Kindle Clippings, Jan. 2022

Everything I highlighted on my Kindle in January, 2022, presented without context and, in the case of articles saved to Instapaper, without attribution.


Invisible cities (Calvino, Italo)
Your Highlight on page 5 | location 64-66 | Added on Saturday, 1 January 2022 23:12:37

The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.


Invisible cities (Calvino, Italo)
Your Highlight on page 12 | location 182-183 | Added on Saturday, 1 January 2022 23:30:13

Futures not achieved are only branches of the past: dead branches.


Invisible cities (Calvino, Italo)
Your Highlight on page 13 | location 193-195 | Added on Saturday, 1 January 2022 23:32:11

Beware of saying to them that sometimes different cities follow one another on the same site and under the same name, born and dying without knowing one another, without communication among themselves.


Instapaper: Tuesday, Jan. 4th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 463-469 | Added on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 23:17:46

But in an old man who has known human joys and sorrows, and has achieved whatever work it was in him to do, the fear of death is somewhat abject and ignoble. The best way to overcome it -so at least it seems to me- is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man who, in old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue.


The Project Gutenberg eBook of Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius (gutenberg.org)
Your Highlight at location 351-352 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 16:40:54

think little of thy flesh: blood, bones, and a skin; a pretty piece of knit and twisted work, consisting of nerves, veins and arteries; think no more of it, than so.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 48-49 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 20:45:19

The key thing to grasp is that, under capitalism, “growth” is not about increasing production in order to meet human needs. It is about increasing production in order to extract and accumulate profit.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 80-82 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 20:48:52

Fair wages and decolonization are compatible with a functioning economy, but they are not compatible with a functioning capitalist economy, because they limit the possibility of capital accumulation.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 152-154 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 20:56:34

In other words, we need the principles of social democracy, but in order for social democracy to be sustained against the forces that demand austerity — and without resorting to imperialist violence—it must be a social democracy without growth, and without capital accumulation.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 190-191 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:02:15

I pass a jogger who has stopped to take photos in the woods. Their breath billows in the forest air as two ecosystems breathe as one: the woods and the jogger. Green breath meets green breath.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 270-273 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:13:33

‘Something is trying to tell me. That voice at the edge of things…. I tremble before the animal, the alien, the sub- or suprahuman, the me that has something in common with the wind and the trees and the rocks, that possesses a demon determination and ruthlessness beyond the human’ – Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera (1987)


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 300-302 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:16:40

In writing about the forest, I do not want to create some kind of false wilderness void of human presence. Humans, after all, are nature too, no matter how hard some try to transcend it. But wherever we meet the woods on equal footing, in ways that are mutually beneficial, everyone thrives. What is good for the woods is good for us.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 310-312 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:18:14

taken in a wider sense, it would mean thinking of our bodies not as individual entities, shored up in walls and discrete houses set apart from others, but rather complex ecosystems as dependent on the non-human as the non-human is dependent on us. The Body-Forest as community.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 334-334 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:20:39

The deeply different can become deeply known without becoming any less different.


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 388-389 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:26:36

‘Life did not take over the globe by combat, but by networking. Life forms multiplied and complexified by co-opting others, not just by killing them’ – Lynn Margulis, Microcosmos (1986)


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 401-402 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:28:10

others like them, it is easy to feel trapped by the holopsychosis


Instapaper: Friday, Jan. 7th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 410-412 | Added on Friday, 7 January 2022 21:29:51

As the fungal networks stream between and around the trees that tower from the forest floor into the canopy above, so too could we look at the ecosystem of the forest and learn how to build communities that rely not on borders and gates and violence and the rapacious pursuit of profit, but deep roots of equality and thriving shoots of solidarity.


Cory Doctorow: Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature (locusmag.com)
Your Highlight at location 52-53 | Added on Sunday, 9 January 2022 21:53:15

The difference between de-skilling and democratizing isn’t what the gadget does – it’s who it does it for and who it does it to.


