Friday, March 15, 2013

Mantra from the Dalai Lama

Just a short Buddhist outlook on life.

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements
      involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  3. Follow the three R's:
      Respect for self
      Respect for others and
      Responsibility for all your actions.

  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
      wonderful stroke of luck.

  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

  7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
      steps to correct it.

  8. Spend some time alone every day.

  9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think
      back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current
      situation. Don't bring  up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love
     for each other exceeds  your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

I also know that dreams really do come true and you have my Best Wishes and my best efforts in those.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thoughts on the Death of Aaron Swartz

I imagine you in that darkened closet
An unremarked node of imbricated data
A confluence of modulated electrons
Constrained to color-coded worms
Of deep red copper fleshed in plastic
You were picking the lock
On a box filled with light

But my mind turns from that beginning
To the moments before the end
And my thoughts have the texture of
The surface of
The wood of
The wheel on
Which they would break you
Rough, splintered, unfinished
Poorly formed
But sufficient

And in those moments
Were you hooting with woe?
Indrawing great sobs
Like a child with whooping cough?
Or were you moving surely through
That world of knife edged shadows
Making a choice that seemed
The most adult you had ever made?

Perhaps you will be reborn
In the electric clash
Of the mind of a child
Understanding something new
Or the moment of surprise
When two opposing views
Are shown to be equivalent