TRADITION, EDUCATION, NEW TRENDS IN SCIENCE, AND FINDING A REAL SENSEI

Antique Traditional Books

 

Throught the years I had being a sort of an Iconoclastic, or at least believed myself to be one, there’s this idea that as we grow older we become more conservative in our outlook, and I am not talking politically, as it is mainly understood , since my political views can be seeing by many as too far left, but in the general outlook in life, age bring changes on the understanding of things, and we learn there’s a kernel of truth, on most outlooks, the only thing you got to be faithful, it is to your own realization of what’s true, as you stand right now, regardless of your previous ideas who no longer prove useful for your growth as a better, and more wiser individual.

Iconoclasm is the social belief in the importance of the destruction of icons and other images or monuments, most frequently for religious or political reasons. People who engage in or support iconoclasm are called iconoclasts, a term that has come to be applied figuratively to any individual who challenges “cherished beliefs or venerated institutions on the grounds that they are erroneous or pernicious”.

Iconoclasm

Tradition Weighs a Lot

Anyway as we live we learn, the weight of Tradition counts, and it counts a lot, where knowledge it’s first, and weights like a block of lead, that sinks deep.

A tradition is a belief,  behavior, or Knowledge passed down within a group or society with practical, and symbolic meaning of special significance with origins in the past.

Now when it comes to knowledge it acquire an almost indisputable meaning corroborated by experience, and the practices that go along with it, in order to transmit it to future generations through institutions of learning like Colleges, and Universities, and other centers of learning, practical, artistic, or whatever it is taught there.

The scholarly method or scholarship is the body of principles and practices used by scholars to make their claims about the world as valid and trustworthy as possible, and to make them known to the scholarly public. It is the methods that systemically advance the teaching, research, and practice of a given scholarly or academic field of study through rigorous inquiry. Scholarship is noted by its significance to its particular profession, and is creative, can be documented, can be replicated or elaborated, and can be and is peer-reviewed through various methods.

Scholar At Work

My Take, Freedom To be Wrong?

Now, it always surprise me how people who lack proper education, specially now day, dismiss this knowledge like someone’s opinion, and go on arguing things that had been in the past set by Scientist, and Scholars as fallacy, useless, worthless, of little value, or just a waste of time, and how by our belief in Democracy we grant everybody to have an opinion, regardless how wrong they are, and not only that, it baffles me, how more than few people really go on in life, with their wrong assumptions, like if it’s   trifle to remain wrong, and ignorant, about issues that science, and scholars had settled down years ago!

And its when I use a phrase, unfortunately too many times: ‘Yes, you have the freedom to express an opinion and be wrong about it, but being wrong it’s nevertheless wrong!’

And frequently tell people, please; I do not want to hear your argument anymore, go study, and find out by yourself, its out there you can read it easily, just go and ask google, your opinion means nothing, knowledge it’s not a democracy, it’s a meritocracy, and that’s why when you go to school your opinion it’s worthless when you in a test,  give the improper answers to the questions, and the teacher marks them as wrong, and you fail your test, If you want to make the grade you got to study harder, end of the story.

Fails-Examination

Contemporary Outlook

Now, in previous post I had made emphasis in how despite our great Scholar tradition in the West, we keep confusing our democratic political ways, with the right to express the most disparate opinions, beliefs, and ideas we may harbor, with total impunity.

Now I will be the first to say Science, doesn’t have all the answers, or at least not yet, but what they discover to be false, rarely they are wrong, and whatever the issue it’s put to rest, and believe lot of scientist dismiss too easily our subjective Self, forgetting our solpsistic subjective nature.

Solipsism(/ˈsɒlɪpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning ‘alone’, andipse, meaning ‘self’) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.

Original Self

Today some Scientist seems to be entering the field of Science Fiction, with concepts like Multiverses, Singularities, Simulation theory, Hologram Universe, a Matrix sort of scenarios, Retroactive Precognition,  etc. Some scientist skeptics are denying the whole thing, or just being  dubious, since they adhere to what you can explain, and prove by testing, and consider those matters more speculative than real, sort of mind games.

