Thoughts on: “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

I’ll do this one in “verse”:

πŸ–Œ Siddharthas father was a learned man//

for religious rites was all he cared//

Siddhartha followed his fathers footsteps, but was not content//

He wanted more than dogma and finally off he went//

Into the forest and joined the ascetics //

who liked to fast and thought possessions where pathetic//

One day he met the Buddha and came to understand//

Some things can’t be taught but have to be experienced first hand//

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πŸ–Œ He went from the woods to a town and met a lady of the night//

Who introduced him to the pleasures of the flesh and its delights//

A merchant wanted to partner with Siddhartha to earn some gold//

Capitalism is the only proper way through life, at least that’s what I’ve been told!//

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πŸ–Œ Siddhartha had a good ol time with money, hoes and drink//

But creating these attachments only made him think.//

This is all so shallow, so transitory, and only from within//

Can lasting happiness be found and off he goes again//

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πŸ–Œ Back to the forest from which he came. This time he met a ferry man//

He told Siddhartha to listen to the river the best he can//

To what it had to say – with its waves, currents and foam//

The river taught them both a lot with its ringing sound of “Om”//

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Hehe, loved the book! It’s up there with my all time favorites! Such good writing, everything is so clear and concisely put. And the classic story of self-discovery that we all can relate to has never been told so elegantly.

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I end this post with a quote from GARYs Goodreads review of this book which I thought was spot on:

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⭐️ “This book is scripture posing as literature and is best read after getting what you thought you wanted.”

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5/5

“Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

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Public Shaming – It’s back!


There has been a great renaissance of the good ol’ punishment of public shaming. Our new favorite pastime, really! 😎

Jon Ronson has been traveling the world meeting with the subjects of high profile public shamings. What did they do? Did they deserve it? Are our actions justified?

I’ve got his book on the topic today and I’m looking forward to dive into it! πŸŠπŸ»πŸ˜€

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What book are you looking forward to? πŸ€”πŸ“–

Thoughts on: Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

We all lie like hell to ourselves and others, and it’s stresses us to death.

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It’s to the point, unapologetic and without sugar coating. The honesty Dr Blanton is talking about is not just “truth is the best policy”, but to tell the truth as you experience it, in great detail and no matter how it portraits you identity.

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What he suggests is shock program, but don’t worry, because 99.99% of you won’t have the ball (or tits?!) to do the exercises described in this book. Your ego won’t let you. And you don’t need to, you will still get massive value from reading it.

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πŸ“ Nietzsche: “A mans maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child at play.”

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πŸ“ “The stress that kills or cripple most of us come from people being too hard on themselves when they don’t live up to their own imaginings about how other people think they should behave.”

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πŸ“ How long it takes to build a ego identity depends on culture and tech level. For a bushman to go from child to starting to making babies, take on an adult role and choose vocation takes about a year. In our culture adolescent last from 12 to 40 y/o.

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πŸ“ “We mix up reality with our interpretation of reality. We invent some fundamental lies of how life should and shouldn’t be. Then we use food and drugs to temporarily escape the lie we invented.”

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πŸ“ “Getting drunk & stoned works! being sad & being fat works! Especially in a world where being angry, horny or being expressly joyful is tabu.”

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πŸ“ “The key to happiness is the willingness to take care of oneself. Problem is that most people are willing to take care of anything and anyone else, but themselves.”

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⭐️ The author walks his talk when describing his intention with this book; to show off what he learned during his career, but also to show that he is smarter than most people. To be rich and famous and to create a legacy that lives on after his death.
Thing we all think but never say explicitly.

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I end this review by quoting my notes: “Mind-blowing book!”

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Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton – 5/5

Frozen balls, New Book and the Run of my Life


It was freezing, raining and windy but it was my last opportunity for a long run before Kullamannen 25k. So I took it!

The biggest hurdle was not the weather, though, it was finding clothes to protect me from it. I’m moving houses this weekend and finding anything among all the boxes is almost impossible.

