Freedom

The biggest mistake people make is believing that freedom is about doing whatever they want whenever they want.  It is, unfortunately the ultimate human aspiration; to be financially free, socially free, politically free, spiritually free, economically free…

The way I see it, it is a recipe for abject boredom! I will borrow an analogy from Alan Watts (click to watch the video),

Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream that you wanted to dream, and that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of dreams, or any length of time you wanted to have.

You would, naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure you could conceive. And after several nights, of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say ‘Well, that was pretty great. But now let’s have a surprise. Let’s have a dream which isn’t under control. Where something is gonna happen to me that I know what it’s gonna be.’ And you would dig that and come out of that and say ‘Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it?’. And then you would get more and more adventurous, and you would make further and further out gambles as to what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.

Thus implying that Freedom is truly discovered and experienced in its absence.  In the pursuit of that which is impossible and finally making it possible; the pursuit itself is freedom because, after all, it withers away in the presence of triumph.

Therefore to live fully is to pursue something absolutely impossible.  That is the ultimate freedom.

Leadership is Undemocratic

It is increasingly evident to me that to achieve anything significant, one ought to be resolute and unwavering on that which must be achieved.

Having said this, there has never been a great achievement in history, whose realisation came about from the perspiration of one person. For this reason, once the goal is set, it becomes the role of the leader to persuade others to commit all their time and energy to this in lieu of that.

Once these commitments are granted, it becomes the role of the leader to abstain from obtruding in the details of the undertaking. This should be done out of acknowledging that there are only 24 hours in a day and more importantly out of appreciating that those working on this dream do so at the cost of everything else they could be doing; one might as well trust them out of appreciation of their sacrifice.

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In Principle

“I would rather die now than, like the gentleman, change my politics and simultaneous with the change receive an office worth three thousand dollars a year, and then have to erect a lightning-rod over my house to protect a guilty conscience from an offended God.”

Abraham Lincoln

Excerpt From: Ketcham, Henry. “The Life of Abraham Lincoln.”
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Short Story for Marikana

“One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to strike work till the Belly consented to take its proper share of the work.

So for a day or two, the Hands refused to take the food, the Mouth refused to receive it, and the Teeth had no work to do. But after a day or two the Members began to find that they themselves were not in a very active condition: the Hands could hardly move, and the Mouth was all parched and dry, while the Legs were unable to support the rest.

So thus they found that even the Belly in its dull quiet way was doing necessary work for the Body, and that all must work together or the Body will go to pieces.”

Experiment: Making Coffee

I’ve been learning to do things slightly differently, especially with the little things that have disappeared into our subconscious such as brushing teeth, walking, waking up and so on. Here’s an interesting experiment for making coffee.

Ask anyone and they will tell you how they take their coffee: “Three sugars, one coffee, warm milk…” etc. The rationale is to try and make the same coffee all the time. I suppose the magic word is “consistency” isn’t it? Or is it an expression of our fear of change?

Well, I’ve ditched the measuring utensils altogether. I simply toss the sugar straight from the bowl without using a teaspoon. Then I toss the coffee straight into the mug and then the milk. The rule is to accept the results and drink the coffee as it is no matter what happens.

After a few weeks of this, I noticed that my perception of how much is enough sugar, coffee or milk changed with every cup. I’m guessing it has to do with mood, time of day or maybe how much noise I’ve been exposed to for the day. I don’t really know but this is an exciting way of making coffee nonetheless.

Try this method. It really makes for interesting discoveries, especially if you make it for someone else and serve it with a smile.

The Chameleon and the Fly

 “Did you ever see a chameleon catch a fly? The chameleon gets behind the fly and remains motionless for some time, then he advances very slowly and gently, first putting forward one leg and then the other. At last, when well within reach, he darts his tongue and the fly disappears. England is the chameleon and I am that fly.”
— King Lobengula

If one vests too much time studying the history of how land was seized from our grandparents, perhaps his blood could change from red to a colour that leaves a darker stain on white shirts.

But now that one has acquainted himself with the basic nature of this and that, one knows that boiling blood cools and cool blood boils.  Therefore it is better to be a surface on which both boiling and cool blood can spill yet leave not a stain behind.

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