wisdom is learnt
through a costly process
of success and failure
"It’s a funny tension, I think, because what both science, and at least some philosophical and even religious traditions, tell us is that the world is impermanent. Nothing in it stays the same. We don’t stay the same. Our bodies don’t stay the same. The people that we love and the things we love don’t stay the same. That’s just the truth of the matter, is that there’s this constant impermanence, and this constant flux. And some philosophers have argued over the years that we should just embrace that. We would be freer if we didn’t try to hold that flux for a moment.
I have I say, my feeling about it is, part of what makes everything so precious to us is exactly the fact that we know it’s going to disappear, we know it’s impermanent, we know it won’t last, but what we love is this thing now […]
I think there’s something really deep and profound about our human lives, the fact that we can do both of those things – that we recognize the impermanence, but that we feel the attachments. That seems to me to give our life its very special texture.”
Molly Dies took headshots of all the Percolate employees. I made faces. She GIF’d them.
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want…everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear…anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 6, 1941 (at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park)
three white horses / when you go that way
Historical Maps: Railroad Spiral Tunnels of the Gotthardbahn, 1914
In my previous post, I mentioned that the map of the Gotthardbahn showed the spiral tunnels that the track uses to quickly change elevation in areas with limited space. Here are some fantastic maps of those spirals, taken from a 1914 German encyclopaedia and found on Wikipedia.
The maps show the spirals from north to south, with the distance in kilometres from the northern end of the line clearly shown along the route. The Gotthard Tunnel lies between the first and second map. The spirals are superb examples of late 19th-century ingenuity and engineering skill, still in use on the line today. The double loop around Wassen is considered one of the most photogenic spots along the route, offering three different views of the town’s lovely church as the line loops around the town.
Some experimental noise rock on the Northbound platform (at MTA Subway - 4th Ave/9th St (F/G/R))
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