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  1. How can you know that you know the truth if you believe that you know the truth?
  2. A spiritual joke, a kōan

    The thing is, the guy IS thinking. Well OK, there is that claim that various people can still talk while in the state of no-thought. What an impressive advanced skill.
  3. A spiritual joke, a kōan

    He made it really easy for the other guy to choose to not answer.
  4. A spiritual joke, a kōan

    Yep, that's a classic. ^^ And in the same spirit.
  5. A spiritual joke, a kōan

    After you have read and processed that up there, here is a more digestible version, but it loses in original humor and richness, that is why I only add it below, for the more shallow audience, theheheh. A zen master and his wife awaken at night. Zen master: "I think I heard something." His wife: "You must be imagining things. There is nothing out there."
  6. One person: "I think I heard something." Another person: "You must be imagining things."
  7. Not sure which section would be better, and I assume people here are versed in Chinese. My quest started with the term "wu mao", used for referring to rabid, upset, overly sensitive Chinese nationalists, from what I understand. So I wanted to know how that is written, consulted Google Translate (also Bing), but appallingly it doesn't accept transliteration as Chinese input. But it did give me two Chinese letters on the source side, and when I put those in the input field, I still didn't get any translation but a suggestion to assume Vietnamese - all very frustrating. Well, what surprised me is that Youtube removes any comment that contains those characters. (It's generally a crappy move to void a whole comment because of some words one might not even understand. - Interestingly though if you put them in quotation marks, the censor filter won't apply.) So basically I'd like to understand what those characters mean in order to judge the insanity level of Google. (Because quite harmless terms like "trained monkeys" are being censored, too.) The characters are "五毛" ( "Wǔmáo" ) I'd also be thankful for some clarity, some detail, about the term "wu mao" and whether it is a different one than what Google Translate gave me.
  8. There is a ranking of virtues in the Dao De Jing that will vary depending on translation, but those differences are of minor concern for the intention to share my thoughts on the general idea and see what you think, whether you have made experiences that might match, contradict, or amend it. I tried to keep my thoughts for conveying the idea as concise as possible (because I also tweeted it, haha.) Everybody thinks less of that which is below them but also of that which is above them. Dao De Jing virtue ladder: righteousness < justice < kindness < integrity < Dao Just people are afraid of approaching life with kindness, since they might have to sacrifice justice for it, which they believe is necessary. They might falsely believe that kindness merely builds on justice, like a luxury you can afford once you have justice, and since they themselves see the world through the eyes of justice at their stage of development, believing that justice has to rule, they consider kindness a frivolous pursuit at that time, or maybe a strategy for managing weakness. (Which those of integrity might, too.) Kind people are afraid of approaching life with integrity, since they might have to sacrifice kindness for it. That which is unkind is generally perceived as harmful by them, since they themselves are yearning for kindness, i.e. to not get hurt. People with integrity will tendentially have an even harder life than kind people because even kind people will oppose them. Kind people can easily be kind to the just. To be kind to the righteous may be a bit harder. But when trying to be kind towards people who are acting from a core of integrity, they might tendentially resort to passive-aggressiveness and mistake it for kindness. And people of Integrity will see this. Such a clash of virtue can cause kind people to drop back down to justice level if they believe that their passive-aggressiveness is as much kindness as those people deserve. Basically, a higher-virtue interaction is potentially like a rocky shore that the ship might shatter at. This also shows that raising your virtue level is not a struggle like climbing a mountain. Since it is all about overcoming fear, it is profoundly related to surrender, to inner peace. If you struggle in interaction with higher virtue, it is resistance in action.
  9. I wonder what this would do to the universe

