Quintus Curtius said:I want to produce, to generate, to create. It's just a personality-driven thing.
But think about this: even if Langan's great ability does not "produce" anything, perhaps that very lack of production is a thing of beauty in itself.
Neo said:He seems like an interesting man. I hope that the theory that he is working on comes to fruition and helps humanity in some way.
After a certain age you quickly realize that superficial or material achievements do not lead to happiness.
That's why if you study the lives of very wealthy and successful men they tend to focus on philanthropy and altruism later in life. They may have been cutthroat to accumulate their wealth, but eventually it goes back to where it came from. Is this some type of universal law? I'm not sure.
I'm of the belief that we really never own anything anyway. We're just leasing everything we have, and eventually it goes back to nature where it came from.
We're on a travel and game forum, but if I'm honest with myself has bedding women brought me profound peace and satisfaction? I must say it has not. But you know a few recent things that have brought me happiness and contentment?
Giving to the victims of the LV shooting.
Standing next to an elderly woman in the line of the supermarket who just wanted a listening ear. Out of the blue she told me she had recently come up with some good jokes and asked if I was interested in hearing some of them. Of course I was. They weren't bad (I'm a harsh critic) so I told her about a local place that has open mic night and that she should sign up. She smiled and was thrilled, and said that her own kids and grandchildren haven't given her a word of encouragement in several years.
All this isn't to say one should be passive. There are many things in this world to fight for. I'm still motivated to achieve goals and complete projects, but the focus has shifted from external to internal. In the past I tended to do things because I wanted external admiration, now it's mainly to develop internal qualities.
And if you really look deeply aren't the internal conditions much stronger?
When I look at it in that sense, attempting to develop a theory that unites the mind, the universe, and may give us a glimpse of God seems like a worthwhile endeavor.
I think what's telling is the fact that his life is so confusing to so many people. It shows how deeply entrenched we are in the material and superficial paradigm, and how much spirituality has been lost.
RexImperator said:AB said:I find great peace in stillness, more peace and satisfaction than in any of my life's 'superficial' achievements that might impress others, none of which were really that hard beyond putting in regular work. The quieter I am, the more distractions are lessened, and the less I need to prove myself to the world, so the closer I feel to God.
Eckhart von Hochheim (1260-1328) said:"Be sure of this: absolute stillness for as long as possible is best of all for you."
"Since it is God's nature not to be like anyone, we have to come to the state of being nothing in order to enter into the same nature that He is."
"Above thought is the intellect, which still seeks: it goes about looking, spies out here and there, picks up and drops. But above the intellect that seeks is another intellect which does not seek but stays in its pure, simple being, which is embraced in that light."