My favored personal quotes:
(February 7, 1989):
Perfection is such an obsession
Requires greater and greater
What we don’t understand we fear,
What we fear we reject,
What we reject we forget.
Laws for ethics one thing, against Human rights is offensive!
Memory is not the thing remembered.
Not how we have lived, but how we died.
Observer affects observed.
Have done the impossible, now I must do it again.
(June 4, 2017):
Hope is the last illusion.
Maxims (Sept 12, 2017 -):
#1 Rules have exceptions (Non-Universal)
#2 The observer changes the observed (based on Heisenberg, 1927)
#3 IDIC (GS Premise #1: Non-Identity).
#4 All is not a continuing process (GS Premise #2: Non-Allness).
#5 Can reflect on word-form-action(s) (GS Premise #3: Self-reflexiveness).
#6 Content(s)-Context(s) can become interchangeable.
#7 The whole is not the sum of the parts (Non-El).
#8 Multi-causality means cause(s)-effect(s). (corollary Maxim #7)
#9 Word is not the thing.
#10 I am a scientist, it is my job to have the better idea (Jadzia Dax, DS9)
#11 Your first duty as a Starfleet Officer is the truth (Picard, TNG)
#12 "Anyone who is harsh, unkindly, contemptuous is a force for mental illness; and anyone who is kind, considerate, helpful is a force for mental health" (Maslow, 1954)
#13 Thalamo-Cortical Pause to feel-think (avoid jumping to conclusions, judging, prejudices, etc)
#14 Remain detached to perceive (avoid emotions, irritations, etc)
#15 Perceive, visualize, imagine, without verbalizing, memory, recognizing, identifying.
#16 Memory is not that remembered.
#17 The aim of Education involves the suspension of our judgment on anything.
#18 People are not ignorant, but that they know many things that are not so
#19 "The uncritical mind's hunger for certainty-or-finality impels it to feast upon shadows
#20 Shallow ideas reign; but ideas that require reorganizing their world-view provoke hostility (empty your cup)
#21 A great many people merely rearrange their prejudices when they 'think'
#22 Investigate not to believe, nor to contradict-and-confuse others, but to weigh-and-consider
#23 "In mathematics we look for similarities in differences and differences in similarities" (J. Sylvester, 1814–1897)
#24 Theorize not before the data
#25 Eliminate the impossible, thus whatever remains, however improbable, must represent the truth
#26 "Imagination is more important than knowledge" (Einstein 1931)
#27 Nothing in life is certain (not even death)
#28 Probability provides a guide for life
#29 Know thy Self (Socrates, Plato, c.380 B.C.)
#30 "Organism-As-A-Whole-In-An-Environment" (Korzybski, 1933; Not "I")
#31 Language affects perceiving-feeling(s)-(hearing)-thinking-action(s) (Sapir-Whorf-Korzybski-Sidle)
#32 "Nothing in excess" (Temple at Delphi, Plato c.380 B.C.)
#33 "Live life s if there is no tomorrow, learn as if you have an eternity" (Gandhi, 1869-1948)
#34 Materialism is an illusion in place of satori.
#35 Do not confuse inferences (speculation) with observations (facts).
#36 "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" (Martin John Rees, 1971)
#37 "People in power have a vested interest to oppose critical thinking (Sagan, 1969)
#38 Putting others first we help ourselves-and-family.
#39 Time-Binding capacity represents the best of human endeavor.
#40 Cherish the great-small-tragic moments of life, because in those moments we lived (Emily Dickinson (1741) "That it will never come again, Is what makes life so sweet".
#41 Must preserve our past for future generations.
#42 Reality-truth cannot be compromised.
#43 We represent Star-stuff become conscious of itself.
#44 Let go of hope-fears vicious cycle (paraphrasing Seneca, c.4 B.C. – 65 A.D.)
#45 Liberate ourselves from the slavery of our needs-wants, thus from the control of others.
#46 "Liberté! Égalité Fraternité!" (Club Des Cordeliers, June 30, 1793)
#47 Power-wealth corrupts.
#48 Ends do not justify the means.
#49 "Integrity has no rules" (Albert Camus (1942), "The Stranger")
#50 People deceive, especially to themselves.
#51 People project themselves onto others.
#52 "Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike" (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-82)
#53 "Do what you can and then do it just a little more!" (Terry Farrell, Dec 17, 2016)
#54 People play mind-social games.
