metaxu ~= "in between"

Posts tagged ‘altruism’

what comes naturally?

duty of love

The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tillich

bad man’s teacher

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?

If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, no matter how clever you are. It is the great secret.

Verse 27, Tao Te Ching

when artists go to work

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.

Toni Morrison, in The Nation

the genomic fingerprint of happiness

Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal … The sense of well-being derived from “a noble purpose” may provide cellular health benefits, whereas “simple self-gratification” may have negative effects, despite an overall perceived sense of happiness, researchers found.

a medium for others

It’s never about me. [My supporters] use me as a mark for themselves to recognise their own form of life: I become their medium.

Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and dissident, 2011

my voice is not for me

My voice is not for me. Every time I speak, I think how many people had a voice that no one could hear.

Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and dissident, 2011