Fragments of relative understanding


Stuff I believe


Truth is possessive. It’s my truth or your truth or our truth. It’s never the truth.


Imagine if I handled our dispute by trying to accept what is true for you rather than by trying to change what is true for you.


Anything at any scale is possible at any scale.


That people are different from me is never their fault.


Great ideas are easy. Proving they are great, that’s the hard part.


All things are part true and no thing is all true.


An attitude of I believe in me brings conflict and might bring short term gains to one or a few. An attitude of I believe in us brings peace and group sustainability.


How things look depends on where you sit.


Philosophy is ‘physics light;’ that is, physics without the heavy burden of scientific proof and with ‘light’ added; that is, divine light, the light within, light meaning spirituality.


If we want things to be different we have to see or do things differently.


It’s okay that I don’t understand everything; that it doesn’t all fit in my head. I am open to ideas and achievements beyond my imagination.


From a distance, things become a matter of opinion.


Belief that there is a single truth is to believe in scarcity which in turn drives fear, greed, and conflict. Belief in multiple truths is to believe in abundance; that there is plenty to go around and no need to fight.


Things do not take up space, they make up space. Things do not take up time, they make up time.


Every thing is true for someone and no thing is true for everyone.


Animals are people too, you know.


Instead of struggling with “this or that,” try “this and that.” You may find it’s not such a struggle.


If you know “the truth” there is no room to grow. If you know “a truth” there is no limit to new things you can learn.


If I don’t expect anything back I’ve got nothing to lose.


Quotes from others that I love


I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’

– Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974


Relax, nothing is under control.

– Anonymous


Ninety percent of all disagreements are the result of misunderstanding.

– Paul Charbonneau


The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

– John F. Kennedy


No one is smarter than all of us.

– Anonymous


I don’t understand why when we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something created by nature we call it progress.

– Ed Begley, Jr.


If I always tell my truth I never have to worry about what I said.

– Anonymous


Of course it is exhausting, having to reason all the time in a universe which wasn’t meant to be reasonable.

– Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions


Don’t just do something, sit there.

– Anonymous


There is so much that baffles me. Actually, pretty much everything baffles me when I think about it.

– Terry Ryan


It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

– Anonymous


We are all alike in different ways.

– Anonymous


Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations.

– Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld


Don’t quite have it tamed but we can shake a stick at it.

– Anonymous


Show up.

Pay attention.

Speak your truth.

And let go of the outcome.

– Mary Thayer


I am a student of life just trying to learn how the universe works. The most powerful lesson I have learned is that it all happens inside me. My perception of any situation is in my control — I have a choice about which way my mind will react. I try my best to look for positive solutions.

– Anonymous


Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

– Anonymous, although often attributed to Albert Einstein


Intelligence is not the measure of how much we know how to do, but of how we behave when we don’t know what to do.

– John Holt, 1981, cited in R. Ogle, Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity & the New Science of Ideas, 2007.


All the fights I have with other people are splash overs from fights with myself.

– Anonymous


Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.

– Edward Abbey

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