February 15: Thoughts for the Day

There is no poison worse than hatred, nor no medicine better than love.

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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5 Responses to February 15: Thoughts for the Day

  1. Mosha says:

    Another great song, Juan! This song has been interpreted in so many ways. From his change to Hinduism, to suicidally thoughts and his longing to leave. For me personally, this song was always soothing, relaxing, and in a strange way, comforting. Great choice!

  2. juan says:


    Given the context of yourself, you bring tears to my eyes with that song.

    How about this one:


  3. Mosha says:

    ¿¿Yo?? Full of hatred? Hahaha!….Naw, Juan, only think I’m hating, but in the end its a flash of anger with someone I actually love….so all I can say is ;)….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-pFAFsTFTI

  4. Ever the romantic, Juan: “…love makes us fat, torpid, and uncritically stupid.” Ha! And “hatred is the better medicine…” Oh, come now! I take issue with your interpretation of :”revenge is best served cold.” It seems to me you suppose, with your interpretation, revenge is a GOOD thing. Though I don’t doubt it can bring with it a certain satisfaction, it is a satisfaction born of hatred which, in my mind, cannot hope to achieve the same satisfaction as that born of love. But, with that said, my statement in today’s “thought” is based more on idealism than practicality!

  5. juan says:

    I don’t know that I completely agree with this, John and All.

    I even wonder whether love makes us fat, torpid, and uncritically stupid. What about the opposite?

    In some cases, hatred is often the better medicine; hence, the old adage that “revenge is best served cold”?

    What that means is that we often have to wait for our hated revenge, because we often plan carefully for it (or at least I do) – and so time makes it a dish gone cold for its latent thinking, planning and offering! Revenge – even unto itself – embodies some degree of hatred and for the wiser ones, some degree of careful planning.

    What’s the line from Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”? “To punish with impunity,” meaning that we when we punish, we punish without fear of reprisal. That takes thinking, and thinking takes a degree of critical assessment.

    But I suppose, too, that I have made an equal number of stupid mistakes in hatred when compared to those I made “in love.”

    I would be particularly interested in Trish’s comment on this, because she’s so full of hatred! LOL!

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