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  • In the contest between beliefs and verifiable truths, in the long-term, it is always wise to bet on the latter.


  • "Fate" begins where persistence ends.


  • Opportunity doesn’t offer home delivery.


  • Those that treat others like dogs should not be surprised when they are bitten.


  • Mankind's quest for all that is knowable, is like a pole-vaulter trying to vault a distant star.


  • Many reject capitalism because they got less than expected. In any other economic system they would have expected less, and would have had less than they could have expected.


  • Judging the behavior of those of earlier times by today’s standards, makes as much sense as judging their clothing by today’s styles.


  • We don’t need to blame anything or anyone else for our failings when we have perfected our own talents to fail.


  • Life is not a mystery to be solved, but a mystery to be explored.


  • Deny a child the opportunity to fail and its consequences, and you tend to create tomorrow’s liberal. Permit a child to fail with all its consequences, and you tend to create tomorrow’s conservative.


  • A boast is like a failed robbery attempt, in that one tries to steal the good opinion of others, but ends up with less than one had before.


  • Improving one’s self by blaming all of our faults on others is like trying to solve the crime problem by getting rid of all laws.


  • Wasting time is suicide by increments.


  • Rationally, doesn’t it seem odd to want to get even?


  • The backstabber is never the one that is leading.


  • If one is ever to tame the violent heart, then one must first attack what the heart fears.


  • If when driving on the road of life we become distracted by looking down upon others, or even looking up to others, then we should expect to collide with whatever stands directly ahead.


  • WHO ARE WE AND WHERE HAVE WE GONE?


  • Between birth and now, a vital part of us has become lost in the maze of everyday living with all of its conflicting values that leave us empty and always seeking, but without knowing for what. What we are seeking, is nothing more or less than that part of ourselves buried and locked somewhere deep within each of us. The key to that lock is not to be found in any of the multitude of things that can be purchased, nor is that key to be found in the familiar religious values that skirt close to self-discovery but then divert us to concepts that take us far away again.


  • We are all aware of something important being missed in our lives, but have no idea of what keeps us from that which we need, or even knowing what it is that we do need. The journey to find out what we need is not a short one, and is one that requires enough courage to be different and the faith that what we need will eventually be found at journey’s end. Along the way the values of our culture that have so long trapped us deep within ourselves will be shed as we discover that the values of good, bad, right, wrong, sin, virtue, and a myriad of other delusions, are all obstacles on our journey.


  • We will always need to be alert to the faint echoes coming from within us that we usually ignore because they are out of step with the world all about us; these faint echoes, when listened to, will seem to bring a great calm to our being. It is significant that calm is the emotion that we use to discover ourselves in order to avoid the many other impulses that bubble to our consciousness and then bring forth just the opposite of calm; these are usually feelings of fear and desire. These echoes of our deep inner-selves are the keys that we must use in order to set ourselves free from our years of self-confinement.


  • At first, any self-discovery will come so infrequently that we will often doubt if any progress is being made, but eventually, enough will be discovered that we no longer doubt where our journey will take us; the only doubt is whether life itself will be long enough to reach the goal of total self-discovery and the resulting self-fulfillment. Later still we will come to the realization that self-fulfillment is only a navigational aid that we use to find our way, and not an actual state of being. Thus, no matter how long we may live, our lives can always be filled with the enriching experience of self-exploration and discovery, a persistent state that has been called Nirvana in some Far East religions.


  • Once we have reached that state of near perpetual harmony within ourselves and with those about us, the drumbeats of fear and desire will fade into insignificance. We will then find a kind of euphoric joy in the smallest of things, and even in just the state of being when nothing about us intrudes into that inner-state of near infinite detachment from those things that so beseech most others.


  • We will recognize the sources of the travails that have long troubled us, and since they no longer do, they will come and go with no more impact than a passing soft wind, and we will wonder why such trivial things ever bothered us at all let alone preoccupied our attention for days at a time. We will see others suffering from what once troubled us, but we will recognize that our best efforts would not only not benefit them, but would bring a distraction into our own inner peace. Thus we just let another soft wind pass, knowing that others, if they are ever going to find themselves, that they will have to initiate the search. All we can do is to light candles along the way that they may perhaps pass on their own journeys.


  • Others might be fearful of someone in their midst that applies no predictable standards of behavior such as what is good, bad, right, wrong, sinful, or virtuous. Their fears should be no greater than of those that purport to hold those same prescribed values, as it is clearly evident that to believe that others uniformly abide by such values is a delusion that is shown to be only a delusion each day. To prevent their becoming fearful, one might prefer to not disclose the extent of one’s freedom except to those close enough to recognize that such freedom doesn’t entail the freedom to harm others, but only the freedom to become that which was lost so long ago. To trust in one’s self, instead of the taboos of others, will actually reduce the risk to others, not increase it. One will feel part of a continuum wherein to harm one segment of that continuum would be to harm one’s self as well.


  • It may be that one’s highest attainment would be to rise to Heaven; it might be to rise to power and wealth; it might be to possess fame and to become immortal; but the highest attainment of all may be simpler than any of these; our highest attainment may only be to discover ourselves and then to just be who we are, whole at last.


  • WALT HASKINS


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