“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”
Kerouac on kindness, the self illusion, and the meaning of life:
A cautionary tale of what happens when religious dogmatism attempts to subvert science:
A prescient admonition from the pioneer of Eastern philosophy in the West:
“You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.”
Anna Quindlen on work, joy, and how to live rather than exist:
The lost art of learning to stand “where we would rather not and expand in ways we never knew we could” – absolutely fantastic read:
"The writer cannot make the seas of distraction stand still, but he [or she] can at times come between the madly distracted and the distractions."
Bellow on how artists and writers save us from the “moronic inferno” of our time – magnificently timely read from 1990:
Buckminster Fuller presages online education, with a touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962 – prophetic vision for mobile, time-shifted, tele-commuted, on-demand education:
"The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world."
John Steinbeck on the creative spirit and the meaning of life – beautiful short excerpt:
"Because of the instinct of rebellion man has never been content with the limits of his mind: it has led him to inquire its secrets of the universe, to gather and learn and manipulate the fabulous inventory of the cosmos, to seek the very mysteries of creation."
Conformity and the instinct of rebellion – Norman Mailer channels his departed friend, the pioneering psychologist Robert Lindner:
How artist Steve Powers made sign painting the voice of the community and the shared narrative of urban life:
How an American who married into the most powerful family in Europe became a model of empowered womanhood in the nineteenth century:
“Man is first animated by invisible solicitations.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on what the desert teaches us about the meaning of life – a magnificent read:
A charming illustrated field guide to mythic monsters, from Gremlins to zombies to the Kraken
A beautiful reminder that despite its occasional cruelties, life is mostly joyful, radiant, and above all ever-flowing.