Living Appropriately: Musings From a History Teacher in Colombia

From the Bene Gesserit rite: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Frank Herbert, Dune (1965)





“Now sleep. Karma is karma. Be thou of Zen.  Remember, in tranquility, that the Absolute, the Tao, is within thee, that no priest or cult or dogma or book or saying or teaching or teacher stands between Thou and It. Know that Good and Evil are irrelevant, I and Thou irrelevant, Inside and Outside irrelevant as are Life and Death. Enter into the Sphere where there is no fear of death nor hope of afterlife, where thou art free of the impediments of life or the needs of salvation. Thou art thyself the Tao. Be thou, now, a rock against which the waves of life rush in vain.”

James Clavell, Shogun (1975)



Matsumoto Castle, Japan

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Andrew Leniton