Thursday, March 30, 2017

Drug Induced Creativity

When struggling for any sort of content to post on a blog, one might retreat to books and videos about creativity, and the stunning amount of them that suggest ingesting hallucinogenic or psychoactive properties in order to unlock the deepest recesses of one's creativity. Given, however, that this suggests an apt amount of creativity and talent simply waiting to be untapped, such of which the present author does not have, all the legal or illegal substances in the world would, presently, likely simply reinforce a habitually underwhelming creative functionality.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Owning One's Mistakes

We are told - from an early age - that one must "own up" to one's mistakes, and take ownership of one's deeds and actions. If one were to, however, pursue Buddhist monkhood, then the 5th factor of the Eightfold Path would extol one to only possess that which is necessary to sustain life. As possession or ownership of one's mistakes does nothing to quench thirst, hunger, or need for shelter, one could argue, cynically, simplistically, and smarmily, that taking ownership of one's mistakes is in direct contradiction to the pursuit of the Eightfold Path and the end of suffering, by way of taking possession of that which one does not need. As such, if one were to lead a life in which one were perpetually in denial over one's mistakes and enjoyed an inability to admit to them, one could perhaps argue that they are, in reality, a profound example of non-possession. Or, if nothing else, the president of the United States.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lottery as an Apt Metaphor

It used to be common to see ads in the 80s and 90s for the Powerball lottery that ended with the tagline "You Can't Win If You Don't Play." A cursory examination of this statement reveals that indeed, one can not win the Powerball if one never plays it. Given, however, the monumental odds against winning said lottery, such as that it is many hundreds of millions to one, it would also be apt to say "You Can't Win If You Do Play." One finds that, fittingly, this statement, and the previous statement, both apply to the nature of human existence.