philosophy

Once one commits to telling the truth, one begins to notice how unusual it is to meet someone who shares this commitment. Honest people are a refuge: You know they mean what they say; you know they will not say one thing to your face and another behind your back; you know they will tell you when they think you have failed—and for this reason their praise cannot be mistaken for mere flattery.

Honesty is a gift we can give to others. It is also a source of power and an engine of simplicity. Knowing that we will attempt to tell the truth, whatever the circumstances, leaves us with little to prepare for. We can simply be ourselves.

—  Sam Harris
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Wabi-sabi (侘寂?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

In one sense wabi-sabi is a training whereby the student of wabi-sabi learns to find the most basic, natural objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful. Fading autumn leaves would be an example. Wabi-sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value. Similarly materials that age such as bare wood, paper and fabric become more interesting as they exhibit changes that can be observed over time.

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I’m considering writing in depth posts about the quotes on this Tumblr. Examining their meaning and giving examples of how they’re applicable to my life.

As a follower, is that something which would interest you? Please let me know what you think and if there are any specific quotes you would like me to “do”.

Many thanks, namaste.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can buy:

     Food for the hungry

     Homes for the homeless

     Food and shelter for animals in need

     Toys for kids in poverty

     Books for those who cannot attend university

     And so much more!

No, money cannot buy happiness.  But, it can buy things that can help people.  This act—of giving up money for someone in need—does bring happiness to all you help.  Money is not bad, the love of money is.  Money can make it possible to bring happiness to someone else; poverty does not.

Whether or not morality is objective or subjective is irrelevant to me. I do not know the metaphysical inner workings of the universe, but I do know, here and now, that I do not need to hurt or eat other animals in order to lead a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. I do not consider the off-chance that morality may be subjective as permission to exploit whoever I want whenever I want. Even subjectivists recognize that in our daily endeavours, we have some responsibility to those around us, and it just makes sense not to hurt someone if you don’t have to.