The Tao of Questy

The Tao of Questy The concept of Questy has been used by me, Tom Peracchio, as an alter ego, to represent myself for many years.

In the 1980's as online services created handles and nicknames, I began using Questy as my alias.  As I began developing web sites, and an online identity, the colors green and purple, along with the Questy character, have created my own brand identity.

In my philosophical adventures I had often used variations of the name Questy, such as TaoQuest or PeraQuest (a word I coined to mean the journey throughout the possibilities.)

I started reading the works of the great philosophers when I was old enough to read. I took my first philosophy class back in high school. As time goes on, I hope to organize my notes on philosophy to share with those who care to learn, and for those who dare to dream.

Technology has been my profession for many years. Music and philosophy have been my passions for my entire life. It only seems natural that the two come together at my cyberspace home.

Questy's mission is to stretch your brain to see things in a different perspective.  Even if you totally disagree with Questy, if you think about a problem or idea in a way you never have before, he has succeeded.

 

 

In search of new ideas to stretch my mind

You will often see the quote, "A man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions" attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes.

It is a thought I live by, always to be in search of a new idea to stretch my mind. I use the internet to search for the truth, to find answers to questions.

Speaking of the truth, it is interesting to note that on the internet you will find that phrase often attributed to other people. The phrase is most likely paraphrased from The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table written in 1858 by Holmes. In Chapter XI you will find the line, "Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions."

I enjoy collecting tidbits of wisdom in the form of inspirational quotes and sourcing their origins. The internet allows me to research the origin of that thought more efficiently.

But the interent is simply a tool to store, collect, and organize the information, the wisdom in that thought existed a century before the internet existed.

The internet itself has no mind of its own, it has no soul, it is simply a mirror that reflects our world. Many people don't like what they see on the internet, so they want to break the mirror. Others chose to do what they can to change the reflection.

 

Welcome to the Tao of Questy

The Tao of Questy is a collection of the personal thoughts  and visions of the philosophic Questy. Some may be simple dreams, while other are burning melodies of words and music pouring through my soul. 

Although this site is called the Tao of Questy, it's not necessarily about Taoism, or any specific philosophy for that matter. As part of the Guru 42 universe, the Tao of Questy is the slightly off center corner of the Universe.

The Tao of Questy is about love and laughter and being human. It's about sharing ideas and being a little bit crazy in order to stay sane. To quote a famous fellow philosopher, Voltaire, "I laugh to keep myself from going mad."
 

 

 

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The Tao of Questy: not echoes but reincarnations

The reincarnation of QuestyEchoes are a sympathetic response. They are an imitation of some one else's thoughts or feelings. When I repeat someone else's words, they are not echoes, but reincarnations.

Reincarnations are channeling souls through bodies, and when I use the quote of a philosopher, I do not simply state it, I relive it. I do not sympathize with many, but I do try to empathize with those I call friend. I try to feel their thoughts, not just merely acknowledge them.

When I first read the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote, " Man's mind once stretched, never goes back to it's original dimension," I embraced it with my soul. It is one phrase that best describes my mission in life.

Another concept the "will to believe" from the philosophy of William James, has also inspired my writing. My goal is not meant to echo that philosophy, but to relive it's meaning through my heart and soul.

I often describe myself as a cross between Bob Seger and Confucius. I see Confucius as a Billy Joel, "piano man", kind of rock and roll philosopher.

I also identify with the rock and roll "power ballads" of Bob Seger and Jim Steinman. I trust most rock listeners are familiar with Bob Seger, and for those of you who don't recognize the name Jim Steinman, if you've listened to any rock ballads, you've heard Steinman. He's most famous for the Meatloaf albums Bat Out of Hell 1 and 2. Steinman has also written a few hits for Bonnie Tyler, and Celine Dion.

Bruce Springsteen's songs have less of a message to them, but as both the singer and songwriter, his songs show the personality of the performer.  I keep picturing it, Confucius doing a piano man type melody, what do you think?

The music of our soul, highlighted by a power piano ballad. That's who I am...

