Forbearance
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5d ago
Virtue always seems to exist in only the most difficult things to do. Anything easy to do is very seldom accepted as virtuous much like anything good to eat is automatically classified unhealthy. It automatically raises the question whether it is difficult because it is virtuous or is it considered virtuous only because it is difficult.Akazhvaarai thaangum nilam pola thannai igazhvaarai ..read more
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Joy and Desire
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2w ago
You know, these philosophers must be nuts. I mean, all of us understand that what we call joy is the satisfaction of our desires. But what these chaps say is that the absence of desire is the primary prerequisite for joy. What rubbish.Well, Tiru belongs in the same bandwagon. Here he goesInbam idaiyaraa theendum avaavennum thunbatthul thunbam kedin - Tirukkural.You will perpetually be joyous if ..read more
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All mine?
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1M ago
There was this interesting thing that I read in the science fiction novels by Larry Niven. He writes of a galaxy of multiple species, including humans, interacting with each other. One of those species finds English funny - specifically the word 'My' - for a reason that seemed rather interesting to me.The strange thing about English, in the view of that species, was the use of the word 'My'. And ..read more
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Above the gods?
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1M ago
Here we are, fighting like crabs to be considered above the next guy - whether by climbing up or by pulling the other guy down (easier to do the latter, no?) - and here is this chap who talks in terms of aiming to be above the gods. (Yeah, yeah, the demi-gods of Hinduism, not Yahweh or such). Talk about overweening ambition!Yes, it is our man Tiru and here is what he has to sayYaan Yenadhu ennum ..read more
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Killjoy
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1M ago
We hunt for happiness all over the world when the wise say that it lies within you. Maybe it does but what is also true is that we carry a lot of things that can effectively poison whatever happiness we do find within ourselves...thereby proving that we are our own worst enemies.And Tiru says that the worst of the enemies we carry within ourselves is anger.Nagaiyum Uvagaiyum kollum sinatthin ..read more
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Needless Coiffure?
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1M ago
Having been practically brought up on the philosophy that 'It is more important to be seen to be busy than to be busy' and having been told that you 'don't sell the steak, you sell the sizzle', it is sort of odd to be told that what is important IS the steak...or to actually BE busy...after all!But, then, Tiru did belong to a different millenium, so it is natural that he held such old-fashioned ..read more
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Abandoning hope?
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1M ago
Talk to anyone who is spiritual and he'll preach the virtue of being free from desires. The strange thing, though, is that there IS a type of person who has stopped chasing his desires...and he is considered far from virtuous.In fact, our man Tiru goes so far as to say that such a man has stopped trying to be virtuous as much as he has stopped chasing his desires.Aran Aakkam vendaathaan Enpaan ..read more
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Money is everything?
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2M ago
I have had occasion to mention that the fact that we humans have this innate ability to swear to the truth of two diametrically opposite views...at the SAME time. And not even be conscious of being self-contradictory. Yet, you know, when it comes to money, we wish to do the same and...surprise, surprise...we find that we become all too aware of the fact that the views are contradictory. Money IS ..read more
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Advice
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2M ago
You know, the one thing that I have found with people is that they all love GIVING advice. Very few actually like receiving advice, especially when they do not ask for it. AND, more often than not, someone who asks for advice is asking you to justify why what he intends doing/has done is right. They may not say it in so many words but, apparently, a lot of people believe in... "I always pass on ..read more
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Identity and identifiers
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2M ago
I am nitpicking? There is no difference between identity and identifiers? YOU are the reason why people think that an attractive label is enough to sell a product. After all, if the identifier - the label - is good, you will assume that the identity - the product - is also good.Ah, so YOU are not that sort of person? Too clued in to be taken in by labels? Good for you. Ever had a nickname at ..read more
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