I haven’t written my email newsletter in a while (a few weeks), but I’ve sure as hell been working, reading, and achieving, and 2020 will see some INCREDIBLE book recommendations hitting your inboxes (if you’re subscribed).
Accordingly, my latest Instagram post features the 20 best books I read in 2019, titles like Still the Mind, by Alan Watts, Can’t Hurt Me, by David Goggins, The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, Socrates in Love, by Armand D’Angour, and Everything is Fucked, by Mark Manson, to name just five.
There were a total of 137 books I finished in 2019, and I will DEFINITELY be beating that number like it owes me money in 2020.
So many amazing books out there. It’s staggering.
Anyway, today’s book is called The Book of Life, by Jiddu Krishnamurti and it’s ALSO on my list of favorite reads from 2019. Krishnamurti is like Alan Watts, Simone Weil, and Friedrich Nietzsche all rolled into one.
Today we’re going to be talking about why there is no “Good” or “Evil”, but rather a lack of attention.
Today’s Book on Amazon: The Book of Life, by Jiddu Krishnamurti
FROM MY NOTES:
“Truth can be discovered by anyone, without the help of any authority and, as life is ever-present, in an instant.”
There is no learning if thought originates from conclusions
“A man who loves has no beliefs — he loves.”
“Do we need a belief of any kind, and if we do, why is it necessary?”
We can plainly see how beliefs cause division and violence and yet we are unwilling to give them up
A mind filled with beliefs is merely a repetitive mind
There is no such thing as good and evil; there is only the mind which is inattentive.
“Without possessing things, people, and ideas, you are empty, a thing of no importance. You want to be something, and to avoid the gnawing fear of being nothing you belong to this or that organization, to this or that ideology, to this church or that temple; so you are exploited, and you in your turn exploit.”
If we are concerned merely with self-improvement, there is no comprehension of ourselves, of what is
We don’t need reforms on a mass scale. We need to understand what is meant by “me” and “you”.
“The world is not something separate from you and me.”
“You and I are the problem, not the world, because the world is a projection of ourselves.”
Why do we make life into a problem?
“Surely, love is not a thing of the mind; and because the things of the mind have filled our hearts, we have no love. The things of the mind are jealousy, envy, ambition, the desire to be somebody, to achieve success. These things of the mind fill your hearts, and then you say you love; but how can you love when you have all these confusing elements in you? When there is smoke, how can there be a pure flame?”
Where do Good and Evil come from? If you look closely, they come from ourselves and our own careless thoughts and actions. We are the ones who are Good and Evil (often manifesting in the same person at various times of the day / our lives), they are not “outside” of us in nature.
Nature cannot be evil, it’s just people who are wicked. This is obviously true. So what makes a person Good?
Krishnamurti said that it came down to careful attention. The Good Person is never conscious of themselves “as Good”, rather it comes from an open awareness of the phenomena of life and our role in the creation of evil.
Moreover, we can “try” to be Good, but that won’t work! The person who “tries” to be Good is still a fundamentally Evil person “trying to become” something that he isn’t. Just like the person who is “trying” to be happy is still defining themselves as an unhappy person trying to become happy.
But if we realize that all evil in the world comes about through our own thoughts and actions, we can start to become AWARE of our own thoughts and actions, and attenuate our own contribution.
We can’t stop anyone else from acting cruelly and mindlessly, we can only see where WE have been cruel and mindless. We have to start with ourselves. We need to see how we create the problem of Evil ourselves, and…you know…f*****’ stop that!
All the best,
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