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In Buddhism there's this great concept of near-enemies and far-enemies. Two things are far-enemies if they are polar opposites: the far enemy of compassion is cruelty. But near-enemies are more subtle: they seem very similar at first, but when you look deeper, they're still opposites. The near-enemy of compassion, for example, is pity. They kind of seem like the same thing, because both mean you "feel bad" for someone else, but compassion is dignified and brings you closer together. Pity is condescending. It distances you from the other person.

Far-enemies aren't that interesting to me because they're pretty obvious. Polar opposites. Ho-hum. But I love near-enemies, because there's a lot to talk about in the subtlety.

So let's talk about two of the biggest near-enemies of all: self-consciousness and self-awareness.

Biking in San Francisco

On The Blog of Damon

My good buddy and longtime San Francisco bike guy, posted a great article about biking in NYC.

He's the one who initially encouraged me to get a bike here in SF. And damn am I glad he did.

Biking has been one the greatest overall contributors to my positive life condition.

It is daily exercise. It makes you feel great. It saves you time. It saves you money.

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