Saturday, January 29, 2011

Notes from a work week

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Perfection is not experienced, it is imagined.

No quality is without the possibility of improvement.

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Life doesn't bend to our plans and desires, it takes no notice at all.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Heights are Precipices

Another quote from Seneca that I really liked:

Let us abandon those things that cannot be done or can only be done with difficulty, and let us pursue what lies close to us and mocks our hope, but let us realize that all of them are equally unimportant, different to look at externally but inside equally futile. And let us not envy those who stand on a higher station: what appeared as heights are precipices.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Totems

Perfection is not experienced, it is imagined. 
What must begin with imagination gives way to experience.  
Fact replaces perfection.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wherever there is a human being, there exists the opportunity for an act of kindness.
Seneca, On The Happy Life, 24

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Practicalities of Effort

I was reading the Wikipedia entry on Saturnalia, like I do every year, and realized I was not invited to a single drunken orgy this year.  Although I did attend several dinners where we ate until excess laid us on couches, leaving us passive with TV.  What stories will be left behind by our celebrations, by our own version of conservatism.

What lessons are we teaching our children, ultimately ourselves, by these strange festivals we practice?  I'm not sure I feel like peeling back this wrapping.  Maybe there is no rush to find faults when so many have already been found.  Or maybe its important to know what must be done so we can put them in their proper order.  How will we know if a supreme issues lies hidden while we focus on getting our children to say, thank you.  So should we focus on the problems we have already worked to discover, or should we ensure that we have discovered them all?  Is there value in leaving some illusions in place, leaving some opinions raveled, or is the greater value in the revelation?

I do not know.  I will let the practicalities of effort place me somewhere between.  I'm tired often, and I'm happy to leave ignorance alone, but when problems shine lights on flaws I'll grab my shovel without regard to how tired I may feel.  What must be done should be tended to first, then rest, and if time remains, improvement.