example, they could think about how to efficiently invade a country or release a horrible weapon without feeling phased by the image of the devastation that would involve. Similarly, they can often focus on their work no matter what they're going through-whether it's loud noises or personal trauma.

Connect seemingly unrelated things. 
A genius will frequently follow a T-shaped model of learning: be an expert on one things and dabble in a lot. They will frequently get inspired by or make connections between things that are unrelated to their main research.

I'll not argue for or against these observations, but present them as an interesting data point worth taking a moment to consider.

Satvik Beri wrote this on Quora.  You can see more of his thoughts here.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

500 Single Sentence Studies

The series of single sentence summarized studies has been steadily sustained.

For the first 365 click here.

"When I pay too close attention to boundaries I fail to see what is."  ~366
"Should people suffer or die because they can not afford treatment?" ~367
"Beauty does not require uniformity." ~ 368
"Does the newborn begin with a debt to it's society?" ~ 369
"When a light shines upon our strengths, it profiles weakness in our shadows." ~ 370

"How do I stop my motivations from skewing my view of reality?" ~ 371
"When someone wishes to stand upon on your shoulders, should you take pride in being a giant or dismiss those whom can not raise you up?" ~372
"Does consciousness require categorization?" ~ 373
"My limited time on earth is so dear a commodity how can I ever say money is it's measure?" ~ 374
"A wise man spends his adult life unlearning his childhood" ~ 375
"Does love require suspension of the law?" ~376
"Without empathy morality is brutal." ~ 377
"Humility in ignorance eases learning." ~ 378
"Everyone is occasionally not delusional." ~ 379
"When I am not present in the moment, I am absent in reality." ~ 380

"If a chicken is a way for an egg to make another egg, then my daughter and mother need a serious conversation." ~ 381
"When I stop changing, my existence ceased." ~ 382
"Any business that is unable to pay its workers a living wage is not viable." ~383
"The problem is not what is yet unproven but what is proven and ignored." ~384
"People with holy books tend to ignore some part of it." ~ 385
"The pain and uselessness of old age is scarier than dying." ~ 386
"Unrestrained passions most often end in pain." ~ 387
"In physics and habits overcoming inertia requires significant force." ~ 388
"True humility needs no sharing" ~ 389
"Bias is a well tied blindfold." ~ 390

"We forget more easily long words than short ones." ~391
"Fear is a foolish counselor." ~392
"The unobserved life cannot be lived." ~ 393
"Observing my own actions, it is easy to remain humble." ~ 394
"A well held grudge binds me." ~ 395
"There is no pride in our enemies pain." ~ 396
"Thinking without rhetoric is like sports without rules." ~ 397
"I act more by habit than choice." ~ 398
"Should my version of God be made law? Or only yours?" ~ 399
"Bias generates moral conflict." ~ 400

"Should I love the unmet?" ~ 401
"Moral utility resists quantification." ~ 402
"Emotions persist only with focus." ~403
"All struggles eventually end in death." ~ 404
"Admitting ignorance requires more courage than pretending knowledge." ~ 405
"Should fear ever replace respect?" ~ 406
"Anger could be the engine but never the steering." ~ 407
"Self reliance is only the beginning of citizenship." ~ 408
"Division sells soap and garners political donations." ~ 409
"Certainty closes the mind to the unknown." ~ 410

"All opinion uses incomplete information." ~ 411
"Patiently suffering a bore is its own reward." ~ 412
"Belief based on concealing evidence eventually fails." ~ 413
"Authority provides only mythic victory."  ~ 414
"New opinions come from the strange." ~ 415
"Democracy rarely produces a government of wise people." ~ 416
"If as I age my value system does not change then I cease to grow." ~ 417
"Competition favors cooperation." ~ 418
"The wise ever hunt evasive truth.  The foolish trap evidence as a trophy of bias." ~ 419
"The right to speak does not include the right to an audience." ~ 420

"Wisdom ought not be copyrighted." ~ 421
"What is the price of morality?" ~422
"Insanity is merely another opinion." ~ 423
"Most political movements, like bowels, start with a lot of hot air and end with a pile of fertilizer." ~ 424
"Ignorance is only bliss as a gift of blind fortune." ~ 425
"Is it vanity to imagine we know God?" ~ 426
"Being unable to stop an act does not remove the obligation to minimize its impact." ~ 427
"What value beauty in war?" ~ 428
"Is it just when the lazy starve?" ~ 429
"Discouraging thinking is contagious." ~ 430

