Thursday, February 02, 2012

"These things can enlarge the soul..."

"If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It’s a program, a piece of hyperspatial software designed explicitly to interface with the Mystery. Not a mystery, mind you, the Mystery. The one that can never be solved."

To one degree or another, everybody is connected to the Mystery, and everybody secretly yearns to expand the connection. That requires expanding the soul. These things can enlarge the soul: laughter, danger, imagination, meditation, wild nature, passion, compassion, psychedelics, beauty, iconoclasm, and driving around in the rain with the top down. These things can diminish it: fear, bitterness, blandness, trendiness, egotism, violence, corruption, ignorance, grasping, shining, and eating ketchup on cottage cheese."
Tom Robbins


AnitaNH said...

Now, let me make sure I get this last bit straight. Shining as in "shining for fish" ???

There's no way I have to worry about indulging in ketchup on cottage cheese...ever!

bulletholes said...

Good catch Nita! i had to look up shining to see what he may have meant. one of the definitions was "trying to impress". Another was "trick and prank" Monkeyshines I suppose.
Do you shine for fish? Sounds like fun!

AnitaNH said...

I don't fish at all but my daughter used to love it when she was young. I think shining is done at night with flashlights. It attracts the fish big time but it is illegal if I remember correctly.

red dirt girl said...
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red dirt girl said...

I like Tom Robbins. I especially liked Skinny Legs and All and
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

But I can't figure out your pic here: I know it's like the negative image of a nekkid lady, but what is that on top of her ??

A curious mule wants to know!