“Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?”
“That is the only time a man can be brave,” his father told him.
– George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
There are those who are aware that they are always facing death. Knowing this, they put aside all quarrels.
– The Dhammapada
I was looking through my kindle when I remembered that I have occasionally underlined some of my favorite quotes. These underlined quotes are then put into my “clippings” section of my kindle so that I can reference them at my leisure. From time to time now, I will post a quote from these clippings until I have covered them all. Today, we begin with something funny.
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.
– Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I am in the process of writing a three part blog which addresses what I believe to be the most important ideals to have or work towards to find the most happiness and peace of mind in one’s life. These three ideals are beyond the obvious values we hold such as be kind to others, or treat others as you wish to be treated. They are more specific. I have found in my life that the more I work towards these ideals, the happier I have become. I am unsure if these three pieces will be posted back to back to back, but I do plan to have them close together and I will try to make it clear when the post is part of the series. As a preamble to this series to come, I invite you to watch this video of Sam Harris talking about the most important value, without a doubt in my mind, which is living in the present moment. I personally think that one cannot do this to the fullest without the attributes I will present; but above all, to put into words the most important key to happiness and peace of mind, it is to live in the present moment. Enjoy.