Posts Tagged ‘knowledge’

My blog has gone crazy overnight had a lot of Uk, USA traffic but visitors from Hungary, India, Spain and Australia too. Now well over Three Thousand Two hundred visitors.

Almost every night I have a constant battle with pain, insomnia and a fight with incredibly powerful demons. When I get up most mornings I’m mentally and physically exhausted. For example, today I found I had put 4 tea bags in my mug, it wasn’t at all nice.

When I check my blog and my site Stat’s during the day, it’s always a really nice feeling that I’m connecting with other people around this small globe we all call home.

I get a lot of help from Eastern buddhist philosophical thought and western philosophical teachers, ancient and modern. I hope you do too, when it’s just as dark inside as it is outside.

I wrote a quote

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

by Roman philosopher Epictetus, born 55AD and I recently blogged about his guide to happiness in life too…

“The experience of bureaucratic incompetence, confusion, and its
ability to cause otherwise intelligent people to behave outright foolishly,
 opens up a series of questions about the nature of power or,
 more specifically, structural violence.
 The unique qualities of violence as a form of action means that
 human relations ultimately founded on violence create lopsided
 structures of the imagination, where the responsibility to do the
 interpretive labor required to allow the powerful to operate oblivious
 to much of what is going on around them, falls on the powerless,
 who thus tend to empathize with the powerful far more than the
 powerful do with them.
 The bureaucratic imposition of simple categorical schemes on the
 world is a way of managing the fundamental stupidity of such situations.
 In the hands of social theorists, such simplified schemas can be sources
 of insight; when enforced through structures of coercion, they tend to
 have precisely the opposite effect.”
 This essay is an exploration of certain areas of human life that have tended
 to make anthropologists uncomfortable: those areas of starkness, simplicity,
 obliviousness, and outright stupidity in our lives made possible by violence.
 * By “violence” here, I am NOT referring to the kind of occasional,
 spectacular acts of violence that we tend to think of first when the word is
 invoked, but again, the boring, humdrum, yet omnipresent forms of
 structural violence that define the very conditions of our existence,
 the subtle or not-so-subtle threats of physical force that
 lie behind everything from enforcing rules about where one is allowed
 to sit or stand or eat or drink in parks or other public places,
 to the threats or physical intimidations or attacks that underpin the
 enforcement of tacit gender norms.
 Let us call these areas of violent simplification.
 They affect us in almost every aspect of our lives.”

— dead zones of the imagination, David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology.
Anarchist author/philosopher.