You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it within himself. – Galileo
Actually the Earth is an oblate spheroid; but as it has only a third of one-percent variation from a perfect sphere, to all intents and purposes the Earth is a sphere with a diameter of 7,918 miles. Taking into account the atmosphere, mountains, and ocean’s, this planet is a gigantic billiard-ball coated with the thinnest film of moisture.
In the fourth century Before Christ. the Greek philosopher Aristotle postulated that the Earth was a sphere; based on his own astronomical and other observations. In particular; the stars in the Southern Hemisphere differ from those in the Northern Hemisphere, the shape of the Earth’s shadow as the moon waxes and wanes, and the way a ship slowly disappears over the horizon as it sails away. Aristotle probably based his theories on the earlier work of Pythagoras from the sixth century BC.
Both Pythagoras and Aristotle were ‘proper’ scientists / philosophers in that they would not accept that something was true just because the majority / a lot of people said it was so. A properly educated man goes out and finds the truth, no matter what some may say.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle
Pythagoras is credited with the proof of many aspects of geometry, but there is no evidence that he mastered the spherical geometry needed to properly navigate long distances on Earth.
However, by the 16th century enough was known of spherical geometry for the ship Victoria to circumnavigate the Earth between the years 1519 – 1522 under the command of Magellan and then Elcano. With today’s modern technologies an aircraft taking off from anywhere, and flying in any direction, will, without changing course, end up back at the airfield it took off from.
This is only possible because the Earth is a sphere. You cannot circumnavigate a flat Earth.
Many other things we take for granted are only possible because the Earth is a sphere; gravity, long distance travel, satellite navigation, national television, long-distance telephone calls, space travel, night and day, the season’s, oh…. and did I mention gravity?
Why is it then, that some people stubbornly cling to the mistaken belief that the Earth is flat? Leaving aside that there is a fool born every minute, these ‘Flat Earthers’ point to the evidence of their own eyes, the world outside my front door looks flat – therefore the Earth is flat…QED. By that argument I could say that because I have once met a fool, all men are fools – and because I once met a slut, all women are sluts.
(Actually this is a tenable argument known as The Theory of Mediocrity.)
Some say that all men are fools. And that all women are sluts. All I know is that all things are true some of the time, in the same way that a stopped clock is right twice a day.
I am prepared to believe in some Very Strange Things; the interconnectedness of all things, spooky connections between people, extraterrestrial civilisations, that the past, present and all possible futures run concurrently…. But I am not prepared to believe in; the literal truth of the Bible, nor that the Earth is flat.
I am of the opinion that people who truly believe in those two things, (the Bible and a flat Earth), are closed-minded and have never been outside of their own county. But then, I am myself opinionated, judgmental, highly educated, well-travelled, and well-read. I also strive to walk the warrior’s path with sincerity, honesty, humility, and courage – every single damn day. Which makes whom the better person?
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not a temporary act, but a life-long habit. – Aristotle
Outside of my garret’s door is a path. I can walk along that path, and if I go far enough in a straight line, then in a couple of years I will arrive back at the garret again. This is only possible because the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are Not Fucking Flat.
No matter who wants to argue otherwise.
a clever charlatan can fool some of the people all of the time
Every flower is love blossoming in nature.
I am nearer your heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth
It never rains in Southern California.
Last night it rained here in Orange County. It rained hard, it rained for a long time, and it was decidedly chilly; which is a change from the perfect weather I’ve come to expect here. In SoCal I have come to expect perfectly blue skies and perfectly warm sandy beaches. But then, nothing is ever truly perfect, not even you or I, and it is our own imperfections that make us who we are.
Each person is unique, and each of us bears the scars of our past, suffers the stresses of the present, has hopes and fears for all possible futures. Each of is a kaleidoscope of conflicting thoughts, emotions, and character traits. All of us has character defects and personality problems to one degree or another.