One way or another one we have come a long way, it seem the future promise a lot, however most semiconductor industry forecasters, including Gordon Moore, expect Moore’s law will end by around 2025. In April 2005, Gordon Moore stated in an interview that the projection cannot be sustained indefinitely: “It can‘t continue forever. So will see.

Brain Like Computer Technology

My Sensei

Coming back  to my point about knowledge, either you have it, or you don’t, and our Western way of doing things gets on the way many times from acquiring Real, and proper knowledge.

When you do not have knowledge all you got are vague ideas, opinions, and a tendency to idealize, or believe things should be this way, rather as they are, and that in Buddhism, and other Asian ways, are called Maya, or illusion.

I got to confess that for about five years, of my practice of twelve years, with my Sensei, also a Soto Zen priest, I didn’t liked the guy, I mean,  even from the first day, I found him overbearing, autocratic, despotic, and learning under him was a ruthless, demanding task, his only rule was you would do my way, or the highway!

Now you may wonder how come I went with him, instead of someone else?

Sensei in seiza

Well, for years I wanted to practice under a qualified, and knowledgeable Sensei, and looked for a Dojo all over Los Angeles, as soon as I set there over 32 years ago, his Dojo, was the first that by chance I checked out, and left thinking to myself, this is not what I am looking for, in my total ignorance I disliked Sensei, that by misjudging him,  thought as a petty tyrant, even if the Dojo impressed me a lot, by it’s artistic beauty, pulchritude, and discipline, and through the years now, still feel it was a special privilege to be there, and studying with him. And I am sure a lot of my Senpai and Kohai, feel the same way.

Well I checked for the next two weeks many other Dojos, and by chance, and circumstance, Sensei Dojo was the more suitable to my needs, on the way from work, to home, the class schedule was also ideal, classes hours were daily during the evenings, and if you had mornings free, there were also classes early on the morning of every day, and I could come and practice if I wanted for 21 classes on a week, or close to 90 on a month, for the same monthly fee, even if it was a little more expensive than the other Dojos, missing a day wasn’t a big deal, since you could catch up right the next day, unlike many who offered you only 3 classes a week, you miss a class, and well you only get two.

I regret to say I wasn’t one of those who took advantage of such a deal, being happy with practicing six, or seven classes a week at most, sometimes, more, or less, depending if I stayed for second class.

Sensei and Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Now, my late Sensei was old school, an Ushi-deshi of the late Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and he taught us the traditional method passed into him, by his instructors at Hombu Dojo in Japan, many of them World renown Sensei, like Seigo Yamagushi, and many others.

At his Dojo we did Shugyo, that means “determined training that fosters enlightenment”. Its purpose is to “tighten the slack”, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. Dojo is a place where the Do, or “the Way”, is practiced.

At our Dojo, you did not talk, if not addressed by him to do so, you did not ask questions, and you followed his instructions, like if your whole life depended on it, you did not talk to your classmates during class, or even warming up, if it was not strictly necessary, and he was the most demanding of teachers, when it come to the practice, he would not take, or accept an excuse, period.

He ruled the Dojo with an iron fist!

He had at the entrance of our Dojo a sign in Japanese that said: ‘Watch your step’ and we learnt the meaning of those words the hard way.

Well it took me years to appreciate, what he had to offer, and gave to me, why?

Because simply put, I didn’t knew better, my Western education, didn’t prepared me to understand him, I evaluated him accordingly to my preconceived ideas, and didn’t knew the first thing of anything, he was trying to teach us, so earnestly he was dedicated, for us to learn what he knew.

Basically that good things can come to us by our own effort,  at a great cost, maybe painfully, and with hardship, but  ending in losing the fear of not being adequate to the task, giving our utmost effort, without holding back.

Sensei sword

Did I learnt anything? You bet!

And a lot more than good technique, but proper Etiquette, proper behavior, mind alertness, beginner’s mind ( a mind always ready to learn), proper attitude, endurance, perseverance, patience, discipline, courage, and many great teachings, and deep Spiritual values that a good Sensei teach to his disciples. Despite his human shortcomings, as we all have, he dedicated his life to give us the great gift of learning the Wonderful Art that was passed to him, in the Traditional Way he was taught, and even more, giving us his experience, and wisdom, acquired by training as a Soto Zen priest.