 

 

 

The Ocean Breezes

The ocean breezes were calling me,kids
and that's what matters most,
my soul called out to be baptized,
as I headed for the coast.

I took the back roads whenever I could,
There's a lot more red lights than there needs to be,
But I don't seem to care.

I walked up and down the beach for miles,
Let the ocean touch my soul,
My concept of time is all but gone,
and I don't seem to care.

I walked and walked for what felt like days,
Watched the breezes blow, small waves roll...
It matters not to where I'm going,
Just heading anywhere.
Sunset at the cape    

...and then I came to realize,
that nothing ever changes much,
at least not over night.

Your heart and soul
will steer your course,
they will tell you what to do.

Your heart and soul
will guide you right,
they'll tell when and where...

 

Photo of Laura and Lisa at Cape Henlopen, Delaware, 1996
Poem and Photo Copyright Tom Peracchio

Time and Space Touch

Tom's Tai Chi

Through the magic of cyberspace we can meet people
and have them touch our hearts and souls.

... But we miss the human touch.

To touch someone's heart,
is to make them laugh, to make them smile.

To touch someone's soul,
is to make them see things in ways they never have before.

The human touch is seen through our eyes,
The smile that we see, or don't see,
... in response to our words

 The human touch is heard by our ears,
The tone of the words, the sounds of the laughter
... even the sounds of silence.

 Where laughter turns to love,
and thoughts turn to feelings,
... Is the the crossroads.

 The essence of being human,
The substance of being real.
... It comes down to the human touch.

... Graphic and Poem Copyright 1995 Tom Peracchio aka Questy

The Meaning of Life

Lisa's Tai Chi

Shit happens.

No more, no less, 

Shit just is.

So roll with it.

 

The Tao of Questy ... 

When you are relaxed are you experiencing the calm before the storm, or the eye of the storm?

To appreciate life is to appreciate the journey, to be at peace with life is to accept each destination as a rest stop before a journey.

True wisdom is not in knowing the answers, but in knowing which questions are important, and in knowing which questions are best left unanswered.

The last line of a dialogue from the book "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein ends with this sentence: "The only religious opinion I feel sure of is this: self-awareness in not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together."

I can not always put what I am trying to say into words., but I still feel sure of my journey even though I do not have a clear destination in mind.

To those who want the world to be equal, think there should be no losers, no winners. That's not life. It has nothing to do with fairness, it just is, it is what it is, it is life.

Even though I can not always put what I am trying to say into words.
I feel sure of my journey
even though I do not have a clear destination in mind.

So what is wisdom?
Wisdom is the intersection of knowledge and experience.
Wisdom is not always knowing what to say,
Its knowing when to speak up, and when to shut up.

To love and laughter,
To old time rock and roll and all time philosophy,
To enjoying being the best at what ever enlightens you........

To those who want the world to be equal,
think there should be no losers, no winners. That's not life.
It has nothing to do with fairness, it just is, it is what it is, it is life.

Ashes can't be burnt, rubble can't be ruined,
It was a time when nothing seemed to matter,
it was a time when everything seemed to have a purpose,

It was the best of times it was the worst of times.
A time when I felt so tired I thought I would die,
A time I had so much energy, I felt I could fly,

You know that you can make it, you know you'll stand the strain.
It's wisdom born of anguish, it's knowledge born of pain.

Try a little wisdom, it lasts a little longer.
What doesn't kill you, is gonna make you stronger.

I'm no longer the person I used to be, but now I am the person I was.

 

... Verse and graphic copyright 1997 Tom Peracchio aka Questy

... Graphic and Poem Copyright 1995 Tom Peracchio aka Questy - See more at: http://questy.us/touch#sthash.oGLPHR6t.dpuf
... Graphic and Poem Copyright 1995 Tom Peracchio aka Questy - See more at: http://questy.us/touch#sthash.oGLPHR6t.dpuf
... Graphic and Poem Copyright 1995 Tom Peracchio aka Questy - See more at: http://questy.us/touch#sthash.oGLPHR6t.dpuf

Meatballs and alphabets, ashtrays and cigarettes

Reflections on the meaning of life while looking at a bowl of wedding soup

Meatballs and alphabets, ashtrays and cigarettes,
what do they all have in common?

