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Freedom

To think that freedom is about doing whatever you want whenever you want is a fallacy.  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, ...

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[Nessun Dorma] None Shall Sleep!

This piece is the show-stopping finale of a tale of love, composed by Giacomo Puccini.  It is the story of an unknown prince [Calaf] who falls in love with a princess [Turandot].  However any man who wishes to wed her must answer three riddles correctly, if not he is beheaded!  This is what I found on ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Chicken and Eggs

“What is meditation?” Asks the student. “It is frying chicken and eggs in one pan.”  Replies the teacher.

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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. ...

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A dream within a dream (within a dream)

Whenever I resign to bed early (say around 10pm), I tend to wake up around 3am and continue working. Last night, as usual, I did. However I slept again after two hours because I felt a bit tired. That’s also normal for me. I don’t dictate to my body when I should wake and when ...

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Poem :: Spontaneity

Without delay, not implying haste, The orange leaves announce the coming of winter. Without consent, not implying motive, The breeze dries the washing on the line. Without order, not implying chaos, The mind thinks this and sometimes that. Without a canvas, not implying emptiness, The sky is blue. Soon it will blush at the serenading ...

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Story :: Lessons from Julius Malema on Dealing with Difficulty

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The rise [again] of Julius Malema reminds me of a short story told by a monk about a donkey that fell in a well;  it goes something like this (note that I’ve re-adapted it as a metaphor): Once upon a time there was a donkey taking a stroll in an open forest.  The donkey wasn’t very ...

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