"A healthy mind requires more exercise than a healthy body." ~431
"We more often see how we are different rather than how we are the same." ~ 432
"A rival teaches us our weakness." ~ 433
"Ignorance provides room for dreaming." ~ 434
"Desire overwhelms the search for truth." ~ 435
"Total self reliance can be a very lonely life." ~ 436
"Death doesn't scare me enough to pretend its not real." ~ 437
"If I could use my weapon to save my life, could I give it up to save someone else's?" ~ 438
"Admitting one's error builds respect among the wise." ~ 439
"Bringing a knife to a gun fight is foolish, but bringing a gun to word fight is bullying." ~ 440

"Categories are only symbols to remember patterns; sorry Plato, they are not ideal." ~ 441
"Shall mercy or vengeance define me?" ~ 442
"Beware! Suppressed ideas overreact." ~ 443
"Information can not be created or destroyed, it can it can only be changed from one form to another." ~ 444
"The world does not owe me a living; I owe the world my life." ! 445
"Emotion is the pipe by which destructive memes flow." ~ 446
"We should neither martyr ourselves to other's desire nor hoard our plenty from those in need." ~ 447
"We mostly squander in vanity the few moments of opportunity a finite life provides." ~ 448
"Others intelligent dissent is better than their passive agreement." ~ 449
"Much misery can be avoided by seeing your mates faults clearly before wedding them." ~ 450

"Our grasp is limited to our vista." ~ 451
"Without the humility of ignorance, I am unable to admit error." ~ 452
"Freedom and anarchy are twin sisters." ~ 453
"The information of an isolated system cannot decrease yet trends toward entropy." ~ 454
"What profit anger for that which we are unable to change?" ~ 455
"A loss of empathy will enable cruelty." ~ 456
"Myth arises from the abyss of the unknown." ~ 457
"The current of society that carries us to War may be necessary, but is never good." ~ 458
"Feeling superior at the ignorance of another is vain glorious." ~ 459
"Shared exploration is almost always more useful than shared conflict." ~ 460

"What is the price of morality?" ~ 461
"After success is had, laziness often ensues." ~ 462
"Liberty without equality and fraternity is savage."~ 463
"In an infinite universe we appear an infinite number of times in variation beyond imagination." ~ 464
"I will neither a Henny Penny nor an ostrich be." ~ 465
"I can choose what to think about but rarely do." ~ 466
"Intuition is insufficient as evidence." ~ 467
"Can ignorance be revealed without damaging pride?" ~ 468
"Can I exist without knowing the answer?" ~ 469
"Faith which ignores evidence is corrupt."~ 470

"Isolationism and xenophobia are not among the better angels of our nature." ~ 471
"Most trivials are pursuits" ~ 472
"People in stone houses shouldn't throw glass." ~ 473
"The gift horse cares not when it's teeth are examined." ~ 474
"Self is a limit imposed upon being." ~ 475
"We exist in the moment, on a crest of an unfolding wave." ~ 476
"Habit usually trumps free will." ~ 477
"For Sale: Sherlock Holmes thoughts. To highest bidder. Inquire within." ~ 478
"Empathy begins to diminish when we use the word 'them'." ~ 479
"The lazy and bored invent troubles to fill their tedium with drama." ~ 480

"Freedom, writ too large, can lead to destructive behaviors; insanity is not a freedom, yet foolishness is." ~ 481
"That I would have a soldier die in my name, yet not pay taxes to support him, makes me one with my enemy." ~ 482
"Whereof we do not know, we should not speak." ~ 483
"Joy attracts more company than misery." ~ 484
"We fear science from it's reminder that we do not know." ~ 485
"Is brutality ever a moral good?" ~ 486
"Do we choose to hold emotions or do emotions hold us?" ~ 487
"A bane for liberals is in embracing diversity over conformity, yet demanding conformity to diversity." ~ 488
"Is the goal to change their view or to prove we are right?" ~ 489
"Every statement of science begins with an unsaid 'The best we know so far'." ~ 490

"Truth is neither a possession or destination." ~ 491?
"The sum of all our knowledge is less than it's parts." ~ 492
"Oh that evil would cease and never again call good men to war." ~ 493
"We are apart of the all that is; only to ourselves separate and finite." ~ 494
"To speak as if of truth, while remaining ignorant, is the essence of bullshit." ~ 495
"A mirror provides a memory of the cosmos; it is an extension of mind." ~ 496
"I hear dead people, I read." ~ 497
"A fuss budget can prioritize worry" ~ 498
"Some infinities are bigger than others." ~ 499
"Most of us are content to remain ignorant." ~ 500