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About Jobst Schmalenbach

I code, therefor I am.

Jobst Schmalenbach

Be kind to everyone – this is a hard one.

Be kind to everyone – these days this is a real hard one especially when you surrounded by real pricks.

How can you be kind to Donald Trump?

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.

This quote has been accredited to Plato many times, but it is thought to come from Ian Maclaren[1].

Look, I know how bloody hard this is – while I do not succeed everytime I am having a real crack at it! My patience and kindness is tested every day as I am a system administrator. I love my job, I can help people and write stuff that helps making life easy for other people.

But yes, when it comes to politicians, child abusers, molestors and other idiots it becomes real hard.
I leave it up to the reader to judge their own participation.


[1] See this one for an investigation.

Compassion Quotes

Albert Einstein was ahead of his time in many ways, not only physics.
He recognized very early on that we are all connected.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

― Albert Einstein


Anti Matter and Matter

I could not resist.


Live here and now, not in the past and not in the future

I am not a wordsmith, I have been given another quality that I adore to be a geek, However I happily learn from other wordsmiths and include those lessons learned into my life.

On of those lessons is “Live here and now, not in the past and not in the future”. Why?

Let the Daila Lama explain:

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

What Meditation is NOT.

Some facts about meditation.

  • Meditation is some new FAD.
    No, mediation is not new age FAD. It has been done for thousands of years and has been extensively studied and found to bring specific benefits, especially reduced anxiety and depression.
  • Meditation is a religion
    No, meditation is being used by people of all sorts of religions. Religion is a belief system, meditation is to aid your mind/body health.
  • Meditation is just relaxation
    No, meditation has been shown to produce specific chemical changes in the brain. If you want to relax, go and get your mp3 player, your headphones, something to lay upon and some quiet place to be and listen to your favorite songs. Transcendental meditation, however, is known to cause the brain to release a soothing hormone known as prolactin, it is associated with positive, upbeat feelings.
  • You cannot meditate if you cannot sit in the lotus position
    No, to meditate you only have to be comfortable. Some people can do this in the lotus position, some people sit in a chair, meditation can also be practiced while walking and please refer to swimming-training-as-a-meditation. However, it should not be so comfortable that you go to sleep.
  • Everyone can do it.
    Yes and No. Meditation is a learned skill, you need to seek teaching, but once taught everyone can do it.
  • Meditation is hard work.
    Yes and No. If you start meditation and you are in a busy job, (maybe) unhealthy life style, depressed, not relaxed, stressed and have never done it before, yes it will be hard work – but that is the same with everything new, start playing hockey it is really hard to keep the ball close to the stick but after a while it is natural and other things (e.g. strategy) is hard. Same with meditation – it will be hard at first to concentrate on your breath and keep concentrated for 1 minute – but after a while this will be natural and you can aim “higher”.
  • Meditation will take years to show effects.
    This is very untrue. You will have signs after the first session but you can only know this once you have done it. So go and find yourself a teacher and get meditating – the sooner you start the sooner you will see the effects.

Happy meditating.