May 29, 2009

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Dismiss the whole and you are left with only the parts. Dismiss the parts and you are left with only a hole.

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February 3, 2009

Strangers

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Strangers are either perfect or complete only because we do not yet know them.

December 23, 2008

Finding Self

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I think that the main thing that holds man back is that most do not bother to develop a functioning philosophy for their lives. Generally, people tend to either accept what is spoon fed to them from birth in the form of the family religion, or they abandon their upbringing yet replace it with nothing.

I don’t believe that a person can truly find their true potential unless they first put aside what was handed them and then spend their lives creating their own personal views on their existence. If they come full circle and find themselves returned to their roots, then they will have found their way to their true self. And the same is true if they find something altogether new.

February 20, 2008

Now

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 8:34 pm by travisritch

There is no past. It’s a dream, an illusion. What we did…who we were, has some bearing on what we are now and perhaps even what we are yet to be. But what is past is gone.

There is no future…not yet. What we do now has some bearing on what will be. But there is no promise of anything beyond now.

The only thing that is, the only thing that matters, is now. The moment is the only thing that is real. And it is the “quality of moment” that is of the utmost importance. Everything we do, in every moment should be directed toward the full experience of the moment. For it’s quality, good or bad, is all that we have.

It’s unfortunate that we must sacrifice some quality of some moments in preparation for future moments. Funny thing that. We’re not guaranteed any future at all, yet we spend a large quantity of our precious few moments making investments in the future.

Our minds create the expectation of future because we remember the past.

What’s the balance? How much of now do we sacrifice for an unreal future? Sacrifice none and potentially reduce the quality of future moments. Sacrifice all and miss each moment…forever.

February 6, 2008

Three Things

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 4:19 pm by travisritch

Everything that we do serves but one of three purposes. One is to avoid death, while another is to serve as mere diversion to let us forget even for a moment that we will die. The third, and might I say the only thing that is worthwhile, is creation.

Kill your God

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:16 pm by travisritch

I think that the main thing that holds man back is that most do not bother to develop a functioning philosophy for their lives. Generally, people tend to either accept what is spoon fed to them from birth in the form of the family religion, or they abandon their upbringing and replace it with nothing.  

I don’t believe that a person can truly find their true potential unless they first put aside what was handed them and then spend their lives creating their own personal views on existence. If they come full circle and find themselves returned to their roots, then they will have found their way to their true self. And the same is true if they find something altogether new.

January 26, 2008

Aging

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 12:43 am by travisritch

Do not envy too much youth. It is a thing that is vain and shallow. It is foolish and frivolous with little care for others. It is lacking in anything of true value except for perhaps health and innocence. Health it squanders. Innocence and wisdom are estranged brothers; loathe to occupy the same place at the same time. If they can be reconciled then there is an accomplished man.

January 11, 2008

Reading will be the death of writing.

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:26 pm by travisritch

With that warning in mind, I’ve decided that it’s probably best that I actually start to write. So perhaps the best place to start would be with the enemy…reading. I love to read. I love books. My apartment is crammed full of them. My tastes tend to be pretty streamlined. Sci-Fi is perhaps my favorite genre. I enjoy authors with a bent toward hard sci-fi. The writing needs to be relatively difficult and dense or it doesn’t hold my interest for long. Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert (and son) are a couple of my favorites, but for me nothing compares to a Larry Niven novel. He has mastered the art of “tourist” sci-fi. Exquisite adventures exploring new worlds through the eyes of someone who is as unfamiliar with it as we are. The Mote in God’s Eye, Ringworld, The Integral Trees, The Legacy of Heorot, A World Out of Time just to name a few. The stories are riveting and I had the hardest time putting any of them down.
Outside of sci-fi, there are a couple of fantasy writers that I enjoy. Of course, no one tops Tolkien. The Silmarillion is by far my most favorite novel. I’ve read it several times and just keep going back to it. Perhaps it’s that it speaks to my interests in religion and mythology (more on that later). Over the past few years, I’ve been enjoying the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, who’s death last year caught all of us off-guard. The final book (the 12th!) in the series not yet complete, but luckily there are rumors that he left enough notes and instructions with family and his editor that the final novel will be completed. So many unanswered questions!
Now we come to philosophy, religion, and mythology, topics that are at once intimately linked and yet vastly different. I tend to approach them all as one. I’m sure much of later blogs will tend toward discussions of these topics, but for now…reading! It was one moment that started my interest in these. I randomly stumbled across an airing of Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth on our local PBS channel. If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately. It’s life changing. I couldn’t take in enough of what he was saying. At this stage I see Campbell as the highest current understanding of human mythological experience. So, I’ve come to my appreciation of philosophy sort of backwards. Campbell mentioned Jung so much…that I had to check him out. I get what Jung is saying..archetypes and all that, and I get how Campbell’s view grew out of that, but I didn’t feel particularly drawn to his ideas. But wait! He writes a lot of reference to Nietzsche, so I moved to reading him. What can I say…I was blown away. I have yet to read an author of any genre who’s writing style does more for me. Thus Spoke Zarathustra has become one of the most important books in my life. I tend to see the world in a way that is very much in line with Schopenhauer…although, I’ve found that I’d like to see things more like Nietzsche. I’m sure I’ll expand on this in later posts and you’ll see what I mean.
So, now, I write. I’d bet that most of my writing will be about reading, but I have a few of my own writings to throw in as well.
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