The Project Gutenberg eBook of Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius (gutenberg.org)
Your Highlight at location 376-377 | Added on Sunday, 9 January 2022 22:09:49

Give thyself leisure to learn some good thing, and cease roving and wandering to and fro.


Invisible cities (Calvino, Italo)
Your Highlight on page 18 | location 275-277 | Added on Sunday, 9 January 2022 22:18:15

“Cities also believe they are the work of the mind or of chance, but neither the one nor the other suffices to hold up their walls. You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”


Mountain – Apex Magazine (apex-magazine.com)
Your Highlight at location 580-584 | Added on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:41:48

Indeed, it is the nature of intelligent life to climb mountains. They all want to stand on ever higher ground to gaze ever farther into the distance. It is a drive completely divorced from the demands of survival. Had you, for example, been only concerned with staying alive, you would have fled from this mountain as fast and far as you could. Instead, you chose to come and climb it. The reason evolution bestows all intelligent life with a desire to climb higher is far more profound than more base needs, even though we still do not understand its real purpose. Mountains are universal and we are all standing at the feet of mountains.


Mountain – Apex Magazine (apex-magazine.com)
Your Highlight at location 585-586 | Added on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:42:12

You are standing at the foot of the mountain. We are all always at the foot.


Mountain – Apex Magazine (apex-magazine.com)
Your Highlight at location 585-587 | Added on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:42:20

You are standing at the foot of the mountain. We are all always at the foot. The speed of light is the foot of a mountain; the three dimensions of space are a foot of a mountain. You are imprisoned in the deep gorge of light-speed and three-dimensional


Mountain – Apex Magazine (apex-magazine.com)
Your Highlight at location 585-587 | Added on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:43:16

You are standing at the foot of the mountain. We are all always at the foot. The speed of light is the foot of a mountain; the three dimensions of space are a foot of a mountain. You are imprisoned in the deep gorge of light-speed and three-dimensional space. Does it not feel…cramped?


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 33 | location 496-500 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 08:48:32

A man or an ant will not survive if he really gets separated from the (biological) unity of the state and left on his own, and this for the very same reason that a single cell or organ of a higher animal will die if separated from the unity of the organism: because specialisation has proceeded too far, and the separated fragment, out of contact with the rest of the organism, is deprived of the environmental conditions which it needs. If these environmental conditions are supplied, even a separate organ can go on living, as grafting experiments have shown.


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 34 | location 510-511 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 08:50:06

why, I ask, is it precisely at the level of my body that unitary self-consciousness comes into the picture, whereas the cell and the organ do not as yet possess it and the state possesses it no longer?


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 48 | location 731-733 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 09:29:34

Briefly summarising, we can express the proposed law thus: consciousness is bound up with learning in organic substance; organic competence is unconscious. Still more briefly, and put in a form which is admittedly rather obscure and open to misunderstanding: Becoming is conscious, being unconscious.


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 50 | location 757-763 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 09:38:47

We are evolving. In every day of our lives there occurs in us something of that evolution of our species which is still in full career. In fact every individual life, indeed every day in the life of an individual, has to represent a part, however small, of this evolution, a chisel-stroke, however insignificant, on the eternally unfinished statue of our species. For the whole of its tremendous evolution consists of myriads of such insignificant chisel-strokes. And so at every step we have to change, overcome, destroy the form which we have had hitherto. The resistance of our primitive desires, which we encounter at every step, seems to me to have its physical correlate in the resistance of the existing form to the shaping chisel. For we are at once both chisel and block, overcoming and overcome—there is a real, continuous self-conquest.


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 53 | location 808-811 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 09:44:08

it is a. fact that for every normally constituted human being nowadays, unselfishness is the unquestioned theoretical standard of value, the ideal criterion of action—however infinitely remote his own actions may be from that criterion. In this very remarkable fact, almost inconceivable in its contrast with the actual behaviour of men, I perceive an indication that we are at the beginning of a biological transformation from egotistic to altruistic attitudes.


