I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me

Robert Browning Hamilton

What are the most valuable things everyone should know?

Answer by Jordan B Peterson:

Tell the truth. 
Do not do things that you hate.
Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.
Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things.
Pay attention.
Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you.
Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships. 
Be careful who you share good news with.
Be careful who you share bad news with.
Make at least one thing better every single place you go.
Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.
Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or resentful.
Try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
If old memories still make you cry, write them down carefully and completely.
Maintain your connections with people.
Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or artistic achievement.
Treat yourself as if you were someone that you are responsible for helping.
Ask someone to do you a small favour, so that he or she can ask you to do one in the future.
Make friends with people who want the best for you.
Do not try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued, and be very careful about rescuing someone who does.
Nothing well done is insignificant.
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
Dress like the person you want to be.
Be precise in your speech.
Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way — and don’t do unnecessarily dangerous things.
Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
Do not transform your wife into a maid.
Do not hide unwanted things in the fog.
Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.
Read something written by someone great.
Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.
Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.
Don’t let bullies get away with it.
Write a letter to the government if you see something that needs fixing — and propose a solution.
Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
Be grateful in spite of your suffering.

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Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

Sara Teasdale

“ What one can say about a person who named as time’s 100 influential people for writing a pulp novel.There are beautiful people who are writing far better than him are not in news.This fact got hinged in his subconscious.And from that day to this day, all he is trying to cop the unbearable attention from media.They say,” a man will suffer if he doesn’t craft his success “. For several years he has been pushing himself in politics and social causes to mask as social crusader.His whole effort is to say today is,” I exist,please don’t put the camera off “.
I think the people who read him are actually the people who read only him on Earth.They are unwilling to upgrade their perception.The likes of Chetan Bhagat,Kiran Bedi ,Mallika Sarabhai or any self-acclaimed chauvinist or social activist or women activist have one thing in common,whatever they do good or bad,their whole idea is to say “i exist”. Even if society doesn’t need them.With 100 news channels in India,they are part of Marketing Holocaust.Media needs them as they need media.Both wait for the iron to be hot.That’s it.In a long run these people finally end up look like Poonam Pandey,just because of false ideology.Their priority is always ,first them then society.A typical media whore!
I know many greedy people who join NGOs for money,free traveling,luxuries and for the tag “Social Crusader” to upgrade their resume.Real activists(Azim Premji) are those who do job even if cameras are off. Arvind Kejrival worked with Mother Teresa after quitting engineering job and before joining civil services.Quit civil services to make bigger change.Quit NGO to make the biggest change.Today fighting with the biggest parties.How many people can do that?The unstoppable guts within him, can only come when someone is extreme hater or lover of society.An anarchist or people like AK both are equally necessary for society.The Batman exists only when the Joker exists.One to save people from gravity and other to give a gentle push into gravity.The people like us who lie in between these two extremes,unfortunately become supporters or critics of either this or that side.We are not doers.They are the real doers.
Now some people like me digest this and other people like Kiran Bedi don’t.Her show about ‘Home Quarrel’ aired on national TV. Oh! She loves camera.She was invited as CM candidate from AAP but declined in fear of future of the party, is now left totally baffled and jealous.Now she is similar to the people who write everyday in evening about politics on their Facebook wall,wait for likes-comments-discussions,eat samosas ,fart and go to sleep.
The Joker is corrupt,we know that but when the chips are down who will take care of the fake moralists.The real headaches of the future India are these resourceful and respectful people like Chetan Bhagat who know the right man but stand opposite just because of self-obsession and self-preservation.I have a noun “Padha-Likha Gawar” for them.
If anyone stands selflessly for good and you don’t have the heart to do so then do middle finger to this guy to be in a limelight.This is your mantra!! And AAP is an Item girl !! Kiss my ass!! The curious case of being Arvind Kejriwal is people secretly admire him but bully him on face.
In brief, the unknown people from unknown places who volunteered for uttarakhand and the moraly-awakened special people who walked with candles in Anna’s movement or Nirbhaya’s movement and update their presence with pictures on Facebook ,are polar opposite persona. ”


The Odessa File

My name is Salomon Tauber, I am a Jew and about to die. I have decided to end my own life because it has no more value, nor is there anything left for me to do. Thosethings that I have tried to do with my life have come to nothing, and my efforts have been unavailing. For the evil that I have seen has survived and flourished, and only the good has departed in dust and mockery. The friends that I have known, the sufferers and the victims, are all dead, and only the persecutors are all around me. I see their faces on the streets in the daytime, and in the night I see the face of my wife, Esther, who died long ago. I have stayed alive this long only because there was one more thing I wished to do, one thing I wanted to see, and now I know I never shall.
I bear no hatred or bitterness toward the German people, for they are a good people. Peoples are not evil; only individuals are evil. The English philosopher Burke was right when he said, “I do not know the means for drawing up the indictment of an entire nation.” There is no collective guilt, for the Bible relates how the Lord wished to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for the evil of the men who lived in them, with their women and children, but how there was living among them one righteous man, and because he was righteous he was spared. Therefore guilt is individual, like salvation.
When I came out of the concentration camps of Riga and Stutthof, when I survived the Death March to Magdeburg, when the British soldiers liberated my body there in April 1945, leaving only my soul in chains, I hated the world. I hated the people, and the trees and the rocks, for they had conspired against me and made me suffer. And above all I hated the Germans. I asked then, as I had asked many times over the previous four years, why the Lord did not strike them down, every last man, woman, and child, destroying their cities and their houses forever from the face of the earth. And when He did not ’ I hated Him too, crying that He had deserted me and my people, whom He had led to believe they were His chosen people, and even saying that He did not exist.