Signposts of the future, or reflections of the past.

 

Meatballs and alphabets, ashtrays and cigarettes,
what do they all have in common?

Not symbols of a rest stop, but visions of a quest.

 

Meatballs and alphabets, ashtrays and cigarettes,
what do they all have in common?

Old time rock and roll philosophy, the sharing of our souls.

 

Strangers at a bus stop, or friends at a rest stop.
Strangers who cannot see, or friends who truly feel.

Searching for meaning down roads less traveled.
The road that appears a dead end is merely uncharted until paved.

The road less traveled is far less lonely than they believe.
For beyond what they can see, it what you perceive.

 

Unafraid of the darkness, a thought, a dream, a vision,
 shared by two strangers turns the darkness into light.

Where darkness embraces those who dare to travel,
specters of a distance through the caverns of our minds.

 

Meatballs and alphabets, ashtrays and cigarettes,
what do they all have in common?

The fire that cleanses, brings ashes that refreshes.

 

Meatballs and alphabets, Ashtrays and cigarettes,
what do they all have in common?

They forever anchor in our mind, a way of traveling through time.

 


A song written on the back of a cocktail napkin in a bar near Harrisburgh, PA, 1994

Reflections on the meaning of life while looking at a bowl of wedding soup and an ashtray sitting at a bar

Copyright  1994  T.R. Peracchio all rights reserved

I was dreaming of Einstein and this is what he said

Albert Einstein talks to Questy

I was dreaming of Einstein,
on the verge of lucidity,
somewhere in the depths of my mind.

His image came into focus,
and this is what he said.
 
You cannot solve your problems
with the same thinking you used in creating them.

I was dreaming of Einstein
looking for all the answers,
the stuff that saves mankind.

I looked at Einstein as I mumbled,
I don't think I have accomplished much.

He responded not to worry about success,
but become a man of value instead.

I was dreaming of Einstein,
looking for all the answers, the stuff that saves mankind.

As the dream began to fade,
I asked what he remembered most.

His image turned to black as he looked at me and said,
before God we are all equally wise, and equally foolish.

I was dreaming of Einstein,
on the verge of lucidity, somewhere in the depths of my mind.
 

... Original thoughts by the Tao of Questy (Tom Peracchio) inspired by the works of Albert Einstein
--- Copyright 2013 -- Tom Peracchio

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A Personal Father's Day Reflection on the Journey of Life

Tom Peracchio 1961For me father's day will always be a true understanding of the word bittersweet.

In a rather odd twist to the circle of life,
my first father's day as a father,
was my first father's day without my father.

They say a man does not understand death,
until he loses his father.

Does a man not understand life,
until he becomes a father?

Should I be sad for what I have lost?
I have no more remorse for the fears,
than I have for the joys.

Should I be happy for what I have gained?
I have no more regret for the tears,
than I have for the laughter.

The death of my father marked the end of a journey,
a time when nothing seemed to matter.
It was the worst of times.
I felt so tired I thought I would die.

The birth of my daughter marked the start of journey,
and everything seemed to have a purpose.
It was the best of times.
I had so much energy I felt I could fly.

Twenty years have past since my daughter was born,
and my father passed away.
I look back on things I read, and things I wrote.

I do not always have a clear destination in mind,
but I feel sure of my journey.
To appreciate the journey, is to appreciate life.

 


First published in 2010 for the now defunct website Associated Content, I collected some thoughts gathered over the years to write a father's day reflection in the form of the poem as it appears here.  The personal photograph is of me and my father. For those of you old enough to remember, I am holding my "Beanie Boy" doll from the Beanie and Cecil Show.

Original poem, thoughts, and photos, the property of Tom Peracchio.  Reposting or reusing content on other sites is just plain rude.