Thank you Sensei, I apologize for my lack of talent, and my laziness, and my initial misunderstanding of what you were trying to teach us, indeed, you gave us a precious gift, that I should treasure for life.

Os Sensei!

With Sensei at the New Otani

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59 Responses to TRADITION, EDUCATION, NEW TRENDS IN SCIENCE, AND FINDING A REAL SENSEI

  1. A very interesting read – as always.

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

      • Thank you for your Like of a post on mysticexperiences.net. I read some of your web page too and titles of past content. I amIntrigued that you give so much emphasis to human matters not spiritual matters. I have never found the human condition worth studying spiritually, rather a contraindication actually.

        Best wishes.

      • theburningheart says:

        There’s a expression I learnt from one of my Spiritual teachers: Your head, and eyes turning up towards Heaven, but keep your feet safely anchored in the ground.

        Besides as a Mystic you should know, where you can turn your sight and do not find Him?

        Spirit is everywhere! 🙂

      • I agree. I’ve put it differently in a post I haven’t published yet:

        ANSWERING YOUR CALLING:

        Serve humanity by being legal, decent and honest, nothing more. This starts to simplify life, to focus it.

        2. Carry out worldly duties and responsibilities (ie. as a parent, relative, neighbour, colleague, citizen) for as long as you can. (These attachments might never completely disappear at first but will assume their proper spiritual perspective eventually).

        3. “Let go” of everything else, even #2 above when the time comes.

        4. A tip: If you can describe yourself at the end of your life you’ve not achieved anything relevant; so simplify now so that which is answering your Calling/Seeking finds space in the real you. Shed the unnessary elements of your life as you’re taken to your deepest, truest self, where everything falls into place effortlessly – axiomatically, automatically.

        ANSWERING YOUR CALLING:

        Serve humanity by being legal, decent and honest, nothing more. This starts to simplify life, to focus it.

        2. Carry out worldly duties and responsibilities (ie. as a parent, relative, neighbour, colleague, citizen) for as long as you can. (These attachments might never completely disappear at first but will assume their proper spiritual perspective eventually).

        3. “Let go” of everything else, even #2 above when the time comes.

        4. A tip: If you can describe yourself at the end of your life you’ve not achieved anything relevant; so simplify now so that that which is answering your Calling/Seeking finds space in the real you. Shed the unnessary elements of your life as you’re taken to your deepest, truest self, where everything falls into place effortlessly – axiomatically, automatically.

        And yes to your saying that spirit is everywhere. I call it Ultimate Reality from my experience. It is All and we are that.

        Keith.

      • theburningheart says:

        Amen. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful tribute.
    Greetings.
    K&M

  3. Ben Naga says:

    There are lessons here.

    • theburningheart says:

      I am glad you think so, thank you for your comment. 🙂

      • Ben Naga says:

        I have a rather equivocal view of science, and definitely of scientists (cf.https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/peeling-potatoes-quantum-song/) which is perhaps unavoidable for a nonmaterialist. Western “solipsism” hardly leaves room (or understanding) for the Buddhist/Taoist/Sufi experience so I hesitate to describe mice elf so. They may of course wish to disagree. 😀

      • theburningheart says:

        Well, the fact our nature it’s solipsistic, or that we are ultimately subjective, does not detract from the fact we live in a World populated by myriad of things that affect us, by the laws of Nature, and Physics it’s a long time ago I read the anecdote I believe, that some other philosopher threw a rock into Zeno’s head, who proclaimed movement didn’t exist, and hitting him, said to him: “So movement doesn’t exist uh?”

        According to Simplicius, Diogenes the Cynic said nothing upon hearing Zeno’s arguments, but stood up and walked, in order to demonstrate the falsity of Zeno’s conclusions (see solvitur ambulando).

        In other words, our subjectivity doesn’t means we are not subject to the laws of physics, as given by our physical nature.

        But also you cannot escape the fact that your feelings, perceptions, thoughts, ideas, are yours alone, and nobody can be previous about them if you do not express them, but even so, if you do, they may not be shared, understood, or accepted.

