November 20th, 2005


Oh, look ... a QUIZ!

This one snagged from ghostofzuul's journal ... it purports to be an "Ink Blot Personality Test", but the "results" are pretty silly (oh, except for the part that said that my personality type is "World Leader", of course!).

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Now, I've only seen two results, but they both say those sorts of people "like jelly filled doughnuts" ... perhaps the writers of this particular quiz have a "thing" for jelly donuts? I, personally, prefer custard-filled donuts to jelly, but that's just me.

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I got a lot of posts to make ...

But I first wanted to note that my BEARS, who had been not expected to be very good this year, and who had been dismissed in their recent five (now six) game winning streak as "not having played any good teams", took it to the very good Carolina Panthers, who had also been on a six-game winning streak, and who had been scoring 30 points a game, and shut them down, winning 13-3 (and, once again, not allowing a TD).

Now, I was Out With The Family today (good Daddy!) rather than watching The Game (well, we got in just in time for me to see the Panthers score that lone field goal about mid-way through the 4th quarter), so I will have to leave the in-depth gloating until after I watch the videotape, but for a team that most folks picked to go 6-10 to be 7-3 (and, depending on what happens in the Seattle game, possibly tied for the best record in the NFC) after 10 games, ain't bad. GO BEARS!!!

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Another one bites the dust ...

Sometimes I read books for very "obsessive/compulsive" reasons, and this is one of those cases. I've had this Krishnamurti book sitting around for ages (as those who have been keeping up with my LibraryThing catalog may have noticed, I'd read several of his books back in the 90's) and had no great compulsion to read it, but I did start another book some weeks back which was in a very "small" format, and the two books (this and this) preceding it were rather large format books, so I felt a need (knowing how small books can "disappear" on the shelf) of pushing an intermediate-sized book to the front of the line to provide some step-down to the smaller book. Now, isn't that a ringing endorsement of the book?!

What to say about the You Are The World collection of Krishnamurti's talks? {Oh, go ahead ... sing along ... I'm sure that Bob Geldof was inspired by this when he wrote the "We" version!} Well, on one hand it does seem a bit dated as the lectures in it were presented at various American universities (Brandeis, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz) in the late 60's, with the concerns and perspectives of the time. He's also (as he mentions frequently) a very serious fellow, so there is a sense of him waiting with a ruler to rap the knuckles of any listeners/readers who might wish to find some levity in the proceedings! Of course, Krishnamurti is somewhat of a "tragic figure", having been "raised like veal" by the Theosophical Society in India to be some sort of "World Teacher" ... a role that he rejected in his mid-30's, when he disassociated himself from them, and insisted they shut down the "order" that had been founded to promote him. He spent the next 50-some years working as an "independent lecturer" (pretty much doing what Leonard Nemoy did with the book "I Am Not Spock"), being an "anti-Guru".

The "context" aside, Krishnamurti is a "deep thinker" and has given much consideration to many things, so his lectures do at least have some "meat" to them. His perspective, coming from a high Brahmin family and then being swallowed into the deepest bowels of the post-Blavatsky Theosophy movement, is, of course, unique. For me, they're more a "mental exercise" than anything ... and, in the words of a different philosopher, "your mileage may vary"!

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