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Hierarchy of Needs


Eschatological Laundry List


“When [men] reach out and be vulnerable, we get the shit beat out of us. And don't tell me it's from the guys and the coaches and the dads. Because the women in my life are harder on me than anyone else.” Brené Brown, Listening to shame (Link includes extra context)

“There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. […] Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.” ~ Life, the Universe and Everything, chapter 9.

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Love is that enviable state that knows no envy or vanity, only empathy and a longing to be greater than oneself.” ~Thomas More

“No man for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ~ Frank Outlaw (20th-century American writer)

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha

“Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.” ~ Molly Goode (20th-century American writer)

“As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The input is eventually anticipated and even 'missed' when absent.” ~ Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Legacy”

“Just as you wash your hands before eating, clear your mind before engaging with the world.” ~ Mooji

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” ~ Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper (Author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”)

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” ~ Jim Carrey

“It seems to be a hangover of the medieval Catholic era that causes most people, even the educated, to think that everybody must “believe” something or other, that if one is not a theist, one must be a dogmatic atheist, and if one does not think Capitalism is perfect, one must believe fervently in Socialism, and if one does not have blind faith in X, one must alternatively have blind faith in not-X or the reverse of X.

“My own opinion is that belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence. The more certitude one assumes, the less there is left to think about, and a person sure of everything would never have any need to think about anything and might be considered clinically dead under current medical standards, where absence of brain activity is taken to mean that life has ended.' - Robert Anton Wilson

He drew a circle that shut me out--
      Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
      We drew a circle that took him in!

Edwin Markham

  You have the discipline, you're just telling yourself that you don't because that absolves you of the responsibility to use it.
  Literally every single person who made a major change in their diet struggled with it. These aren't people who had something you don't have. It sucked for them.
  It's GOING to suck.
  The key difference is: unlike a lot of things that suck, it'll be WORTH it.

flee_market on Reddit

David's daily notes

(which change, and are mostly not mine)

I've forgotten who I am. This is me leaving myself a reminder.

I think I need a nightly reminder… the day needs bookends.


  • Work hard. Have fun.
  • Attachment is the root of all suffering. Suffering is optional. Pain is inevitable.
  • Let someone else make the dirty jokes. Dark humor makes for a dark world.
  • The default position should be not to say anything.
  • If you think you're safe to speak candidly, you're not. Trust no one with your candor.
  • At the same time, practice removing labels from people.
  • Work hard. Have fun.


  • Did you work hard today? Did you have fun?
  • Did you feel pain?
  • Did you suffer?
  • Were you alone, and if so, or if not, was it OK?
  • Did you add any labels? Did you remove any?
  • Were you circumspect in your conversations?

Too many for daily

  • The only thing in life that produces results is action.
  • Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, be where you are 100%, doing what you're doing, 100%.
  • The easiest thing to do is to keep doing what I've been doing. But progress necessitates change. Change is often uncomfortable.
  • Life is not fair. Living involves risk.
  • When anyone does something wrong, I decide whether it was a mistake, or whether they can't be trusted.
  • Be judicious with taboos. They all have reasons for existence, and most should be kept.
  • Stop yelling at inanimate objects. Do not get personal with coworkers. Do not get physical with coworkers.
  • It's about progress, not about perfection. Did you make progress yesterday? Are you making progress today?
  • Pay attention to the complaints around you, and practice not engaging with them.
  • They will forget the rest of the quote. But they'll never forget the way you made them feel.
  • Notice how freely people label each other, including themselves, and including you, labeling yourself.
  • Opinions are worthless anyway. If someone asks for mine, I'm not going to give it to them.
  • Hard work can't be separated from fun. If you're having fun, you're working hard. If you're working hard, you're having fun.
  • I am doing the best I know how to do, with what I have, right now.
  • So is everyone else.

Werner Erhard

:!: DO NOT include these in other pages if you can't guarantee it's not an infringement of copyright. :!:

“Were we simply willing to be fully here, fully now, not not-there and not not-then (or not-yet-here and not-yet-now), we would uncover what is eternally and quietly now—the origin and source of all experience—the awareness-without-content, “I am.” Awareness is without content. It is the awakened context of conscious experience, which it precedes, not chronologically, but ontologically.”

“The truth is not found in a different set of circumstances. The truth is always and only found in the circumstances you’ve got. – Suffering is a function of the notion that ‘this is not it.’ ”

“We use the word “transformation” to name a distinct discipline. Just as psychology, sociology, and philosophy are disciplines, so too we see transformation as a distinct discipline, a body of knowledge, and a field of exploration. I should add that because the discipline of transformation is brand new, it’s likely to be misunderstood—something that happens to a lot of new disciplines. At the beginning of the study of cybernetics, for example, people didn’t know what cybernetics was. They assumed it was a branch of engineering or mathematics. People tried to grasp it in terms already familiar to them. Eventually, however, it became clear that interpreting cybernetics as a branch of anything actually missed the whole point of cybernetics.

From our perspective, the same situation is now true of transformation. Most people at­tempt to understand our work in terms of psychology, philosophy, sociology, or theology. While it is true that almost anything can be analyzed from those perspectives, none of those disciplines is our work. Each can provide a certain perspective on our work, but none of them is the work. Fundamentally, transformation is a discipline which explores the nature of Being. Less fundamentally, but still pretty accurately, we would say it is a discipline devoted to possibility and to accomplishment, in the sense of the source of accomplishment” – Werner Erhard

Kitsch and Truisms

"Zen Things" (found on Facebook)

  • Do one thing at a time.
  • Do it slowly and deliberately.
  • Do it completely.
  • Do less.
  • Put space between things.
  • Develop rituals.
  • Designate time for certain thiings.
  • Devote time to sitting.
  • Smile and serve others.
  • Make cleaning and cooking become meditation.
  • Think about what is necessary.
  • Live simply.
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