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Sunday, January 14th, 2007
4:47 pm
compatibility of doers and beers
Question: do you think a doer and a beer are romantically suited to each other? Can they have a good marriage? I am battling with this question for myself....
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
7:18 pm
Goal-Free Living
A book coming out tomorrow: "Goal-Free Living"
We are taught from a young age that in order to achieve great success we must set and achieve our goals. However in doing so, we become focused on where we are going rather than enjoying where we are right now. We sacrifice today in the hope that a better future will emerge, only to discover that achievement rarely leads to true joy. Goal-Free Living presents an alternative philosophy - that we can have an extraordinary life now, all without goals and detailed plans. By living for each moment, it’s possible to have a successful life and follow your passions at the same time.
There is a "Are You A Goalaholic?" quiz (my score was 51 out of 90, ideal is supposedly 15 to 29) and a list of surprisingly accomplished people who apparently are "goal-free."

Interesting how closely this idea seems to line up with the "beer not doer" concept.
Sunday, February 6th, 2005
11:16 pm
The relationship of duality with Being vs. Doing
"On this side, we have the dualistic world where all objects exist only relative to other objects in a web of complicated relationships; on the other side is the nondual world where All is One, the root of the cosmos and all experience is Divine, and words have no meaning. In a gnostic state, one cannot Do, one can only Be. And in that space, you find that there is no difference between yourself and the Divine nature by whatever name you call it -- God, Creator, Lifeforce, Chaos, the Tao, the gods, the One." —Fenwick Rysen (emphasis mine)
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004
8:59 am
effortless effort preferable to intense lacklustering
From a post of this morning by rinku:

effortless effort (the type of thing where value-creation is an addiction and cannot be stopped even if a person wanted to do so) is the hero, intense lacklustering (the type of thing where a person is lazy, unhappy, miserable, but knows it and endlessly complains about it but does nothing to change it) is the villain. effortless effort is so great -- you don't even have to think about it that much, even if you didn't instruct yourself to do anything on a given day, you would do much better than if you were an intense lacklusterer who *commanded* yourself over and over to get to work and be happy but then failed for the millionth time and just wasted the day on tv or hateful thoughts or whatever else it is that you don't like yourself to do and want to change about yourself.

I think this observation helps show how the approach of Being as opposed to Doing need not be vegetative. If you are in the habit of creating, then you will create as a matter of effortless being. But if you try to force yourself through external commandments to accomplish things that are not of core value to you, then you will be scattered and divided and pulled from your center and unhappy. And will probably not succeed at the doing you intended, anyway.
Sunday, February 8th, 2004
8:09 pm
Goals and their relation to Being
When I was in high school, and college, I was really focused on doing. A big part of that, for me, was setting goals for myself. These ended up being really long term things like "get into a good school" "get a graduate degree" and even "get married". I haven't really run out of long term goals. I'd like to be a parent. I'd like to progress in my career. However, I don't want to do any of these things right now. And really, other than keeping myself healthy and doing my job well, there's nothing I can focus on in my downtime to prep myself.

When you're a student, every good grade you get, every test you ace, every class you pass, is an accomplishment that you can measure and see and appreciate. These goals are clear and easy to see and largely preset for you, and there's an endstate. It can be hard to have a sense of accomplishment in the every day routine for people who are accustomed to more visible achievements.

Can you be a Beer and not a Doer and still set goals? Are goals a Doer thing. Who gets better mileage out of goals? Meeting goals gives you a sense of accomplishment. Maybe people that are better beers have a better ability to derive satisfaction out of smaller tasks, little acheivements. Maybe those of us who are recovering doers should set intentional short goals as a sort of training exercise.

Current Mood: contemplative
6:59 pm
Do Be Do Be Do
To Be Is To Do

To Do Is To Be

Do Be Do Be Do
12:19 pm
From a post by mistergone of this morning:

And I have realized that life is not about getting better, it's about being better. The trials, tasks and turmoils never stop, and you have to be your best through all of them, not just the latest one, and not just the last one.
10:39 am
I'm not sure I get why there's a dichotomy here. As far as I can tell, everything is in a constant state of change. The universe has few absolutes. "Being" seems to me to be a process, not a single state.

Moreover, humans are fairly unique in that we possess the capacity to imagine: we can play out the future in our minds, and guess the consequences of different actions. In this sense we can (sometimes) do more than simply react; we can act. To fail to act, to simply react or just to be, seems to deny what we are.

Wouldn't someone who is fully human Do?

Anyway, it's not possible to simply Be. (Well, it is for a while, maybe, but you'll dehydrate in less than a week, and then you will, er, Cease to Be.) You've got to do a minimum just to survive. So what's the Beer philosophy, really?

Maybe what you're really worried about is an over-dependance on recognition or valuation. There are two reasons to be a doctor: one is to heal the sick, the other is to make a lot of money. Without casting aspersions on capitalism, the former is more "pure" because it is less contingent. The point of being a doctor is to heal the sick. The fact that doctors make a lot of money is just a consequence of the way our society is set up (and it may well be right and proper that doctors make a lot of money, but that's another discussion).

So, here's a formulation: To Be is to do for the sake of that which is done. Am I getting the point?

Current Mood: awake
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