Emotional Impact Can Cut Off Options

I have had an epiphany. It concerns a bad decision I didn’t even know I was making. The reason I made this bad decision was because someone else made a decision. Namely, Amazon.com. A couple of years ago I started making coloring books for grown-ups. It was a lot of fun. I wanted to get into the market in the easiest way, so I did what I saw several other authors do, I put the books up initially as Kindle eBooks with download links for PDF files so people could print the images to color at their leisure. Things went great for a couple of months, I got a good mix of reviews, mostly positive, and got several messages from fans who appreciated my work. Good times. I then created a couple of print-on-demand versions using Amazon’s PoD arm, CreateSpace. … Continue reading

Stop the Wheel

I love the message of this video. It reminds me of a distinction that came out loud and clear the last time I re-read “Cosmic Trigger volume 1” by Robert Anton Wilson. It had to do with a personal tragedy Robert went through that taught him the true meaning of the Buddhist idea of stopping the wheel of karma. Robert’s teenage daughter Luna suffered a beating at the hands of a group of other teenagers. On the day of the incident, she was understandably upset. By the next day, she had let it all go and harbored no ill will towards the other kids. Instead, she wished them well and hoped they could get over whatever hurt was causing them to act out. That was when Robert got what the idea of stopping the wheel of karma is all about. Luna … Continue reading

Communication vs Writing

I’ve been thinking about language a lot lately. Language and mind. I read the wonderful book, “I am a Strange Loop” by Douglas Hofstadter recently. I dug his notions so much, I went on a binge on YouTube watching his lectures. The man’s ideas are fascinating. You should check him out. (Especially if you like philosophizing about how our brains and minds work.) One of the things Professor Hofstadter spends a lot of time thinking deeply about is language. What it is. How it works, and what how it works means for us. One of the things he has noticed is that our use of language is not a precise thing. Language doesn’t function in a mechanistic way. It’s not like we think of an idea we want to put across, and all of the words line up perfectly to … Continue reading