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 61 | location 931-934 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 20:55:07

He grieves for the flowers withering in a vase—and so indeed do we. It seems altogether preferable to see it precisely the other way round: it is natural to man to regard his whole environment as alive, as willing and consciously feeling; it is only gradually, as we learn from prehistory and history, that he sorts out the not-really-sensitive from the alive,


My view of the world (Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961)
Your Highlight on page 89 | location 1362-1363 | Added on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 22:24:10

Are you dreaming me and everything else, and am I dreaming you and everything else, so cleverly that our dreams match? But this is mere foolish playing with words.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 535 | location 8192-8196 | Added on Thursday, 13 January 2022 20:24:35

Hurons believe that our souls have other desires, which are, as it were, inborn and concealed…They believe that our soul makes these natural desires known by means of dreams, which are its language. Accordingly, when these desires are accomplished, it is satisfied; but, on the contrary, if it be not granted what it desires, it becomes angry, and not only does not give its body the good and the happiness that it wished to procure for it, but often it also revolts against the body, causing various diseases, and even death.12


Hyperobjects – Timothy Morton
Your Highlight on page 7-7 | Added on Thursday, 13 January 2022 23:13:37

The end of the world has already occurred. We can be uncannily precise about the date on which the world ended. Convenience is not readily associated with historiography, nor indeed with geological time. But in this case, it is uncannily clear. It was April 1784, when James Watt patented the steam engine, an act that commenced the depositing of carbon in Earth’s crust—namely, the inception of humanity as a geophysical force on a planetary scale. Since for something to happen it often needs to happen twice, the world also ended in 1945, in Trinity, New Mexico, where the Manhattan Project tested the Gadget, the frst of the atom bombs, and later that year when two nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Hyperobjects – Timothy Morton
Your Highlight on page 17-17 | Added on Thursday, 13 January 2022 23:39:23

According to hyperobjects themselves, who seem to act a little bit like the gigantic boot at the end of the Monty Python credits, outer space is a fgment of our imagination: we are always inside an object.


Hyperobjects – Timothy Morton
Your Highlight on page 17-17 | Added on Thursday, 13 January 2022 23:39:40

Copernicanism, if we can call it that—there


Hyperobjects – Timothy Morton
Your Highlight on page 17-17 | Added on Thursday, 13 January 2022 23:39:49

there is no center and we don’t inhabit it.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 582 | location 8923-8925 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 13:47:22

The Enlightenment is seen as introducing a possibility that had simply not existed before: that of self-conscious projects for reshaping society in accord with some rational ideal. That is, of genuine revolutionary politics.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 588 | location 9007-9014 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 13:56:10

‘Gardens of Adonis’ are a fitting symbol here. Knowledge about the nutritious properties and growth cycles of what would later become staple crops, feeding vast populations – wheat, rice, corn – was initially maintained through ritual play farming of exactly this sort. Nor was this pattern of discovery limited to crops. Ceramics were first invented, long before the Neolithic, to make figurines, miniature models of animals and other subjects, and only later cooking and storage vessels. Mining is first attested as a way of obtaining minerals to be used as pigments, with the extraction of metals for industrial use coming only much later. Mesoamerican societies never employed wheeled transport; but we know they were familiar with spokes, wheels and axles since they made toy versions of them for children. Greek scientists famously came up with the principle of the steam engine, but only employed it to make temple doors that appeared to open of their own accord, or similar theatrical illusions. Chinese scientists, equally famously, first employed gunpowder for fireworks.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 589 | location 9030-9033 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 13:58:41

In the mid twentieth century, a British anthropologist named A. M. Hocart proposed that monarchy and institutions of government were originally derived from rituals designed to channel powers of life from the cosmos into human society. He even suggested at one point that ‘the first kings must have been dead kings’,2 and that individuals so honoured only really became sacred rulers at their funerals.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 591 | location 9048-9051 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 14:00:40

