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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You have ambitions , goals , aspirations , but at every turn you find one reason or another not to pursue them and you settle for mediocrity , only to realize in the autumn of your years how much you wish you would have done this or ...
The Japanese words " ki o tsukete , " " Be careful ! " mean literally " turn on ( your or the ) tree . " The word ki also connotes the seat of 10 Genesis 3 : 1,4 human energy . Trees were planted around graves in Greece 4.
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 .
Your language was confounded , but life forces a change at every twist and turn , a movement toward clarity and a brighter light . In one way or another life returns us to that path that leads to inner harmony and the realization of ...
You bypass Canaan and turn away from your true self and look for answers elsewhere . You think that someone else has more wisdom than you , or you seek advice when you had the answer all along .