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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 06:02:58 AM »
Because desire is something often thought to be good, whereas nobody deliberately goes after ignorance.
This whole subject is the epitome of paradox:
I find myself, every day, unable to deliver the goods to the very people most in need of them, because they have no way to understand what is being offered. Similarly, having the goods to offer, renders me unable to describe what those goods are to those who know nothing of them.

Desire is the root of all that prevents people being any more than Pavlovian creatures of desire.
It takes something like faith, to let desire go, and then something like patience, to discover the subtle, yet breathtaking difference a desire-less state brings.

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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 05:43:27 AM »
Desire is ignorance. But ignorance would, by its nature, never suspect that to be the case.

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Interzone / Re: Zen and the art of archery.
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:54:40 AM »
Haha :)
That's the spirit.
Archery is all about accuracy. If you aren't interested in being accurate, then there is no point to it.
What I was talking about is the desire to be accurate, versus being accurate without the desire to be.
A fine point, but fine points are what makes stuff like this interesting.
Accuracy is the goal. Desire for accuracy is not.
As you see: there is no need for the desire. It can only hinder.

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Interzone / Zen and the art of archery.
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:30:19 AM »
I moved my archery target, a few days ago, from the garden, out into the woods, to gain more range and tidy up the garden. I can stand off up to seventy yards now.
That's a good long way, for a longbow, and still be able to hit reasonably accurately, although it would be nothing special for a compound bow. But I only have a recurve and a longbow, being the traditionalist I am.

Straw bales are a great arrow-stopper, although it remains to be seen if the deer will eat them.
Over the bales I have a two-foot-square hessian bag full of synthetic roofing paper, all screwed up into a fairly solid medium, inside the bag. And a nine-inch roundel marked on the front for an aiming point.

I hadn't shot an arrow in many months, but, astonishingly, my first arrow hit the bull, at about sixty yards.
This is astonishing for a number of reasons, but it is a phenomenon I have seen several times. That first arrow is, more often than not, the most accurate one of all. And why would that be?

I can only surmise that the first shot is concerned only with finding the range, elevation-wise, and by not caring where it hits, it unintentionally gets to be the best shot. I couldn't believe my eyes. The second shot was almost as accurate, about two inches right. And all following shots fell into the predictable groove of reasonably accurate, in a loose group, with one or two low misses.

Zen, at work. Dispense with desire, and unlikely results occur.


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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 02:55:18 AM »
Why sustain life, anyway? It lasts as long as it lasts.
But even so, one is better able to sustain life without the desire to.
Yes, that makes no sense. Why should it though?
And what is motivation, anyway? A choice you may make.
Being alive is life, in its entirety, but only those who have discovered that, alongside every other living creature, know how delicious that is.

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Interzone / Re: the bite of the apple
« on: May 17, 2013, 01:27:27 AM »
You are right. And the desire for knowledge, too. Knowledge is there, all the time, all around, as you need to know it. Like air. Why gather it up and pack it around?

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Interzone / Re: Teeth, race, and intelligence.
« on: May 17, 2013, 12:10:58 AM »
Fair enough. It makes sense. So does my take on it, if you're neolithic, like me.
Vexorg wonder why when him do crossword puzzle, him not gasp.
Zegvog tell him not think so much...

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Interzone / Re: Teeth, race, and intelligence.
« on: May 16, 2013, 08:46:22 PM »
Thinking has never caused me to gasp in more oxygen, whereas physical exertion has, especially combat.
Experience would indicate that muscles require far more oxygen than brains.

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Interzone / Re: Reaction speed.
« on: May 16, 2013, 05:50:44 PM »
Occam's Razor. Nice one, Eleison :)

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It amazes me that - to my knowledge - I never became a father.
I guess some people are just not fertile.

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Interzone / Re: Coping with cold climate in outdoor life
« on: May 16, 2013, 05:41:00 PM »
There's something very comforting about a lack of comfort.
Stimulating, might be a better word for it. Exciting. Natural. Genuine...
It actually takes quite a lot of adversity to entirely kill you.

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Interzone / Re: Reaction speed.
« on: May 16, 2013, 07:24:08 AM »
Since we don't know what it is or how it works, it isn't purely anything.
And it really doesn't matter, does it?
What matters is that it can be done.
And that's uber, is it not?
You uber-guys might take note of stuff like this: it requires a mindset that doesn't rely on the mind.
It is without limits.
Like you, if you let yourself be.

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Interzone / Re: Reaction speed.
« on: May 16, 2013, 04:46:51 AM »
How easy to label as bullshit what you do not understand.
Because you can not duplicate it, does not mean it can not be done.
Consider prescience as a factor. Did I know the exact instant the ruler would be released?
Did I begin my reaction ahead of the event?
I have enough instances of absurdly immediate reactions to suggest this.

Bullshit is a term children use to cover their lack of vision.

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Interzone / Inspiration.
« on: May 15, 2013, 09:12:59 PM »
I write often, here, and on other forums and blogs. I often say quite strange things.
Mostly, by the comments that follow what I write, I see that what I write is largely misunderstood.
Not just in its content, but in its motivation.
Many hold the opinion that 'it is all about me', or that I seek some kind of praise.
But this is never the case.
So what am I doing, anyway?

I've been around a long, long time. I started from nothing, or possibly even less than nothing, abandoned very early, the kind of life lived by most others, and set out to explore the world, and life itself.
I've had many experiences that few ever have, and discovered things, first-hand, that most others only read about, or see in movies. I've learned an awful lot from all this.

One of the very odd things I notice about responses to what I write, is that many see those things as uninteresting, boring, or out and out lies. As ego, or narcissism, when they are nothing of the sort. I could get quite discouraged by all this, if it were not for the occasional private messages and emails that tell me how inspiring my words often are, by people who rarely comment, preferring to dispense with the gratuitous abuse that commenting so often rewards the commenter with.

No. I write what I write, because it is interesting, unusual, or even unknown. If it wasn't, why would I bother writing at all? I have stuff important enough to share. And I am one who naturally shares important enough things, simply because I can.
I hope, I suppose, to inspire. This means to supply food for thought, for consideration, for wonderment and question, to take a reader from where they are, to where they are not yet. To stretch the bounds of their own experience.

This is neither teaching, nor preaching. It certainly isn't anything to do with self-aggrandizement, as is so often claimed. It is what it is: real life experience of things rarely, if ever, experienced, especially by the young. The kind of things only experienced over many years and in the face of many dangers. If ever.

Inspiration is something few understand, in today's society. It suggests a giving, rather than a taking. An investment in time, and in imagination. A journey one may embark on, simply to see where it goes. And so what if it goes nowhere? A life is a very, very long affair, even when it is short. There is time to investigate possible cul-de-sacs, because until those places are investigated, who knows what might lie there, undiscovered?

You only know what you know. There is always more than you know, that you don't yet know. But you'll never know it if you only judge things as right, or wrong, by what you know now. 

So you're intelligent. So what? What does that mean? What use is it?
What are you going to do with it?

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Interzone / Re: Reaction speed.
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:09:20 PM »
Really? My point was that I have unreasonably fast reaction times.
My affinity for crows includes their mystical ability to move outside of time.
Which is something I seem able to do, sometimes when least expected.
Teleportation is one way of looking at it, although that really isn't what it is.
Stop time. Step off. Move. Step back on. Restart time...
Mystery :)

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