If something did go terribly wrong in human history – and given the current state of the world, it’s hard to deny something did – then perhaps it began to go wrong precisely when people started losing that freedom to imagine and enact other forms of social existence, to such a degree that some now feel this particular type of freedom hardly even existed, or was barely exercised, for the greater part of human history.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 605 | location 9263-9266 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 14:23:11

It seems to us that this connection – or better perhaps, confusion – between care and domination is utterly critical to the larger question of how we lost the ability freely to recreate ourselves by recreating our relations with one another. It is critical, that is, to understanding how we got stuck, and why these days we can hardly envisage our own past or future as anything other than a transition from smaller to larger cages.


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 615 | location 9424-9429 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 14:40:41

Who knows? Perhaps if our species does endure, and we one day look backwards from this as yet unknowable future, aspects of the remote past that now seem like anomalies – say, bureaucracies that work on a community scale; cities governed by neighbourhood councils; systems of government where women hold a preponderance of formal positions; or forms of land management based on care-taking rather than ownership and extraction – will seem like the really significant breakthroughs, and great stone pyramids or statues more like historical curiosities. What if we were to take that approach now and look at, say, Minoan Crete or Hopewell not as random bumps on a road that leads inexorably to states and empires, but as alternative possibilities: roads not taken?


The Dawn of Everything (David Graeber;David Wengrow)
Your Highlight on page 617 | location 9452-9455 | Added on Friday, 14 January 2022 14:43:19

Myth is the way in which human societies give structure and meaning to experience. But the larger mythic structures of history we’ve been deploying for the last several centuries simply don’t work any more; they are impossible to reconcile with the evidence now before our eyes, and the structures and meanings they encourage are tawdry, shop-worn and politically disastrous.


Meditations (Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius)
Your Highlight on page 31 | location 444-446 | Added on Saturday, 15 January 2022 23:05:55

Remember that all is but opinion and conceit, for those things are plain and apparent, which were spoken unto Monimus the Cynic; and as plain and apparent is the use that may be made of those things, if that which is true and serious in them, be received as well as that which is sweet and pleasing.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 12th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 648-651 | Added on Thursday, 20 January 2022 23:05:06

In her hallucinatory Taiga Syndrome (English translation, 2018), Cristina Rivera Garza self-consciously nods toward The Brothers Grimms’ “Hansel and Gretel.” In her novel, the vastness of the boreal forest—the Taiga—is a site of horror and anonymity for the detective tasked with finding a missing couple within it. This forest is a place where things and people go missing, breadcrumbs lead nowhere, and the non-human refuses to bend its branches to aid humans.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 20th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 54-56 | Added on Thursday, 20 January 2022 23:09:11

effect, we live in two worlds: a world in close contact with nature, buried deep in our ancestral brains, and a natureless world of the digital screen and constructed environment, fashioned from our technology and intellectual achievements. We are at war with our ancestral selves.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 20th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 54-56 | Added on Thursday, 20 January 2022 23:09:17

effect, we live in two worlds: a world in close contact with nature, buried deep in our ancestral brains, and a natureless world of the digital screen and constructed environment, fashioned from our technology and intellectual achievements. We are at war with our ancestral selves. The cost of this war is only now becoming apparent.


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 20th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 76-79 | Added on Thursday, 20 January 2022 23:16:25

But the poet Mary Oliver succeeded. In her 1972 poem “Sleeping in the Forest,” Oliver writes that she “slept as never before, a stone / on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of stars / but my thoughts, and they floated / light as moths among the branches / of the perfect trees … By morning / I had vanished at least a dozen times / into something better.”


