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Dr Who and the Death of Self

Galaxies in Coma Berenices

Galaxies in Coma Berenices

Each one of the fuzzy white bits in the photo above is a galaxy containing billions of stars and thus many, many life-forms, all at various stages of evolutionThis statement is derived from the work of thousands of intellectuals using the powers of observation and deduction available to us all.

Journey's End (Doctor Who)

Journey's End (Doctor Who)

Tonight there was a show highlighting bits of the top BBC show, Doctor Who.

It was a reminder, for me, of the most cataclysmic scene, from the final (proper) episode called Journey’s End, where “The Doctor”  has to wipe the mind of Donna, his companion, to save herself from going mad.  (this was because she’d inherited his Time-Lord powers in the picture here, which are too much for a human).

Flowers For Algernon (S.F. Masterworks) (Paperback )by Daniel Keyes

Flowers For Algernon (S.F. Masterworks) (Paperback )by Daniel Keyes

This scene I can fully empathise with because of my own experience of an under-active thyroid gland which removed my powers of intellect and concentration, and almost removed my concept of “self”, before I was diagnosed.  At the time, when I was recovering, I called it my “Flowers for Algernon” experience.

“Flowers for Algernon” is an all-time great science fiction story.  Charlie Gordon, the story-telling diarist, like Donna Noble in Doctor Who, and like myself earlier, we were all crushingly aware of the powers we once had, but now were losing, visibly.

Socrates

Socrates

In many respects, it’s much worse than death.  People sometimes worry about death and try not to think about it, hoping it will go away.  Myself, I’ve always pondered it, sometimes to gloomy distraction.  It’s like the great unknown.

Socrates said;

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.

With this, I fully agree, and can thus explain away my gloomy dallyings with the words of one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

Nichiren, the Buddhist monk of a later age said;

Life at each moment permeates the entire realm of phenomena and is revealed in all phenomena. To be awakened to this principle is itself the mutually inclusive relationship of life at each moment and all phenomena. – WND page 3, On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime

I think that with this in mind, for my next existence I’ll go somewhere different to this Earth….

Since I’ve been born I’ve always felt ‘old’, as if I’m returning here to ‘fix’ something, a devoir-faire.

Maybe I’ll be in these red centres of creation, a truly glorious image emphasising the hydrogen clouds.

"Mountains of Creation" by Spitzer. These towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm, embryonic stars.  The pillars in the Spitzer image are part of a region called W5, in the Cassiopeia constellation 7,000 light-years away and 50 light-years across. In the image, hundreds of forming stars (white/yellow) can seen for the first time inside the central pillar, and dozens inside the tall pillar to the left.

"Mountains of Creation" by Spitzer. These towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm, embryonic stars. The pillars in the Spitzer image are part of a region called W5, in the Cassiopeia constellation 7,000 light-years away and 50 light-years across. In the image, hundreds of forming stars (white/yellow) can seen for the first time inside the central pillar, and dozens inside the tall pillar to the left.

It’s truly a great privilege to be able to go out on an evening and stare at our night sky and the Milky Way, pondering on the gems that must exist, both in front of our eyes and those ones hidden by vast distance.

Our Milky Way by Spitzer Telescope - click for source page with VERY high resolution pictures!

Our Milky Way by Spitzer Telescope - click for source page with VERY high resolution pictures!

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Google Treasure Chest – Update

@AmazonSince the first posting about this scam about 10 days ago, Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! alone has attracted over 3000 page views.  From these, about 100, sometimes desperate,  people have commented and admitted that they’ve been sucked into the scam on that and the other postings around the subject.

Make from these numbers what you will.

  • Maybe it means I’ve stopped over 2000 people getting ripped off?
  • Maybe, as I suspect, most people don’t like to admit they’ve been made to look a chump – and I can empathise with that.

I’m in a computer-free zone for a day or two so any further comments will be held for moderation.  If I didn’t, I’d have about 3000 comments of viagra garbage from our friends in St Petersburg and Shanghai which would make information very hard to find!  The comments list would be about a mile long…

So until then, if you’ve been conned by the Google Treasure Chest/kit/pack and the host of related websites:

  • Don’t give up
  • Act swiftly
  • Call one of the numbers that we’ve found that works from people’s comments under the postings
  • Cancel the subscription
  • Warn your bank if necessary
  • Change your credit card if necessary

You can still leave information and tips for other victims, but if you’ve not commented before, your comment won’t show immediately.  As a resource for others, all information is valuable, so please post away!

I’ll be back

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The Problem to be Pondered Night and Day

Strangely post on April 16th, 2009
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….. you had better cut short your sleep by night and curtail your leisure by day, and ponder this!

You must not spend your lives in vain and regret it for ten thousand years to come.

Yay Nichiren!

This quote is taken from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Volume One, page 622

Says it all really.  We must continue to strive to do our very, very, best at whatever field we choose.

Of course, if you consider that your life (or existence) is finite, terminates and that’s it, then these words would logically have no effect on you.

If on the other hand you can empathise and react to these words by even the slightest teeny-tiny bit, or want to think this way “just in case” – like many people who classify themselves as Christian but don’t practice do, then the nihilistic version of life is logically inconsistent with that thought in your head, and you must choose what path to take.  You cannot stay at the fork.  It’s not good for you!

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