how to be a better person

  1. Getting Started
    1. Become more self-aware.
    2. Set goals for yourself.
    3. Find a role model.
  2. Exercising Compassion
    1. Learn to love yourself.
    2. Learn to control anger and jealousy.
    3. Practice empathy.
    4. Show people that you care.
    5. Be appreciative.
    6. Give to others.
  3. Choosing the Right Path
    1. Explore your talents.
    2. Do what you love.
    3. Practice self-control.
    4. Thank people who help you along the way.

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

bodhisattva vow

The passions of delusion are inexhaustible. I vow to extinguish them.
The number of beings is endless. I vow to save them.
The Truth cannot be told. I vow to tell it.
The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it.

The Bodhisattva vow