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High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Potemkin Village
Sep 4, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
On keeping your guard up...

(On letting your guard down...)

"Death has to win only once, but life has to win every day."

In climbing and in living.
MisterE

climber
Sep 6, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
If I keep a green bough in my heart

a singing bird will come

--Chinese proverb
perswig

climber
Sep 19, 2013 - 09:49am PT
Still, it is proper when young to strive for gigantic perfection that doesn't make sense...

Long ago when I had had a child sickness and nobody could tell what it was or how to treat it, my mother put me outside in a bed with mosquito netting over it, and I lay there watching mountains until they made me well.

It is surprising how much our souls are alike, at least in the presence of mountains. For all of us, mountains turn into images after a short time and the images turn true. Gold-tossed waves change into the purple backs of monsters, and so forth. Always something out of the moving deep, and nearly always oceanic. Never a lake, never the sky. But no matter what images I began with, when I watched long enough the mountains turned into dreams, and still do, and it works the other way around - often, waking from dreams, I know I have been in the mountains, and I know they have been moving - sometimes advancing threateningly, sometimes creeping hesitantly, sometimes receding endlessly. Both mountains and dreams.

Name the author?
Dale
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Oct 19, 2013 - 09:37am PT
there's no indication like the second kick of a mule
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Potemkin Village
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:40am PT
“There is no education in the second kick of a mule.”
Ernest Hollings

.....

perswig,

Still, it is proper when young to strive for gigantic perfection that doesn't make sense...

Thanks.

P.S. Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
(It's the google age, lol!)

A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:45am PT
When someone yells "duck" do it, then ask why
- me
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:00am PT

"You will feel better when it stops hurting"

Dad always used this line when one of his sons got injured.
He was right, LOL
weezy

climber
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:08am PT
you don't lose your girlfriend, you just lose your turn.

Ah, life in a small town. At least the weather is splitter.
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Don't believe everything you think.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2013 - 11:52am PT
'un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.'
Boileau

A fool always finds a bigger fool to admire.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Oct 19, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
Old school...

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.


Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
perswig

climber
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Nice, Kris. Most of us could abide more by that.

Dale
(Tried to keep on topic, HFCS. Glad you liked it.)
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
"Present dangers are less than future imaginings." - Shakespeare
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Potemkin Village
Oct 21, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
ksolem,
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.

Yeah, that is a favorite. I wish I had consciously intentionally somehow - through a mentor's guidance, say- made it a mantra in my own life from 2nd grade onwards. Marcus Arelius, like!

.....

On the other hand...

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

Do four years as a business major breed greed?

business education distorts students into “critters with lopsided brains, icy hearts, and shrunken souls." -Hal Leavitt

I wondered about this in the past for a long time, then spaced it for years. Then a few years ago the issue and implications cropped up again with the short sales, bankruptcies, walkouts etc. - as smart business strategy particularly by the business savvy. Now here it is again in terms of economics...

Studying economics breeds greed.

“By encouraging us to expect the worst in others it brings out the worst in us: dreading the role of the chump, we are often loath to heed our nobler instincts.”

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131021124625-69244073-does-studying-economics-breed-greed

Implications for individual and culture are HUGE because of the thousands upon thousands of kids who will be graduating with business or economics degrees, in unprecedented numbers, groomed to value smart strategies in turning profit.

It's like one of these "damned if we do, damned if don't" things. It seems it never lets up.

Nature's got a seamy side.
Life isn't cured, it's managed.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Oct 21, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
I wish I had consciously intentionally somehow - through a mentor's guidance, say- made it a mantra in my own life from 2nd grade inwards

You and me both.
Gorgeous George

Trad climber
Los Angeles, California
Oct 21, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
The truth, uncompromisingly told, will always have its ragged edges.

herman Melville
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Oct 21, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
"The trust, built over a lifetime, can be lost in a moment".
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Oct 22, 2013 - 09:48am PT
nothing is nearly as hard as the easiest pitch on the route.

Peter Croft - Good Book Thread
SicMic

climber
two miles from Eldorado
Oct 22, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
"If I'm so smart, how come I'm dead?" Albert Einstein
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Oct 22, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
o-man, that is indeed one of the most beautiful quotes.
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