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 20th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 526-529 | Added on Friday, 21 January 2022 22:11:58

And yet, beauty doesn’t always work that way. We want beauty to follow logic, partially because we find comfort in patterns, in organization, in replication. We want to think an appreciation for certain scenery or certain items is innate, built into our brains and bodies from birth. But history tells a different story. Ugly


Instapaper: Thursday, Jan. 20th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 987-988 | Added on Friday, 21 January 2022 23:46:27

Regardless, there is something, not quite holy, but maybe hallowed, about the Rothko room. It feels like a war memorial, or a cathedral on an off day; it bears inside a hush that’s almost physical. “It’s become a space that you go, sit in and contemplate,” Nasr said.


Tao Te Ching (Laozi)
Your Highlight on page 54 | location 814-817 | Added on Tuesday, 25 January 2022 22:55:56

Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of humility), and manifests it to all the world. He is free from self-display, and therefore he shines; from self-assertion, and therefore he is distinguished; from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is acknowledged; from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires superiority. It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 55-57 | Added on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:23:44

The fear of an almighty reckoning for modern hubris lurked beneath the surface of our outward self-confidence long before the pandemic; it is why the Titanic story continues to hold its place in the cultural mythos.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 201-206 | Added on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:40:53

And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there’s a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he’s playing himself in his daily life, he’s playing a part, he’s performing, just as he’s performing when he plays a part on stage. He knows that when he’s on stage performing, he’s in a sense deceiving his friends in the audience less than he does in daily life, not more, because on stage he’s disclosing the parts of himself that in daily life he struggles to hide. He knows, in fact, that the role of himself is actually a rather small part, and that when he plays that part he must make an enormous effort to conceal the whole universe of possibilities that exists inside him.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 313-319 | Added on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:55:18

If we look at reality for more than an instant, if we look at the human beings passing us on the street, it’s not bearable. It’s not bearable to watch while the talents and the abilities of infants and children are crushed and destroyed. These happen to be things that I just can’t think about. And most of the time, the factory workers and domestic workers and cashiers and truck drivers can’t think about them either. Their performances as these characters are consistent and convincing, because they actually believe about themselves just what I believe about them—that what they are now is all that they could ever have been, they could never have been anything other than what they are. Of course, that’s what we all have to believe, so that we can bear our lives and live in peace together. But it’s the peace of death.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 990-991 | Added on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:59:31

With all of its success, our technology has greatly diminished our direct experience with nature. We live mediated lives. We have created a natureless world.


Tao Te Ching (Laozi)
Your Highlight on page 59 | location 901-902 | Added on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 23:07:13

He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes himself is mighty. He who is satisfied with his lot is rich; he who goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 799-800 | Added on Thursday, 27 January 2022 22:01:20

As for excrement, it’s currently suctioned into plastic bags and jettisoned along with other waste onto a cargo ship that incinerates upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere. Its fiery streak is often mistaken for a shooting star.


Meditations (Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius)
Your Highlight on page 34 | location 471-473 | Added on Thursday, 27 January 2022 22:52:09

Thou must hasten therefore; not only because thou art every day nearer unto death than other, but also because that intellective faculty in thee, whereby thou art enabled to know the true nature of things, and to order all thy actions by that knowledge, doth daily waste and decay: or, may fail thee before thou die.


Meditations (Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius)
Your Highlight on page 38 | location 537-539 | Added on Thursday, 27 January 2022 23:03:43

Never esteem of anything as profitable, which shall ever constrain thee either to break thy faith, or to lose thy modesty; to hate any man, to suspect, to curse, to dissemble, to lust after anything, that requireth the secret of walls or veils.


Meditations (Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius)
Your Highlight on page 39 | location 549-555 | Added on Thursday, 27 January 2022 23:06:06

The end and object of a rational constitution is, to do nothing rashly, to be kindly affected towards men, and in all things willingly to submit unto the gods. Casting therefore all other things aside, keep thyself to these few, and remember withal that no man properly can be said to live more than that which is now present, which is but a moment of time. Whatsoever is besides either is already past, or uncertain. The time therefore that any man doth live, is but a little, and the place where he liveth, is but a very little corner of the earth, and the greatest fame that can remain of a man after his death, even that is but little, and that too, such as it is whilst it is, is by the succession of silly mortal men preserved, who likewise shall shortly die, and even whiles they live know not what in very deed they themselves are: and much less can know one, who long before is dead and gone.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 617-619 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 09:09:41

Perhaps the most common false assumption about love is that love means we will not be challenged or changed. No doubt this is why people who read writing about racism, sexism, homophobia, religion, etc. that challenges their set assumptions tend to see that work as harsh rather than loving.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 649-649 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 09:17:55

“if you have to choose between Buddhism and peace, then you must choose peace.”