Each of us has been hurt, suffered, tried and failed, and had Pyrric victories. Each of brings into the present physical, mental, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wounds from the past. Right now all of us has difficulties to overcome or tolerate. We may have emotional, financial, medical, relationship, or spiritual problems; or all of those and more.
But then, we are not perfect.
There is no cure for imperfection. There is no mileage in blaming others for our pain, problems, and thwarted desires. And, yet we do blame our partners, lovers, ‘friends’, employers, the government….. for our own imperfections. We become angry, depressed, frustrated, impulsive, jealous, judgmental, and sometimes dangerous. We criticise and blame.
Why do you look at the mote in your brother’s eye, and pay no attention to the beam in your own eye? – Matthew 7.5
Some say that Life is difficult and painful. And that it is only through suffering that we can ever hope to achieve enlightenment. All I know is that it has been my own wants, lusts and desire for instant gratification that has caused my problems and pain.
The way to freedom from suffering and pain is through self-control in body mind and spirit. Striving for perfection is to chase a wraith… an illusion. Better to strive to grow, to develop and evolve, to be a ‘better’ person today than we were through all of our yesterday’s. Better yet to walk the warrior’s path with grace, honour, honesty, and openness towards an enlightened future.
I strive each day to be more accepting, less judgmental, more honest and open, kinder and more understanding than I was in the past. I try each day to be fitter and healthier in body, mind, and spirit.
But then, I am not perfect.
if I am not careful I can become Mr. Hyde
You cannot hide the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Some millions of people aver that the Earth is flat ~ there are books, Facebook pages, groups, magazines, religions, societies, Tweets, websites, and YouTube videos devoted to the idea that the Earth is not a sphere. And, do you know what? On a day-to-day basis, the ‘Flat Earth’ concept works perfectly well ~ going from here to my local store I don’t have to take into account the curvature of the Earth. If I can triangulate a position I can ignore the curvature of the Earth and treat the triangle as though the world was flat.
But, and here’s the thing, tomorrow I’m flying from England to California, and if the navigation system in the aircraft is programmed to think the world is a flat plane then I’m totally screwed. In any event, I’m pretty certain that we will be flying a great circle course over the North Pole, and that wouldn’t work if the Earth was, indeed, flat.
On a clear day in California, standing on the shore, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, one can actually see the curvature of the Earth at the horizon. The ‘Flat Earthers’ have a lot of explanations and arguments against that simple observation ~ but then, by definition, a flat earther is out of touch with reality.
Just because a lot of people believe something does not make it true. Just because a charismatic guru / leader / speaker / teacher says something does not make it true. Just because your religion has a specific article of faith does not make it true. Just because your counsellor / priest / therapist, or your ‘higher power’ says something does not make it true. Just because your ‘group’ collectively agrees on something does not make it true. Just because I write something here does not make it true for you.
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~ Vivkananda
Nothing is real except that you are a spiritual, emotional, thinking, physical being ~ and the things you believe in may not be true, but they may be very useful to you. Only the insane do not try to make sense of the world. We attempt to give meaning to everything we encounter, and every experience we have. As an adult this gives us an habitual way of thinking, a rule book, and a map of our own world ~ mostly these serve us well and allow us to survive and thrive in a complex environment.
Reality is merely an illusion. albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein
But sometimes our internal rule book, our reality, and our map of the world is wrong, untrue, limiting, imprisoning, and dangerous. This particularly applies if our map of the world has been unduly influenced by others ~ or if negative events in our past have twisted the way that we view the world and the people in it. (And, that applies to 99.9999% of the people on this planet.)
You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real. ~ Doc Childre
Most of us have within us the capacity to transcend who we are today, to become a ‘better’ person, to achieve things that we thought were impossible for us. Mostly we need to change our rule book, to reframe our internal map, have an open mind, be prepared to take another path, in order to change and grow.
I know that’s difficult ~ for some it’s impossible. But, if you have taken the time to read this post, and the time to try and understand it, then you have it within you to truly walk the warrior’s path with grace, honour, and your eyes on the far horizon.
