Wisdom: Who are you going to Trust?

February 5, 2009

loserQ: Why would anyone trust a middle-aged, former bankrupt, twice-sued, paunchy Canadian loser former franchisee without any visible means of economic support?

A: Hey I always put on weight over the winter. I install irrigation and lighting systems for a type of living.

[I forgot balding…]

Yeah well…I’m out and you’re not. That’s why.

But don’t believe me. And certainly don’t follow me anywhere. I had my ambition lobotomy done years ago.

When pain shows up, it is perfectly human to focus exclusively on the wound. The unintended consequence is that a person’s imagination and critical thinking abilities are diminished.

But we’re all in luck: Other people have written about life and we might gain some comfort in standing on their shoulders instead of cowering (which is exactly the behaviour we are expected to exhibit).


Hell is not punishment. It’s training. Shunryu Suzuki

Hated by fools, and fools to hate, Be that my motto and my fate. Jonathan Swift

Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear. Zen Proverb

To the fool, he who speaks wisdom will sound foolish. Euripedes

He who dares not offend cannot be honest. Thomas Paine

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. Joseph Campbell

Humor is essential to a successful tactician, for the most potent weapons know to mankind are satire and ridicule. Saul Alinsky

Food for the mind is like food for the body: the inputs are never the same as the outputs. Marshall McLuhan

A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself. John Stuart Mill

Shame always comes upon me like an internal hemorrhage for which I am completely unprepared. Jean Paul Sartre

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. G.K. Chesterton

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis

If you are going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

No one can think clearly in the moment of shame. Charles Darwin

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. Kahlil Gibran

When you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

It is only work that is done as a free-will offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment. Swami Vivekananda

“You see,” said Aslan. “They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out. But come, children. I have other work to do.”

C.S. Lewis

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