        Also you may live with a numerous family, and still feel all alone, and into yourself.

        Thanks. 🙂

      • Ben Naga says:

        Within a dream pain still appears as painful does it not?

      • theburningheart says:

        You might do that on a dream, but it’s not important.
        What’s it’s important is that in sleep, your spirit is unbound and you touch the subtle realms beyond waking reality. This is the place where the highest part of your consciousness, your Higher Self, can communicate directly to you. The language of this communication is the language of symbol and metaphor. 🙂

      • Ben Naga says:

        Until all of this “yours” drops away,Then the task is to not fall back into it. 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        Well, It’s necessary to die to the ego in order to be born in the Spirit, it’s common wisdom, although, almost never practiced, I am afraid.
        But a little bit of suffering, and dying, it may take you a long way. 🙂

      • Ben Naga says:

        That’s what time is for isn’t it?

      • theburningheart says:

        Well, yes, but not really..!

        Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
        Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink
        The years go by, as quickly as you wink
        Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think …

        And in a more serious vein, when asked how long life was on Earth:

        “On the Day when He will call you, and you will … to them) as if they had not tarried (on earth) longer than an hour of a day: they … They will say: ‘We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account. … As in the verse, man is even incapable of knowing how long he stayed in his sleep.” 🙂

  4. I bet you learnt a lot, and it shows. It shows in every single article you write.
    I couldn’t agree more: it is very tiring to read over and over the assumptions which are based on nothing, these mainstream assumptions about health, wealth and happiness.
    It is so that our personal world exists within the perception we have developed and it is based on our personal experience, as well as to our openness to learning.
    This includes the ability to state: I am wrong. I was wrong.
    Most people are unable to admit that they were wrong or they were making others believe their wrong theories, that’s how North America has become the biggest experiment on humans ever: every new theory, would that be eat only carbs and no fats, or add protein to everything or exercise all day long or move onto a few vegetables only, tries to convince that this is the only way to live. We can read how safe every new health product is and how Monsanto roundup never caused any cancer, we can read everything, and I dare to say we can find anything on the internet. However, that does not make everything proven true or being true or reliable.
    I am very much on the same page with you. I never thought about representing iconoclasm or that I am doing that. I think some people are naturally interested in testing all principles and theories. I like challenging any statement until I can either agree with it or refuse to admit it is true. I like people who are challenging the mainstream assumptions.
    Well, there is no true freedom, I’d say we put our own limitations on ourselves, plus, if we exist in some society or community that obligates us to follow the general “human code of conduct”. It is good to be on the right side, and it is necessary somebody challenges that because it takes no-time for something to switch sides and become the opposite of this assumption.
    It is interesting how you have devoted a big part to such a serious thing. Well, it paid off. I think personality that looks forward and ability to learn and absorb new knowledge are so essential. I love reading these posts. They are science on its own. We all have a reason to live on our own terms, it is great when such living is based on knowledge, understanding and bright mind.

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you Inese, I guess we all have a life, and a choice, due to circumstance, always limited by factors external to us, like place of birth, sex, background, rich , or poor, educated properly, or lacking education, etc.But of what to do with what we have?

      it is all up to ourselves, and we should all strive to be better, and not complacent to indulge in what we call indifference, or mediocrity, an easy thing to fall into when we live:

      The unexamined life is not worth living, is the famous dictum uttered by Socrates at his trial for impiety, and corrupting youth, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death, as described in Plato’s Apology.

      We all have to be in charge of our life, and it is our choice to do our best to grow, and be better in all kind of spheres, and dimensions, inner, and outer, ultimately achieving Wisdom, Love, and Peace should be our goals, rather than wasting your life in pursuing vanity, money, or fame, as it’s common now day.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Inese. 🙂

    • I also enjoyed reading your comment!!

  5. aphrodite smiles says:

    Very interesting read, yes… You always enlighten me. Thank you. -.-

  6. Old Guy says:

    You seem to want to limit freedom to express pwrong ideas and beliefs and repeal the right for any one to freely express their ideas. Sounds like you would require permission if the state for permission to speak.
    I find that dangerous. Extremely dangerous. And wrong. But you have the freedom to express your wrong ideas and beliefs. Express away.

