It’s important to have time to wander
time to think and absorb ideas, time to not be doing something.
— disengage from corporate America, no more Walmart, no Chinese goods, no big banks, no Wall Street 401k investments. Buy things from your neighbors, trade, barter, reuse, re-purpose anything that can be made to work again. Find the community banks and credit unions and start moving your business there. Buy local food, no imports.
— vote out all incumbents in all offices from the local to state to national level. They have ceased to work for the taxpayer, they are owned and operated by business interests. Getting elected has become an industry that has perverted the process of running for office. Vote ’em out, even if you have to write in a candidate in single candidate races.
We the people have to go on strike. Keep working, yes — but stop feeding the machine that grinds us down. It is a major lifestyle change. Stopping smoking, drinking, drugs, overeating are easy compared to the task that faces us. If we do not rise up and walk away, we will be diminished serfs in a modern version of feudalism.
-R Matthew Songer
Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum—of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. —Henry Miller
There is a story that as God and Satan were walking down the street one day, the Lord bent down and picked something up. He gazed at it glowing radiantly in His hand. Satan, curious, asked “What’s that?” “This” answered the Lord, “is Truth.” “Here,” replied Satan as he reached for it, “let me have it –I’ll organize it for you.”—Ram Dass
The idea of heat death stems from the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy tends to increase in an isolated system. If the universe lasts for a sufficient time, it will asymptotically approach a state where all energy is evenly distributed. In other words, in nature there is a tendency to the dissipation (energy loss) of mechanical energy (motion); hence, by extrapolation, there exists the view that the mechanical movement of the universe will run down in time due to the second law.
Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
—Michel de Montaigne