When I see bumper stickers that read my son made the dean’s list, I see all the sons and daughters that didn’t. Tracey Moffatt has this poignant series of works dedicated to athletes who’ve come in fourth place: no gold, no silver, not even bronze. Being number uno? Stardom is no dream to chase. We just need to be good. And make good work. So, be the caretaker of your vision. Make it famous. And above all, remember, that art is risk made visible.
– Arno Rafael Minkkinen
The machine, which at first blush seems a means of isolating man from the great problems of
nature, actually plunges him more deeply into them. As for the peasant, so for the pilot, dawn
and twilight become events of consequence.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars
The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think that it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question – is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us. They say ‘Hey! Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride.’ And we…kill those people. Ha ha ha. ‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride. SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and family. This just has to be real.’ It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter because: it’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings, and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what you can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defence each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, for ever, in peace.
– Bill Hicks
Your Job is to Live!
Your profession is to excel in whatever it is you enjoy doing.
Your career path is to grow taller, stronger, wiser and become a better human being.
Your ultimate desire in life is to be loved and cared for.
Your uncompromising principles to live by are to sleep well, eat hearty, exercise like crazy, work hard, and always remember to have fun.
If anyone (society, parents, lovers) ever tells you otherwise, tell them to “Get a Life!” (pun intended).
– King Comet
Acquiring a skill has, according to Indian tradition, four stages: adheeti, bOdha, aacharaNa and prachaaram.
- adheeti (అధీతి) involves studying the subject with due attention.
- bOdha (బోధ) involves distilling what is studied into the essential knowledge of the subject.
- aacharaNa (ఆచరణ) is putting the knowledge to practice.
- prachaaram (ప్రచారం) involves passing that practical knowledge to others.