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 Toute prise de conscience est-elle libératrice ?3 comments
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It is one of the proposed philosophy subjects for the French Baccalaureate exam this year:  More >

 Does Man deserve to be saved?28 comments
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 My God’s better than your God…10 comments
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 Black and White in Color6 comments
picture5 Aug 2006 @ 16:58

Thirty spokes are made only by holes in hub
By vacancies joining them for a wheel's use;
The use of clay in moulding pitchers
Comes from the hollow of its absence;
Doors, windows, in a house,
Are used for their emptiness:
Thus we are helped by what is not
To use what is.
—Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching
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 To Live is to War with Trolls...9 comments
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To live is to war with trolls in heart and soul. To write is to sit in judgment on oneself.
—Henrik Ibsen

The interest of a writer and the interests of his readers are never the same and if, on occasion, they happen to coincide, this is a lucky accident.
—W. H. Auden
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 War Games27 comments
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 Dharma8 comments
picture17 Jul 2006 @ 20:38
“...launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”
—Henry David Thoreau

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 The Law of Attraction?6 comments
picture13 Jul 2006 @ 23:06

"Moreover, though this is so,
flowers fall when we cling to them,
and weeds only grow when we dislike them."
—Dogen (1200-1253), Shobogenzo

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 The Wørd5 comments
picture12 Jul 2006 @ 09:21
On "The Wørd," a regular feature of his program, "The Colbert Report" (pronounced coal-BEAR re-PORE, with silent T's), broadcasted on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert regularly parodies the kind of anti-intellectual populism typical of such programs as the Bill O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel.
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 Where is Abel thy brother?8 comments
picture3 Jul 2006 @ 01:48
Picture 1 (left) is from a DVD cover of Godfrey Reggio’s 1988 movie, Powaqattsi. Powaqattsi is a Hopi Indian conjunctive from the word Powaqa, which refers to a negative sorcerer who lives at the expense of others, and Qatsi - i.e., life.

Picture 2 (right) is Wayne Forte’s acrylic on paper Cain and Abel IV '89 - 80” x 50”.

After Cain had murdered his brother Abel, God asked him, "Where is Abel thy brother?" Cain answered, "I know not; am I my brother's keeper?" Cain's words have come to symbolize people's unwillingness to accept responsibility for the welfare of their fellows - their "brothers" in the extended sense of the term. The tradition of Judaism and Christianity (the "Good Samaritan," "Love thy neighbor as thyself," and "Love your enemies") is that people do have this responsibility.

Commentators of old, those who searched through the Bible for allegorical content, saw in the two figures of Caïn and Abel only one person, only one entity in conflict with itself. It is the first schizophrenia of humanity. It refuses a part of itself.  More >

 The Final Frontier?19 comments
picture13 Jun 2006 @ 23:54

"It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."
---Stephen Hawking, June 13, 2006, University of Cambridge

I don't know about that one, shouldn't it be the other way around?  More >

 We and They: The Polarization of America7 comments
picture30 Mar 2006 @ 08:03
Goya: Fight with Cudgels [detail]. 1820-1823 – Oil on plaster – 48 1/4" inches x 104 1/2 inches – Prado Museum, Madrid
"Here are two men – possibly brothers – are shown fighting with heavy cudgels – slowly, rhythmically, as though they are driving a post. Their legs disappear into the ground, like Goya's Colossus, yet they appear wedded to the land and so their fight must be to the death. Bitter clashes between monarchists and liberals in northern Spain at this time imply that Goya may have intended this painting as an allegory of civil war."
----Patricia Wright, Eyewitness Art

"Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them."
--- Peter Ustinov

"There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't."
----Robet Benchley, American Humorist

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
----A. Maslow

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"The eye sees what it brings the power to see."
---Thomas Carlyle

"A small circle", a reference to the Arts, is about intensity, effortlessness, and the spirit of accepting the energies coming our way while turning them in a positive direction.

"A small circle", also means that I am hoping we can create a larger circle.

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