Which is curved, because, like the sun and the moon, the Earth is not flat.
The truth is out there.
When you are tired of California you are tired of Life.
Orange County in Southern California is one of my favourite places in the world ~ say right up there alongside Tuscany in Northern Italy. I’m visiting SoCal next week, but here are some pictures from my last trip there.
The deep introspection is there, along with much self-awareness and self-study. Monday December 11th, while possibly being the most psychologically painful day of my life, was also a cathartic epiphany for me. There are new beginnings turning to a new direction. I believe these new beginnings are a spiritual regeneration for my soul. I am aware that my personality is expanding, turning towards goodness, emotional stability, self-awareness, self-confidence, and well-being. With the help of the Dreambook and Planner I am learning who I am, and discovering who I can become. I am beginning to understand the lessons given to me, and through that I am becoming the master of my own life.
It is a new dawn for me.
Wisdom cures so many things, except loves lost forever.
adulteress betrayal cuckold dreaming
erotic flirtatious gratuitous harlot
infidelities juicy kissable lusting
men naughty occult provoking
qualmless rape scary tart
unholy vixen witch
the converse of this post will appear soon
Only I can change my life ~ no one can do it for me.
Life is about change. Without change, without variety, without some stress in Life, all will stultify and diminish. Without change there can be no growth, and without growth and development all things will wither away and die.
I will not meddle with that which I cannot mend. ~ Thomas Fuller
But, as the Serenity prayer tells us, there are some things that we cannot change, some things that have to be accepted, and the wise learn to know the difference. I can think of a myriad of people, places, and things I cannot change. In reality no one can change another person, unless that other absolutely wants to change. This is why it is mostly pointless trying to talk to most addicts in an effort to make them change their ways. This is why many relationships, and many marriages, end in failure and recriminations. This is why there are wars.
A while ago I resolved to stop trying to change others and instead decided to work on myself to become a better person. That is now my lifetime’s project, and it doesn’t always go smoothly. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all. Sometimes I make progress, and sometimes I go backwards a couple of steps or more ~ it’s like a man walking into a gale, sometimes he wins and sometimes the storm wins. In the last few days I think the wind won more than I did. In the last few days I went with the wind and my negative emotions, and that meant I really staggered in the wrong direction. In other words I totally fucked-up, again. For me, going with the flow is usually the wrong choice.
Life will do it’s best to deceive you. You may get knocked down, but you must always get up again. The mark of a really great boxer is not that he never gets knocked down. A really great boxer can get knocked down, but he will always get up again. And that’s up to and including Mohammed Ali in his all prime and pomp.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’ ~ Thomas Edison
The English language is filled with wise sayings, allegories, parables, and proverbs. As you would expect a lot are by Churchill; ‘To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often…’ Then from Scotland we have the allegory of Robert the Bruce and the spider, which gave us the saying; ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again…’ But we also have almost the converse of that saying…
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. ~ Albert Einstein.
The Goddess knows I have been there often enough ~ every time I took a drink I expected it to be different from the last time, and it never was. But, somehow I usually got away with it.
Back in my illustrious career in banking I once went into a meeting on Madison Avenue with no ideas and nothing but blank pieces of paper in my briefcase. I had got good and drunk in the Plaza the night before, so I both looked and felt far from my very my best. But I stood up in front of the board of the world’s biggest advertising agency and tried just one more time. I told them not what they wanted to hear, but what I wanted to make happen. It worked. The thing is I didn’t give up, and I didn’t try to change anything except myself.
After that almost debacle I resolved to make a big change by giving up banking for good. It was the wrong change ~ I should have given up booze for good. Back then I didn’t have enough serenity within me to even think about being sober for life.
Right now, today, all I try to do is be the best Jack Collier I can be, sober. That is difficult enough for anyone. I realise that life is difficult and painful. I know that the causes of my problems and pain are my own cravings, lusts, and the blaming others for my faults. I now know that I can’t change others and I can’t change what happens to me, but I can change what I do, and how I react to people places, and events.
