29 October 2006
How do you respond to an extra hour in your day? Does it feel like a luxury, or more like a relief?
Economics and culture both pressures us to overschedule; and there is some comfort to be drawn from perpetual occupation. Tight scheduling is a recipe for productivity in a crisis, but in the long run, it assures limited aspirations and costly mistakes.
We cannot aspire to all the growth and accomplishment of which we will someday be capable – we simply can't see that far ahead. To limit our aspirations to possibilities that can be presently apprehended is to shortchange our potential.
We are all too aware of the unexpected exigencies that arise without herald and demand our attention. We may be less conscious of the unexpected opportunities that appear with equal frequency.
Live beneath your means, so that only a fraction of your income is accounted for by fixed expenses. Budget your time even more liberally, allowing for side-trails, whimsical exploration, and serendipity. It is certain that one of these frivolous diversions will become your destiny.
– Josh Mitteldorf
28 October 2006
“We were told in one lecture that it was possible to immunize against diphtheria and tetanus by the use of chemically treated toxins, or toxoids. And the following lecture, we were told that for immunization against a virus disease, you have to experience the infection, and that you could not induce immunity with the so-called
“killed” or inactivated, chemically treated virus preparation. Well, somehow, that struck me. What struck me was that both statements couldn't be true. And I asked why this was so, and the answer that was given was in a sense,
“Because.” There was no satisfactory answer.”
(from the Academy of Achievement web page)
greatest responsibiliy is to be good ancestors”
27 October 2006
There is a bill before both houses of the US Congress to create a cabinet level Department of Peace. There are presently 74 co-sponsors. It is being promoted by the Peace Alliance and Americans for a Department of Peace.
“...peace is defined as the capacity to handle conflicts with empathy,
nonviolence and creativity.”
convinced there is a groundswell of hope for such a culture, indeed, a
spiritual hunger for it.”
Though the American
government is a belligerent force in the world, the American people
want peace. When America becomes a democracy, they shall have it.
26 October 2006
25 October 2006
Georges Bizet, born this day in 1838, studied at the Paris Conservatory as a defiant, mischievous ten-year-old. The work which we regard as so appealing today was produced as acts of defiance at the time. Carmen was considered scandalous.
“As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism,
crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.”
24 October 2006
“Standing on the bare ground – my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space – all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God. The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental; to be brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty.”
~ from Nature
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
23 October 2006
“The natural laws we have believed in and taught our children have sometimes been found to be not natural laws at all, but rather fearsome constructs of our own making, undermined by the evidence. Time and again, the bear they had sworn would rip us limb from limb was begrudgingly allowed a place at the table, and behold, it used a fork and a spoon.”