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Weekly Meditation: Suffering Fools

So if you pay attention to the comments section on this blog you’ll know I have some truly surreal arguments with Paulbots.  To call these people insane morons would be to insult retarded psychotics.  And to say that I suffer fools well would be a lie.  Now most of my vitriol is not to be found in the comment section but over the phone and IM messages to friends and family.  I am not a physically violent person, but when dealing with idiots I get angry probably quicker and to a greater degree than I should and vent it out as quickly as possible in very angry and violent words.  Not exactly the healthiest of all reactions, but again, I’m not a physically violent person so there is clearly worse.

And when I stopped to think about it, and I realized the problem, for me at least is two fold.  First it’s not the single idiot that is the problem.  It’s that when on the internet, it’s one after another, after another, after another.  And then I get to go to work (high school English teacher) where teenagers never treat you as if you don’t know anything.  One idiot is actually quite funny.  Two are kind of silly.  But when your whole day is filled with idiots who spew drivel and act like they’re smarter than you it gets infuriating.  And that leads to my second problem, my ego.  I consider myself quite intelligent and exceedingly well read with an ability to make connections between everything I’ve learned…and if you ask anyone who knows me they’ll probably tell you this is not just an arrogant boast.  I’m not the smartest person in the world, but I just get tired of people attacking me with idiocy when they don’t even bother to read the volumes of facts and logic I have set forth.  Paulbots who just call me a liar.  That pompous twit who keeps changing his name in the comments who clearly lives in academia and thinks that just because I challenge academia (with reason and facts) that I must be wrong and tries to humble me over and over again with the idea ‘well academia says you’re wrong.’  And it’s just tiring.  Arguing again and again, endlessly with people who aren’t a tenth as bright as me but acting like they’re my mental equal.  Yes I sought this out by having a blog, so I am partly to blame.  But is it too much to ask that if you’re going to challenge me, to do it with facts and reason?

But, realizing I’m not that special, I figure that we all must experience this at some level.  Being confronted over and over again by people who don’t know what they’re doing and are not open to reason.  So I turned to the different holy books to try and find a quote to base a weekly meditation on.

This turned out to be a mixed bag.

Why?

Well, Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching only when he got so infuriated with the idiots at court that he decided to leave China forever and was asked to leave something of his wisdom.  Christ, after three years of preaching to idiots who didn’t get it, finally broke and whipped the money changers out of the temple.  And, at a surface level, the Bhagavad-Gita is the god Krishna telling Arjuna “Arjuna, look, your evil relatives are so screwed up morally there is no getting through to them in this life time, and thus they’re already dead to me.  Go out and slaughter them—no mercy, no quarter, no prisoners—and it’s all ethically okay.  Maybe they’ll get it in the next lifetime.”

Now, as I was looking for something on how to put away my anger, this wasn’t quite what I wanted.  But, it was comforting to know that even the enlightened had their breaking points.

But I did find one quote.  Variously attributed to the Buddha or the Dalia Lama depending on which web page you find it (among others)….

I will admit that I know of know time Buddha lost his cool when dealing with jackasses…but then again this is the same guy who advised you to kill your idols.

Be grateful for your enemies, for they teach you patience.”

I know, not the earth shattering revelation I was hoping for either.  (Of course I could always turn to Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal where you find the repeated theme of Christ’s sermons was also, “Blessed are the dumbfucks, because god do they need it”…but it still doesn’t have the ring of enlightenment that I was looking for).

So onto the meditation.  This isn’t so much as a meditation for the week as it is a meditation for those special occasions.  For the week I would just click on the “Meditation” category link at the bottom and pick one of your favorites for this week.

So whenever you have run into a problem with an a string of idiots repeat this mantra.

“I am sorry that I cannot reach you with reason.  I have tried reason, I have tried facts, I have tried humor.  I am sorry I cannot find the words to make you understand.  I will continue to use these in my dealings with you, not for you, but for anyone who may be listening so that they do not fall into your errors.  And thus even though I cannot reach you, I make the world a better place by not giving into your silliness and by helping others see the truth.”

Remember one of the purposes of this symbol is to remind you to look for the truth of things even when you disagree with 90% of the rest of what the person says.

Okay, it’s a little sanctimonious, and please don’t use it before you have checked over every point of your own logic, checked the argument you’re being challenged with for even one valid point, and verified that logic with people whose intelligence you respect.  You need to check your thoughts to make sure they are correct before you get angry at others, otherwise your frustration might need to be directed at yourself for not checking your own reasoning.  We’re all subject to flaws in our lines of thought.  However we are also all subject to idiots who don’t even take the time to check their own thoughts.  And this is where this manta comes in.

