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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday, Bruce Lee!!!

Since I've made it evident on this blog that I am a fan of Bruce Lee, I figured it would be a crime if I didn't somehow acknowledge this in a post or something, so here it goes...

Bruce Lee is easily one of my biggest inspirations in life.  I've taken a lot of notes from him in terms of how I carry myself, the things I believe, and the way in which I do things.  I cherish his philosophy as much as I do his overall badass-ness, and have taken a lot of his philosophy and applied it to my life.  You know what?  I think, rather than go on about how much I admire the man and his beliefs, why don't I just let some of his quotations do the talking?  Perhaps you'll find something here to apply to life like I did...

"I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

"No way as way, no limitation as limitation."

"Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless - like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup; you... put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle; you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."


"Simplicity is the key to brilliance."

"If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you."

"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer."

"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

"Real living is living for others."

"Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch; kick when you have to kick."

"As long as I can remember, I feel I have had this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand."

"Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

"Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”

“Let the spirit out - discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one's bodily self. And, finally closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An Excerpt of Washington's Farewell Address

Following Election Day, which was yesterday, I thought it would be of some minute benefit to promote an excerpt from President George Washington's Farewell Address, which warns against the existence of political parties in government.

"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume."

I post this merely to generate thought, and to promote my own personal disdain of political affiliations in general.  I try to remain as unaffiliated as I possibly can in a political sense, although I do confess I identify more with the ideals and goals of the Democratic Party than I do the Republican Party.  However, I believe that I am outwardly Democratic, and inwardly Republican.  In other words, in my relations with other people I act mainly in a Democratic fashion, accepting people for who they are and respecting who and what they choose to be regardless of my own personal beliefs; inwardly, however, I am Republican in the fact I'm conservative in my actions for the most part, a "mild-mannered" person so-to-speak who tries to hold himself to a somewhat strict level of behavior and accomplishment. 

I do not see myself fully embracing either party, to be honest.  I dislike the extremes of both sides.  For one thing, you will never see me try to condemn or insult people just for practicing a different religion (or none at all) than myself, or being of a different sexual orientation than I am.  I would never dream of trying to force my own beliefs on anyone, which I feel many Republicans try to do to a certain extent.  On the flipside, however, you will never see me give up my guns, go vegetarian/vegan, or become an absolutely spineless pansy.  To sum up the very essence of my beliefs, I just want everyone to have the right to be themselves, to make their own decisions, and do those things without trying to infringe upon those around them.  I could go on and on with this, but frankly I hate politics, I don't like talking about politics, and I'm pretty sure I have better things to do than continue talking about politics.  They are a necessary evil, and I understand that we cannot function as a nation without a political system...but dammit, I sure hate it most of the time.

Regards,

The Kamikaze Wordsmith From Hell 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Welcome to my Domain...

After days of tinkering with the blog design, I finally felt that it was time to break the foundation of the place by making my first ever blog post...although I don't really have anything of note to say here just yet.  XD

I guess I'll begin by welcoming you to the place.  I'm sure the design appears rough to those of you who have extensive experience in site building, computer code, etc, but please note I have almost zero knowledge in that area...don't persecute me too much over it!!!  All I can definitively claim to be good at is writing, so if you have any complaints over how my place looks then offer me help in making it look shiny!  I'll most likely continue to tinker with the place as time goes on, so don't be surprised if it all suddenly looks different overnight or something.

When it comes down to it, I'm not quite sure what sort of blog posts you'll be expecting from me as of yet.  I'm a writer at heart, so you might wind up seeing some of my own creative works on here...some poetry, some fiction, perhaps.  Hell, you might even see some of my own nonfictional stuff, some writings where I've tried playing philosophy, other self-reflective things, forum postings...who knows what you'll see out of me!!!  All I can hope for is that you find something about it all that you can like and respect.  To be honest with you, this whole blog is one huge experiment that came about on a whim.  I've always wanted to try keeping one, so here it goes.  It will either be a mild to colossal success, or a small to titanic failure, so we'll see how it goes.  :)

Be looking for future posts from me in the future when I actually find something worthwhile to say!!!

Yours truly,

The Kamikaze Wordsmith From Hell