Of emotional excess, great writing and creativity

You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you,Continue reading “Of emotional excess, great writing and creativity”

The Island of Knowledge: Maria Popova.

What we see of the world is only a sliver of what’s “out there.” There is much that is invisible to the eye, even when we augment our sensorial perception with telescopes, microscopes, and other tools of exploration. Like our senses, every instrument has a range. Because much of Nature remains hidden from us, ourContinue reading “The Island of Knowledge: Maria Popova.”

How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere

Who’s listening anymore? What does it take to get people to listen? When do people feel they need to listen? When do they feel they have to listen? … We get so used to hearing things that they have no meaning… We live with the expectation that words mean very little, because we have seenContinue reading “How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere”

Rilke on What It Really Means to Love

To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet knowContinue reading “Rilke on What It Really Means to Love”

psychological androgyny: Maria Popova

In all cultures, men are brought up to be “masculine” and to disregard and repress those aspects of their temperament that the culture regards as “feminine,” whereas women are expected to do the opposite. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape this rigid gender role stereotyping. When tests of masculinity/femininity are given to young people,Continue reading “psychological androgyny: Maria Popova”

Intelligence vs Morality: Mark Twain

We have no respectworthy evidence that the human being has morals. He is himself the only witness. Persons who do not know him value his testimony. They think he is not shallow and vain because he so despises the peacock for possessing these qualities. They are deceived into not regarding him as a beast andContinue reading “Intelligence vs Morality: Mark Twain”

Naturally by Austin Bukenya.

NATURALLY I fear the workers: they writhe in bristling grass And wormy mud: out with dawn, back with dusk Depart with seed and return with fat-bursting fruit And I eat the fruit And still they toil: at boiling point In head-splitting noise and threatening saws They suck their energy from slimy cassava And age-rusty taps:Continue reading “Naturally by Austin Bukenya.”