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Wherever I go they prepare for me. I can’t find out the truth

November 14, 2009

Chairman Mao often travelled Chinato find out first hand how things really were. he complaineed however, “Wherever I go they prepare for me. I can’t find out the truth.” Bodyguard Li Yinqiao commented, “On the one hand Mao wanted to discover the truth but on the other hand he could not tolerate anyone who dared to tell the truth.”

Harrison Salisbury, The New Emperors

The human condition is like that: we want truth and authenticity but we aren’t always prepared to face the hard truths about ourselves, others and our condition.

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The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room

October 7, 2009

The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.

…in busyness we have a narcotic to keep us from brooding and to take our mine off these things. That is why we prefer the hunt to the kill. That is why men are so fond of noise and bustle…That is why the pleasures of solitude are considered incomprehensible. We seek repose by battling against difficulties, and once they are overcome, repose becomes unbearable because of the boredom it engenders. We have to get away from it all, and so we then go around begging for new excitement.

Pascal, Pensées

Even babies stop crying when they start to move in a car. I’s as if they can’t stand to be still.