I saw this quote on FRT's signature and it got me thinking:
"Fear and Guilt are your only enemies. Love and Awareness are your true friends" -www.cwg.org
This is one of those quotes that sounds really good at first blush, but I can't help but question it. In my life, I have been driven a lot by fear. Maybe I'm mentally ill, but fear has been a big motivator. And it has driven me to succeed more than any other motivation.
Fear of failure and being white trash pushed me at university, and got me two scholarships and a Ph.D.
Fear of winding up homeless resulted in me saving about 80% of my income and made it so I could retire at a young age.
Fear of losing my savings resulted in me pursuing a career as a freelance writer, which I very much enjoy.
Now, none of these things are really amazing or impressive, but without fear I wouldn't have got my degrees, wouldn't have saved up my nest egg, and wouldn't have pursued a new career. Fear has driven the most constructive aspects of my life, at least so far.
I can't speak about guilt, but love--well, love makes me lazy. When I love, I want to spend time with someone, care for someone. I guess love would be productive in a 1950's world where my love for my family inspires me to go out and make a good living--but that's a pretty narrow type of love and an even narrower expression of it.
What do you guys think?
what? no mention of the book in the library at cambridge?
nothing about the investment smarts? the broad travel and all it's attendant expertise? what about living in bangkok? i'm wondering if i can live there on 60k thb.
And the hint of his being a bisexual swinger.
Or maybe The Peter Principle. You elevate to a level where you discover you're incompetent as a player. And you're stuck there. You won't go higher and you won't go lower. Just going through life rationalizing you're more than you are.
Or the Potato Principle.
That's where wine, sour cream and chives become all the luxuries you will ever need...
Or the Mr. Potato Head Principle
People just stick things in you and leave you there to rot and small bad.
Anyway, Fear only comes into it when there are spiders under my couch.
Love that's completely different. It is said you can't love anyone else if you can't love yourself. Well I love myself so much that I have no love for others, so the love thing is bollox too.
Guilt is for catholics. My ex was a catholic and she had much to feel guilty about the dirty bitch.
Basically FRT boils down to a guilt ridden spider with no bollix.
You need an attitude adjustment, to see your life as a work in progress as opposed to a fait accompli.