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17 February 2009 @ 09:39 am
Tao of the Day  
Build your life brick upon brick.
Live a life of truth,
And you will look back on a life of truth.
Live a life of fantasy,
And you will look back on delusion.
- Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao #231

Be careful with your face
Be careful with your eyes
Be careful with what you say
You can't retract a single thing you do
Every action is true
- Henry Rollins, See A Grown Man Cry, Now Watch Him Die

Every action is true: we create our world.

Fantasy and escapism don't create our world; they obscure it. Every attempt to escape reality robs us of time and life. When we check out, the day (week, month, year) flies by and later we have only a vague memory of it. When we stay engaged, we might have 3 days in a single 24-hour period and remember it all later.
autonomic_pilotautonomic_pilot on February 17th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed... but with a caveat.

"Balance, in all things."

Sometimes an escape is necessary to detach from a life that threatens to overwhelm. It must not be overindulged, but it must not be forgotten.
Kburgunder on February 17th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Indeed. In all things moderation, including moderation. ;>
autonomic_pilotautonomic_pilot on February 17th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Moderate your moderating of moderation!

You ever use a word so many times it looks weird? No reason.
Kburgunder on February 17th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
p.s. Checking out and having vague memories is just a thing that happens, cause/effect - no value-judgment. It's up to us to decide if that's what we want or not. So that's why there's no caveat, I guess.
autonomic_pilotautonomic_pilot on February 17th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Just happens for many, yes, but there was a time in my life where I would never let myself check out. I realized I had swung the pendulum too far towards the Always Present state that I never checked out and it made me profoundly unhappy...

So part of the point of me giving the caveat was just to remind myself. The other part is just in case there are other like me from back then who might be reading this.

Also I want to avoid doing work.
raven mimura: eyeravenmimura on February 18th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
dude. you just quoted Planescape: Torment in a reply to a philosophical tao discussion.

this rules.

there's some point that i don't have the energy to make right now, regarding fantasy and mindful escapism (what with those being cornerstones to my career/profession/calling/passion/life). and somehow, the mention of Torment gives me a moment of quiet introspective warmth, which would probably support my point in some way. :)

(not that i'm trying to argue against the general points made in the original post. it just struck me as funny, since the exact things being warned about are rather central to my pursuits/life)

one point of interest-- i would say that my enduring exploration of fantasy and the worlds of escapism have greatly increased my enjoyment of the real world, and allowed me much greater depth and breadth in the way that i explore, understand, and delight in it.

"Endure. In enduring, grow strong."

"Women were the reason I became a monk - and, ah, the reason I switched back..."