Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Most Universal Human Characteristic..

“There are two kinds of sufferers in this world: those who suffer from a lack of life and those who suffer from an overabundance of life. I’ve always found myself in the second category. When you come to think of it, almost all human behavior and activity is not essentially any different from animal behavior. The most advanced technologies and craftsmanship bring us, at best, up to the super-chimpanzee level. Actually, the gap between, say, Plato or Nietzsche and the average human is greater than the gap between that chimpanzee and the average human. The realm of the real spirit, the true artist, the saint, the philosopher, is rarely achieved.
Why so few? Why is world history and evolution not stories of progress but rather this endless and futile addition of zeroes. No greater values have developed. Hell, the Greeks 3,000 years ago were just as advanced as we are. So what are these barriers that keep people from reaching anywhere near their real potential? The answer to that can be found in another question, and that’s this: Which is the most universal human characteristic - fear or laziness?”
From the film Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001)


  1. Hello Yang Jun,

    It was nice for you to drop by and add me as a link you follow. Thank you.

    In regards to this post you wrote. I feel that it is "fear" that stops us from evolving, making those changes in life and the risk we take by doing this. People want to stick with the "same" that makes them comfortable or even if their not comfortable with things they stick with "old patterns" afraid of what change might bring to them, The "unknown'. With anything for the greater good with "spirit" there is always facing the "fear" involved. Don't you think?

    I've faced so many fears in life I am beginning to think that I've lost count. I hope one day to be even more willing to "Cross the line" and see what happens. I've done it before I know I can do it again. Getting older makes it a bit more scary for me..and my becoming homeless without shelter 2 years ago put me on the survival level. Like you mentioned in your profile I do believe that everything does happen to us for a reason. I may not know why the reason but that doesn't matter. Maybe some day I will. I learn many lessons from them. Maybe one day I will learn enough to "know" why...

    Wonderful gentle "peaceful" feeling here in your blog.

    The violin music playing in the background is wonderful by the way. I love listening to it as I type this.



  2. Dear Rhiannon..
    First I want to thank you for your comments.. They sure help me a lot to imrove my blog, my works, and even myself..
    I also believe that this problem starts from our "fear of unknown".. But what does not let us to conquer this fear is our "laziness"..
    I think for solving the problem first we have to get rid of laziness, then I believe we will be able to lose the fear and start making changes and improve our world to the best..
    I wish this to come sooner for the sake of the world and all of us..

  3. Great post man. Love the movie too, very thought provoking.