Character

“The crown and glory of life is Character. It is the noblest possession of the individual, constituting a rank in itself and an estate in the general good-will. Character dignifies every station, and exalts every position in society. It exercises a greater power than wealth, and secures all honor without the jealousies of fame. It carries with it an influence which always tells, for it is the result of proven honor, rectitude, and consistency – qualities which, perhaps, more than any other, command the general confidence and respect of one’s fellow citizens.

Character is human nature in its best form. It is moral order embodied in the individual. People of character are not only the conscience of society, but in every well-governed state, they are its best motive power – for it is moral qualities in the main which rule the world. Even in war, Napoleon said, the moral is to the physical as ten to one.”

-Major A.R. Calhoun

Old Age

“OLD age depends largely upon our attitude toward the whole of life. Old age is not a joke, nor a bore, nor a trial, nor a calamity, though it may be any one of these, as all of life may be. What needs to be stressed is that old age has no content in itself apart from the whole of life. Little can come to old age that was not in and throughout life.

Age, like happiness, is neither to be sought nor evaded. It is a by-product of life rather than life’s end. Not the aim nor goal of life, but the way of life must it be.

In the matter of revering old age, it sometimes is well to ask whether old age is to be respected as a virtue in itself — whether length of days should be regarded as a merit apart from what has gone before. One is sometimes moved to believe that if the aged are unhappy, it is because age brings with it not only opportunity for quiet meditation and serene retrospect, but the necessity of thinking about the great issues of life.”

-Stephen Samuel Wise

The Masters Of Tomorrow

No doubt the world is changing. Like I said multiple times before, I believe the world is turning upside down, the have-nots are becoming the haves, so whoever is the oppressed today will become the master tomorrow, and the conquered will become the conquerors. It’s just how it goes in history sometimes. I will say what could be considered strange and terrifying about many of these new conquerors is that they hate the terrible things in the past the old conquerors did and they might have to do the exact same things in order for their revolution to be successful! They might, after claiming to be so peaceful and accepting of other people, ironically have to use bloodshed, violence, kill for peace, and use excessive force just like those old conquerors did! This just frightens me because I believe the ends don’t justify the means and it doesn’t make them better than the conquerors of old they supposedly disagree with and despise if they operate this way. And I don’t understand how they expect the changes they make to be permanent, because if it now apparently ain’t for the conquerors of old, how could it be for them, and how could it be when, like with them, it’s born out of destruction, lies, hypocrisy, and blood? I agree with the new conquerors though in how certain changes are needed, but I just think they should be attempted to be done peacefully because of these concerns of mine, me wanting them to be better than people in the past, thinking if you don’t truly support your own cause, your own code, your own cause is unlikely to be successful and because otherwise, history is just going to keep on repeating itself!

Language Leads

The dominant language shows who is in control or a dominant nation. There are many examples of this throughout history. Lots of people were willing to learn English because of European and United States dominance for instance. And getting rid of a language can destroy and replace cultures. So in the future, as things change, nations and people that have power lose it, or those that don’t have it gain it, pay attention to what seems to be the most sought after languages to learn in the world or how language itself changes.

We Are Taught To Compare

“Throughout life, from childhood, from school, until we die, we are taught to compare ourselves with another. Yet when I compare myself with another I am destroying myself. In an ordinary school, where there are a lot of boys, when one boy is compared with another who is very clever, who is the head of the class, what is actually taking place? You are destroying the boy. That’s what we are doing throughout life. Now, can we live without comparison to anybody? This means there is no high, no low. There is not the one who is superior and the other who is inferior. You are actually what you are and to understand what you are, this process of comparison must come to an end. If I’m always comparing myself with some saint or some teacher, some businessman, writer, poet, and all the rest, what has happened to me, what have I done? I only compare in order to gain, in order to achieve, in order to become. But when I don’t compare, I am beginning to understand what I am. Beginning to understand what I am is far more fascinating, far more interesting. It goes beyond all this stupid comparison. To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.”

-Jiddu Krishnamurti

It’s The Way We Take Things

“IT is not the circumstances of life that trouble or weigh upon us. It is the way we take them. If a person is playing a difficult game of chess, the more intricate the moves, the more thoughtfully they look over their own and their opponent’s pieces, and the more fully they are aroused to make the right move toward a checkmate. If, when the game became difficult, the player stopped to be depressed and disheartened, their opponent would probably always checkmate them. However, in most cases, the more difficult the game, the more thoroughly the players are aroused to do their best. And a difficult game is invariably a good one — the winner and the loser both feel it to be so, even though the loser may regret their loss.

‘But,’ you may say, ‘a game of chess is a game only — neither one’s bread and butter nor one’s life depend upon winning or losing it.’ Well, yes, but if we need to be cool, quiet, and decisive for a game (which is merely an amusement), and if we play the game better for being cool, quiet, and decisive, why is not a quiet steadiness in wrestling with the circumstances of life just as necessary — not only that we may meet the particular problem of the moment truly, but that we may gain all the experience that may be helpful in meeting other difficult circumstances.”

-Annie Payson Call

The Man In The Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt

What Fights Sometimes Are About

There’s this cat. This cat is usually lets me pet her and is nice to me. But one day, this cat got in a fight with another cat and afterwards, she started hissing at me and wanted to get in a fight with me too it seems like. I think the fight the cat was in definitely effected her, for me to be treated differently by her that day. And I realize now that often a fight isn’t about what the fight is supposed to be about, sometimes it’s about something else!