#55 Mis-understandings, arguments, amount to shifting on different levels of abstraction.
#56 Action(s) have consequences
#57 We make our fate.
#58 Wisdom comes from our regrets-and-sorrows.
#59 We must not interfere with another under-developed culture-or-species (ST Prime Directive)
#60 Other organisms on Earth are not for our abuse, misuse, trophies, etc., nor for just fun.
#61 The unsustainable consumption of Earth's resources, has consequences upon our continued survival.
#62 "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions" (Leonardo Da Vinci, 1452-1519)
#63 Common sense is beyond those without insight
#64 It is not what we prefer, nor 'think' we deserve, shit happens.
#65 Corollary of Maxim #7: Gestalt (shape-configuration, etc) emerges from more than its constitutional parts
#66 Love forms a function of 'feelings'
#67 "Grief is the price we pay for love" ("The R.I.P. Files", 2017)
#68 Evolving of an organism-species depends on the natural selection from environmental context(s)
#69 Semantic transacting depends upon conditional-experiences
#70 Evaluating: Event(s)-Feeling(s)-Thinking
#71 "We create our values through our choices" (Jean-Paul Sartre, 1943)
#72 Democracy emerges from a function of individuals self-determinism in a participation
#73 Sanity entails flexible-adaptability to context(s)
#74 Science is not common sense.
#75 "Whatever can happen will happen" (Augustus De Morgan, 1866; earlier than Edward A. Murphy's Law, 1949)
#76 "There is no closure...life's just alot of loose ends" (Bones, "The Mail In The Mail")
#77 Simplify ("Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem", William of Ockham, 1285-1347)
#78 "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" (Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, 1878)
#79 Truth-and-beauty often seem contingent, but beauty is not a proof of truth.
#80 Words-symbols have multi-ordinality, moreover dependent on the level of abstracting.
#81 No meaning to life, but what we choose.
#82 We learn by doing.
#83 Practice makes perfect.
#84 'Capitalism' feeds off the prostitution of the living works of the dead.
#85 "The negative premise is the peak of mentality" (AK, 1933)
#86 Logical Destiny: Premises have logical consequences.
#87 Prophylaxis: Prevention better than dealing with the consequences.
#88 "We copy animals in our nervous reactions" (AK, 1933)
#89 "We see what we see because we miss all the finer details" (AK, 1933)
#90 " 'Always' and 'Never' are two words you should always remember never to use" (Marjorie Mercer Kendig, 1892-1981)
#91 "Who rules our symbols, rules us" (AK, 1933)
#92 From our fears emerge anger-frustration-cruelty-stupidities, etc.: Fear fear!
#93 Some verbalizers symbol-shift to absurdity.
#94 Living beyond the comfort-zone, is unavoidable, but in extreme cases means non-survival - so values life not.
#95 Live life for the best, but prepare for the worst.
#96 "Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wisely" Francis Quarles (1592-1644)
#97 Spock quote #1:
#98 Spock quote #2:
#99 Mediocrity is revered, genius dismissed (Mediocrity understands not genius)
#101 "Love with 'all' the purity one possesses" ("Where No Man Has Gone Before" (poem), July 31, 1990)
#102 "Never take anything for granted" (Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (Oct 5, 1864)
#103 Achieve self-sufficiency.
#104 "Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises" (Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
#105 "What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens" (Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-81) "Endymion"
#106 "The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything" Edward John Phelps (Jan 24, 1899)
#107 "Repress repression" (Wilhelm Reich , 1897-1957)
#108 Sane-Healthy people are unpredictable; by a similar-different token the unsane remain very predictable.
#109 Unsane people cannot live with uncertainty.
#110 Do not 'calssify', 'categorize', stereotype, etc.
#111 "This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel" (Edward Waller (Aug 16, 1776) to the Countess of Upper Ossory)
#112 "Durate, et voset rebus servate secundis" (Then endure for a while, and live for a happier day!) Virgil (70-19 B.C.) "Aeneid"
#113 Talk the talk, but walk the walk.
#114 People remain equal, free, independent, etc., from birth.
#115 Free speech paramount.
#116 "La propriété c'est le vol" (Property is theft) Pierre-Josepf Prondhon (1809-65) "Qu'est-ce Que La Propriété?"
#117 Help people, but trust them not, they have agendas
#118 Give people the chance to do the right thing
#119 You may feel that you have no choice, but you do.
