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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... ideas , your desires . At any time in your life , whether right now this moment , or tomorrow or next week or next year , you are free to return to the center of your thinking , banish fear from your mind and set out upon whatever ...
... ideas that have lain dormant and yearn to come to the surface and express themselves and carry you up toward your ideals . You must leave old attitudes behind and project yourself into the new world of your ideals . You must hold on to X.
... ideas that engenders thoughts . You have taken matter , the material world , and formed it into your own liking . It is that thought , constructive and productive in and of itself , that will inspire you to move and act upon its ...
... idea and the feeling that it produces derive from an inner source of abundance , the roots of which have grown into countless limbs that carry aloft eternal youth and a reaching for the sun . Yet there is not one moment in life that ...
... ideas and concepts that lead to new insights and horizons . One is Cain , a tiller of the ground ; the other Abel , a keeper of sheep , and when the fruits of the mind's labor are compared , the honor goes to that mind that has pursued ...