“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.” ~ Stephen Hawking
“My heart is locked away in a cage surrounded by ribs. That’s to protect it, and to keep the world safe. It’s currently serving a life sentence.” ~ Jarod Kintz
I post sporadically as I am in constant movement, traveling and enjoying the nowness of the views. Sometimes I am in a city with electrical connections, and other times I am forlorn without, amongst the sentinel trees and the buzzing of bees. Both are very delightful. ~ Rus
Speak few words, but say them with quietude and sincerity,
and they will be long lasting,
for a raging wind cannot blow all morning,
nor a sudden rainstorm last throughout the day.
Why is this so?
Because it is the nature of the sky and the earth to be frugal.
Even human beings cannot alter this nature
without suffering the consequences.
When we sincerely follow the ethical path,
we become one with it.
When we become one with the ethical path, it embraces us.
When we completely lose our way, we become one with loss.
When we become one with loss, loss embraces us.
When we sincerely follow the Great Integrity,
we become one with it.
When we are one with the Great Integrity, it embraces us.
But when nothing is done sincerely,
no-thing and no one embraces us.
“The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation”
By Ralph Alan Dale
“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
~ Frank Herbert
via Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place
During my life I have moved way too much for anyone. Army brat who had to move every two years with my dad, then after college, my job required me to move to different locations. An expert at packing and having the most portable home goods, I just found home is where my heart is.
My home goods instantly change a strange dwelling in to my home, hanging my hat by the door, and family photos on the wall. The inside becomes naturally familiar, as the outside is now needing to be navigated, learned.
Photo: Home Is Where I Hang My Hat by Barbara White
Out of all the places I have lived, I would choose to live by a river or ocean side. No cities, but sweet small townships with a balance of the diversity of people.
I doubt I will slow down as I age. I am so accustomed to travel and making friends of strangers that the world becomes my home. My place is the world!
~ Rusmir Radic
“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stiffled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to life, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
~ Jack London
Look, man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is?
In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s human and magical that still live and glow despite the times’ darkness.
Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it’d find a way to both depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.
~David Foster Wallace
What is music? This question occupied my mind for hours last night before I fell asleep. The very existence of music is wonderful, I might even say miraculous.
Artwork by Pat Perry (link)
Its domain is between thought and phenomena. Like a mediator, it hovers between spirit and matter, related to both and yet differing from each.
It is spirit, but it is spirit subject to the measurement of time.
It is matter, but it is matter that can be dispense with space.
~ Heinrich Heine
Our conscious motivations, ideas, beliefs are a blend of false information, biases, irrational passions, rationalizations, prejudices, in which morsels of truth swim around and give reassurance, albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true.
The thinking process attempts to organize this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of logic and plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality; it is the map we use for organising life.
~ Erich Fromm