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Recently I finished reading the famous pirate novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was able to read for free on my iPhone because it is a very old classic.1 I felt this quote explained greed very well: “And … Continue reading
From Roger Zelazny’s science-fiction novel Lord of Light: The moral, therefore, of my sermon on this small mount is this—even a mirror will not show you yourself, if you do not wish to see. Ignorance and denial are very powerful, … Continue reading
Hi all, For Halloween, I’ve been reading the original novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker. I found a few good quotations by the character Dr. Van Helsing that I wanted to share: “All men are mad in some way … Continue reading
Recently saw some depressing articles from the US, Greece, Japan, France and Russia. It’s interesting how every country has some kind of people like this. It reminds me of this quote from Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel God Emperor of Dune: … Continue reading
Hi Everyone, Autumn is my favorite season, and I really enjoy October and November. October has Halloween, and my birthday is early November, and late November is Thanksgiving. Plus I enjoy a lot of good Autumn poetry in the Japanese … Continue reading
Tomorrow morning, my wife and I will go to the hospital and my wife will have a c-section and my son will be born. Earlier this evening, I found this passage from the Lotus Sutra, chapter 16, which seemed appropriate … Continue reading
I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat… –Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune After reading a post by the Angry Asian … Continue reading
It’s ironic that I blog about religion a lot, but lately, I was reminded of this old post and this one after visiting a certain Buddhist temple close to home. Then I found an old comedy sketch by George Carlin … Continue reading
I’ve been re-reading the novel Dune lately and found this excellent quote: She had quoted a Bene Gesserit proverb to him: “When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their … Continue reading
As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been reading an interesting Japanese manga about the life of Prince Shotoku, a famous semi-legendary figure in early Japanese history. Although the language is difficult (the dialogue uses ancient Japanese, not modern Japanese), … Continue reading