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To be valiant, to be courageous in the deepest sense, may not involve merely following orders as part of some mechanized, calculated structure.  Instead, it involves the deep and profound freedom of standing alone, away from all of the contrived patterns of others, away from all of the concocted and separative systems promising security.   To truly — not feigningly — go beyond the ego (i.e., the central self or “I”) involves vast courage and penetrating insight from a realm of freedom.  A mere follower cannot — and will not — do it.  Too many of us run and cling to our little structures that we have absorbed and learned from others, without ever standing alone while seeing and thinking about things deeply for ourselves.  It is easy to be told what to do; it is easy to be influenced by commercials, by propaganda, by so-called authorities, by words.  

The mind can go beyond them.  The mind can go beyond the ego and the so-called central controller or central self.  The mind can go beyond what merely clings to one experience after another.  The fearful, afraid mind will not care — among its modes of indifference and of being frightened — to have anything to do with this to any significant extent.   When an experience or when fear occurs, the mind is not merely separate from the experience or from the fear.  Freedom is in neither.  Both are inexorably limited.

Ailanthus. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Ailanthus. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Ailanthus. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Ailanthus. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016


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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. I love the old word ‘valiant’ and agree with your post; very few of us are really valiant.
    Your second photo is very cleverly done; fits perfectly 🙂


  2. Somehow people are a bit like cattle, too. They do what others do, because it’s much easier and doesn’t need any effort to think about being valiant etc. It’s so easy to cling to structures but I prefer to think about everything and being a “loner” is hard but for me much more worthwhile than being cattle, Thomas.
    Thanks for your thoughts and the wonderful photo, have a nice day, regards from rainy and cold Hamburg, Mitza


    • Good point, Mitza!… They are a lot like cattle. Stay thinking about things for yourself and being a loner; it’s the best way to be! 🙂 Remaining among the cattle only leads to the mindless slaughter!

      Rainy and cold! It is a continuous hot drought here. George, the neighbor, is a local farmer; he is not at all happy with the way things are going here weather-wise this year. I am watering the garden plants in our yard every single day. Hopefully, we’ll get rain soon!


      • I could send you some rain from Hamburg, we always have more than we want, but there have been times, when I had to water every day, too. Hopefully you will have rain soon, but first do a First Nation Rain Dance, hehe

  3. Wise words, Buddha Tom. 🙂
    Love the pics too, really unusual.


  4. I always have admired those who march to their own drum and try to do the right thing whether others approve or not. Wonderful photo to go along with your words.


  5. This post and the accompanying photos remind me of how the camera and my desire to photograph helped me overcome the fear of bugs, bees and crawly things. It didn’t help with bats tho.


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