    • theburningheart says:

      Not so, I am all for freedom of speech, however tired of listening to too much nonsense, and would wish for people to inform themselves better before wanting to shove their opinions down our tired ears.

      I realize it’s not possible to stop people from saying nonsense, but rest assured I will not try to advocate a law to restrict freedom of speech.

      Thank you Old guy. 🙂

  7. foodinbooks says:

    I sometimes think the modern mentality toward social media and constantly asking for validation of our lives is a type of solipsism since it forever points the focus back to self. It’s the ultimate form of egomania. And I say this as someone who blogs about food and utilizes social media to further my audience. I suppose it can be seen as flip sides of the same coin – self-expression and free speech and egotism and solipsism and needing validation. That’s taking solipsism to an extreme, yes, but living in the time that we do, and being bombarded daily by individuals on social media who seem to live solely within their own egotistical minds and have no regard for any other viewpoint, I can’t help but think this. I do love your posts, by the way. You always stretch my brain and make me think about issues and concepts I don’t normally ponder. So thank you.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, you are right, however it’s a solipsism that help us to be creative, and exercise our skills to communicate, and share, I guess that depends on the attitude of why things are done, we do crave validation, flattery?

      Or we really want to share our experience, or learn something about ourselves in the process, I confess than when I started to blog years ago, mainly did it out of idealism, to serve as a bridge, in order to help those who may benefit of reading whatever I have to say, in the process, discovered that it helped me, with my writer skills, and clear my ideas bringing them into focus, so when someone reads me they can understand them, not an easy thing to do sometimes
      .
      So in trying to help, we are getting back a benefit as well, like meeting marvelous fellow bloggers. learning about them, and what they have to teach us, and share with us, like as for example, you.

      Thank you for your great comment. 🙂

  8. Wow, it must have been incredibly difficult for you to break down your own way of thinking to learn how to look at the world through the eyes of your sensei.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, it took me years, but what did it, was that I started to see it was a great way of teaching, once I started to gain the insight, and the benefits of the practice, then, and only then, realized how wrong I was, and how much I was indebted to Sensei’s teaching method.

      And how difficult it is, to assimilate a culture it’s not your own, sort like thinking, and dreaming on a foreign language you are learning, and not only that, but with great extraneous physical effort, like doing it meanwhile you run a Marathon, and never giving up, it doesn’t matter how exhausted you were, and then like a second wind, having an Enlightenment during the process! 🙂

  9. natuurfreak says:

    Een heel nttige en interessante post.

  10. Lwbut says:

    There is undoubtedly many great benefits to learning from a Sensei/Master/Mentor/Magi/Wise Man/Sage and they come at great ‘personal’ cost – giving up many cherished personal ‘values’, things the ego is not wont to give away.

    I believe we all have the Ultimate Sensei residing within, however obeying Him perfectly is a very difficult task requiring many disciplines that we generally do not have available readily to ‘hand’, but have to learn over time. Many times perhaps 🙂

    Following one who has already learned this for themselves would be of considerable advantage i suspect.

    In order to find one’s Self it is first necessary to lose (surrender) one’s self.
    In order to get to where you are ultimately going it is necessary to know where you first came from.

    There is a considerable amount of this world that seems right to us, seems to make perfect sense, and yet we are missing/not correctly considering a great deal more in each matter – things as yet unseen or unknown to our self – at any given point in time (and space).

    The fools are the ones who are sure they have finally got it all figured out and there is no other correct way of seeing the truth of a matter. The truly wise are the ones who know that, in All probability, they have not yet got it fully quite right. 🙂

    Many thanks for your post – and guidances.

    God is within you. ❤

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, you are right, I had a great deal of important teachers through my life, persons with a lot of important knowledge, books, people who posed problems to surmount for me, difficult times, and situations, work environments, all kinds of tasks that needed to be done, etc.

      I f you pay attention, almost at any moment there’s a chance to learn something new, even seating and doing nothing, but ready to receive whatever the moment would bring, with no expectations.

      Knowledge it’s infinite, or almost, specially now when information it’s at the tip from our fingers.

      And every breath, every heart beat, there’s great wisdom, and benefit from it.

