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.”

on boredom: Kierkegard

All human beings, then, are boring. The very word indicates the possibility of a classification. The word “boring” can designate just as well a person who bores others as someone who bores himself. Those who bore others are the plebeians, the crowd, the endless train of humanity in general; those who bore themselves are theContinue reading “on boredom: Kierkegard”

on practice by kurtz….

Artistry may seem divine, but practicing is always mundane. Practice immerses you in your daily self — this body, these moods… You struggle with mistakes and flaws. The work is physical, intellectual, psychological. It can be exhilarating and aggravating, fulfilling and terribly lonesome. But it is always just you, the instrument, and the music, here,Continue reading “on practice by kurtz….”