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Weekly Meditation: Kill the Buddha

Last week I pulled a line from the Tao Te Ching…for this week’s meditation I will pull from Buddhism.

 

Kill your idols.

There is an old Buddhist saying:

 

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.”

 

No I’m not advocating killing holy people, calm down.

 

The point of the statement is that idols, prophets, wise men, philosopher are all in many ways more dangerous than they are useful to those that relinquish their mind/soul to another.  The message of the Buddhas, Krishna, Christ, Lao-Tzu, saints, and all legitimate prophets has been, without exception, that God and the truth is in you and your soul—that you are capable of discovering and knowing the truth because it is already in you.

 

This line is important because we often forget that the truth is within in us.  Forgetting it we look to outside sources to give us the truth.  We look to holy books, and philosophers and priests and books and systems of belief to give us the truth.  Ummmm…it’s not there.  And using one book, one idea, one philosopher or saint as your guiding star makes you a fool because you are following someone expecting them to give you the truth when you should be looking within your own mind and your own soul.  The truth can only be discovered it cannot be given.  Thus, when you meet a Buddha, kill him (i.e., that you don’t get so wrapped up in what he has to say that you begin to follow him, and kill any instinct you have to blindly follow) and trust your own mind and soul.

 

Does this mean you should ignore what others have to say?  No.  Use the words and ideas of others to supplement your own thinking to give you ideas and to show you doors you did not know existed before.   But always use your own mind/reasoning and soul to judge those ideas.  It is the mind and soul of God; it’s more than qualified to judge things on its own if you let it.  Just don’t get so wrapped up in what they have to say.  Obviously I trust no single Holy Book as superior to another.  For instance anyone who reads the political side of this blog knows I love Aristotle and Aquinas as philosophers…but I could tell you off the top of my head 50 major places Aristotle was dead wrong and twice that for Aquinas.  Equally anyone who reads the political side knows I love the economics of Hayek, Friedman, and Sowell, but I can list numerous places where I think they don’t have all the answers too.  (Some idiot recently even tried to say I march lockstep to Rand, which is funny given how much I critique her very limited vision…she’s fun to quote and has some of the broad strokes down, but that woman was a little crazy).  My point is, probably even the wisest people don’t get it right 100% of the time…and that more often than not the prophets, philosophers, and leaders people follow so blindly are not worth following.

 

Now, what this means is you should judge everything you hear and ask “Does it make sense?”  “Is it logical?” “Is it true?”  and if not to discard it.  Now we all get into the habits of disregarding information from known idiots and paying more attention to people with better track records, and that’s fine, just so long as you are open to idiots being the proverbial monkey at a typewriters who can occasionally say something correct and for those you trust to be occasionally wrong and willing to judge what they say by its merits not by who said it.  And you need to trust that you are a divine being…are you capable of making mistakes? Yes.  But it should not be your preset belief that everything you believe is wrong or that you cannot know the truth. You are more than capable of knowing the truth, at some level you already know it, you must trust you can know the truth, trust that you do know it and act on it.  Yes be open to being proven wrong, look for the contradictions, look for evidence, listen to REASONABLE doubts, but you must assume that in lieu of those, you know the truth and must act on it.  Are you probably going to be wrong on some stuff, yes.   But you will never find out what until you act on it.   One of the major points of life is learning and learning cannot occur if you don’t act on what you believe.  The pretentious and fearful like to pontificate skepticism, relativisms, and existentialism—that you can’t know the truth, that there is no truth, that there are many truths—but guess what there is one truth in existence, it exists and your mind and soul are capable of knowing it.  And the only way you will find it is to use logic, use reason, use your mind and act on your beliefs with the conviction that until you are proven wrong you are right.  Be open to being proven wrong, look for the evidence that would prove you wrong in fact, but default belief must be that you are right.   And judge for yourself!  Do not let others dictate for you; kill the Buddha if you meet him on the road of life.

 

So this week’s meditation, sorry for taking so long to get here, it’s a dense quote (and I really haven’t even touched upon all it’s meanings) is to question your beliefs.  Question why do I believe this?  Is it logical?  Is it in line with everything else I know?

 

I know this is a variation on last week’s meditation, but this is an important concept.  You need to learn to trust your own thoughts and think for yourself if you are going to learn and find happiness…and if you can’t learn to trust your thoughts, what is the point of learning to control them through meditation?

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