William Carlos Williams
"The yetzer tov is the moral conscience, the inner voice that reminds you of G-d's law when you consider doing something that is forbidden. ...
The yetzer ra is more difficult to define, because there are many different ideas about it. It is not a desire to do evil in the way we normally think of it in Western society: a desire to cause senseless harm. Rather, it is usually conceived as the selfish nature, the desire to satisfy personal needs (food, shelter, sex, etc.) without regard for the moral consequences of fulfilling those desires.
The yetzer ra is not a bad thing. It was created by G-d, and all things created by G-d are good. The Talmud notes that without the yetzer ra (the desire to satisfy personal needs), man would not build a house, marry a wife, beget children or conduct business affairs. But the yetzer ra can lead to wrongdoing when it is not controlled by the yetzer tov.
There is nothing inherently wrong with hunger, but it can lead you to steal food. There is nothing inherently wrong with sexual desire, but it can lead you to commit rape, adultery, incest or other sexual perversion. ...
People have the ability to choose which impulse to follow: the yetzer tov or the yetzer ra. That is the heart of the Jewish understanding of free will."
"The gentle person is not occupied with self at all."
Rudyard Kipling responds to Jack Mackail's misinterpretation of his poem "Recessional" --
“Thank you very much but all the same seeing what manner of armed barbarians we are surrounded with, we’re about the only power with a glimmer of civilisation in us. ... This is no ideal world but a nest of burglars, alas, and we must protect ourselves against being burgled.”
"... "The Question";-- Externalization: It's not "us" that's causing the problem, it's "something else"; an evil conspiracy, aliens, demons ...
Have you ever wondered why the people of the world have never been able to come together as one in truth, liberty, and justice, and love, peace, and freedom?
The Answer to "The Question";
There is sufficient information available in the world to suggest that you could THINK it is POSSIBLE that there is an "alien" influence and/or doctrine that has caused the human species to fail all throughout its history in all attempts to come together as one and live together in truth, liberty, and justice, and love, peace, and freedom. Whether that "alien" influence/doctrine is the result of the corruption of a collection of terrestrial secret societies and religious institutions, or an actual secret, hidden, extraterrestrial/subterranean presence of other/nether world life forms that has been influencing and controlling this world since the beginning of known history, is up to you to decide."
"One problem that has troubled virtual worlds from the start is crime. It isn't obvious why online communities have problems with crime at all. You might think that in worlds where avatars can fly, spells can turn pumpkins into coaches, and it's possible to custom-build your own virtual castle in the air, the incentives for criminal activity disappear. But greed and schadenfreude have carried over from the real world to the virtual, whose residents demonstrate a propensity for all the familiar crimes and social frictions that characterize the real world."
"(I) wonder whether, when push comes to shove, some ethical considerations can just be "dropped" as and when applicable. I'd like to think not, but couldn't help thinking that if forced into a corner, as we were with (my infant daughter) Esme's illness, would I always chose the selfish option over the ethical one."
"Clocky is, quite simply, for people who have trouble waking up.Emphasis is mine -- ed.
When the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky. This ensures that the person is fully awake before turning it off. ... an internal processor helps it find a new hiding spot every day.
Clocky is less of an annoying device as it is a troublesome pet that you love anyway. It's also a bit ugly. But its unconventional looks keep the user calm, and inspire laughter at one of the most hated times of the day.
I've been known to hit the snooze bar for up to two hours or even accidentally turn it off. I've known people who put the alarm clock in the living room, but then forget to set it before going to sleep. Others say they are trying to wean themselves off of snoozing, as if it was a bad habit like smoking or drinking. In the foggy logic of our drowsiness, we disable the very device that is meant to wake us up. Having the alarm clock hide from me was just the most obvious way I could think of to get out of bed."