Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Sunday, 2024.04.21
To be martial requires discipline, courage, and perseverance. It has nothing to
do with killing. People fail to look beyond this one narrow aspect of being a
warrior and so overlook all the other excellent qualities that can be gained
from training. A warrior is not a cruel murderer. A warrior is a protector of
ideals, principle, and honor. A warrior is noble and heroic.

A warrior will have many opponents in a lifetime, but the ultimate opponent is
the warrior's own self. Within a fighter's personality are a wide array of
demons to be conquered: fear, laziness, ignorance, selfishness, egotism, and so
many more. To talk of overpowering other people is inconsequential. To actually
overcome one's own defects is the true nature of victory. That is why so many
religions depict warriors in their iconography. These images are not symbols for
dominating others. Rather, they are symbols of the ferocity and determination
that we need to overcome the demons within ourselves.

		Deng Ming-Dao, "365 Tao - Daily Meditations", #189

2005.04.22

A Great Light has Gone Out

Janet
Janet Laurel 1953-2005

Companion, confidant, best of friends, beloved wife, and soul partner. Godspeed, my love. Peace be the journey. I miss you.

“There is no cure for birth and death other than to enjoy the interval.”

George Santayana

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'”

Erma Bombeck 1927-1996 American author, columnist

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life, and that is love.”

Sophocles


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