Archive for ‘Sayings’

October 10, 2015

caterpillars too
awake in cocoons
confused

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October 4, 2015

There is a vital mystery to the world; but it lies hidden behind our stubborn conviction that, in the main, we’ve figured it out already.

[This applies both to the depressed individual and the human race as a whole.]

June 21, 2015

My Lord said to me:
be greater than you are
—that we might grow. 

April 29, 2015

Overhearing one night in a museum how Velasquez’s brushwork was ahead of its time, i wondered: Why is it that we no longer climb upwards out of the past but now fall forwards into the future?

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April 11, 2015

Last night i slept on one of Martin Buber’s books. I dreamed of a stairway reaching into the cosmos and saw the old gods ascending and descending upon it. And there above it, stood a greater, as yet unimagined, possibility.

March 29, 2015

We must reforge the prophets of old into pry bars, and topple the truths we once imagined could save us.

March 28, 2015

The Buddha has said: “Even the gods are subject to samsara.” But i say unto you: even our scientists and their truths are in thrall to reckless world views. (They know not how to find the truths that are best for us.)

March 21, 2015

Small follies

This morning I watched an old man pace the contours of St. Peter’s parking lot, again and again. Which of us was the greater fool?

March 7, 2015

Why do we kill the goose and keep the cat? — Because predators flock together? Or are birds without feathers just better?

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February 22, 2015

Being and time

In Hebrew, unlike English, you face the past: the future lies at your back, like the rower on a boat or half the travelers on a train. But these languages lead us astray, for the past is as distant as the future, and the human soul (at present) as homebound as it is myopic.