Something I found today
The Teachings of Don Juan Matus
" One must always choose the path with heart
in order to be at one’s best, perhaps so one can always laugh.
A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting. A man of
knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it; and then he looks and rejoices and laughs; and then he sees and knows. He knows that his life will
be over altogether too soon. A man of knowledge has no honor, no dignity, no family, no name, no country, but only life to be lived, and under these
circumstances his only tie to people is his controlled folly. Thus a man of knowledge endeavors, and sweats, and puffs, and if one looks at him, he is
just like any ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under control. Whether his acts were good or bad, or worked or didn’t, is in no way
part of his concern.
It is the same to be a winner or to be defeated.
You’re too concerned with liking people or with being liked yourself. A man of knowledge likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whoever he wants,
but he uses his controlled folly to be unconcerned about it. This is in opposite to what you are doing now. To like people and be liked by them is far
from all that man can do.
Our lot as men is to learn. And one must go to knowledge as one goes to war; with respect, aware that one is going to war, and with absolute
confidence in oneself. Put your trust in yourself, not in me.
In the life of a man of knowledge, everything is filled to the brim. In order to become a man of knowledge, one must be a warrior, not a whimpering
If you do not think of your death, all your life will be just personal chaos.
People win or suffer defeat, and consequently they became persecutors or victims.
While (someone) thinks that he was a victim, his life is a hell.
That which makes us unhappy is our (“earthly”) desires. "
[edit on 25-8-2009 by pai mei]