As Mark Twain said, if you don’t read the papers, you’re uninformed; if you do read them, you’re misinformed.
I am slowly finding that everything I have been actively taught, is not “quite” true. Everything. Doesn’t matter if it came from my parents, the clergy, a teacher at university or a private seminar. It’s all been biased, misinterpreted, or just downright propaganda.
“Unlearning” this all – has been quite painful.
“The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.”
Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)
New studies in brain plasticity attest to this fact. If the idea is in the brain… it’s hard to get it out. This is true of individuals, and larger cultures and oranisms, like institiutions.
It’s like “Gulliver’s Travels. The big giant is tied down by those little rules and procedures. And the little guy? He just runs around and does what he wants.”
~ Colonel Van Riper from Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink.
I am a writer, filmmaker, web designer, actor and comedian who was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been on a quest to unlearn; to be free of all the rules and procedures that tie one down – that bonsai our spirit.
I got kicked out of clown school 15 years ago, just got my second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and am teaching myself to play the guitar. I speak English, French and Ukrainian, although my parents dispute the latter. I am divorced, but hardly ever think about that and once I even forgot that I was ever married. I am moving to Newfoundland in 4 days have been living in St. John’s Newfoundland for 4 years now. I moved here to be an artist. I’ve wanted to be an artist ever since I was a little kid, but wasn’t “allowed,” always putting the stable jobs first. I lived a charmed life for two years, but am back working full time the past 2 years.
two cats, evil fluffy Lulu who bites, and her adorable son one cat Miou Miou, AKA Monsieur Le Boeuf. This despite the fact that I always thought I was a dog person.
I’m a thinker and a reader and an explorer and a wonderer. I am very inquisitive. I ask a lot of questions and follow a skeptic/scientist philosophy: “One can’t disregard a message simply because one doesn’t like the messenger.”
I laugh big. I love history. I love knowing why things are the way they are, figuring out it ever got this way, and thinking about how we can undo it all, and make it better. I like facts but love experience. I’d love nothing better than to travel the world and meet fascinating, wise people, and to hear their stories and learn.
I have fallen in love with taoism and buddhism and Joseph Campbell and any myths that lead us to find ourselves – that help ourselves be ourselves despite all the opposition.
I just found this quote and think it is pretty groovy.
As the Lord Buddha himself said, “Without melting, beating, weighing and polishing a yellow substance, one should not take it for gold. Likewise, without analysis one should not accept the dharma as valid.”
The truth doesn’t need protection, so it’s time to open up.