pjf: Well-being = creative education + freedom
Education for Life: self-empowerment; Creative, productive freedom; organic food, farming > biodiversity, ecology


wisdom

wisdom - The product of education, experience, rational thought and empathic feeling.


Themes related to wisdom include education, empathy.



recent wisdom posts

easy steps to freedom

(tags: wisdom, freedom, advertising, alienation)  Thought for the day: Why does nearly everyone on the supermarket look confused, impatient, lost, oblivious to those around them? Why do they look angry when they get in their £23,000, black, 4 wheel drive, aggressive Shopping Trolley? examples: Because they have been taken over by advertising. Walking to the shop, buying what you

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advertising, alienation, exercise, freedom, wisdom,
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Know thyself ... or wound others

Even in the tiny, quiet town of Smogdale, UpNorth County, in the UQ (the Untidy Queendom of Little England), the traffic congestion is getting so bad that Kevin the builder ha s a problem. Despite being a couple of inches short of 7 feet tall, well built and notoriously energetic, he doesn't want to carry his tools 200 yards from his van to his house every day after work. He doesn't want to

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consciousness, fiction, projection, psychology, satire, solar, wisdom,
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Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but don't stop!)

I'm always keen to encourage people to make, mend, improve, create ANYTHING, rather than be a passive consumer.  But the best aspect of having busy hands goes beyond the product - when one's hands are busy, the mind has space to be receptive - and this is when the best insights, ideas, resolutions rise mysteriously to the surface. Making your own clothes, food, whatever reduces alienation,

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creativity, hobbies, hope, psychology, spirit, wisdom,
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A Guide for the Perplexed - corporate matrix v freedom

A work in progress. And as the goal is wholeness, let's hope that the work never completes ... Click on the image for full size Tags: corporations, freedom, matrix, wisdom

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corporations, freedom, hope, matrix, wisdom,
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Paradise Found

Ancient Ivor is giving young Paul a lift in his car. Paul chats continually and is agitated about Ivor driving so slowly. "Where's the radio?" Paul asked. There isn't one. After fifteen minutes, Ivor stops in a lay-by. "I need you to be quiet for five minutes. Empty your mind and look at the world. After each minute, or thereabouts, I'll ask you a question." "Okay Gov. You're the boss.

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consciousness, fiction, miscellany 1, psychology, wisdom,
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slowest lessons to learn

psychology/sociology - from the point of view of a 360 year old non-feeding vampire. What are the slowest lessons to learn? The answer is easy, the details aren't! Patience and wisdom. A 360 year old non-feeding vampire is still on the journey, and probably will never 'arrive' at this desirable destination ... For example, the most annoying and inconsiderate people will believe absolute,

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fiction, hope, psychology, sociology, symbolic, TibestianUndead, wisdom,
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Consciousness - The World in ones Head

Tibestian Book of the Undead, part 5 I think I was about 50 when I first realised that many people's world is almost entirely in their minds. I'd known for decades that people are complicated, very different .. weird. Including yours truly, of course. The first example I recall was when I'd spent many months rebuilding a barn, as well as having a full time job. I finished making the roof

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consciousness, fiction, hope, satire, Social media, TibestianUndead, updated, wisdom,
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The Second Book of Job - poem

The Second Book of Job Darkness Past F is for fear the steps lead down through cobwebs and damp to a tomb underground through memories lost embedded in ice trials and torments from lovers of vice all that destroy you those icons of lethargy feed their projections on unconscious envy all that control you say love is too dear and build domination on unconscious fear

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alchemy, empathy, gardens, hope, humanism, institutional mind, meaningful poems, poems, politics, psychology, sociology, spirit, wisdom,
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musical narrow minds or open?

Music On BBC radio 3 this morning; a discussion about people having to apologise to their peers for liking classical music. In this era of potentially free access to all music, the pigeon holes could even be discarded altogether. Apologising for liking classical music: I recently saw Sting - Live in Berlin ... white man's reggae, with rock guitarist and drummer, an Arabic drummer, female

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BBC, classical music, creativity, music, open minds, radio 3, wisdom,
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Nassim Taleb Anti-Fragile

Finally this tour de force of economist-bashing has been released in paperback. Independant: From the guru of the 'Black Swan' comes a passionate defence of tried and tested values Nassim Taleb Anti Fragility interview Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the Lebanese-born financial trader-turned-academic-turned-philosopher, in 2007 "foresaw" something very like the global blow-up of the coming year

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books, improvisation, Nassim Taleb, philosophy, politics, wisdom,
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Emily Dickinson stood up and lived

I'm pleased to hear that she lived :) Emily Dickinson Three times -- we parted -- Breath -- and I -- Three times -- He would not go -- But strove to stir the lifeless Fan The Waters -- strove to stay. Three Times -- the Billows tossed me up -- Then caught me -- like a Ball -- Then made Blue faces in my face -- And pushed away a sail That crawled Leagues off -- I liked to see -- For thinking --

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Emily Dickinson, meaningful, meaningful poems, poems, spirit, wisdom,
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Usk - T S Eliot

Do not suddenly break the branch, or Hope to find The white hart over the white well. Glance aside, not for lance, do not spell Old enchantments. Let them sleep. 'Gently dip, but not too deep', Lift your eyes Where the roads dip and where the roads rise Seek only there Where the grey light meets the green air The Hermit's chapel, the pilgrim's prayer.(Landscapes) Usk, T S Eliot. You can't

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landscape, patience, poems, T S Eliot, wisdom,
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Vanished Kingdoms - The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

by Norman Davies This book, together with Norman Davies' major work Europe: A History (to follow; 1365 pages!) and The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst are a prelude to my attempt to see where we are now, and why (to follow). This is a fascinating "story" of 15 states, 13 of which most people probably have never heard. But the most condensed wisdom (for me) comes in the introduction and

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books, corporations, democracy, history, matrix, Norman Davies, politics, wisdom,
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