Living in Peace and Wisdom on our Planet

  My Profile  Log In   Register Free Now   
Living in Peace and Wisdom on our Planet Planet Thoughts Advanced       Click to see one of our videos, chosen at random from the database, along with its PlanetThought
 Try a video
Home   About   Books&Media   Resources   Contact  
   News   Quote   Review   Story   Tip   All   Blogs   News   Quotes   Reviews   Stories   Tips
Get Email or Web Quotes
or use our RSS feeds:
New Feed:  Fossil Fuel
 Full  Blog  News
Read & Comment:
A Solar Community In Isr...
'Let's You And Him Fight...
Paul Krugman's Errors An...
Why Climate Change Is An...

Most recent comments:
From Farm To Fork
A Simple List: Things We...
Can the affluent rest at...

Bookmark the site
Contribute $
Easy link from your site
Visit Second Life
Visit SU Blog

Blog item: Five Popular Untruths NOT To Live By

    Email a Friend     See Related

7 comments, last: Jul-6-2011   Add a comment   Author:  PT (Jul-2-2011)
Category: Philosophical & Quality of Life

Would you buy a used car, or a platitude, from this person?One path to wisdom is removing the disturbed ideas which can make us harmful to ourselves and others.  After observing daily life for many years, I have decided that it would be useful and enlivening to list some popular maxims that are essentially a pile of garbage (to avoid stronger language).  And without further ado, here they are!

1) When the student is ready, the teacher appears

Many, many devoted students strive to understand the principals of life, or to excel in their field of music or art or science, and they may never in their lifetimes find the teacher who can help them reach their full potential.  It is a stroke of great fortune, and perhaps karma when a student is lucky enough to find a compassionate and wise mentor, skilled, available, ready to help.  The conclusion is, if a student is ready, he or she should go out of his way to seek a good teacher, and if necessary, to travel to new places until that goal of finding the right teacher is met.  Although much can be accomplished through one's own efforts, most of us require a teacher to exponentially increase our accomplishments.

2) When your number's up, your number's up

I have heard this over the years mostly from cigarette smokers, sometimes from eaters of junk food, and from others who play fast and loose with their health or survival.  They may have young children dependent on them, or other important obligations, but they will gladly smoke, fail to wear a seatbelt in a car, or take other unnecessary foolish action or inaction, under the guidance of this confused principal which allocates the wisdom of assigning "numbers" to some invisible, unnamed force that presumably controls the outcomes of our lives more than we can.

3) God (Buddha, nature, whoever) does not give you more than you can endure

This saying must have been written by those whose worst experience was perhaps a tonsilectomy, or a broken limb or two.  What about those whose families are wiped out in civil wars or by an insane spouse driving into a lake with an SUV loaded with children, or simply those suffering from severe depression?  Sometimes the suffering given to individuals is too hard for them to bear, whether it comes from a God somewhere, or karma, or the randomness of life.  We must feel compassion for the pain that many people endure, in some cases for the greater part of a lifetime.

4) You've got to be in it to win it

This anthem of the modern marketing world of hyper-capitalism, is used to convince mostly lower income individuals that they are fools if they do not gamble on a lottery (at least, that is the case where I live, in New York State).  Pity the individual who foolishly saves and invests a bit of extra money each week!  In reality, they are the ones who are likely to end up as winners, but if paying attention to this anti-truth, they will feel foolish if they choose not to gamble.

5) It's all good

No, it is not all good.  There are bad actions and there are disasters in life.  Yes, we ought to and in many cases are able to find a way to go on and find meaning and joy in life despite the worst of these, but to gloss over it all with a mindlessly cheerful "It's all good" is disrespectful of difficult experiences for many people on this planet, and nearly all of us at some point in our lives.

So let's choose words that connect with our genuine experiences, words that provide comfort for those in distress, words that are specific to a given situation.  It is the least we can do while navigating this challenging gift of life.

Related reading:
  "Civilization is in a race between education and ..." (Feb-24-2016)
  "We stand now where two roads diverge... The road..." (Nov-27-2014)
  "A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man se..." (Apr-28-2010)
  Reptilian Brain and Wisdom Brain... What's Going... (Aug-3-2009)
  "It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned ..." (Apr-18-2009)
  "[Joy and sorrow] are inseparable.  Together..." (Apr-14-2009)
  "We've got lost by acting as though the purpose o..." (Jan-31-2009)
  "If you understand everything, you must be misinf..." (Dec-9-2008)
  How to value life? EPA devalues its estimate (Jul-23-2008)

Click one tag to see readings related specifically to that tag; click "Tags" to see all related readings
^ top
Add a comment    
  Follow the comments made here? 
  (Please log in or register free to follow comments)
Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (Jul-6-2011)   Web site
And thank you, David... David

Two minds with a single name.
Comment by: davidg (David Greene) (Jul-6-2011)   

May learning from all the 'disasters' in our life transform them into compost for our heart's garden, filled with blossoming beautiful flowers of an ever growing wisdom within.

Shalom ... David
Comment by: City Worker (Jul-4-2011)   

Ditto for me. Thank you for sharing.
Comment by: davidg (David Greene) (Jul-4-2011)   

All excellent ideas.

Thank you ... David
Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (Jul-4-2011)   Web site

Hmm, I am tempted to add the adage "In truth, 'sounding good' and 'being right' are two separate things." to my list of GOOD sayings...
Comment by:  Wavehunter (William Coffin) (Jul-3-2011)   Web site

Good points well made. It's surprising how many people think that because a phrase sounds good, it must be common sense. In truth 'sounding good' and 'being right' are two separate things.
Comment by: City Worker (Jul-2-2011)   

Super blog item.

^ top 
About author/contributor Member: PT (David Alexander) PT (David Alexander)
   Web site:

Member: PT (David Alexander) My lifelong pursuit, since age 18, has been to live more fully and find wisdom. This has involved studies with Zen masters, Tai Chi masters, and great psychotherapists while achieving my license as a gestalt therapist and psychoanalyst.

Along the way, I became aware of how the planet is under great stress due to the driven nature of human activity on this planet.

I believe that the advancement of human well-being will reduce societies addictive behaviors, and will thus also help preserve the environment and perhaps slow down the effects of global warming and other major threats to the health of human societies.

Visit Green Wave Email Marketing
Email Marketing for You and Your Planet

We won a Gotham Green Award for 2010, on Earth Day! Thank you Gotham Networking for this award.

See the attractive event brochure.

Recommended Sites

  Member of:
GOtham Green networking
Green Collar Economy
New York Academy of Sciences
Shades of Green Network

     Members/Affiliates *

Approaching the Limits
    to Growth
Environmental News Network
Heroin and Cornflakes

* Members of PlanetThoughts      
  communities on SU or MBL,      
  and blog article affiliates      

  Other Favorite Blogs
21st Century Citizen
Center for Bio. Diversity
Easy Ways to Go Green
Good Bags
Opposing Views

Valid my RSS feeds

We Do Follow

  Volunteer      Terms of Use      Privacy Policy  

Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved.
Except for blog items by David Alexander: Some Rights Reserved.