      Thank you for your comment, we appreciate it. 🙂

  11. RMW says:

    In the words of the Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need.” Sounds that way with your Sensei. Good for you for staying with him even when it was hard going.

    • theburningheart says:

      Life it’s that way I guess, we find what we need, not necessarily what we idealize, what we want, are constructs, in other words fantasies, from our imagination, what we need come to us naturally, and most of the time we can’t avoid it.

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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  13. I am convinced that through your teacher and perseverance and patience you achieved wisdom!
    During this ongoing summer I am reading the American Pastoral by Philip Roth which shows me the fine line which sometimes existe between true and false- at least, if I understand well-. He writes about a generation of Jews that arrived to the USA around the second world war. They worked hard, were efficient, modest but very successful businessmen and gave work to many people. The generation, which grew up in the sixties, however, accused them of abusing the black people, while enjoying life in America, while the young people were sent to Vietnam! I think there is truth in both sides and less greed and less bomb explosion would have been better for everybody!!
    Thank you very much for your post full of truth! Best regards Martina

    • theburningheart says:

      “To become a warrior or true martial artist we need a strong sense of commitment, loyalty, patience, duty, honor, respect and the willingness to go through anything for our training. For everything we do, there is no reward or incentive. Everything we do must be on our own power and will. We must become totally independent, but as strong individuals who work well with others yet able to maintain a strong sense of honor and self so that we will do no wrong despite the temptation. A warrior never makes excuses for anything, their honor comes before personal profit and wealth and comfort. A samurai lives a life of poverty without any recognition. This is what makes a warrior so special and wonderful.”

      The best way to describe Reverend Kensho Furuya was that he was an old-world samurai who was born too late. Furuya Sensei’s old samurai sentiment was, at times, too impractical and unrealistic for this modern day and age. He believed that a samurai life should be one of loyalty, duty, filial piety, economy and hard work, while living a simple and stoic lifestyle. The passage above typifies Furuya Sensei as a person, a teacher, a student and as a practitioner of the Way.

      I felt it was long time overdue to pay a tribute to one of my Teachers, yes, I got other great Teachers through my life, he passed away in 2007.

      Philip Roth, I read his book Portnoy’s Complaint, many years ago I was not even twenty years old.

      Thank you Martina for your nice comment! 🙂

  14. J.D. Riso says:

    My, your sensei looks intimidating. I had to laugh at the “petty tyrant” comment. A Castaneda reference? 😉
    “The only thing you got to be faithful, it is to your own realization of what’s true, as you stand right now, regardless of your previous ideas who no longer prove useful for your growth as a better, and more wiser individual.” –I live by this.
    Thought-provoking as usual, sir. 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, Castaneda wrote something about it, to be honest, long time forgotten since I read Castaneda on the early seventies, and I was with my Sensei from 1986 to 1998.

      In all honesty it was naive of me, sort like going into the Marines to boot camp, and expect to be treated by your Sargent mayor with love, consideration, and compassion.🙄😒
      Well I got it coming! 🙂

      Now of course as we like to say insight it’s 20/20 but the lessons learned where very valuable, and time long tested, by life after, now I realize the business of teaching it’s not an easy one, neither to the pupil, or disciple, neither to the teacher, specially in Martial Arts, and Zen practice. And despite the toughness aspect, there’s Love, and Mercy in wrath like in the columns of the Temple of Wisdom Boaz, and Jachin.

      Its purpose is to “tighten the slack”, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.

      Thank you Julie for your great comment. 🙂

  15. jmsabbagh says:

    Lack of Intelligence is the greatest Poverty. Jalal M. Sabbagh

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  17. Hi theburningheart. I have always observed life and been weary of the human race! Thank you for calling by and liking”Mingled! So Easy To Hurt! and Devouring!” Best Wishes.#TheFoureyedPoet.

  18. B. says:

    Love this topic… as an italian author said once, we are born to lit up fires and we grow old becoming fire fighters… I’ve never been a true iconoclast myself, but I do see that the bigger the lack of education, the bigger the disrespect towards tradition, despite to age…

    • theburningheart says:

      B. Thank you for your comment, a wise author, no doubt, children like to play with fire, as adults we know the consequences!

