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The Calm Amidst the Storm: A Note from Melville On Surviving Ourselves

“It may seem strange that of all men sailors should be tinkering at their last wills and testaments, but there are no people in the world more fond of that diversion. This was the fourth time in my nautical life … Continue reading

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Doing Our Bewildered Best: Dispatches from the Pilgrim’s Path to Notoriety

“Bewilderment” There are many guises for intelligence. One part of you is gliding in a high windstream, while your more ordinary notions take little steps and peck at the ground. Conventional knowledge is death to our souls, and it is … Continue reading

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‘Not Always What They Seem’

“It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the … Continue reading

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‘A Subtle Game of Equilibrium’: To Live and Die in Go

“Any game where the goal is to build territory has to be beautiful. There may be phases of combat, but they are only the means to an end, to allow your territory to survive. One of the most extraordinary aspects … Continue reading

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Stubbing Your Toe on the Philosopher’s Stone, or, ‘If It Ain’t Broke, You Can’t Fix It’

Note: The quoted material in this post contains a wee bit of adult language, so ‘caveat lector.’ “Golden Elixir is another name for one’s fundamental nature. There is no other Golden Elixir outside one’s fundamental nature. All human beings have this … Continue reading

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Staying the night at Summit-Top Temple

INSCRIBED ON A WALL AT SUMMIT-TOP TEMPLE Staying the night at Summit-Top Temple, you can reach out and touch the stars. I venture no more than a low whisper, afraid I’ll wake the people of heaven. – Li Po (701-762), … Continue reading

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Today’s Menu – Eat it or Starve

“Intellectualisation creates a gap or lack of rapport between you and your life. You think about things so much that you get into the state where you are eating the menu instead of the dinner, where you value money more … Continue reading

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