Life is Not Fair

I don’t have to tell you that life is not fair. You already know this. But do you really believe it?

The answer is no. To believe something is to accept it as true, which then becomes a rule of action.

Do you act like life is unfair? No. We expect people, at least, to be fair. But are they?

Sure, from a moral standpoint people ought to be fair and treat others with kindness. But other people are not under our control.

This means that people will be unfair, unkind, and sometimes cruel. We cannot control that.

But we still expect them to be fair, kind, and courteous. And so we suffer when they are not.

Expect nothing and when you get nothing you will not be disappointed. The key is nonattachment.

Mediate Daily

It is hard to remember to meditate every day if you don’t schedule it.

For me, the best time is first thing in the morning, I do it before I get dressed, that way I don’t forget.

It is too easy to get busy doing something and then run out of time.

Don’t allow yourself an opportunity to excuse yourself from meditating. It is too easy to do.

When it comes to meditating…. just do it!

Why Change is Hard

We don’t like change. We like things to be the same way every day.

But change means growth. Why is change so hard for us to accept?

Change is hard to accept because we like to be comfortable. Comfort is the enemy AB transformation.

Transformation means to change into another form. And again, change is hard.

The key is to embrace change, to see change as a good thing. We have to push through the uncomfortable moments that change brings.

Open Ubuntu Nautilus File Manager as root

Be very careful doing this.

But sometimes there are files on a flash drive that cannot be deleted with root access. Here is how you get it for the Ubuntu file manager.

1) Open Ubuntu Nautilus File Manager as root.
2) Open command terminal. (Hint: Ctrl+Alt+T)
3) Copy and paste the following (right click copy, then right click paste):
sudo nautilus
4) Hit enter. The Nautilus File Manager will open with root access.
5) When your done, just close the Nautilus File Manager.

Amazon Stealing Your Bandwidth

Dan Goodin, with Ars Technica, reports that “Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors.”

Barbara Krasnoff, with The Verge, explains that “The new network will share a small portion of your bandwidth with your neighbors.

I think Dan Goodin blows it out of proportion when he says, “Amazon’s experimental wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs…. that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.”

To be fair, Amazon has actually been very careful to ensure your personal privacy and security. See there white paper here.

My issue is that you are not being asked to participate, they are turning it on by default. You have to oft out. Taking bandwidth I am paying for without my permission is stealing. Amazon is wrong to do this.

Here is how to opt out

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Open More and select Settings.
  3. Select Account Settings.
  4. Select Amazon Sidewalk.
  5. Turn Amazon Sidewalk On or Off for your account.

Time is Not Real

Time is not separate from you, and as you are present, time does not go away. – Either Dogen

Time has no objective reality.

There is only movement in sequence.

Time requires a past and a future, both of which exist only in the mind and memory.

The present moment is the only true reality. It is always now, and never not now. Therefore, only now exists.

When you wallow in regrets from the past or are paralyzed with a anxiety about the future, remember that time is not real.

What is time then? Time is the measure of sequence, of the speed between two events.

This measurement is possible only because of memory which remembers past events, and consciousness which observes present events.

Wash Your Own Rice

Do no just leave washing the rice or preparing the vegetables to others but use your own hands, your own eyes, your own sincerity. Do not fragment your attention but see what each moment calls for. – Either Dogen

If we look for them, there are many opportunities to practice mindfulness. We just have to look for them.

I have recently gone through a life transition. For the last 11 years I have been a night shift employee. I am now switching to days.

This has allowed me to reform my habits. Beginning the morning with meditation, for example.

Another habit I am developing is doing the dishes with my wife. It allows us the opportunity to practice mindfulness together.

To repurpose an old saying, a family that meditates together stays together. Special bonds are formed in the silence.

Find your own moments of mindful activity. And then “do not fragment your attention.”

What Is Critical Race Theory?

In the service of public education, please be advised that politicians are not the best source for unbiased information.

Their job is to win races, not teach truth. Fear and hate are the best motivators. On these two strings the swan song of freedom is played.

Some mistakenly think that critical race theory is the greatest threat to Western civilization. This is a boogie man created by politicians to scar an uninformed public.

So what is critical race theory, really? It “is a discipline developed by legal scholars decades ago, and it is primarily taught in law school. It looks to the law for answers as to why racial inequality persists even as American founding documents and aspirational ideals vaunt equality, and after the civil rights movement brought about landmark legislation aimed at ending racism de jure” (Snopes.com).

A question that deserves an answer. But you can see why racists might not like it.