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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Craftsman & Materials

When a Craftsman creates something, much of the result of his work is dependant upon his selection of materials. If he is a carpenter, and wants to create some fine piece, he chooses the finest piece of the best wood that fits the desired application. If he's lucky he finds that with a shape that is close to what he is making. He will cut, carve, abrade and otherwise shape it until it reaches the shape and finish he desires.

If he makes swords, he will choose the material that is best for that, something hard, tough and yet malleable. This too, must have the characteristics that will enable the end product to be as much like what is desired as possible. Rock is hard, but it is brittle. Lead is malleable, but it is soft. Wood is tough, but too soft, also. Steel is almost perfect for the job, but must be treated in certain ways, beat into shape and requires a lot of work.

My point I'm trying to make is that the end product despite the characteristics added by the craftsman, is dependant upon the material as much as the craftsman's vision of the desired outcome and lots of work.

When you're crafting the person that you are, even with new techniques learned from others, or discovered by yourself, depends upon your material, and upon your vision of what is desired. People can be thought of as a composite material, with characteristics like that of wood, rock or steel among others. Part of the process of creating the best person, that one could craft is to know what is desired. Hard on the outside is a good thing, it keeps a shape and as little change of the finished product is desirable. Too hard outside makes for a brittle product and nobody wants to be chipped away at. Soft outside just takes a beating too easily.

Munitions manufacturers know that layering is good engineering and protects the soft insides (human bodies.) So if we engineer the person, it may make sense to layer our protective armor. Steel on the outside would be hard, tough, somewhat heat resistant and could even be polished to a gleaming finish but is subject to corrosion, so we need to protect it from corrosion. Beneath that we might need something that would be tough, yet soft enough to cushion great impact. And beneath everything, and I'm ignoring other desirable layers, we want the core of what we are, our heart, the part if damaged that may cause death. Without even something this soft, without a heart, we would be hollow shells subject to collapse.

How do you build the person you desire? Carefully, with lots of work and thought and with a heart, if you want to live up to your potential for as long as you can.

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At Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 3:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

Your blueprint makes perfect sense to me.

At Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 7:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Thanks SJ. I usually try to make sense, although I'm not always as successful at it as I'd like to be.

At Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 9:53:00 PM EDT, Blogger Keshi $visitorIP said...

Wut a clever post!


**When you're crafting the person that you are, even with new techniques learned from others, or discovered by yourself, depends upon your material, and upon your vision of what is desired.

Spot on!

Keshi.

At Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 11:17:00 PM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

Today, you made much more sense than I did.:)

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 3:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

I think I would electroplate myself with gold! Less maintenance factor!I'm sooo lazy...:D

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:49:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Keshi,
Oops, you've pointed out a typo on my part. I hope you got my drift, anyway.

SJ,
Your stuff always makes sense, except I'm still having problems with the concept of a clean, good smelling dog. ;) That's just me.

Mona,
An excellent material choice, beautiful luster, excellent corrosion resistance, much better than the most expensive paints. Wise choice.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 1:27:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Average is the most false thing in the world. Everybody is himself, nobody is average.Average is not real & not actual. So shoulds & woulds & mights are not required, because one cannot make a rule out of it. All rules are for averages. they might be good to understand a certain aspect, but are not to be followed. If we go by rules in structuring ourselves, we end up being uncomfortable, we will cease to be Natural & become an ugly phenomenon, crooked everywhere.
Techniques are not to be learned from others, only hints & pointers required. One has to decode them in ones own being; feel it and work it out. Only then you come to a rule. & that rule will only be for you & nobody else.
If we can stick to it, it will be a very beautiful world... nobody trying to force anybody to do something, nobody trying to dicipline anybody else. Because your dicipline may have proved good for you, yet it may be poisonous for somebody else.
Only foolish ppl live by rules.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 2:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

What we see of Man is just the tip of the iceberg. A major portion of our selves remain hidden beneath the surface. Aparrently a person is 'known' by his name, family or profession, but the real Man is far far away from theses.The skin deep knowlede we have of each other is enough for the marketplace, but if you really have to know the man, you have to go deep. And the only way to go deep is to go within yourself first.
We are such an infinity of layers upon layers so much so that if you go diving deep, you might reach God Himself.
The gross body is just the surface, the skin of other bodies. Belonging to various planes of beings[ of course I cannot go into all that details here]. The second body can be encountered only by making the first pure.
It is not in choosing the materials to Add to our being. It is about losing the impurities of the being.
& Austerities destroy impurities and with the ensuing perfection in the body and the sense organs, physical and mental powers awaken.
Behind the gross body is hidden the subtle body, which when once awakened makes you powerful because you attain to certain new dimentional forces which will make you move without any barries of gravity or of time and space.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 2:42:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

