Sonnet 65

April 1, 2016

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,But sad mortality o’ersways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower? O! how shall summer’s honey breath hold out, Against the wrackful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor gates […]

Read the full article →

Bank Robbery 

March 6, 2016

During a robbery, the bank robber shouted to everyone in the bank: “Don’t move. The money belongs to the State. Your life belongs to you.” Everyone in the bank laid down quietly. This is called “Mind Changing Concept” Changing the conventional way of thinking. When a lady lay on the table provocatively, the robber shouted […]

Read the full article →

A Brief For the Defense

March 4, 2016

  Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor […]

Read the full article →

Immigrant

February 28, 2016

ImmigrantNovember ’63: eight months in London. I pause on the low bridge to watch the pelicans: they float swanlike, arching their white necks over only slightly ruffled bundles of wings, burying awkward beaks in the lake’s water. I clench cold fists in my Marks and Spencer’s jacket and secretly test my accent once again: St […]

Read the full article →

Four forms of grasping/ clinging

February 23, 2016

“Now these four kinds of clinging have what as their source, what as their origin, from what are they born and produced? These four kinds of clinging have craving as their source, craving as their origin, they are born and produced from craving.[10] Craving has what as its source…? Craving has feeling as its source… […]

Read the full article →

Search for my Tongue..

February 14, 2016

You ask me what I mean  by saying I have lost my tongue.  I ask you, what would you do  if you had two tongues in your mouth,  and lost the first one, the mother tongue,  and could not really know the other,  the foreign tongue.  You could not use them both together  even if […]

Read the full article →

The Morality of Suffering: 

February 8, 2016

Whilst thinking about the old question floating in my head? Can we divide suffering into moral and or immoral? That is, can suffering be graded into a spectrum? I was reminded of Schopenhauer.  A quick test of the assertion that enjoyment outweighs pain in this world, or that they are at any rate balanced, would […]

Read the full article →

Werner Herzog’s Rules for Life

January 29, 2016

1. Always take the initiative. 2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need. 3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey. 4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief. 5. Learn to live with your […]

Read the full article →

Oh! Life and other such trivia…

January 25, 2016

* I cannot refrain from doubting that there exist any genuine realizations of our deepest character except war and illness, those two infinities of nightmare,(…je ne peux m’empêcher de mettre en doute qu’il existe d’autres véritables réalisations de nos profonds tempéraments que la guerre et la maladie, ces deux infinis du cauchemar) * To travel […]

Read the full article →

Conversation between Taccola and Brunelleschi

January 23, 2016

Taccola recorded Brunelleschi’s comments in a careful and authentic style that suggests we are reading something very close to the actual words of the master architect: Pippo Brunelleschi of the great and mighty city of Florence, a singularly honored man, famous in several arts, gifted by God especially in architecture, a most learned inventor of […]

Read the full article →

Berger on Medici Tombs

January 15, 2016

Remember the Medici tomb with the figures of Night and Day, Dusk and Dawn? Two reclining men and two reclining women. The women modestly fold their legs together. Both men part their legs and, pushing, lift their pelvises, as though waiting for a birth. Not a birth of flesh and blood and not – heaven […]

Read the full article →

The company of a Philosopher 

January 12, 2016

The philosopher in the bedroom is as ludicrous a figure as the philosopher in the nightclub. In both arenas, because the body is predominant and vulnerable, the mind becomes an instrument of silent, uninvolved assessment. Thought’s infidelity lies in its privacy. ‘If there is something that you cannot say to me,’ asks the lover, ‘things […]

Read the full article →

White Heron

November 29, 2015

What lifts the heron leaning on the air  I praise without a name. A crouch, a flare,  a long stroke through the cumulus of trees,  a shaped thought at the sky – then gone. O rare!  Saint Francis, being happiest on his knees,  would have cried Father! Cry anything you please  But praise. By any […]

Read the full article →

Sinnerman

October 12, 2015

“Sinnerman” Oh sinnerman, where you gonna run to? Sinnerman, where you gonna run to? Where you gonna run to? All along dem day Well I run to the rock, please hide me I run to the rock, please hide me I run to the rock, please hide me, lord All along dem day But the […]

Read the full article →

Isolation

October 8, 2015

“What do you mean by isolation?” I asked him.     “Why, the isolation that prevails everywhere, above all in our age — it has not fully developed, it has not reached its limit yet. For everyone strives to keep his individuality as apart as possible, wishes to secure the greatest possible fullness of life […]

Read the full article →

Consciousness and Nature…

October 5, 2015

   The entire universe need not arm itself in order to crush man; a vapor, a drop of water, suffices to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would  still yet be more nobler than that which kills him, because he knows that he is dying (that he dies) and […]

Read the full article →

Art of Travel

September 28, 2015

  What, then, is a travelling mindset? Receptivity might be said to be its chief characteristic. We approach new places with humility. We carry with us no rigid ideas about what is interesting. We irritate locals because we stand on traffic islands and in narrow streets and admire what they take to be strange small […]

Read the full article →

Beauty and Charm

September 27, 2015

A danger of travel is that we see things at the wrong time, before we have had a chance to build up the necessary receptivity and when new information is therefore as useless and fugitive as necklace beads without a connecting chain. The risk is compounded by geography: the way that cities contain buildings or […]

Read the full article →

Pensées

September 27, 2015

When I consider … the small space I occupy and which I see swallowed up in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I know nothing and which know nothing of me [‘l’infinie immensité des espaces que j’ignore et qui m’ignorent’], I take fright and am amazed to see myself here rather than there: there […]

Read the full article →

Venice, conclusion 

September 20, 2015

Concluding paragraphs of Jan Morris’ Venice:  For though there have been many scoffers at the Venetian legend, rationalists, sceptics and habitual debunkers, nevertheless the appeal of the Serenissima is astonishingly empirical. Nearly all its visitors seem to agree, when they leave Venice at last, that on the whole, and notwithstanding, it really is a very […]

Read the full article →