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“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” –Lao Tzu quote

Still Life #1      When the mind is still, not busy flitting about like images on a screen, but idle as the screen itself, the imagination is free to create everything in this world that the heart desires.

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” –Henry David Thoreau

     If that sounds like a seriously funny philosophical joke, imagine the heart desires everything in this world that is the birthright of the nobly idle class.

“Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.” –Blaise Pascal

     What sounds seriously funny to us, philosophically speaking, is believing that working is virtuous and moral, while it is naïve and fruitless to idle the mind in contemplation of life’s rarest treasures, humanity’s priceless and timeless ideals, our noblest principles.

“A great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of work. The morality of work is the morality of slaves.” –Bertrand Russell quote

     If a condo with an ocean view is the fruit of work, what is the fruit of idleness?

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote

     Was the founder of the western world’s first institution of higher learning immoral to grade slackers above those who would work for a living? 

“All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.” –Aristotle quote

     Is it not virtuous to contemplate the beauty in things where it exists?

“Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.” –David Hume quote

     Is it fruitless to imagine the taste and sound of justice?

“Justice is sweet and musical. –Henry David Thoreau quote

     If the noble mind must sacrifice something to fulfill the heart’s desire for beauty, justice, and happiness, let it be something that isn’t easy to give up, like the idea that idling is boring.

“In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.” –Richard Bach quote

     It is our seriously funny philosophy of life, the universe, et al., that everything the heart desires is created of imagination in the stillness of the nobly idle mind.

Gracefully composed in the evening gown, a finalist in the Pageant of Virtuousness and Morality says: “My ambition is to make the judges as happy as I will be when justice is done and the tiara crowns my beauty before the television cameras.” The Virtuousness judge says to the Morality judge, “Honesty is virtuous, she has my vote. The Morality judge says, I’m reserving judgement until I hear what she has to say in the swimsuit.”

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