counterfactual: pertaining to, or expressing, what has not in fact happened, but might, could, or would, in different conditions
cowboy: A person without qualifications who competes against established traders or operators, providing shoddy goods or services usu. at low (or inflated) prices; one who is recklessly unscrupulous in business. Freq. attrib. slang.
dudette: a female dude, also the female companion of a dude.
I extend the use of these terms to cover a broader definition of “dandy” as elaborated in the post “Tooting Broadway Dude” and excerpted below:
Dandyism implies the chaste enjoyment of your own body, both seeing and being seen; to be caressed by the aethers; to express discreet appreciation of others’ efforts in looking beautiful. In my imagination (and who knows? perhaps reality too) we recognize one another with subtle glances.
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A dandy doesn’t have to follow fashion. But dandyism as divine worship is always in fashion, a Yoga as challenging as any other. Its goal is delight in being who you are, the entire look and feel of your person; and to cultivate a similar appreciation for others.
ephemera: An insect that (in its imago or winged form) lives only for a day. In mod. entomology the name of a genus of pseudo-neuropterous insects belonging to the group Ephemeridæ (Day-flies, May-flies).
epigraph: An inscription; esp. one placed upon a building, tomb, statue, etc., to indicate its name or destination; a legend on a coin. 2. The superscription of a letter, book, etc.; also, the imprint on a title-page. Obs. 3. A short quotation or pithy sentence placed at the commencement of a work, a chapter, etc. to indicate the leading idea or sentiment; a motto.
The epigraph of this site is currently Practise not-doing, and everything will fall into place.
knowing oneself: (as a category) covers a wide range of awareness, of Self, transformation, Nature etc; and how they are ultimately joined in oneness. It might also cover Reality and Illusion. Perhaps paradoxically I also use this tag to cover “not-knowing”. (To know that you don’t know is an indicator of knowing yourself, in this Wayfarer’s realm.)
misandry:The hatred of males; hatred of men as a sex.
noösphere: the part of the biosphere occupied by thinking humanity; spec. (with reference to the writing of P. Teilhard de Chardin) a stage or sphere of evolutionary development characterized by (the emergence or dominance of) consciousness, the mind, and interpersonal relationships, postulated as following the stage of the establishment of human life. Also fig.
not-doing: an English translation of the Chinese term wu wei, about which Wikipedia says:
Shen Buhai used the term wu-wei to mean that the ruler, though vigilant, should not interfere with the duties of his ministers. The only other book to use the term in this manner is the Tao Te Ching, and since it was composed later it may therefore be assumed that Shen influenced the Tao Te Ching.
See also “On Not-doing”.
serendipity: coined by Horace Walpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 1754) that he had formed it upon the title of the fairy-tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’, the heroes of which ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of
soul: that which soars above, and in spite of, circumstance (my definition)