“Live not by lies”

Years ago I dipped into this, decided it was a waste of time and threw it out; and then more recently reconsidered and acquired this edition:


What the late Fr de Mello SJ is arguing is that the best way to live one’s life is by using gentle self-awareness and clear observation of the world and society so as to abandon our illusions.

This seems to be a theme of mystics. It is expressed in different ways of course, but the common theme is the need to, as the Ancient Greeks said, Know Thyself. At least don’t lie to yourself.

It occurred to me as I was reading this blog today, including one of the comments, that the Red Pill idea as discussed in the Manosphere, including the idea of “unplugging from The Matrix” and seeing the world as it really is, resembles some of the ideas in de Mello’s book and the writings and teachings of mystics of the West and East. Of course the emphasis in the Manosphere is on understanding women as they really are, not as society tells us they are.

The quote in the title of this post is, if I recall correctly, one that pundit Steve Sailer used to use. Another one he liked went something like, “it takes a lot of effort to see what is in front of one’s nose.”



4 responses to this post.

  1. The poet Czesław Miłosz comes to mind, “To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent is enough labor for one human life.”

    He also defined poetry as a “‘passionate pursuit of the Real.” Which I think is a rather good definition.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on May 18, 2016 at 4:06 am

      Yes, those are good thoughts. This whole area is huge and yet undeveloped in many people’s minds. People don’t seem to stop to think much these days – myself included of course.


  2. Sailer’s quote is a paraphrase of George Orwell:

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. “

    from this essay. It’s pretty good. I should start keeping a dia–ahem!–a journal.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on May 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Yes. That is a good essay. Orwell had a remarkably clear mind. Like Jonathan Swift.


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