The body [being]is not to be made just strong in the conventional sense, but havs to be made supple and flexible. This makes you strong in a different sense: more liqid, more flowing, without any 'blocks'...To make us exist as organic unity, in a deep rhythm of being.This is pure & a balanced body. Mind and body are not two aspects.Mind is the subtlest part of the body , and body the grossest part of mind. They both effect each other & they run parallel.Austerities like being Natural, , living a more supple and flexible life, creating less supressed attitudes, following the 'wisdom' of the body. " Austerities does not mean, torturing the body, by abstinence and abuse. It means creating a living fire in the body so that the body is cleansed...just like by throwing gold into fire, you recieve pure gold.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 2:48:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

When body is pure, you feel tremendous new enegies arising, new dimensions opening before you..new possibilities. The body has much hidden power. Once it is released you will not be able to believe that it carried so many hidden things in it!
You have to recognise the aura of your being & also those close to you.& you will never be in doubt about yourself & the other, because the aura will never lie.
& this is no miracle. Only a law of being.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 2:56:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

& you are pure when you are not afraid.This is when the greatest power awakened in you is the feeling of deathlessness. Not that you have a theory, a system, a philosophy that you are immortal..no.You have a FEELING & you are grounded in it and you know it.That this bodywill disappear in its elements,the mind will disintegrate, but your consciousness cannot disappear,, you become unidentified.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 3:10:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

And every relationship you have will serve as a mirror unto yourself. Every relationship is reflective of how you change your mask, to make you 'see' your own jealousies, your own greed, your own fears, anxities and possiveness.
Nothing needs 'Doing', nothing has to be done. The study of your reflection in others will in awareness and transformation, by bringing you face to face with your own being.In this very watching, you will be able to shed all your fears, and feel Love arising.Making you open & receptive and giving at the same time.Making you a dynamic energy of creation, utterly pure & perfectly in balance.
Then you will no longer be afraid to open, no longer be afraid to love, no longer be afraid to flower & send your essence around...a traemendous blessing for the entire existence!

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 7:28:00 PM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

Terrific thought filled post charles.
Sometimes we have no choice but to work with the materials we are given but the desire as you point out can help us overcome what materials we have and become the best of what we are.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Righty-O, TC. Life is the game you have to play out the hand you were dealt. You have to make the best of what you got, and the mind plays a big part of that.

At Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 10:40:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan $visitorIP said...

I'm not quite sure how I was built but I'm sure that plenty of things went wrong. For instance, when they made me they immediately discontinued the model. Too many defects.

Then they tried recalling me several times but I just ignored the recalls. Perhaps one of these days I'll put myself up on eBay and see how much I can fetch.

At Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 3:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

what an excellent post, charles. truly. thanks for such a thought provoking meditation.

At Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:21:00 AM EDT, Blogger jillie $visitorIP said...

Very nice post indeed makes one think. And wanted to stop by and say hello and thanks for stopping by ;o)

At Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:30:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Dan,
Unique one of a kinds are rare and more valuable. I can relate to the broken mold thing, because I must have been cast from one of them.

lime,
Thank you very much, that means so much coming from you.

jillie,
Thank you, too. You're welcome to come and comment/criticize/critique to your hearts content. Just don't ask me to make more sense, since I can only give my two cents.

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 12:44:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Charles...(((HUGS))))

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 10:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

A beautiful Indian butterfly told me it's your birthday.
May your day be filled with joy and happiness.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLES
tc

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 11:34:00 AM EDT, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

They say it's your birthday,
We're gonna have a good time,
I'm glad it's your birthday,
Happy birthday to you.


Mona let the cat out of the bag. Happy Birthday, Charles!

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 12:48:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan $visitorIP said...

Hey Charles! Word is getting around blogland that it's your birthday.

So I popped over for some cake. Any left? What??? Mona ate it all????

Jeez, Mona! Couldn't you save me one tiny piece?

Oh well. Happy Birthday Charles. You might have to order more cake next year! :)

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 1:12:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

TC,
Thank you.

SJ,
Thank you.

Dan,
Thank you.

Everybody,
Just another day, sorry there's no cake as yet.

