25 June 2006
Disrespect can separate us from love, to be sure, but so, too, can admiration. We seek love from those whom we admire, but to the extent that our admiration blinds us to their human struggle and its essential similarity to our own, we erect barriers to love that are as effective as any sneer.
Communities are bound together by a social order that dictates our status and our level of privilege; but individuals are bound one to another by a love that arises when judgments and comparisons are set aside.
~ Josh Mitteldorf
24 June 2006
“Several studies on meditation have demonstrated effects that are consistent with a lengthening of both the (mean) life span and the ‘health span.’ Most recently, a large-scale epidemiologic study comparing hypertensive practitioners of Transcendental Meditation with matched hypertensive controls over two decades revealed a 23% decrease in all-cause mortality.”
Molecular Biology to Anti-aging Cognitive-Behavioral Practices, by Dr
William Bushell of MIT
from Bushell's trip to India documenting extraordinary metabolic control of
23 June 2006
“Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.”
~ Richard Bach,
seventy years old today
22 June 2006
Rapid development + Central planning = Ecotopia
Shanghai is China's largest city, located at the mouth of the Yangtze, a center of culture and progressive thought, and now, a forest of skyscrapers where rural peasants flock to taste a middle-class, cosmopolitan life style.
25 km to the north of Shanghai, urban planners are conducting a grand experiment in community and environmental planning. A new city of Dongtan is being designed for livability, healthy life style, and a compact "ecological footprint". The vision involves wind power and urban waste recycled to biogas, bicyclable streets and public transportation more convenient than cars. Low-rise housing clusters are designed to seed China's traditionally powerful community ties in a place that will be newly populated by immigrants from all parts of China.
Dongtan is an important experiment that could become a blueprint for 21st century Chinese development.
21 June 2006
20 June 2006
I moulded kings and saviours,
Yet whirl the glowing wheels
Let war and trade and creeds
No ray is dimmed, no atom
from R W Emerson, Song
19 June 2006
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and mendacity so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”
«La vérité est si obscurcie en ce temps, et le mensonge si établi, qu'à moins que d'aimer la vérité, on ne saurait la connaître.»