#120 Try not to take to heart what other people say or-both do.
#121 "Knowledge comes, but wisedom lingers" (Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809-92)
#122 "A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience" (Oliver Wendell Holme, 1841-1935)
#123 "Perfection is such an obsession, deserving greater and greater introspection" (peom title, Feb 7, 1989)
#124 "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body" (Richard Steel (1672-1729) "The Tatler", No. 141.
#125 "Our patience will achieve more than force" (Edmund Burke (1729-97) "Reflections On The Revolution In France".
#126 "A precedent embalms a principle" (Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (Feb 22, 1848) Speech, House of Commons.
#127 Spock quote #3: "Live Long and Prosper" (Theodore Sturgeon (1967) "Amok Time")
#128 "Peace and Long Life" (Jean-Luc Picard, TNG Episodes: "Sarek" (1990), "Unification" (1991))
#129 "We never do anything well till we cease think about the manner of doing it" (Willim Hazlitt (1778-1850) "Sketches And Essays On Prejudice")
#130 "Habit rules the unreflecting herd" (William Wordsworth (1770-1850) "Ecclesiastical Sonnets, Pt. II, XXVII).
#131 Rhetoric, propaganda, etc., is no better than sophistry without undeniable evidence.
#132(a) "The most fluent thinkers or most plausible reasoners are not always the justest thinkers" (Wiliam Hazlitt (1778-1830) "On Prejudice").
#132(b) "Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise" (Francis Bacon (1561-1626) "Of Cunning").
#133"Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause - and onstinacy in a bad one" (Luarence Sterne, 1713-68).
#134 Check your assumptions.
#135 Reasons for Socializing:
(1). Meet their next playmete
(2). Make-renew contacts
(3). Social prestige
(4). Recreational Drugs
v (5). Loneliness-or-something-to-do
(6). Social etiquette
#136 Reasons for Loners:
(1). Prefer discovery in 'thought'
(2). Prefer own company-atmosphere - Loners
(3). Not fond of small talk
(4). People a pain (agendas, want things, create alarm-and-dispondenc, etcy
#137 People that evolve, depending on relationship, one or-both will want to move on.
#138 Some people consider another's self-improvement a treat in a co-relationship.
#139 In seeking companionship, we must remain judicious on what-and-when we reveal our past
#140 "Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy (George Herbert (1593-1633), "The Temple, The Church Porch")
#141 "The most positive men are the most credulous" (Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
#142 (a) "Fere libenter hominess id quod volunt credunt" (Men willingley beleive what they wish) (Julius Caesar, 102/-44 B.C.)
#142(b) "There's none so blind as they that won't see" (Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745)
#143 We do down with our values intact, otherwise not at 'all' (Alt: Let not those who wish us harm, change us and what we believe in)
#144 People give themselves away with what they say or-both do
#145 For a relationship to work, both must treat each other as equals.
#146 Regardless of pleas, if you do not want to do something - don't; you know from the past you will regret it (corollary Maxim #171)
#147 Leon Fastinger's (1950) Proximity Principle: tendency for those to form intimate relations with those close by.
#148 Psychopaths represent a danger to society; we must detect-intervene-restrict-etc., their influence-power.
#149 Make not haste in words(-thoughts), lest we regret them.
#150 "War is the continuation of state policy by other means" (Carl Phillip Gottfried Von Clauswitz (1832).
#151 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion" (Edmund Burke, 1784).
#152 "Those who make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" (Amy Lowell, 1874-1925).
#153 "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves" (William Pitt (The Younger; 1759-1806) Speech, House of Commons (Nov 18, 1783).
#154 We remain responsible for our decision(s)-Action(s).
#155 The victors write the history books.
#156 "Jeder nach seinen Fähigketen, Jedem nach seinen bedürfnissen" (From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs) (Karl Marx (1875) "Criticism Of The Gotha Programme"
#157(a) A relationship built on love-and-passion, forms a strong bond against adversity.
#157(b) A relationship that continues through hardships, will likely not last.
#158 Danger tends to come not from strangers, but people we know-or-speak-to-regularly.
#159 Corollary of Maxim #1: "We change it...then (later) it changes us" (Alice Roberts (Nov 1, 2017) New Theatre Lincoln)
#160 Co-dependent relationships depend on external threats-trauma to survive (corollary Maxim #157(b))
#161 7 Characteristics Of Life