Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Food for Thought

Yesterday, cleaning the always-daunting pile of 'current/misc' stuff in my den surfaced a little pamphlet I'd almost forgotten about. A few years ago a good friend of mine printed up a stack of a little folded pamphlet he made called "Food for Thought" that contains quotes about life, the mind, the world, and the sacred. You know: minor topics. Then he carried them around with him for a while, leaving them here and there with no intention other than attempting to set off (or to fan) a little spark in whoever picked them up. There are seven wonderful quotes in this little booklet; here are my two favorites:

The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly colored and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride a long time and they begin to question, is this real or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, 'Hey don't worry. Don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride."

What you are, the world is, and without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.

Enjoy a bit of wisdom (and fun) from these two divergent, very different, yet both revolutionary and transformative thinkers.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Bill Hicks and Jiddu Krishnamurti, certainly two heroes of mine. I would also recommend reading the book Millennium Dawn by Glenn T. Martin. He offers an interesting critique of Krishnamurti. The gist of it goes like this: yes, we must change ourselves, we must change the inner but we must also change the outer. Krishnamurti was discouraged at the end of his life because he saw so little come of all his life's work. What Krishnamurti talked about was all true, is all true but he refused to seek expression of his consciousness in a cooperative sense. It's easy to understand why so few go there so to speak. But go there we must, I believe, if we are truly about revolutionary change. Bill Hicks pretty much burned himself out. The whole planet is about to burn itself out in pursuit of family, possessions, and pleasure. I suspect the "truth" is a bit more complex than just changing the "self". I'm suspecting the planet is dominated by two super consciousnesses, namely the masculine and feminine and when ever one dominates, there is pathology. Capitalism is dominated by the pathology of the feminine, and religious fundamentalism and communism is dominated by the pathology of the masculine. They must be balance of the two for there to be peace and joy. My thoughts on what one answer might be can be found at