Mona,
Things even out, you have one coming to you. }:>D>

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 1:27:00 PM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Charles, I cut a cake for you here & shared it with all & YOU havent had any cake as yet!!!!
Gosh!
& I also did some charity in your name!

& I see them Charles, all those stars in allignment! On this very special day..& I was all hop skip & jump!

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 1:39:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I wanted to see the alignment of the planets, but it looks like its going to be unlikely I will, since there's a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico blowing in all this much needed rain. I'd really rather have the rain to help with the drought we've been in, so I'll gladly accept it over astronomical sights.

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 3:15:00 PM EDT, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

What a wonderful, perfect gift from the heavens..rain.
So badly needed. Have a good one.
tc

At Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 3:23:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

You too, Bud.

At Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 3:40:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

I hope you had a good rain...Even we need some here!

At Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 12:43:00 PM EDT, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

i am a day late since i was gone all day yesterday, but please receive my belated wishes for a very happy birthday. i hope it was a wonderful and special day for you. :)

At Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 3:00:00 PM EDT, Blogger Peter $visitorIP said...

Mona recommended me to come here for a look and I don't regret it.

Should I also comment? There have been so many and so good ones (Mona really felt about the subject) and I feel quite unqualified of saying anything after all this, but...

... at least as far as I'm concerned, but maybe it's rather general, I believe that most of us probably don't know who we really are, of what we are made and what we have (could have) made out of it - had we known better. There may be a capital to start with, but we are shaped by parents, education, traditions, society, environment... Then we become possibly something that is expected, or we "fail".

How much can we change with our own forces? ... and do we know towards what we would like to change? ... and in any case how happy would we be after the possible change?

Don't we all live in some kind of conflict or compromise solution - more or less. "Less" would perhaps be better? Should we be happy enough with that?

And a last thing: Do we have time to think this all over? Go to work, take care of this and that... and then it's time to go to bed.

At Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 5:26:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mona,
Yes, we had a good rain, unfortunately it wasn't nearly enough. It kept getting cloudy with rising clouds then the sun would shine, but it failed to rain anymore. We could really use about a week of rain each day, and then a day a week would be nice.

lime,
It really turned into a very good birthday.
My online friends wished me a happy birthday.
My best friend, although I didn't see him, wished me a happy birthday in the morning and told me he had a flat screen monitor for my birthday.
My favorite part was my wonderful daughter came over. She brought me gifts of multiple shirts, a pair of slacks, and a pair of jeans. Then we went to dinner and had a pizza with black olives and extra cheese (my favorite). She wanted to stop at the book store afterwards, so we did, since the book store is one of the only stores I enjoy shopping. I picked up a copy of "The Road To Dune" and a copy of Circuit Cellar, one of my favorite magazines. Sarah picked up a couple of fancy blank books, one for herself, and one for her friend at work, and a copy of the new Linkin Park "Minutes to Midnight," for me. She went through way too much trouble and money for me. I really enjoyed seeing her, more than anything else, because I love her so.
Then my brother called and we spoke for about a half an hour, which is always nice.
Mostly birthdays are just another day to me, but this one was exceptional.

At Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 5:57:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Peter,
Welcome. I'm glad you came to visit.
Of course you should comment, if you so desire.
I realize most of us don't know who we are, I'm one of them, this is part of my quest. What we are made of is something we should choose, as we craft the person we would like to be. I believe that we are a product of both nature and nurture, but I do not believe that person is immutable. I certainly hope it isn't, anyway. Some of us didn't have the best of parents, some of us may have fallen in with people who wanted us to conform to their desires, with those desires not being good for us.
How much can we change? I believe we can change as much as we desire.
I believe that there is no one who can influence who we become more than we ourselves can.
The really cool thing about changing who we are is that it still feels like "me." I would caution that if you change a little, that may be enough to change how much more change is desired. Failure is relative. Who is the failure, the unhappy rich man, or the happy poor man?
How much can we change? We can change as much as we desire, so long as we are willing to do the work, and live with the consequences. Some of the consequences are wonderful. I don't know towards what you would like to change, but I do know towards what I would like to change. You may be the only one to know for yourself. How happy we become is dependent upon how happy you want to be. I'm happy when my needs are satisfied. You may want elation.
Sure we live in some kind of compromise, but we don't have to compromise about who we are. Existence is justification of existence.
You had time to surf the web, working on yourself is something that can be done in parallel with many other things. I think about it as I work, and even read. If it is something you don't want to do, I'm sure there will never be enough time. If you do want it, you will find a way to make the time.

At Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 8:13:00 PM EDT, Blogger Peter $visitorIP said...

