compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
By the aid of speech different individuals can, to a certain extent,
compare their experiences. In this way it is shown that certain sense
perceptions of different individuals correspond to each other, while for
other sense perceptions no such correspondence can be established.
We are accustomed to regard as real those sense perceptions which
are common to different individuals, and which therefore are, in a
measure, impersonal. The natural sciences, and in particular, the most
fundamental of them, physics, deal with such sense perceptions.
The conception of physical bodies, in particular of rigid bodies, is a
relatively constant complex of such sense perceptions. A clock is also
a body, or a system, in the same sense, with the additional property
that the series of events which it counts is formed of elements all of
which can be regarded as equal.
The only justification for our concepts and system of concepts is that
they serve to represent the complex of our experiences; beyond this
they have no legitimacy. I am convinced that the philosophers have
had a harmful effect upon the progress of scientific thinking in
removing certain fundamental concepts from the domain of
empiricism, where they are under our control, to the intangible
heights of the a priori. For even if it should appear that the universe
of ideas cannot be deduced from experience by logical means, but is,
in a sense, a creation of the human mind, without which no science is
possible, nevertheless this universe of ideas is just as little independent
of the nature of our experiences as clothes are of the form of the
This is particularly true of our concepts of time and space, which
physicists have been obliged by the facts to bring down from the
Olympus of the a priori in order to adjust them and put them in
a serviceable condition.
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:)Michael….how I can I get this fantastic T shirt?
Alas long since produced - worn until it fell off my back - used to buff polish the body-work of so many family “modes-of-transport” - and yet still made of a material worthy of KINGS.
… perhaps someone out their could reproduce this for US all @zaadz ??
The child never dies in anyone. It is not that the child dies when you grow, the child remains. Everything that you have been is still within you, and will remain within you until your very last breath.
But society is always afraid of nonserious people. Nonserious people will not be ambitious for money, or political power; they would rather enjoy existence. But enjoying existence cannot bring you prestige, cannot make you powerful, cannot fulfill your ego; and the whole world of man revolves around the idea of the ego.
Playfulness is against your ego—you can try it and see. Just play with children, and you will find your ego is
disappearing, you will find that you have become a child again. It is not only true about you, it is true about everyone.
Because the child within you has been repressed, you will repress your children. Nobody allows their children to dance and to sing and to shout and to jump. For trivial reasons—perhaps something may get broken, perhaps they may get their clothes wet in the rain if they run out—for these small things a great spiritual quality, playfulness, is completely destroyed.
The obedient child is praised by his parents, by his teachers, by everybody; and the playful child is condemned. His playfulness may be absolutely harmless, but he is condemned because there is potentially a danger of rebellion. If the child goes on growing with full freedom to be playful, he will turn out to be a
rebel. He will not be easily enslaved; he will not be easily put into armies to destroy people, or to be destroyed himself.
The rebellious child will turn out to be a rebellious youth. Then you cannot force marriage on him; then you cannot force him into a particular job; then the child cannot be forced to fulfill the unfulfilled desires and longings of the parents. The rebellious youth will go his own way. He will live his life according to his own
innermost desires—not according to somebody else’s ideals.
The rebel is basically natural. The obedient child is almost dead; hence the parents are very happy, because he is always under control.
Man is strangely sick: he wants to control people—in controlling people your ego is fulfilled, you are somebody special—and he himself also wants to be controlled, because by being controlled you are no longer responsible. For all these reasons, playfulness is stifled, crushed from the very beginning, and then people become afraid of their own playfulness, afraid of “losing control.”
ah. refreshing. Thanks Michael.
Michael: Thank you for leading me to this post from my blog. I want more people to realize that it's all about making the child a mentally healthy adult. You tell him he's stupid (I can't believe parents do that, but
they do!) and he will believe it. It tortures the soul, and no little kid deserves that.
Encouraging the weak and the faint; giving strength and courage to those who have faltered - KEEP up the good work MiMi - you have most certainly been passed the torch
great post! thanks for leading me to it. people like this are my heroes, anyone who realizes the wisdom of universal love and is able to live accordingly.