Since I'm a historian by my uni diploma, I had to read quite a few phylosophical books (in a broad sense, i.e. not only on philosophy but on various religion and spirituality stuff as well). Since my history education was focused primarily on Asian countries (the area from North Africa to Japan and from Russia to Indonesia), I had to read quite a few books on Asian philosophy. And since my oriental history education was primarily about the period up to so-called "New & Modern times" (or up to the end of Renessainсe in Europe), I had to read quite a few books on Medieval Asian philosophy. All those Gilgamesh, the Bible (it was not a "European" book originally), Tibetan Book of Dead, Quran, Dhammapada, Thao Te Ching, and you know. Though I had to read quite a lot on European philosophy too.
I can't say that I know a lot about philosophy, religion, and spirituality. Maybe I know a bit more than an average person, but I don't know much anyway. And that's not what I'd want to talk about.
I don't value any philosophy, religion, and spirituality that much. I understand about "national heritage", "cultural influence", "moral standards", and all that, it's pretty good things for academic studies. Otherwise, it's a collection of some interesting stories, nice metaphors, good maxims, and oceans of vogue words that can be plainly translated into modern languages in so many ways, that some translations might well contradict others. I don't even talk about supernatural, remind me about supernatural when we start flying with mantras and not with oil-fuelled jet airplanes. Otherwise, do we really need a 1000-pages 1500-years-old book to learn not to steal?
I often think about if I really learned something important from all that shitpile of various Asian and European philosophy, religion, and spirituality I had to read. Some good advice I could use in my real everyday life. I can hardly recall much.
"So why are you telling us all that shit then?", you might ask.
I'd like to share one good thing I've got from that philosophy I've read on, that important advice. Yup, some might call my finding commonplace or purely ridiculous, besides it will not help to become more sexually attractive. However, personally, I value my finding quite high.
Well, I found that thing in a book written by Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese guy who lived in the XVI-th century. I don't know Japanese, but today the book is translated into English (and into some other languages) more than once. In the book the guy says something like: Feel the rhythm! Timing is the only thing that matters. Yes, I'd agree. It's certainly better to be in the wrong place at the right time, than in right place at the wrong time. And I can certainly remember many failures I've got in various areas simply because of acting in the right direction, but a bit too late or too soon. Unfortunately, to master the "skill of proper timing" is not an easy task. "You must study hard", the guy warns...
Well, that's enough for now, folks, sorry for taking your time. I just wanted to play guru-ish.
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