Friday, May 23, 2008

Hoping vs. Doing

Too often authors write simple-minded solutions to complex questions; sometimes material comes along that acts more along the lines of a crutch, rather than learning to deal with everyday life head-on. True, there is bad stuff in the world, but there is lots of good as well.

But, there are authors that use lofty folderol creating disingenuous hype to catch the unsuspecting minds of people searching for an immediate answer. Scientific data has the power to befuddle the mind. More often than not it empowers cant beliefs against hard data. The hard data I refer to at this particular time is the power of words – not the ideals behind them so much, but how words are actually used - more about that toward the end.

Hoping that someone will do something you want done for the sake of being less disenchanted with everyone is an unenforceable rule. In other words, it would be no different than me hoping they outlaw guns forever, so that I wouldn't have to keep looking over my shoulder every time I'm out for a walk and hope I don't get shot again. I have no convoluted definition of blind forgiveness in the face of hard realties – only this: Forgiving is not the same as forgetting and being shot and flat lining is something I won't soon forget. In this instance, forgiving someone who doesn't want to be forgived is pointless.

Thoughts are oft times vocally redundant – it is a natural coping mechanism that humans utilize. This is not to be confused with a smugly complacent thought process, over indulged with self-delusion.

What I respect about myself is this: free inquiry, instead of judgment; pragmatic, instead of dogmatic convictions. Usually, more often than not, people are surrounded by people that freely offer help of some kind; usually appreciated, but not needed. Moreover, respect is taken when respect is given.

These are all topics that Robert J Gula (RIP) covers in his many books. One must be able to discern between certain words and their usage, in order to make thoughts and free thinking plausible. His books contain no serpentine political or religious doctrines mixed with education, as most Ivy League scholars tend to mix in. Rather, to-the-point and matter-of-fact ways to reorganize words into phrasing of ideals end every day communication, for better understanding of the world and the people that live in it.

I own four of his books that I read at least once a year.

You may be surprised how the reorganization of words can benefit almost anything and everything in daily life.

Respect is taken, when respect is given ...

Namaste and Slainte

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