Live Now Die Later: A Book for the Sensitive Mind and Rugged Individualist
The sensitive mind and the rugged individualist are portrayed in the literature of antiquity by two brothers, the first-born and the second-born. The mind is the father of two sons. One side of us is conservative, cautious; the other side is radical and adventurous. A part of us is content with the status quo; another part of us seeks change and improvement.
The mind perceives first with the outer five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. Those perceptions are recorded and processed for future use, and thus the mind has five inner senses, the second-born son.
In the Old and New Testaments this concept is expressed through several pairs of brothers. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin, Aaron and Moses, John and Jesus are all characters created to illustrate the mind's journey.
The eastern Mediterranean became a marketplace for the exchange of ideas that had their provenance not just in Athens or Alexandria, but made their way westward from India and China well over 2,000 years ago. The lunar calendar and the appearance of the full moon was not just vital to agriculture in Mesopotamia; it spawned metaphors that illustrated the mind at its brightest. Abraham, for example, Hebrew for "father is high," was a moon god who symbolized the full moon, i. e., the moon straight up or high. "Father" is high because the mind is the father of two sons.
Obviously, many concepts evolved independently, but migration and commerce exported and imported more than just figs and wine. Adam and Eve, the male and female of Genesis, are reflected in the yang and the yin of Taoism in ancient China. Elizabeth, Mary and Jesus are a variation of Demeter, Persephone and Dionysus.
Thinkers over the ages have struggled to come to terms with the rough and tumble of daily life. Some have even suggested that life begins in some faraway place after death. Others have tried to find the way to live now and die later.
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At any given moment , the temptation to hesitate , to doubt oneself winds its way into view and we are fixated , paralyzed by its stare and threat of immobilizing pain . We become again aware of the negative aspect of any proposition ...
Your mind is always active , whether in the office or in the kitchen , on the subway or on a sailboat , you are given seconds or maybe only nanoseconds to make choices that can become turning points for the rest of your life .
To Abram or to that mind that is ready to dedicate itself to constant regeneration and a new and refreshing outlook on life is given sole ownership Arise , walk through the land in the length ...
You can rest assured in any given situation if you have confidence in your abilities , in what you know . Knowledge is worthless if you do not use it , apply it , employ it , and so you have to sacrifice that knowledge in order to give ...
For as the Father hath life in himself ; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.68 We are told early on in life to follow a certain path , college , law ...