We talk about violence and learning to fight, despite the fact that neither of us have been in a fight for at least fifteen years. It’s a bit like listening to LeBron James and Kobe Bryant talk about cricket for two hours.
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“Reacting to our experiences means we make decisions based on what we believe happened yesterday and what we think may happen tomorrow. In contrast, we respond to our experiences when we make choices based on what’s happening right here, right now.”
In the Bhagavad-Gita (chapter 2, verse 47), Krishna says to Arjuna: You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action.
I think we can all agree that it’s good to be more present, more aware, more in the moment. But how do we do that? Being more present is a habit, and every habit needs a trigger, something that acts as a regular reminder for us to stop and breathe and feel the moment.
A nonessentialist approaches every trade-off by asking, “How can I do both?” An essentialist asks the tougher but ultimately more liberating question, “Which problem do I want?”
“If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” — John Waters