I was researching a Japanese philosopher. I think some of his words are important today, so I wanted to share them. His name was George Ohsawa. He stated there was only one incurable sickness in the world, which is arrogance, and if the patient does not regard himself as sick, he cannot submit himself to a cure. This is because the arrogant man does not need to see, because he claims he already sees almost everything!
The Unseen Things
“There is an old mystical saying that the things which are not seen are essential to all success. We are blind if we can see only with our eyes, and we only are sensible when we know that there are many things beyond our senses. Practical people consider all the factors to every problem, and things are not less real to them because they might be intangible.
The unseen things are imminent to us always. There are many things not yet pigeonholed by our science nor catalogued by our philosophies. You can dissect a daisy and enumerate its parts; but you never know a daisy until you have seen the unseen things thereof, until you have felt the subtle appeal of its beauty.
The danger is that in our hard workaday lives we shall forget the reality of the unseen; we shall get to thinking that gold, steel, land, and money are the only real things. How easy it is to measure everyone by their possessions of tangible things. How easy to make these our chief end in life — to slight the real prizes (the unseen wealth that lies so close at hand or already possessed), while we rush and strive for the rainbow of riches.”
-Henry Frederick Cope
11 Ways To Be Unremarkably Average
“11 WAYS TO BE UNREMARKABLY AVERAGE
1. Accept what people tell you at face value.
2. Don’t question authority.
3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something.
4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England.
5. Don’t try to learn another language; everyone else will eventually learn English.
6. Think about starting your own business, but never do it.
7. Think about writing a book, but never do it.
8. Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it.
9. Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work.
10. Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself.
11. Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.
You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”
Ignorance And Confidence
“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
Philosophy Is A Stage Of Life
Now that I’m older I see things differently than when I was younger and if I looked back on the things I said or did back then, I’d probably cringe, like Eddie Murphy admits he does when watching his old stand-up routines. There’s this quote by Nietzche that I think relates to this. In it, he says every philosophy is the philosophy of a stage of life. So I believe this is true, we all see things differently depending on the point of our lives we are currently on.
Utopia rant against children
Right now, there are lots of people that want the population lowered or controlled in order to save the environment. I don’t agree with it because to me it kind of sounds like eugenics and the Nazis deciding who gets to live and who doesn’t and it will lead to an erosion of freedoms. So, as hard as it may be sometimes, I have to believe we all can solve all of our problems on our own without interference, that the problems are in each of us, but so are the solutions. And, this video is how I imagine those people I disagree with think.
A Word Is Not A Crystal
“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.”
-Wendell Holmes Jr.
“You are victory organized. You were born to conquer, to play a magnificent part in life’s great game. But you can never do anything great or grand until you have such a conviction of yourself and your ability.
How often do we hear it said of some person, ‘Everything they undertake succeeds,’ or ‘Everything they touch turns to gold?’ Why? Because that person is constantly picturing to themselves the success of their undertakings, and they are backing up their vision by their efforts.
By clinging to their vision (by vigorous resolution and persistent, determined endeavor) they are continually making themselves a powerful magnet to draw to them their dream. Consciously or unconsciously, they are using the divine intelligence or force by which every human being may mold themselves and their environment according to the pattern in their mind.”
-Orison Swett Marden
Men of Genius, Wealth, Power, and Character
“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”