31 December 2006
Draw yourself a new map of the world. Endure the disorientation and anxiety long enough to determine if it serves you better than the old one. Learn what you can from the experience, and begin again...
~ Josh Mitteldorf
30 December 2006
“The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.”
29 December 2006
Edwin Hubbell Chapin, (December 29, 1814-December 26, 1880), Universalist minister, author, lecturer, and social reformer, was one of the most popular speakers in America from the 1840s until his death. He was revered for his eloquent tongue and passionate pleas for tolerance and justice.
Although he had no college
education or theological training, and only a year's exposure to
Universalism, in 1838 Chapin was called to be pastor of the Independent
Christian Church, in Richmond, Virginia, composed of both Universalists and
Unitarians. Audiences flocked to hear the sermons and lectures of the young
man with the powerful voice and magnetic personality.
28 December 2006
“When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.”
27 December 2006
Let the ascetics sing of the
garden of Paradise –
In our hall of mirrors, the
map of the one Face appears
Hidden in this image is also
Hidden in my silence are a
thousand abandoned longings:
Ghalib, the road of change is
before you always:
26 December 2006
Charles Babbage, born this day in 1792, invented the digital computer before the technology of his day was ready to implement it. Viewed with hindsight, Babbage's analytic engine anticipated every aspect of the modern programmable computer.
“He comes to us One unknown without a name, as of old, by the lakeside. He came to those men who knew him not. He speaks to us the same word: Follow Thou me; and sets us the tasks which must be performed in our time. He commands. And to those who obey him, whether they be wise or simple, he will reveal Himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they will pass through in his fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He Is.”
– Albert Schweitzer