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Excerpted from Jess Keiser’s review of Bedeviled: A Shadow History of Demons in Science by Jimena Canales: Writing in the mid-17th century, the French philosopher René Descartes realized that in order “to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last,” he first needed to lash himself to a single …
“The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.” ~Martin Buber
“Whatever it is, stop trying to figure it out now. Let it remain unresolved a little while. Stop trying to fast-forward to the ‘answer’ scene in the movie of your life; trust the present scene of ‘no answer yet’. Allow the question itself space to breathe and be fertilized. Relax into the mysterious ground of …
The Better Nature
“My concerns, and my father’s concerns, were usually less about who a particular president is and more about who we are as a people and a nation. Presidents come and go, but the people are always here. There’s only one president, but there are hundreds of millions of us… I try to reinforce the better …
“The main business of humanity is to do a good job of being human beings,” said Paul, “not to serve as appendages to machines, institutions, and systems.” ~Kurt Vonnegut, in Player Piano
If That’s Gone
“I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?” ~Paul Simon (source)
The Perception of Chaos
Excerpted from the essay “Peril” by Toni Morrison, in Burn This Book ©2009: I have been told that there are two human responses to the perception of chaos: naming and violence. When the chaos is simply the unknown, the naming can be accomplished effortlessly—a new species, star, formula, equation, prognosis. There is also mapping, charting, …
I Am by Mike Frawley I am a soldier of the world choosing no sides I lay no blame carrying nothing but this smile armed with peace I take my aim I am a child of the universe far brighter than any star or sun I share a sacred bond with you for we are …
Sherman’s Lagoon is on the web HERE.
Cat and Girl is on the web HERE.
“On every issue.”
Excerpted from Eddie Cantor‘s autobiography The Way I See It, written in 1959 when he was 67 years old: To me, neutrality’s a crime. A sin against yourself and your society. Know what “neuter” is? Something sterile. Impotent. Incapable of making life. You can’t stay neutral and make much of any life. A person has …
Ironically, Bucky is not the only one who sees the world through that lens. Get Fuzzy is on the web HERE.
Along the Way
“When families get together to remember their times together, the conversation has a way of moving easily from the tragedies to the funny things. You’ll mention someone who has passed away, and there’ll be a moment of silence, and then somebody will grin and be reminded of some goofy story. Life always has an unhappy …
Critics and Cynics
We don’t have a lot of Social Critics these days. We do have a lot of whiners, though. Even though he’d be kind of a load if he lived next door to you, I think America could use a few men like Diogenes of Sinope.
All Things Must
“It came to pass. It did not come to stay.” ~ Eric Butterworth
“If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values- because you don’t.” ~Jimmy Carter (via randomomnomnom)
Charlie Rich and Nisargadatta Maharaj
“When effort is needed, effort will appear. When effortlessness becomes essential, it will assert itself. You need not push life about. Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment.” ~Nisargadatta Maharaj •••••
“Close your eyes and remain patient. Once you feel anger or yell, it’s over. It is almost like praying. To hate is not an undertaking for men; to judge is God’s domain. That is what my Arab brothers taught me.” ~Kenji Goto (via)
This is everything you’d want from a TED talk: informative, transformative, and a lot of fun. I think you’ll like this one. 😀