"The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less."
The meaning of life has been pondered by such literary icons as Leo Tolstoy (1904), Henry Miller (1918), Anaïs Nin (1946), Viktor Frankl(1946), Italo Calvino (1975), and David Foster Wallace (2005). And though some have argued that today’s age is one where “the great dream is to trade up from money to meaning,” there’s an unshakable and discomfiting sense that, in our obsession with optimizing our creative routinesand maximizing our productivity, we’ve forgotten how to be truly present in the gladdening mystery of life.
What the chimpanzees teach us about the fine line between faith and apathy.
Legendary British primatologist Jane Goodall(b. April 3, 1934) is celebrated not only as humanity’s greatest expert on chimpanzees but also as a remarkable mind that bridges the rigor of science with the sensitivity of spirituality. In a passage from her altogether fantastic 1999 exploration of science and spirituality, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey (public library), which also gave us her gorgeous poem “The Old Wisdom”, Goodall reflects on a trying time in her life — her divorce in 1974, coupled with her quest to reconcile the faith in a higher power that she had harbored her whole life with the new understanding of and awe at evolution after her transformational experience of studying the chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.
"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.
Hope, memory, and how our chronic compulsion to flee from our own lives robs us of living.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard memorably wrote in reflecting on why presence matters more than productivity. “On how one orients himself to the moment depends the failure or fruitfulness of it,”Henry Miller asserted in his beautiful meditation on the art of living. And yet we spend our lives fleeing from the present moment, constantly occupying ourselves with overplanning the futureor recoiling with anxiety over its impermanence, thus invariably robbing ourselves of the vibrancy of aliveness.
In a chapter of the altogether indispensable 1843 treatise Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (public library), the influential Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (May 5, 1813–November 11, 1855), considered the first true existentialist philosopher, explores precisely that — how our constant escapism from our own lives is our greatest source of unhappiness.
Kierkegaard, who was only thirty at the time, begins with an observation all the timelier today, amidst our culture of busy-as-a-badge-of-honor:
We talk a lot here about the technologies available to our students now that were not available to us at that time in our lives. Part of that is almost unavoidable – these technologies form a huge part of our daily lives, and it is really difficult to try not to compare that with the …
(...) “porque os únicos perigos reais que existem é o próprio homem. Ele é o grande perigo, e nós somos lamentavelmente desconhecido bem o homem. Não sabemos nada do homem, muito pouco. É devemos t...
O filme dinamarquês,”A CAÇA” foi exibido ontem no “40º Festival Sesc Melhores Filmes“, e reexibição para próxima quinta, 10/04 as 17H, é impressionante as fragilidades da inustentável leveda do ser, ou como dirá Nelson Rodrigues, a vida como ela é, eu diria aterrador. A Crítica/Sinopse de Celso Sabadin, que pesquisei agora na rede, já diz tudo no início, “ foi inevitável lembrar do caso da Escola Base, em São Paulo. Para quem não se lembra, a Escola Base foi acusada de abrigar casos de abuso sexual.” Leia a sinopse na integra aqui: ”A CAÇA” ENFOCA A IGNORÂNCIA VIOLENTA DAS VERDADES PRÉ-CONCEBIDAS.
The lost art of learning to stand "where we would rather not and expand in ways we never knew we could."
“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,” Steve Jobs cautioned. “There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,” Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully hearteningletter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life; among the unworriables, he listed failure, “unless it comes through your own fault.”
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