But with the passing of the years I have learned again to love; to love the rocks and the trees, the sky above and the river flowing past the city, the stray dogs and the cats, the weeds growing between the cobblestones, and the children who run away from me in the street because I am so ugly. They are not to blame. There is a French adage, “To understand everything is to forgive everything.ff When one can understand the people, their gullibility and their fear, their greed and their lust for power, their ignorance and their docility to the man who shouts the loudest, one can forgive. Yes, one can forgive even what they did. But one can never forget.
There are some men whose crimes surpass comprehension and therefore forgiveness, and here is the real failure. For they are still among us, walking through the cities, working in the offices, lunching in the canteens, smiling and shaking hands and calling decent men Kamerad. That they should live on, not as outcasts but as cherished citizens, to smear a whole nation in perpetuity with their individual evil, this is the true failure.And in this we have failed, you and I, we have all failed, and failed miserably. 


Lastly, as time passed, I came again to love the Lord, and to ask His forgiveness for the things I have done against His Laws, and they are many 


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Okay, let’s take this “AAP ran away from Delhi” allegation. Here are the facts, should you choose to consider them at all:

* AAP did not win the most seats in Delhi. It won 28 out of 70. The BJP won 31 and had 1 external support. The Congress had 8. No one had majority.

* The BJP declined to govern when it was asked to. It “ran away”, and not the last time either as you’ll see. The assembly was in limbo, if you remember. There was talk of re-polls.

* The Congress offered AAP support from the outside -do note, the AAP didn’t ask for it. The AAP said “Hey, if you agree with us on the 18 laws we want to change, and if you agree in writing to support them, then we can break the deadlock and give Delhi a government. Else we are happy to stay where we are or go for a re-election.”

* The Congress - perhaps fearing a re-election where they would win even less, said yes, in writing.

* The AAP formed the Delhi government with the outside support of the Congress. In the first 7 weeks they passed 16 of the 18 laws they had promised to pass. This itself is unprecedented, if you choose to see it as such, and some sort of proof of governance, again if you choose to see it as such.

* The two laws they could not pass, because of staunch opposition from Congress and BJP, were the Jan Lok Pal bill and the Swaraj Bill. The Congress by now had gone back on its written word, and they teamed up with the BJP who were also afraid of their corrupt netas and even more corrupt sponsor Ambani being found out, and opposed these bills.

* Perhaps the tipping point was the FIR filed against Mukesh Ambani and Reliance for attempting to steal Rs. 25,000 crores from the coffers through artificially inflated gas prices. In a clear show of who actually directs the Congress and BJP, both parties came together 3 days after the Ambani FIR to vote down the AAP-proposed bills and in effect, end the AAP government.

* Faced with this, the AAP had a choice - they could either compromise and govern Delhi under the proxy thumb of the Congress-BJP-Reliance combine - or they could resign and seek a fresh mandate from the people- and get the 36+ seats they needed, to rule Delhi the way the voters wanted.

* The AAP resigned and asked the Lieutenant Governor to call fresh elections right away to see if they could the full mandate to govern without compromise. This was a few months ago.

* At this point, both the BJP and Congress, in unison protested and said they were too busy doing other things to care about fighting elections in Delhi. In effect, both of them ran away again. So Delhi suffers under no rule right now - but this is not because the AAP ran away. It’s because the BJP and Congress did.

* And currently that’s the situation. The AAP wants elections in Delhi. It believes it can clearly win a majority by itself. The Congress and the BJP are the “bhagodas” in Delhi, unwilling to face the electorate for the state legislative assembly right away.

* What they are hoping for, perhaps, is to try to win some presence in Parliament and then buy AAP legislators over to their side later. They believe the more they can delay elections in Delhi, the more they can create fear, uncertainty and doubt to try to get voters back to them.

Now these are the facts about who ran away and who didn’t. These might be useful, should you choose to get facts into your consideration at all, or should you want to share this note with others who might have a different understanding of what happened.

(And once again, BJP and Congress guys - do remember, if you try to get this deleted, I and many others have copies - and we’ll just put it right back up. Kinda pointless na? Thank you.)

Warm regards!

“ “If God existed and if He desired to be worshiped .then it nevertheless seemed wildly unlikely that a God potent to shape galaxies would be titillated and swayed by the whoop-te-do nonsense the Fosterites offered Him as “worship.” ”

Stranger In A strangeLand

“ My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity… and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. ”

Stranger In A Strange Land

“ Remind me to write a popular article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers. The title is ‘Gossip Unlimited’ — no, make that ‘Gossip Gone Wild.’ ”

Stranger In the Strange Land 

“ अहङ्कारविमूढात्मा कर्ताहमिति मन्यते ”