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Monday, 1 August 2016

1 August 2016. A Point to Ponder…

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00 Learning... The Antidote to Ignorane and Slavery. 02.10.12


I wrote the following as a comment on FB:

I learn something new every day… I like to say that I know less at 62 than I did at 18. I think that you know exactly what I mean. As I tell my co-workers only half-jokingly, “Sgt Schultz was right!” Actually, it’s both “learning” and “unlearning”… paradoxically, that IS the path to wisdom.

Indeed… as an “elder”, I’m supposed to “know”… but I’m all-too-aware of my limitations and lacks. Perhaps, that IS what “eldership” is all about… knowing one’s limitations, but knowing that one has to do something, any road. It’s not easy being green…


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2 October 2012. A Point to Ponder… There are None So Blind as Those Who Will Not to See


Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.

Jeremiah 5.21


Be patient with some of the konvertsy, they come from sectarian and rightwing milieus where the truth isn’t only ignored, it’s discouraged. You see, the most secure fetters are those that we forge ourselves and put on our own wrists. The most binding are those made of “gold”… where one’s livelihood depends on living a lie. That’s what meant by “there are none so blind as those who will not to see”. The “truth WILL set you free”… but you must be willing to pay the cost thereof. Shall you? Even if it means losing a situation that’s remunerative and pleasing? I know the dilemma… I faced it… I decided… and I paid the cost. It’s not pleasant…


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