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14 years of Livejournalling, and hopefully, more to come.

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:: Back to Basics ::

Nigel passed me a book during my graduation.
The book was titled, "Reflections of the Art of Living - A Joseph Campbell Companion".
When I first read the book six years ago, I did not fully comprehend its contents.
Then a week back, while doing my business, I poured through the insightful pages once again.
I felt I learned something from these verses:


Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.

The meaning of life is
Whatever you ascribe it to be.

Being alive is the meaning.


Participate joyfully
In the sorrows of the world.

We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
But we can choose to live in joy.

When we talk about
Settling the world's problems,
We're barking up the wrong tree.

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.

We are not going to change it.

Our job is to straighten out
Our own lives.


We must be willing to get rid of
The life we've planned, so as to have
The life that is waiting for us.

The old skin has to be shed
Before the new one can come.

If we fix on the old, we get stuck.
When we hang onto any form,
We are in danger of putrefaction.

Hell is life drying up.

The Hoarder,
The one in us that wants to keep,
To hold on, must be killed.

If we are hanging onto th eform now,
We're not going to have the form next.

You can't make an omelet
Without breaking eggs.

Destruction before creation.

Out of perfection
Nothing can be made.

Every process involves
Breaking something up.

The earth must be broken
To bring forth life.

If the seed does not die,
There is no plant.

Bread results
From the death of wheat.

Life lives on lives.

If you are lifeworthy,
You can take it.

What we are really living for
Is the experience of life,
Both the pain and the pleasure.

The world is a match for us.
We are a match for the world.


The funny thing about insight is that
Insight has to be self-derived, and cannot be easily passed on.
Let's hope others can glean insight from these verses as well.

Just started writing entries for my diary, after a five-year hiatus.
Not surprisingly, the entries are more chronological, less cryptic, more personal.
Perhaps then, livejournal is a means for myself to express myself to others
Rather than for my personal pen-downed entries.
If thus, then be
The hazy imagery conveyed in the livejournal.

Will I write less, now with my diary as an outlet?
Only time can tell.
But meanwhile,
Destruction before creation. and
Haziness before clarity.

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i see 2 faces in the pic...is that double vision?

are you suffering from serious astig?

i didnt go for lasik mah :)

A friend gave me the same book, and no, it was not Nigel. I have only watched Joseph Campbell's DVD with Nigel. :)

does this suppose to show your face?

but this does show your face *2 eyeballs come into one*

(sorry...don't read words nowadays...)

Well, perhaps we cannot understand another person's insight because each and everyone's minds are different. Somehow in order to derive an insight is for a person to go through a particular enlightening event and also go through it with his own particular mindset and thoughts at that very moment so it is difficult for another person to perceive and understand what the other person has gone through.

I love you entries as usual and hope to read more about them and yes...creation always springs from destruction because it brings about change...impermanence...law of nature...

Change for good or bad,
Only time will tell.

Whatever choices made,
you made it happen!


Life is so interesting right?
I like destruction before creation.. But I still can't see how can it be applied to aspect of living.. Shi fu, pls enlighten!



Me Shi Fu? No way man! This is just my take on things; would appreciate if someone can tell me otherwise and share their take as well, for mutual learning.

Destruction before creation.
Destruction usually signifies an end of something. It could be the end of a relationship, a partnership, or the end of a journey; a chapter of one's life. Usually, we're all reluctant to see the end of something. We're reluctant to change jobs, to move houses, to end a relationship, to reformat a hard disk, to move on.

But it is precisely when something ends that something new begins. And with positivity, the beginning starts a notch higher, with the positive experience brought about by the creative destruction.

I remember some time ago, I wrote about looking over my shoulder at the lot of "what ifs" and started walking towards the sunrise. I thought that a good analogy because I was holding on to some figment of the past, and in that case, a possibility of a relationship happening which I did not take steps to nurture. However, since it did not happen, there was no point in harbouring the "what if I did?". In fact I allowed it to "vapourise" in the sunlight. Destruction before creation. By smiling (being positive) and allowing such doubts to go away, I ended up being more positive overall and able to give even more to my current relationship.

Wonder if I made sense.

Of course you make sense.

Destruction before creation. Destruction is the end of one process and creation of the later process.

Glad that you move on to a better creation.


Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.

The meaning of life is
Whatever you ascribe it to be.

Y'know, I relate to that fully. :)

You can't make an omelet
Without breaking eggs.

Destruction before creation.

This is most visual for me.. i totally get it.
thanks for the post.

Thanks for this one. I'm going to savour those verses, and maybe even get the book.

I enjoy your posts by the way. :)

nice. i like joe campbell. reallynice. needed that. thanks

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