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  • Burning the candle at both ends is a metaphor for life being consumed by imprudent acts, but really when a candle burns at both ends most of the candle isnít burned to produce additional light; rather the flame melts the wax, most of which drips onto the floor and is wasted, the same way as a life spent imprudently.


  • It doesnít matter whether itís true or not, but it is wise to assume that each failure happens for the best; with this attitude, one is always looking for a way to turn failure into success, but not necessarily the original success that was sought.


  • Many would prefer to live in a fantasy world, where they can pretend that they have great undiscovered talents, than to express those talents and take the risk of finding out that their talents werenít so great after all; the danger in not expressing those talents is that they might actually have great talents that will now go to the grave without ever being discovered.


  • Mankind has barely cracked open the door to let in the light of all that is, but mistakenly believes that this light is most of what is.


  • A year from now we will be unable to recall most of those ďbigĒ things that upset us today; with this in mind, perhaps we should remember that what we call big today may only seem that way because of the thankful absence of truly horrendous things that many are enduring every moment of today.


  • We are always mistaken when we believe that things upset us; what upsets us is how we think about those things. In most cases we would be wiser to change our thoughts than to try and change the world.


  • To be blinded is to be made unable to see. But, that doesnít mean that anything needs to happen to our eyes as we can be just as blinded by darkness; in much the same way, we are so often blinded in our beliefs by the absence of the enlightenment of knowledge.


  • Through most of our lives, what we are has been carefully hidden behind a locked gate, a gate that parents, education, religion, our peers, and on occasion even ourselves have added new locks. Fortunately, the locks are all within our minds and are easily unlocked by questioning every belief that we hold to be absolute. One by one, the locks will drop off of the gate and one can become free again.


  • It is only in very long relationships that expectations of another can be considered soundly based; to hold expectations of what anyone else will do leads most often to disappointment and conflict.


  • Love is its own reward and requires no subsequent benefits for its existence; those that profess love, only for its promise of what is hoped to follow, really love the benefits instead.


  • We say that we remember yesterday or perhaps last year or even a year decades ago, but we remember none of them; all we do is remember certain things about them; this like believing that we remember a book because we can recall a few things that impressed us.


  • A valuable message can be discarded if the recipient doesnít trust the messenger.


  • Certain philosophical messages often mean nothing to us because we arenít ready for them as yet; in much the same way, our needs for different foods change from infancy to old age. We would not expect someone at any age to consume, at one time, all of the food that will be consumed in that lifetime; we would also not expect someone to absorb all of the philosophy that will be absorbed in a lifetime at one time either. One absorbs philosophy only as the appetite for that portion arrives. This is one reason that philosophy is more developed with aging even though there are many that are aged that are nearly devoid of any philosophical leanings.


  • Freewill doesnít mean that one is free to choose anything; rather freewill means that one is able to choose any of the alternatives that exist. The list of alternatives can be made so small as to make freewill a concept only or expanded to the point that a person feels capable of soaring, unaided by anything.


  • The world has many that would rather die clinging to a falsehood than to live with the truth.


  • Without a doubt, there are some of our beliefs that we hold dear that are also true but unproven; the problem is that we donít know which ones are or how many or few there are.


  • Through mankindís long social evolution, various assumptions were made to help the social structures of those times deal with that timeís problems. Today, many of those old assumptions persist in our thinking, and because they are so old, they have become venerated as part of the beliefs that we no longer question even though they deal poorly with the problems of today. One of mankindís most pressing problems is to discard these old assumptions and develop new ones. Although new, they may be just as false as those that were discarded, but at least they will have been developed to deal with todayís problems rather than the ones of millenniums ago.


  • WALT HASKINS


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