Updated: Aug 16
Excluding out-and-out scientists, the concerns of academics mainly centre around the distillation of pre-realised material, and its cross referencing. Conversely, mavericks produce work based on personal discoveries, which they often didn’t mean to have, and whether they are fresh ones within a field, or well-trodden ideas, it matters not, because everything is new to the maverick. By sharing all their independently made realisations, we all still benefit, because even a reinvention of the proverbial wheel, can further strengthen accepted thoughts, but only when it stemmed out of isolation.
Overall, studying recommended books provides a dispersal of existing accepted knowledge, it categorically cannot validate or corroborate it. The protective nature academia exerted around itself and its practises, is counterproductive. Ironically, colleges and universities operate as closed shops. Threats from outside thinkers are immediately filtered because they will lack extensive lists of references and/or bibliographies. It’s a “keep it in the family” approach.
The following quotes, from myself and thirteen others, who I probably don’t deserve to share any company with, are listed in this very deliberate order of mine. Whilst there is little formal source referencing, the way they overlap and intertwine does a good job substituting for that, and it helps to clarify, what “It…” is, whilst not forgetting, that Hermann Hesse was accurate,in saying “wisdom cannot be imparted” !
In sincere good faith…
Jesus Christ - (Luke 17:20-21) --- "Pharisees asked Jesus when God’s kingdom was coming. He replied, “God’s kingdom isn’t coming with signs that are easily noticed. Nor will people say, Look, here it is! or There it is! Don’t you see? God’s kingdom is already among you.”" (CEB)
Jesus Christ - (Matthew 19:14) --- "“Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.”" (CEB)
Tom Hanks - (Forrest Gump) --- “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.”
Carole King - (Thoroughbred) --- “Only love is real. Everything else is illusion.”
Bhagwan Rajneesh Osho --- "Once you have loved yourself, you will love God. And it is not a question of choice. It is when you have loved yourself that God starts falling in love with you."
Ram Dass --- "The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can't be organised or regulated. It isn't true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth."
Friedrich Nietzsche --- "No man is more inferior than those who insist on being equal."
Ram Dass --- "The game is not about becoming somebody. It's about becoming nobody."
Hermann Hesse --- “When someone is seeking, it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal.
Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.”
Buddha --- "Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself."
Buddha --- "The root of suffering is the attachment."
Michael Holme --- "Embrace your aloneness."
Michael Holme --- "Only compete with yourself. Everest is locally known to the plain and humble.
Albert Einstein --- "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects."
L. Ron Hubbard --- "The truth of the matter is that all the happiness you will ever find lies in you."
Paramahansa Yogadanda --- "Humans become angels on earth, not in heaven."
Hermann Hesse --- "For different people, there are different ways to God, to the center of the world. Yet the actual experience itself is always the same."
Robert Greene - (The 50th Law) --- “Understand: as an individual you cannot stop the tide of fantasy and escapism sweeping a culture. But you can stand as an individual bulwark to this trend and create power for yourself. You were born with the greatest weapon in all of nature—the rational, conscious mind. It has the power to expand your vision far and wide, giving you the unique capacity to distinguish patterns in events, learn from the past, glimpse into the future, see through appearances. Circumstances are conspiring to dull that weapon and render it useless by turning you inward and making you afraid of reality. Consider it war. You must fight this tendency as best you can and move in the opposite direction. You must turn outward and become a keen observer of all that is around you. You are doing battle against all the fantasies that are thrown at you. You are tightening your connection to the environment. You want clarity, not escape and confusion. Moving in this direction will instantly bring you power among so many dreamers."
Jim Carrey --- "Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory."
Jim Carrey --- "I am Heaven."