I found what I assessed to be the bare minimum clothing-wise for 2.5 hour run and then I was on my way!

I also treated myself with a new audio book“Apollo 8: The thrilling story of the first Mission to the Moon” by Jeffrey Kluger – to accompany me in the trail.


After 7k I notice I was freezing my balls off, literarily. My packages was colder than a piece of space debris in shade.

I’d know I had to abort the mission if this problem was not adressed. I was less than a third into the run and continuing would mean this cold might turn into real damage.

 

I proceeded to orbit the lake I was running around, like a satellite, when I got the splendid idea to sacrificing my hat to isolate my boxers. Temperature started to stabilize and the mission was saved. And I got really confused looks from passing people that tried to figure out if I was really well hung or if I had a really bad tumor growth.

 


All in all, Good run though!

Thoughts on: “The Stranger in the Woods”

Christopher Knight was 20 years old when he one day walked into the woods, never to return to society again. It took 27 years for him to reemerge, not by his own choosing, but because he got captured by the police for stealing food.

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He spent a third of a century alone in the woods. He never lit a fire to keep warm during the horrid Maine winters. He didn’t speak to anyone, not even himself. This book tell the incredible story of last true hermit.

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πŸ“ Lack of preparation: “It was like he planned to go out camping for the weekend and didn’t come home in a quarter century”

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πŸ“ “Those with less becomes content, those with more becomes confused” Lao Tsu, “Tao Te Ching”.

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πŸ“ He was confounded by the ideas of passing the prime of your life in a cubical,spending hours a day in front of the computer in exchange for money, was considered acceptable – While relaxing in a tent in the woods was disturbed.

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πŸ“ He never got sick – “You need to be around people for that to happen.” – But he had problems with his teeth. Probably because he had a child’s dream diet of junk food, candy and sodas.

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πŸ“ He was guilty of over 1000 burglaries.40 a year on average.

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⭐️ TAKEAWAY:  

We tend to want to extract the wisdom we think comes from choosing a path so different from most people. So, What was Knights advice after 27 in by himself? “Get enough sleep.” I think that is as sagely an advise as any. 😎

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Love the book! The story is absolutely fascinating, but it leaves you wondering if there is not more to the story. His family never reported him missing, and the author shrugs he whole thing off with the comment; “The Knights are very private people”.

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4/5

New Audiobook for my morning run!

Preparing for my race in November with a 21k morning run. It went fairly well except that it rained the whole time. I did see two row deer as a bonus, though!

Accompanying me on this adventure was a new book I got from audible – “Apollo 8” by Jeffery Kluger – and it’s going to be super interesting to learn some more space race history. 


What are you reading this weekend? 

Thoughts on: “Light for Visual Artists”


There are two areas into which I want to spend more of my reading time going forward; classic fiction and textbook learning materials.

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This one falls in the latter category – which is the harder of the two to write interesting post about – and as reading material these types of books can be pretty dry & boring, but the purpose here is not primarily to be entertained but to learn a new skill or expand your expertise within a certain field.

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πŸ“ Most diffuse surfaces, such as wood and rock, become darker when they become wet. This is because the water is reflecting off the light in a specular fashion, and so less light reaches the underlying surface.

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πŸ“ Different skin colours react differently to light. Caucasian skin has the greatest color variation due to its lack of pigment, so that blood has more influence on the color of the skin.

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πŸ“ Direct reflection is the kind of reflection associated with mirrors: rays of light hitting the surface are reflected back at the same angle relative to the surface, thereby creating a recognizable image.

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πŸ“ The limited range of color a device like an computer screen can display is know as it’s gamut.

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 A must have for the visual artist, whether you are a painter, photographer or digital artist. The text is clear and every phenomenon imaginable is illustrated in great detail with photos and examples.

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Especially the first part of the book stood out to me – The Fundamentals of light – it’s hard to see the world in the same way after gaining full understanding of light, shadow and color.

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What really niche subject did you read up on this year?! πŸ€”

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4/5