      Please know your comment it’s valued, and appreciated it. 🙂

  19. Dorianna says:

    Thank you for the many visits and likes to my blog. I have read thru some of your works. I commend you on the depth and intensive study you give each one. That being said I find it hard to wrap my short attention span around most of them..I start to grasp something and get interested and off you go into another aspect and I get lost or frankly bored, not because the material is not well written or accurate but generally it is subject that no longer interests. Perhaps if you wrote shorter articles focused on one aspect at a time I would stay with it more but that would not be fair to your readers that get into the depth of material you present.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, I know, I am a boring guy, with a weird taste for obscure things, most people avoid like the plague!
      Well first thank you for reading me, as for you getting bored by some of my writing, well, there’s little I could do about it, some people have preferences for some issues, some many others may not care about it, you have to see what I enjoy reading!🤔🤨🙄😀

      In matters of taste there’s no argument, the old Romans used to say, you candidly admit to having a short attention span, at least that’s honest from your part, but I am afraid I will be dishonest on my side, if I will try to cater to people by lowering my standards, like choosing what I am going to write, specifically just to please a large audience of readers, that has never being my goal.

      As for starting along a way, and ending with the Daimon of inspiration taking you somewhere else, few writers who write by inspiration have control about that.
      I am afraid that writing, and what you write about it’s not a matter of choosing, but of character, and what your character type impulse you to write about it.

      I will be the first to admit some of the stuff I write about may be difficult, or boring, not just to some people, but to many, but I have no control whatsoever, if they find the subject not their cup of tea.

      Reading a blog it’s like picking a book, you choose what you care to read, or want to learn about it, even if you may find it challenging, you may benefit from it. if you are not interested, well you can always put it back on the shelf.

      Fortunately, the one I care to please most when I write, is myself, and being in a blog, it’s free of charge, to anyone else who may care to read it.

      Thank you again Dorianna, for going to the trouble of writing me. 🙂

      • Dorianna says:

        I am so sorry, I realized after I said boring that was not the word to use for you would misunderstand. It is like when you are at school and you get lost, you lose interest…does not necessarily mean that the material does not hold some interest, or as I said in my comment, it goes off and becomes difficult for me to follow. There are things I read in bits but there is so much depth that I tend to get waysided since most is material that is not in my frame of reference. Please do not take one word out of context and misinterpret my intention.

        Yes, you are correct, we all have differing interests and I totally agree with you that the person you need to write for is yourself first. I was merely attempting to express why I did not comment more on your material as you are so generous to visit my blog and gift me with so many likes. I deeply regret the word boring, but once it was posted I could find no way to alter it.

      • theburningheart says:

        Do not worry Dorianna, I teach a little bit, and thanks God, not for a living but for the pleasure I derive from it, and my class it’s optional, and few students choose to attend my lectures, but the few who do, we are all possessed of a special interest towards the subjects, but I will be the first to admit most students do not show for a second class, so I am very aware, certain subjects, specially the ones I favor, are not for everyone, if you go through my blog, well some people comment, it’s mind boggling, or mind blowing, whatever!

        But I mentioned to you we as humans are divided into different psychological types of characters like the 16 Myers-Briggs types, and we respond to specific push buttons, and we are who we are, and like what we like, and do what we do guided under compulsions that go beyond our nature to change at will.

        Knowing, and understanding your psychological character, you are already nearer to the goal set by the oracle at Delphos “know thyself ” is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek writer Pausanias.

        So, what you said it’s nothing but old news to me, and I do not take it personally, either you enjoy certain subjects, and are like the candle moth attracted by the mystery of the fire, or you are not, and it has no fascination to you, as simple as that.

        No harm done, or bruised egos.

        Thank you for your concern, Dorianna.

        By the way your name Descendant of Dorus, a gift. 🙂

      • Ben Naga says:

        “Eh? is for questioning.
        Be! is for accumulating experience.
        See! is for understanding.”

        – Ben Naga (https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/alphabet-book/)

  20. theburningheart says:

    😀👍

  21. sherazade says:

    Chapeau!

    Shera 🌷

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