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 665-667 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 09:20:18

“The way must be in you; the destination also must be in you and not somewhere else in space or time. If that kind of self-transformation is being realized in you, you will arrive.”


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 748-750 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 09:31:23

The only answer to fear is more understanding. And there is no understanding if there is no effort to look more deeply to see what is there in our heart and in the heart of the other person. If the people who hurt us have that kind of energy within them, like anger or desperation, then they suffer.


Instapaper: Wednesday, Jan. 26th (Instapaper)
Your Highlight at location 748-750 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 09:31:36

The only answer to fear is more understanding. And there is no understanding if there is no effort to look more deeply to see what is there in our heart and in the heart of the other person.


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
Your Highlight on page 11 | location 160-162 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 12:21:36

All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
Your Highlight on page 12 | location 179-182 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 12:23:50

When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-MoslemChristian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: “Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.”


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
Your Highlight on page 17 | location 261-262 | Added on Saturday, 29 January 2022 12:31:25

‘The softminded man always fears change^ He feels security in the status quo,, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new; For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
Your Highlight on page 19 | location 278-281 | Added on Sunday, 30 January 2022 10:25:53

Softmindedness is one of the basic causes of race prejudice. The toughminded person always examines the facts before he reaches conclusions; in short, he postjudges. The tenderminded person reaches a conclusion before he has examined the first fact; in short, he prejudges and is prejudiced. Race prejudice is based on groundless fears, suspicions, and misunderstandings.


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
Your Highlight on page 19 | location 288-291 | Added on Sunday, 30 January 2022 10:26:50

There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, halftruths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
Your Highlight on page 20 | location 292-294 | Added on Sunday, 30 January 2022 10:27:14

Toughmindedness without tenderheartedness is cold and detached, leaving one’s life in a perpetual winter devoid of the warmth of spring and the gentle heat of summer. What is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined heights of toughmindedness but has at the same time sunk to the passionless depths of hardheartedness? The


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
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Toughmindedness without tenderheartedness is cold and detached, leaving one’s life in a perpetual winter devoid of the warmth of spring and the gentle heat of summer. What is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined heights of toughmindedness but has at the same time sunk to the passionless depths of hardheartedness?


In Praise of Paths (Torbjørn Ekelund)
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“No single person is responsible for a path; instead, it is the sum of the actions of numerous people over a time that dates back to the distant past.”


In Praise of Paths (Torbjørn Ekelund)
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Emigration and immigration are not unnatural; rather, staying in one place is. And yet our culture can hardly tolerate the nomadic way of life.


In Praise of Paths (Torbjørn Ekelund)
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It was only when I started on the final leg back to the cabin that I realized how tired I was. I had been walking for over eighteen miles. My feet were sore. And yet I also knew that I would be in a fantastic mood for the rest of the day—easygoing, mild, and patient. I could play with the children for hours, cook dinner, tidy up the cabin, smile and laugh, the sole reason being the trail and having walked on it. I didn’t need anything else, and in this simple fact lies an important truth: we have an inherent urge to wander that we seldom think about but that we are reminded of every time we follow a path.


Strength to love (King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968)
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The transformed nonconformist, moreover, never yields to the passive sort of patience which is an excuse to do nothing. And this very transformation saves him from speaking irresponsible words which estrange without reconciling and from making hasty judgments which are blind to the necessity of social progress. He recognizes that social change will not come overnight, yet he works as though it is an imminent possibility.