Thanks Charles for taking you time and comment my questions. So, if I conclude, there is no excuse, we should all try hard to go for what we really want, or want to be!

Basically, I would accept this, however...

I would perhaps add two things:
1/ You must of course not do that if you feel that someone else can suffer from this (family, friends...). It should not be "translated" into egoism. Part of your hapiness and satisfaction is to live harmously with others. Or?
2/ One difficulty would be to set realistic goals. I would so much like to be a excellent piano player. I know that I will never be, but I could aim at being a reasonably good amateur piano player one day.

At Monday, June 4, 2007 at 7:24:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

peter,

Of course, if you are trying to improve who you are, then no harm would come with that naturally. A person with no heart would just be, well,... dead.

I concur realistic would be wise, each of us are only crafting a person, I don't know anybody capable of crafting a god.

Good luck on the piano. Amateurs do things not for the money, but for the love of their chosen pursuit. Some may become proficient enough to cross that line. May you become one with that option.

At Monday, June 4, 2007 at 7:58:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

We dont know who we are because we are not actualities, but potentialities to become actualities.Each individual is so unique and you cannot make a superhighway on which everybody has to travel to find aim of life. On the contrary , everybody has to find his life without following the crowd, but following his own inner voice, creating his path as he walks on it.

Man is born as a seed, he can become a flower, he may not. It all depends on us, whether we grow or not, and each moment is a choice, as each moment we find ourselves on the crossroad.

Millions of ppl decide not to grow.As seeds they live & as seeds they die. It is becuase ordinarily the fear exists, that if we open up, if we expose ourselves we will simply stink: stink of our jealousies, out hatred our anger our lust. But we might be surpised if we do to find the perfume of love compassion and prayer too..

Many ppl have decided to remain seeds because they feel that the seed is more secure than the flower will ever be. It look stronger than the fragile flower which can be destroyed by the wind whereas the seed will not be destroyed thus.

Yet it is better to flower & live than to be secure & be dead. One who really wants to live, has to live in danger. One who has to reach the peaks has to take the risk of getting lost.
The greater the longing to grow, the more and more danger has to be accepted till danger becomes the very style of our life, the very climate of our growth.

It is difficult, because we are not yet. first we have to be. Everything is possible only afterwards, all else shall get added to you.

At Monday, June 4, 2007 at 8:39:00 AM EDT, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Change is imminent to life, because life is evermoving and always in a flux. Infact the only permanant thing about Life is Change. We have been brought up with such beliefs & such ideas that have no foundation in reality. & repeating them constantly make them appear to be like truth.If we go living according to them, we live in vain. We have to go through a radical change.

If one can listen to the heart & go with it, whatever the cost, it will always be cheap, whatever one loses, he will always be the winner in the end.

It is very strange, the Man has crippled himself, chained himself, made a prison for himself & then he starts longing for freedom and dreaming of freedom..

One can say," I sense my potential for expansion". How long have we been sensing it,and how long are we going to sense it. We waste our time ; a meaningless exercise of mind. The growth and expansion of potential has to happen the moment one feels the opening of the dimension, the moment one is clear. Then there is nothing to be afraid of, nothing to lose.

What can we lose at the most. Our Lives? Then it is better to lose it if we are not living and only vegetating.Its time for ecstacy, for expansion of conciousness. Havent we waited enough? havent we wasted enough? But we say ' somewhere I need to think I need security and safety...

What for? to remain a vegetable forever?...safe secure in cold storage.

Very secure Life
A very vegetable life

The very insecurity makes life a thrill, the very danger that tomorrow you may not be here makes you live today as intensely as possible, as totally as possible, because then postponement is not at all conceivable.

But we go on thinking...If thinkers of the world unite to become doers, they have nothing to lose but their mental chains; and a whole Existence to gain.

But one keeps on Thinking...one keeps on longing for beautiful things. People become addicted to dreams, that are more addictive than any drugs. In fact ppl take drugs because drugs give you beautiful dreams. Dreams are the root cause of addiction. We have to wake up & summon courage to jump.

At Monday, June 4, 2007 at 9:18:00 AM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

"how long are we going to sense it"
I would hope, forever, even after becoming what we can. I hope that we never actually become static. I hope for more.
Dreams are a good thing, they are clear visions of what can be.
Thinking is good, it gives us a chance not to make mistakes, to determine which direction we need to go, helps map the person desired.
Some people want only to think, some only to feel, I think/feel we need to be somewhere in between.

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