January 16th, 2021

QOTD

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
Rachel Carson

The End

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

We're so often eaten up by trivialities.

And before we know it, if this pernicious virus doesn't get us, it will end:

Life.

Surely knowing that should make us reflect more deeply than we do?

This week I've been waking up to the thunderous sound of one word:

No.

To say No to everything that doesn't fill my life with joy.

Well, something like that which is (of course) contrary to what all the gurus tell us; namely, we should say "Yes" to everything to make our lives richer in meaning etc.

But I can't handle that right now.

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My tweets

  • Fri, 12:46: A divided self https://t.co/LJ8iphfqza https://t.co/zKKWhhCl39
  • Fri, 17:38: All I'll say is that if the legal industry doesn't wake up to the climate catastrophe, then, far from putting a brake on the egregious behaviour of the corporate vehicle, they'll be complicit in seeing to it that they (the companies) nuke us all. Tough but true.
  • Fri, 18:19: Thank you to @Zenamee for the link to the film, Selma. Half way through it but the script and acting is brilliant.
  • Fri, 18:58: Either we do the same thing over and over or we change...forever.
  • Fri, 19:03: Does age bring simplicity?
  • Sat, 06:00: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson
  • Sat, 07:02: The End https://t.co/7cnrV8WMdP / today's little blog post https://t.co/hfpmsVG5wG
  • Sat, 10:19: The rain has stopped. Out with the pooch. 🌿 https://t.co/JwxOI3bH4y