    And now you are in an alternate universe in which you did the unthinkable. Which is nothing like people would have imagined ... because you don't even really notice a difference. ... Even I am still here. ... Then again, are you sure you still remember the old universe correctly? Maybe you are in denial in order for your mind to be able to handle the dimensional shift. In any case, welcome. Always nice to meet new people. I am the new guy.
  10. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    What hurts through is not the event itself, but how unexpected it is based on its whole apperarance. It disconnects from a basis of trust. It alienates. Some people like to preach how one has to be "self-reliant", but they conveniently neglect just how much they rely on many others. Especially those they exploit like sheep for their own gain. Unless someone is a dropout living in a cabin in the woods growing their own food and plants for clothing and tools, they shouldn't talk about self-reliance. It is ignorant and impairs empathy by realizing the interconnectedness of things. This is also a common trap in 'spiritual' circles that can affect even or maybe especially people who ascended in the ranks of teachers, the self-empowerment theme, which often stems from fear, due to its mindset of separation. One always has to look at what one caused and sacrificed on the path of that self-empowerment. And do they ever ponder the presence of "self" in those words?
  11. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    Can you get a PhD in that? I'm pretty sure it's a BS.
  12. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    As I said, they were quite versed. They even kept mentioning various spiritual teachers to me. I mean, I have certain cynical suspicions what could have happened, but that is very vague, and if true, then let humankind be damned because people are way too messed up. You could say I value opportunities religiously, while encountering many fake ones, and I also occasionally make experiences just how easily people can squander great true opportunities, which gives an impression of humankind being a bunch of confused, scared-shitless inept toddlers. It is hard to bridge such a gap when the intention is one-sided.
  13. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    People tend to say such things once someone questions it. Before that it is silently implied to have some witty spiritual insight. Maybe you are not the philosopher type.
  14. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    @dwai Apparently Nasrudin didn't consider the appointment important enough to note it down. If he is that forgetful. So while he could call the philosopher an asshole for not considering he could also have had an accident or such, Nasrudin himself also qualifies for that label for rejecting responsibility for his carelessness and turning it into an intellectual jerkoff (the latter which confirms the former). Instead he could have asked about the philosopher's day and life that caused him to get that upset about it. Because it can also imply that the philosopher valued the appointment so important for his life that that is why the missed opportunity infuriated him. It might also convey that the philosopher himself has higher standards of reliability, which is commendable. Nasrudin maybe should value the importance of such appointments higher if he is that prone to passive-aggressiveness. (Quite the overt type even.)
  15. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    Fools are not really unpredictable to me. Probably because the skill of prediction comes with prolonged study. (I tend to lapse in judgment when I reduce my cynicism to replace it with a more cheerful mindset.) And I just realized why I still have a tendency to engage with fools at all. I want to keep the hope alive that I may encounter people who positively surprise me, for they would automatically become a beacon of hope. If I blanket-labeled someone as hopeless, I could become complacent. It probably is a kind of practice of not becoming blind to real opportunities that might not look like ones at first. But honestly, so far things look more like the opposite. Just recently I happened to encounter two people while on a bike trip. RARELY, it totally clicked. We were in an understanding in the spiritual area, we agreed to be open-minded and tolerant and could talk without feeling offended at every little thing, basically relatively mature. They kept expressing admiration for me and happiness to have met me. I gave them my card, they said to contact me later that day. ... Now it is weeks and I haven't heard anything from them. Makes me wonder whether I should have been more cynical and asked for mutual contact means, but I also didn't want to be pushy, since that could lead to problems, too. (Sometimes there just seems to be no winning.) Talk about the epitome of a demotivational life making cynical, where even a 99% chance signals near-guaranteed failure, and if something offers itself as 100%, it's probably a lie. This makes me wonder whether people further advanced in insight, maturity or whatever you want to call it, will provide more or easier tiny points of taking issue with that could put others off. Does being the best you can be result in greater chance of failure? It is said by people focusing on success in this sick society that if you conceil your strength and portray yourself as very flawed and clumsy, you will gain more sympathy from people you want to exploit; will be less likely to scare them, make them feel inferior. - I think this is what you get when a very intelligent person chooses to close their heart to anyone but themselves. And with that they will probably have an easier time finding likeminded people, but only because they are closed-hearted now, like so damn many other people. They may fool themselves then into thinking they found others just like they WERE before they decided to close their heart. That then makes them open their heart to that kind of mindset and that is how you get a sociopathic career-bullshitter giving 'inspiring' TED Talks.