I know that the warrior’s road to freedom from continual distress, pain, and suffering is through self-discipline in body, mind, spirit… and that’s a hard road to walk in honour, honesty, and truth. I try to always walk that road, and often I fail. But, at least I try, and perhaps not one in ten men even do that.
The world and the sky is ours if we want it enough.
Don’t be ashamed of your story ~ it will inspire others.
When nothing is ventured, nothing is gained, so what’s the sense of running away from your own life. The good things just don’t fall out of the sky, they have to be worked for. But we have to do the right things, at the right time, in the right place, with the right people. Trying to force the best that Life has to offer doesn’t ever work ~ we have to work with the rhythms of the Cosmos, and not against the flow of the tides.
The great rhythms of nature, today so dully disregarded, wounded even, have their spacious and primeval liberty….. Journeying birds alight here and fly away again all unseen, schools of fish move beneath the waves, the surf flings its spray against the sun. ~ Henry Beston.
Little did I realise when I was an overpaid and overworked international banker how little I saw of nature. What I saw were offices, the inside of cars, trains and ‘planes, hotels, airports, other offices, and city streets. I earned a hell of a lot of money, but money is a false God, and money never made me happy. Today I can be happy to walk by the sea, to look at the sky, to enjoy the vast curve of a distant horizon, to listen to the murmur of the surf and the mournful cries of the gulls. Cars, trains, and ‘planes still have their place in my life, but now it’s only a minor element of who I am ~ cities are no longer the be-all and end-all.
Perhaps it is the night of despair where you are, and I am certain that you are not sleeping soundly. If you are dreaming at all, I hope you are having sweet and pleasant dreams, but I’m certain that you are not. I am certain your dreams are weird and disturbing, turning into nightmares. Try and leave those night-terrors behind you for a while. There are enough nightmares in the real world without us having to suffer them during our sleep.
The world turns, it may be day-time here, night-time where you are, and somewhere the dawn is breaking and the birds are awakening. The Cosmos is like a giant time-piece, it has a rhythm of its own ~ the Cosmos keeps its own time. Be aware, just like the rhythms of a friendship and love between two people change and develop, so the Cosmos is a continual state of change. We need to enjoy the moonlight while we wait for the sunrise.
We are a part of the Cosmos, we are where our physical bodies are, but our spirits are everywhere. We exist in this time, but we also exist in a myriad of pasts and possible futures. I want, need, and desire that the future that awaits me is chosen from the best of all possible alternative realities. I can close my eyes and imagine ideal pasts, presents, and futures, and in all of them I hope I can spend some cool times with people I care for, cherish, and love.
We are made of starstuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. ~ Carl Sagan
What have we dreamed and who have we lost? In my ideal times we are entirely friendly, trusting, honest, open, caring and loving. You know what? I don’t think that it’s too much for me to pray to the Goddess to help me to attain my own earthly versions of nirvana. It may seem strange to you but I pray to the mother goddess, and in her form incarnate; Aphrodite. I dream of he Goddess Aphrodite, still looking for the place where we belong together.
I am excited about where I can go in time and space, in friendship, love, and sensual pleasure. The cool things I could possibly do, and the cool places I could visit. It’s about being able to fly, about having the courage to live life to the fullest, to enjoy every moment of every day. Someday soon I will build a tiny trailer, and someday after that I will build something much more ambitious, like a school-bus RV, or a tiny home in someplace beautiful, with a wonderful view of the dawn and sunset.
Shit happens all the time, but one has to remember that; as there is no growth without suffering, there can be no pleasure without pain. There is a reason we were brought to this life, all we have to do is trust and take one small step in time. Such are my beliefs.
It’s not all sweet and elegant lies. Shit happens, but Magic happens too.
Recovery is possible ~ but first one has to admit that there is a problem.
La mode se démodé, le style monochromatique, jamais.
Noir Rouge à Lèvres Fumer
une garce est la contraire d’une salope,
et elle fume pour la prouver.