Consumption versus Creation

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The art of making music, clothes, art, or even food has a very different, and possibly more beneficial effect on us than simply consuming those things. And yet for a very long time, the attitude of the state towards teaching and funding the arts has been in direct opposition to fostering creativity among the general population. It can often seem that those in power don’t want us to enjoy making things for ourselves – they’d prefer to establish a cultural hierarchy that devalues our amateur efforts and encouraged consumption rather than creation. ~ David Byrne

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Neurotic Stars

Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art.

The world will never realize how much it owes to them, and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it. ~ Marcel Proust

True Nations

The animal shall not be measured by man.

In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.

They are not brethren; they are not  underlings; they are older nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

~ Henry Boston

Illusions of Help

There is something wrong with the creation of this world, because rich people think they are the benefactors of the poor, but in fact those rich people are fed and dressed by the work of these poor and live in luxury created for them by poor. ~ Leo Tolstoy

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Molecular Sharing

gulp“There are more molecules of water in a cup of water than cups of water in all of the world’s oceans.

This means that some of the same molecules in every cup of water you drink passed through the kidneys of Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Abe Lincoln or any other historical person of your choosing.

Same goes for air:there are more molecules of air in a single breath of air than there are breaths of air in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Therefore, some molecules of air you inhale passed through the lungs of Billy the Kid, Joan of Arc, Beethoven, Socrates or any other historical person of your choosing”. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson