BUT CLEAN ROLE MODELS WERE NEVER THAT USEFUL FOR ME. My models were the people who stepped outside of conventional thought and who could actually stop my mind and completely open it up and free it – even if for a moment – from the conventional, habitual way of looking at things.

TO LOOK FORSAFETY” IN A ROLE MODEL, someone that will never hurt you and always confirm you — is very dubious. If you are really preparing for groundlessness, preparing for the reality of human existence, you are living on the razor’s edge, and you must become used to the fact that things shift and change. Things are not certain and they do not last and you do not know what is going to happen.

MY TEACHERS HAVE ALWAYS PUSHED ME OVER THE CLIFF, and that is what has awakened my compassion for what human beings are up against. I am afraid that because of where we come from as Westerners, with our Judeo-Christian heritage, that if you get too focused on doctrine, on codifying, or ethics as a major emphasis, it just turns into harsh judgment. And then there is no genuine compassion.

Pema Chödrön, via Lama Marut

11 July 2012, 14:12

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Just So Stories

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.

Plato, 423–348 (BC)

7 July 2012, 01:02

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As A Man Thinketh

Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:—
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.

James Allen, 1864-1912

5 July 2012, 09:50

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June 28, 2012

THE SYSTEM WE GREW UP WITH IS A MESS. It’s falling apart at the seams and a lot of people I care about (maybe you) are in pain because the things we thought would work, don’t. Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. They have become victims, pawns in a senseless system that uses them up and undervalues them.

IT’S ABOUT CHOICE AND IT’S ABOUT YOUR LIFE. This choice doesn’t require you to quit your job, though it challenges you to rethink how you do your job. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map.

STOP SETTLING FOR WHAT’S GOOD ENOUGH AND START CREATING ART THAT MATTERS. Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people. Then, and only then, will you have achieved your potential.

FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS, the population has been seduced, scammed and brainwashed into fitting in, following instructions and exchanging a day’s work for a day’s pay. That era has come to an end, and just in time.

YOU HAVE BRILLIANCE IN YOU, your contribution is valuable, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must. I’m hoping you’ll stand up and choose to make a difference.

Seth Godin

28 June 2012, 22:42

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What could feel more distant than a dream/what better pursuit for a lifetime?

Kampong Speu, Cambodia: 2009.

“Masters” production footage by Matthew Bogosian.

16 June 2012, 19:48

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