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Insights or Non- (Chapter 2)



Intelligently go beyond what everyone has ever taught you about anything.  Reality is totally different from what society has thought it to be.

Much secondhand thought — and all thought is residual and secondhand — is an impediment to receiving direct insight, direct perception.

The caring, intelligent mind recycles and helps to keep our oceans more free of polluting plastics and unnatural debris.  The other kind of mind just doesn’t care.

True joy is walking through the woods, silently listening and effortlessly watching  — without separation — the creatures of nature. 

Forget beliefs!   Find out!

A closed mind, like a closed flower bud, isn’t there yet.

In compassion, there is no separate “you” and “I.”

Little birds who don’t joyfully tweet at the morning return of the rising sun… we call atheists.

Action and understanding are sometimes beautifully, wholly, one and the same thing; mere reaction, darkly, is not usually what involves deep understanding.


[Note:  Photograph is of tiny Spring Beauty Wildflowers (Claytonia virginica) in a wooded area.  Each flower is about 8 mm. (1/3″) across when it is fully open, consisting of 5 petals, 2 green sepals, 5 stamens with pink anthers, and a pistil.  The petals are white with fine pink stripes; these stripes vary from pale pink to bright pink.]


Spring Beauty Wildflower (Claytonia virginica)… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018


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  1. If you look hard enough and split through al the talk things are rarely what you’ve been told. Most of our children begin their lives being deceived at every turn, hidden from realities while imaginations of santa, tooth fairies, Easter bunnies, and birds and bees and religion or superstition. At what age are they supposed to think for themselves? But no, they carry it forward to their own children who are extremely trusting creatures and raised in deception


    • Thank you for saying that! I hear acceptance and your open mind.
      I often wonder why people system-atize everything to the extent that it encourages freedom and creativity within each box.
      And then we want to teach others who haven’t fallen prey to such deception?


  2. Unfortunately, the world seems to consist only of the ones that don’t care. When I go to Greece and see how much debris they throw into the sea, I want to cry. We must think about our children who want to live in a healthy world, too. Recycling is very important, too, and we here try to recycle as much as possible. Most people are dull and only think about themselves. It’s a pity but the world is going down, Thomas. Kind regards Mitza


    • Mitza, i have hopes that in Europe, people are more caring and intelligent than they are here. However, the reality is that the indifference and carelessness are going on worldwide. Marla and i recycle as much as we can but most of our neighbors certainly don’t. It is so sad. They are destroying the future of the world (for their children too) with their waste and their indifference, but each and every one of them owns big guns to protect their family from danger. It is all so absolutely ludicrous!


      • I can really understand how you must feel living amongst these uncaring and little intelligent people. Must be terrible to see how the world is going down due to the indifference of some stupid people. The Europeans are a bit better, I think. At least we try to recycle everything, even only wear second-hand clothes, go shopping with a bike etc. 🙂

      • There are groups of people in the U.S. and Canada who care a lot about the environment, recycle, and are very nature oriented. In our particular rural area, however, so many are interested in guns and killing things (and they adore Trump). Many dismiss Global Warming as a hoax! Large parts of the U.S. are like zombie-land as far as i am concerned. Even the kids are killing each other. Things need to change!

  3. Compassion… I think perhaps there should be classes focusing on that, in schools somehow, maybe not directly, theoretically, no, but through… walks into nature and simple talks, games, yes, to observe and commune with cute nature on a firsthand basis. Like for instance, simply noticing tiny flowers and plants like this pink one, a sweet wonder in itself. 🙂


    • Yes, you are right, Nicole. More needs to be done in schools to focus on compassion and empathy (and real problem solving) instead of all of that mechanical stuff. The current schools are producing robots, and teachers should be ashamed.
      Once, in the past, i did six months of volunteer work at a place in Canada, owned by a beautiful vegetarian family who schooled their own children. They, for a living, made cooperative games there that taught non-competitiveness and empathy. One game, for instance, that i enjoyed tremendously, was called Save the Whales. Players, in the game, had to cooperatively do problem-solving to help save (not kill) whales. The business is still going strong and is called “Family Pastimes.” 🙂


  4. Beautiful and delicate woodland fleurs.

    “True joy is walking through the woods, silently listening and effortlessly watching — without separation — the creatures of nature.” … this defines joy for me as well. Simple joy.


      • I agree with you – I hate when I’m walking around the Park and people are walking, but they are staring down at their smartphones. Today I went to Elizabeth Park – more people are into enjoying that Park and its nature. Many people were fishing along the boardwalk, biking and walking/running. That’s the way it should be at a park.

  5. sometimes monkey think intelligence = barrier to enjoyment of whatever reality =.


    • It depends on what you mean by intelligence. Real intelligence involves balance and harmony and puts thought/thinking in its right place. A form of unintelligence puts all its eggs in the basket of thought and remains stuck and imprisoned in that very limited, computer-like domain. We need to re-educate ourselves better by going beyond the confined information on a plate that they had us swallow. 🙂


  6. To approach all (big picture and tiny details) with an “I don’t know, but I’m curious” attitude. This is my goal.
    Gorgeous flowers! (Or so they seem to my curious eyes …)


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