“You’re deep,” she said, “but most girls are superficial. You need to dress better.”
She buried me alive
with one compliment.
People engage in conversation
to fill the silence
with empty words
to dress themselves up with language
that is utterly deceptive.
I engage in conversation to understand what is not being said.
Beauty has value
in an ugly world.
We lie to others
without saying anything.
Professionals prostitute themselves for money
without giving any thought to who they will become.
When a wise man spends year after year
in reflection, meditation, and reading
and realizes the limits to his understanding
he is horrified by politicians
all the answers.
It takes too much anxiety
to hold onto intangibles—
these are perceptions and opinions.
If a person tells me,
“You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
and I give him a lecture on what I do know
it will only confirm his opinion.
A wise man cultivates peace—
unconcerned by opinions and perceptions
He acknowledges them, but nothing more.
If a man tells me,
“You don’t know anything.”
and then I proceed to tell him what I do know,
I am a fool.
We place too much emphasis on facts
and not enough on what we know.
We place too much emphasis on pictures
and not enough on who we know.
I like to watch popular people
doing what they need to do
to maintain their popularity—they are slaves.
It’s my party.
Being seductive is an Artform
It is the opposite of neediness
People are being seduced
all the time
because they have a great big hole inside themselves that they fill, like a landfill.
A whole person
is extremely rare