The Cause for Complaining vs Effective Action and Accomplishment

What is the real cause people use to complain instead of taking action about anything?

When we dream of abundance, friendship, health, happiness, or romance, we seldom wonder how it affects our best interest or anyone else. When we dream of a specific employer, deadline, diet of the month, specific dollar amount, specific love interest, or specific house, we contradict ourselves frequently and may become stuck with an outcome. There are at least five levels of ‘responsibility’ but if you are stuck in one becomingcomplaining lets you pass the blame elsewhere.

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. – Jim Rohn

‘Drive to the light’ is how racecar drivers operate at over 200mph. Keep your eye on the horizon, the end general enough that filling in the between with specifics is how to get there, not the final goal. Each intermediate goal is a temporary pit stop along the way, a place to fill up ones energy reserve on the accomplishment and set off as soon as possible for the horizon. Once in motion toward the light, a new intermediate goal will appear that takes you closer. Keep all your goals safe, if you share them with anyone; first KNOW they will help energize you on the way or keep them secret. The best rule, share and declare only accomplished goals publically.

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. – Brian Tracy [and in alignment!]

awareness7We succeed and fail based on our ability to create and live by powerful distinctions. If you only grok ‘picture’ but not ‘window’ or ‘door’ your escape from the rooms you find yourself in would be impossible. If you don’t know the difference between mushrooms and toadstools, you will be sick [or worse] often.   We defend our points of view, our distinctions often to our death or others. Principles do not change but distinctions are something you can take on or put down, like a pair of special glasses, to see if what is there is really there or is just your ‘prescription’ altering the view.

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. – Albert Einstein

There are perhaps at least four ‘domains’ of knowing or knowledge. There is all that you know and there is all that you don’t know. Being more accurate, there is all that you know that you know and we tend to live comfortably within those myths and beliefs. There is what you know you don’t know and we are trained to find a doctor or some other expert to solve what we know we don’t know. I hope their knowing what they know is not mostly myth. [Global warming for example] Our direct source of all knowing is an unimaginably large place for what we don’t know that we don’t know. The ability to rummage, dawdle and observe what you don’t know that you don’t know is not taught in any school I attended. The classes are available however. The don’t know that you don’t knowingisworth125know domain does have boundaries however, suggesting some other infinite area holding all of it. I mean the universe is expanding [as claimed since the ‘Big Bang’] to where and what is it expanding?

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. – Isaac Asimov

A short aside about superstition and myth you must consider. Before anything is a myth or superstition, it was revered truth first. Black cats are unlucky is an example. Once this was really true and the myth still has power but they are just cats. Pretend for just a short while daily, that everything you see and ‘buy’ as true, is a myth or superstition that owns you. It will push you out of your comfort zone when you take on some other view or perspective. There is humor and wisdom in the exercise.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller

Until you are willing and able to change what and how you think, nothing in your life will change ‘buy’ your say so. What does is someone else’ say so.

A recent post much shorter by Seth Godin

Personal growth and changing your mind-set is course one!

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Week – #5 Karma, Cause and Effect, Real or Myth

I have found stepping back and looking at some ‘truth’ with the possibility at least of it being a myth offers some freedom to see it newly.  We live on a planet where not that long ago most people knew the planet was flat. You still say the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  I am afraid it does no such thing. The sun does not move at all and you, attached to the planet, spin by it daily.  Living at 6000 feet, able to see two mountain ranges to the west, the experience of being in motion is easier to accept.

What if your money is the tax someone pays you for their total compensation?

What if your money is the tax someone pays you for their total compensation?

Ralph Waldo Emerson penned ‘Compensation’ over 170 years ago. Some refer to this as The GREAT LAW, others say Karma, many say Cause and Effect or the Law of Action and Reaction.  Emerson called it the law of compensation.

I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma, that the energy you put out in the world comes back to meet you. – Chris Pine

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reception of the essay was nearly universally bad from his contemporaries and ever since.  After much review I only see people ‘pricked and stung’ by Emerson’s wit and candor.  Henry David Gray, the chief protagonist of Emerson’s day wrote, “Emerson’s optimism could be nothing but a willful disregarding of the facts of life.”  As his childhood passion to write, his Compensation spends most of the tract on cause and effect.

Elsewhere Emerson wrote ‘Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.’

What if cause and effect is a myth?

bigbangWhen I was an early teen, I heard the following story.  Before time, before the Big Bang, something existed.  There is no knowing for how long because time had not been required yet.  What existed was capable of knowing everything that was knowable and it did.  Imagine a huge ‘something’ similar to a computer filled with every detail, every fact, and every possibility, everything that could ever be known, discovered, thought or imagined. What was missing was any experience of any of it.

Something blew itself up and nothing happened.  No experience, nothing happened, it was just the same.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein

The Big Bang began at the beginning of our time. We are the particles and pieces whose job is to acquire all the experience from all the knowledge that existed since before time.  Perhaps some of us accepted beforehand those parts least likely to happen without some ‘will’ involved.  Naturally, after accepting the challenge, as part of the conditions involved in the play our memory rebooted.

Another way to say it is, after the Big Bang [the First Cause] all that is occurring is effect, effect, effect, effect, effect… What appears as cause and effect is just a snap shot of an event that did not happen out of context with some new purpose but is just the next effect after untold and unknown previous effects all leading back to the First Cause.

Like micro and macroeconomics or like finite and infinite games or Euclidian and non-Euclidian geometries, attempting to apply the same ‘rules’ for behavior, truth, validity or possibility to both sets, cannot work.  Thinking from one set is unlikely to have the same outcome in a completely different set.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

In the case of infinite and finite games, the only rule that is true in both sets is you have to play.

The finite play for life is serious; the infinite play of life is joyous. – James Carse

Our strength grows out of our weakness. Not until we are pricked and stung and sorely compensation3shot at, awakens the indignation which arms itself with secret forces. A great man is always willing to be little. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It seems to me the redundant emphasis of the beginning passages on cause and effect… is for effect! DO NOT STOP no matter how you falter.  My favorite passage is:

There is no penalty to virtue; no penalty to wisdom; they are proper additions of being. In a virtuous action, I properly _am_; in a virtuous act, I add to the world; I plant into deserts conquered from Chaos and Nothing, and see the darkness receding on the limits of the horizon. There can be no excess to love; none to knowledge; none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense. The soul refuses limits, and always affirms an Optimism, never a Pessimism. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you accept the First Cause mission, there are no limits to what is possible!

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

cowardandwinnersRules are not valid because the Senate passed them, or because heroes once played by them, or because God pronounced them through Moses or Muhammad. They are valid only if and when players freely play by them. There are no rules that require us to obey rules. If there were, there would have to be a rule for those rules, and so on. – James Carse

For those who blame or call fortune luck. Luck is just one of God’s many nicknames!