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Swim Slowly

Swim Slowly

It’s surface is vast and it’s depths are deep.
The ocean of knowledge you try to reap.

All 'round the world gluttony reigns,
People pursue knowledge with nothing to gain.

The large must move slow and the paltry are quick.
You wish for it all and for that, you’ll be sick!

"Humongous, colossal, gargantuan I want to be!"
For this change to come about you must question like me--

If growing in size is truly your desire
Connect the surface, you must fly higher!

Learn to be patient as you grow.
Put simply, questions never come to a close.

What's beneath the water?
You have no control
'Oer the things that you'll find
Deep down below!

So vast and deep, it dwarfs the soul
Who dares to try and swallow it whole?

One warning I give, you mustn't forget
Swimming is risky, it might leave you wet!

-The Involuntary Hermit

Aphorisms

In the mountains the shortest way is from peak to peak, but for that route one must have long legs. -Thus Spoke Zarathustra "He is arrogant!" --- Why? --- "I am insecure" --- Did anyone ever answer so?The arrogant prescribe arrogance."Be humble my child" says the parent. The wise child responds "ahh, you wish for me to do as you say, not as you do."Oh how we love facts, that is until they betray us!He who prescribes virtue is often the one most offended by those who prescribe virtue---I can only be friends with those who can bear a similar qualitative and quantitative weight of truth as myself."You are arguing semantics" --- What are bricks without mortar?We speak about love as if it is something preferable. Only out of cruelty do we desire to love.The love of yesterday was once the love of today. What decrepit love to be will tomorrow bring?Time has taken everything from me and given everything to me.Love and suffering, two sides of th…

On On Passing By

I was born in the swamp, raised in the swamp, reborn in the swamp...

My life has been spent toiling away that I might erect trees around me, never asking myself "what use is a forest to toads?"
I love many toads. I can climb and navigate these sickly trees of the swamp I call home. Could it be that I fear to leave the swamp? Perhaps it is that I fear the new trees, that I may not be the climber I think myself to be.
Like the painted soldier I too am painted. Incomplete. Painted on the line between swamp and forest. The creature that resides upon the line is hazy and unfinished... A climber or a hopper I cannot tell 
Will this work be completed?

-The Involuntary Hermit

Boredom pt.1

"Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom." - Schopenhauer 
A daemon came to a wise man one night. "One wish I shall grant you"---
The wise man thought to himself: "Shall I wish for the absence of pain in my life? Then I shall only have pleasure, but pure pleasure leads to my boredom... I am a wise man, I know the orienting importance of pain."
"Genie, I need time to decide my wish."
Many years passed as the wise man pondered what his wish would be. 
"I have decided daemon." proclaimed the man. "I shall wish for no boredom!" 
Ha! A wise man who forgot the adage "Be Careful What You Wish For"

-The Involuntary Hermit

Introduction & A Small Thought

Many philosophical and ethical thoughts have led me to create this blog. A place where I can store and organize all the things in my head. Someday I may talk more about this origin.
An interesting conversation with a friend who recently learned of the trolley dilemma: There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person tied up on the side track. You have two options: Do nothing, and the trolley kills the five people on the main track.Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person.He asked me what is the most ethical choice?

I thought and later replied "let me reformulate the problem":
Do nothing, and the trolley kills ONE per…