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Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 8- Wrapping Up the Series

I must not fear.  Fear is the mind-killer.  Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.  I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.  Where the fear is gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain.”-  Frank Herbert

 

Did you Defeat all Six Specters of Life?

I know that I haven’t defeated any of the Specters permanently, but I do think that I’ve scared a few of them off for a while.  At the very least, I’ve become more familiar with them, and we tend to be less afraid of what we understand.  I think that the most important thing I’ve More >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 5- The Fear of the Loss of Love

Fortune and love favor the brave.” -Ovid

What is Love

What does that word even mean?  Before we can even begin to tackle this Specter, we have to really define what “Love” means to us in the first place.  The definition I like best is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”  That’s really as complicated as it gets for me.  The more cynical among us might spend more time discussing the chemical processes that give us the feeling of love, but I’m not interested in that right now.  I’m also not interested in the overly emotional and romantic notions about love and how it differs in some little More >

Defeating The Six Specters of Life: Part 3- The Fear of Death

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone’s who’s dead.” -Albert Einstein

Death is Normal, Life is the Anomaly

Let’s take a look at this from a purely objective, time based perspective.  According to the CDC, the average lifespan was 78.5 years, as of 2009.  From what I saw, that was the latest data available, but I wouldn’t imagine that it has changed significantly in three years.  So, lets say that on average, a human being spends 78.5 years living, what does that same human being do for the rest of the time?  He was either not yet More >

The Tao of Water

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” -Bruce Lee

 

You May Have Noticed…

I like to use the word “unstoppable” pretty often.  I’ll be honest with you, I love it.  It’s part of my code.  You do have a code don’t you?  An underlying theme that you live your life by?  If your answer to that question was “no,” well then you’ve come to the right place.  Hell, even if it was More >

Making Bad Coffee is the Path to Limitless Power

Coffee- the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson

A Little Back-story

This post was inspired by an event I had the other morning in the break room at work.  The place I work has an abundance of various consultants who come and go, each with varying levels of responsibility, seniority, and sense of entitlement.  All of these different people report to various entities, and sometimes show up with no recognizable superiors at all.  When that happens, they are generally the type who have no responsibility, some seniority (depending on who you ask) and ridiculous levels of More >

Defeating The Six Specters of Life: Part 2- The Fear of Poverty

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

The Fear!

Lets face it, poverty is freaking scary.  Out of all the Specters, I dare say that poverty is the scariest to me, even scarier than death, hence the need for life insurance, so if one of those bastards (death) gets me, I automatically defeat his scary ass brother (poverty).  Booyah!  I don’t think this would be the case if I didn’t have people who depended on me, but I do, and it is likely that you do too.  That is one of the reasons More >

How Are You Using Your Time?

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence — neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish — it is an imponderably valuable gift.”  -Maya Angelou

 

As you might have noticed, the concept of time is a pretty central part of this blog, so that being the case, it is only natural that we start delving into the interdisciplinary field of Time Use Research.  I did a little snooping around and finally made my way over to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where I found an absolute ton of information on how people use their time.  Some of it actually surprised me, in a good More >

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