Archives for October 2007

led by the things we imagine we are controlling

“When we act, as it seems, with the greatest spontaneity and vigour, we are to some extent led by the things we imagine we are controlling.  Moreover, the very expansion of our energy (which reveals the core of our personality) is, ultimately, only our obedience to a will to be and to grow, of which we can master neither the varying intensity, nor the countless modes.”
Teilhard de Chardin – ‘The Divine Milieu’ (Harper: 1957, p.49)

debt

Debt:

it’s what we all got,
I owed  it to myself,
I went out and bought,
I just thought I ought,
to own,
to own,
to own,
to owe.

Truth is a matter of the imagination.

“…Truth is a matter of the imagination.
The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling…”
Ursula K. LeGuin

an intensification of the present

“The best kind of classical performance is never a retreat into the past but rather an intensification of the present.”
Alex Ross in New York Times: Listen To This

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/02/16/040216fa_fact4?currentPage=1

– the best kind of *any* performance!

symptoms…

“…glancing at their religion and politics the way a doctor would look at symptoms.”

Iain Banks, in ‘State of the Art’, describing how an enormously advanced species of extraterrestrials viewed human civilisation…

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We can bomb the world to pieces

“We can bomb the world to pieces,
but we can’t bomb it into peace.”
Michael Franti

‘chosen’ and ‘frozen’

“It is precisely when we start to think of some of us as ‘chosen’ and others as ‘frozen’ that we happily become willing to defrost them with our bombs”
Farid Esack

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
Paul Valéry

acceptance paradox

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl Rogers

Also see ‘The Paradox of Acceptance‘ in this blog.