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Owing to our addiction to imagination, which satisfies every part of the outer man, we are in the unfortunate position of being able to believe something that isn’t true.

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There’s a tradition in formal Fourth Way groups of not answering questions, especially mechanical questions. I’m not wild about mechanical questions either but when you’re dealing with machines it’s difficult to find much else.

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Seeing what we’re like doesn’t ever seem to be fun or easy. If it is, we’re probably not seeing what we’re like. It’s more likely we’ve been led into the land of imagination by our two giant guides, Pride and Vanity. Sometimes though, if we’re sincere and work as instructed, we do get a glimpse of something more Real than…

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The Inquisition was an ecclesiastical tribunal established by Pope Gregory IX c. 1232 for the suppression of heresy. It was active chiefly in northern Italy and southern France, becoming notorious for the use of torture. In 1542 the papal Inquisition was reinstituted to combat Protestantism, eventually becoming an organ of papal government.

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If there is one thing that hinders us more than any other, and I don’t really know if there is, it would be the illusion under which we live. The illusion that we are a unity of being with one will. Already it seems like two things and soon it will seem like three when…

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English is a living language. It’s changing, growing, moving all the time. With usage the meanings we give words can morph into different meanings over time. Some words can, and sometimes do, take on the opposite of their original meaning. Yes, I’m sure it would be helpful to give you some examples at this point…

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.