19 August 2013

Chapter 145 - The Stillness Before Time (Compendium)


CXLV

What most people call choice
Is just left or right, up or down, right or wrong,
Yes or no, good or bad, stop or go,
Rarely all or none.

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Makes a miserly soul cackle with glee.

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Trying to be good is an oxymoron.

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Likely nobody wants anything from the beggar
Except to see him move on as quickly as possible.

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The abyss is not frightening to those
Who come to it naturally.

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Good health is a matter of degrees.

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Never assume it to be any difference.

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If there were a set of rules that was absolute,
Wouldn’t we all know and follow them?

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Humility?
Practically impossible to achieve.

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Hope you’re in joy.

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It’s like looking into a holograph picture,
At first seeing one thing, then another.

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As you breathe, so does your universe.

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Without wisdom, leadership is bound to falter.

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Challenging to just be in time.

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Just a different day.

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Everything and nothing is original.

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Power, fame and fortune
Does strange things to people.

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There can be wealth in poverty
And poverty in wealth.

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Busy or still, nothing is changed.

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Forever after what?

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Romance is a pleasant façade.

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Shake up a can of soda.
All those carbonated bubbles
Are like individual dreams interacting
Within the way of the can.

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It is you who fabricates the need to justify your life.

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Spend more time in wonder.

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The body will take the required breath
In order to fulfill it’s journey in time.

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Guaranteed
That when someone
Comes up with a new concept,
Others will react to it in so many ways;
Some seriously, others with dogmatic gullibility.

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You can only account for your Self.

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Nothing you will ever do or can ever do,
Will make the dream of consciousness real.
There is no return once you see this.
You will always recollect
That it is illusion
No matter how you struggle to forget.

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Now is the cutting edge of time’s engine.
The rest is the baggage in the boxcars.

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Real teaching is not about rigid, dogmatic assertion.
It is the reflection of knowledge and insight,
Which others will see and own,
Or shrug off and forget.
It cannot be forced.

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True science is akin to true religion
Where wisdom is used to define
The context and direction.

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How many reasons we concoct
To disparage ourselves and others.

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What is sacred, what is not?
Perhaps everything, perhaps nothing.

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What one often wonders about critics
Is what they would really create
If they had the courage.

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Is anything born of thought truly sacred?

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DNA has more to say about you
Than you likely ever will.

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The veil wraps you like a mummy in its delusion.
Cutting through the fabric is arduous
Until it is not.

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Those who see beyond the veil wander an arduous journey,
Often aided by those who have previously discerned the pathless.
What a relief a few words can bring the world-weary beginner.

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From time’s confusion, all doubt is erased.

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Are you the whim of time,
Or is time the whim of you?

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Universes come and go, bang and crunch.
Is there some sort of reincarnating lineage?
Or just oneness devising new bubble creations,
Ever the same Soul holographed in every version?

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Obvious, isn’t it?

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One man’s god is another’s devil,
It is the relativity of all value.

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Have you ever really moved?

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The mind of a mystic is perpetual revolution.

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There are some seriously screwed-up beings in this world.

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Breathe away the fear.

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It is the clarity without which form cannot exist.

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Life ain’t Hollywood.

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There are the few
And there are the proud.

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Lord, save you from yourself.

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Life is too short to be angry and upset all the time.

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How distant even yesterday seems.

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All memories extinguish sooner or later.

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You aren’t quite as care-free
As you’d have others to believe.

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Another wanderer.

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And who is lost, and who is found?
Need you ask another?

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The rank and file are ranked and filed.

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Try and get a life next time.

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Lie that it may be, the mind in time
Seems unable to function without belief.

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You reincarnate daily, countless times.

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The entire human drama
Is a bald-faced Self-deception.

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So unnecessary.

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An endless tale of wandering.

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It begins again.

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More muddied thinking.

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Chewing on imagination.

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Another squandered life.

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Discovery and re-discovery.

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Any life is sparked by its interests.

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Somebody forget to tell you that you were old.

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Don’t know what I am
Other than I am That I Am,
I think.

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Even with all our capacity for measurement,
We are still so ignorant.

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Every action has a consequence,
Even if only to get you to the next one.

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Shallow as a drought-stricken stream.

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There’s the way they say it is.
And there’s the way it really is.

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Another war of translation.

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Racing toward oblivion.

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For someone who talks so much about simplicity,
You certainly aren’t.

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Sometimes they might even be
Within shouting distance.

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So many tell you
That you should want all this,
But you really don’t.

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Surrender to reality, not the world.

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Really man, it doesn’t really matter.

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Faster and faster and faster…
But in what direction?

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Another one for the “Great Moments of Inattention” file.

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The same tired stories
Keep getting written over and over.

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Interesting what is deemed newsworthy,
And what is not.

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Intelligence once again takes a back seat.

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God, if there be such a supreme entity,
Was also born of stardust.

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What hath nature wrought in us?

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A component world.

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Just because you’re young
Doesn’t mean you have to be stupid.
Just because you’re old doesn’t make you wise.

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You are the proof.

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One person starts a rumor,
And the herd follows suit.

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Those who imagine heaven often create hell.

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Ultimately, it’s all equal,
But its not always equally interesting,
Or tolerable.

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Don’t make others responsible for your happiness.

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Whining about your situation
Generally doesn’t change anything.

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Up, out and about.
Another day of infinity.

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How much of what you will do today
Is absolutely necessary?

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Just another example of the antics of stupidity.

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If there’s a mistake to be made,
You will probably be the one to find it.

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A mirage whose destiny is unknown.

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Just another thing to wake up to.

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You’re here because you here.
Why fabricate an excuse?

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Believe it when it happens.

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The challenge of life
Is learning to juggle the details.

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Build a bridge and they will come.

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If there is a god
It is a very twisted,
Amoral supreme being
With which we are dealing.

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Is someone who is concerned
About what you wear, do or say,
Someone you want as a friend?

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Consider it a scientific experiment.

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I don’t share your fear, sorry.

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Believing in Santa Claus doesn’t make him real.

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Two thousand years
And counting.

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Yawn-worthy.

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Detachment stills the mind.

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How impossible to please so many.

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Don’t want it now, either.

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We must all suffer to live.

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The ironic thing is that it really isn’t that great a story.


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