Posts Tagged ‘war’

Simply Atrocious

January 17, 2014 2 comments

Via a twitter tip from Scott Berkun, I read Matt White’s “Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History“. The book is a truly impressive and meticulous compilation of man’s inhumanity to man throughout the ages. It’s not only chock full of body counts, it attempts to describe why each atrocity was precipitated. The book also contains lurid details of some of the tactics and methods used by the “victors” to obliterate their victims.

According to Mr. White, here are the top 3 atrocities that have occurred (so far) over the course of human history:


While reading Matt’s book, my feelings oscillated uncontrollably between repulsion and gratitude. Repulsed at the insidiously diabolical forms of death experienced by bazillions of fellow human beings, but extremely grateful I wasn’t physically present during any of those maelstroms.

Battle Of The Blahs

May 8, 2009 4 comments


Awareness, pure consciousness, egoless, no self, spirit, god, the peace that passeth all understanding, universal energy, eternal essence, eternal bliss, universal intelligence, mind, formless energy….. (add your own favorite word or phrase here).

All these words and phrases point to the same thing (or no-thing?) and attempt to describe what’s indescribable¬†via words or thoughts. People argue endlessly over which is “right” or “correct” and miss the whole purpose of using them to communicate. It reminds me of the famous spiritual (Buddhist?) saying that goes something like this:¬†“I’m pointing at the moon but you’re looking at my finger.”

As E. Tolle has said: “The analysis of pointers is pointless.”

What’s your favorite word or phrase that describes the indescribable?

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