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Keri Smith

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To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else-means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.    ~ e.e. cummings

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Imagine eudaimonia (happiness/fittingness rather than fitting/getting inas credential – value that matters.

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[most of the following from ch 5 of Chris Mercogliano‘s In Defense of Childhood – the wildness within]

The Romans had their own version of the daimon, the genius. Their term has fared much better down through the ages: in English, it still means exactly the same thing it once means in Latin, an attendant spirit. The daimon, on the other hand, made a 180-degree turn somewhere along the way, shifting from a beneficent (albeit double-edged) presence to its contemporary English definition: demon. The daimon’s linguistic descent into hell warrants a closer look because its redefinition goes straight to the heart of why I felt compelled to write this book. 

Roman –  genius: a sort of protector – akin to a guardian angel

The daimon: wild, unpredictable, out of control – inner forces that urges on the soul and is the fulfiller of the choices

The Greek word for happiness is eudaimonia – a well pleased daimon. However, the notion that the key to a good life is to live in harmony with one’s passions and follow an inner rather than an outer guide didn’t sit too well with early Christian theologians. As far as they were concerned, we are all guided by and external God with a single master plan. 

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In old age the emphasis shifts from doing to being, and our civilization, which is lost in doing, know nothing of being. It asks: being? What do you do with it?   – Echart Tolle

to be what we already are

 

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It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. — Harry Truman

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Charles on londonreal dec 2013:

The Most Important Message For A 20 Year Old (any age)

fittingnessthe thing you can’t not do – there is never nothing going on

eudaimonia\tive surplus

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quote from share via Amy:

ee cummings feel

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magis esse quam videri

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