Monday, October 19, 2015

Truth and its Path

`` ... The truth is only recognized as the truth after all the lies are told and discounted. You won't appreciate the truth or even begin to fathom it unless you take a tortuous road to find it.'' ---p. 262, Word of Honor, Nelson DeMille
Maybe truth is not really at the end of the path, but it is the path?!?
``It has been said by combat commanders that the battlefield is the most honest place in the world. It has also been said by legal types ... that, regarding war crimes, there are unique complexities in discovering the truth about a combat soldier doing his duty in the filed.'' ---p. 412, Word of Honor, Nelson DeMille

I am not sure I want to add much to these quotes. They just seem important, to me, now.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Real Genius

``... Any fool, including an ROTC lieutenant like me, can be a military genius at the breakfast table twenty years later, after having read a comprehensive history of the battle. But real genius is the ability to grasp the essence of a situation as it is happening. To think---not on your feet but on your belly, with five radiotelephones screaming at you, men dying and crying in pain, your pants full of piss, and the thump, thump, thump of nurture rounds walking toward you.'' ---p. 118, Word of Honor, Nelson DeMille

Of course the quote describes the situation in a battle field, but I have a strong feeling that it applies to other walks of life, for example trading in stocks and options!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Our Demons

Our deepest fears: we cannot keep fighting them or running away from them. The solution is listening to them and try to get through them:

`Stahl had ended most of his sessions with the words ``You cannot run from the demons, so you must make friends with them.'' He had advised Tyson to recall the dream in detail, talk with characters who peopled the dark landscapes of his mind, until one day they would become familiar, friendly, then perhaps banal and insipid. ...' ---p. 55, Word of Honor, Nelson DeMille


Friday, October 09, 2015

Art and Artist Perception

A good artist has an uncanny perception power, everyone who knows something about life knows this! Yet, to benefit from artist perception, you can only approach them via their art. What most people don't know is that even when people have genuine wisdom, they do not necessarily express that wisdom properly in ``language.'' So do not listen to artist, connect with their art works.

Here is a beautiful example:

''... I brushed him out for a long time, talking to him, and he pushed at me with his nose. I could feel him relaxing. I didn't give him a treat, only scratched his belly. I don't think there's a better feeling in the world than having a big, scared animal relax around you.'' ---p. 44, Wounded, Percival Everett



Sunday, October 04, 2015

Layers of Hell

``Marina had thought she understood this place. She had spotted the luncehead after all, she had cut apart the anaconda. She had performed surgeries she was neither licensed nor qualified to perform on a dirty floor and had eaten from the trees and swum in the river in a bloody dress only to find out that none of those things were on the test. There was in fact a circle of hell beneath this one that required an entirely different set of skills that she did not possess. She would have to go there anyway. She had been foolish enough to think that she had given up everything when in fact she could see now that she hadn't even started. ... '' ---p. 331, State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

Freedom, Religion

A couple of days ago I read a discussion between some friends regarding religion, worship, freedom, and slavery. In Farsi and Arabic, the t...