The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of the past, a call to action in the present, and a barometer of our future.
Absolutely amazing and humbling decade-long photographic journey by Rachel Sussman at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy:
A visual dictionary of philosophy – major schools of thought in minimalist geometric graphics:
“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 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 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:
“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:
Alan Watts on the ego, the universe, and becoming who you really are – one of the most important things you’ll ever read:
"Everybody who is honest is interesting." … and other hard-earned learnings on life from Stefan Sagmeister, rendered as gorgeous typographic maxims
“Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand… the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.”
Alan Lightman, the very first person to receive dual appointments in science and the humanities at MIT, on science and spirituality – superb, necessary read:
"The author is cheating the reader as soon as he writes for the sake of filling up paper; because his pretext for writing is that he has something to impart. Writing for money [is], at bottom, the ruin of literature."
Schopenhauer presages the economics of the web and the state of modern publishing
"The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet."
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