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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1 On the Move ........ ......... 50 Streamline Your Thinking ........ .......... 81 Think Strategically . ... 83 Stay on Your Feet . .... 93 Stay Down to Earth .. ...... 96 The Prophets .. .... 113 Keep Your Word Or Lose Your Mind .
You will make mistakes , of course , perhaps repeatedly , but you can rise above negative or non - productive thinking and the paralysis or stagnation that it presents , and move on . You can be re - inspired , rise to new heights above ...
It is eternal because you are constantly moving forward , reviving a positive outlook , resurrecting thoughts and ideas that have lain dormant and yearn to come to the surface and express themselves and carry you up toward your ideals .
Several key figures portray the mind as it moves across a landscape of self - discovery and the quest for wisdom . Adam and Eve are thought and feeling , generated by your inherent , creative power . Cain and Abel are the products of ...
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters . And God said , Let there be light ; and there was light.1 In the time it takes the sun to rise above the horizon , what has lain submerged or repressed finds its way to the ...