We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.
At the end of the day, as we give our last bit of awakened consciousness to sleep, we have only to answer ourselves one question: “Did I do the best I could today?”
“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value“
Success takes, value gives.
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
Across a nation an entire population grapples with their own understanding of what even Einstein found baffling: April 15th.
"Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age."
Another way of saying we are much more clever than wise.
"Science not only purifies the religious impulse of the dross of its anthropomorphism but also contributes to a religious spiritualization of our understanding of life.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."
Our concept and understanding of God necessarily progresses with our own human evolution and our ability to rise above our our base instincts from which we have emerged from the mists of primordial emergence on this earth.
Fear reflects are base origins as creatures on this earth fighting for survival. We strive for God insofar as we seek a rational understanding of the universe and our place within it.
“Only to a tiny minority is it given to fascinate their generation by subtle humour and grace and to hold the mirror up to it by the impersonal agency of art. To-day I salute with sincere emotion the supreme master of this method, who has delighted — and educated — us all.”
The artist’s laser-beam, with its wit and easy grace yet also with unrelenting intensity, that reveals to us who we really are and what it means to be human, is a gift beyond accounting, .
From the few, much is given to the many.
“There are few enough people with sufficient independence to see the weaknesses and follies of their contemporaries and remain themselves untouched by them.”
Too few are of independent and courageous enough mind to see the truth of the world, as humans inhabit it, and not instead get drawn into the seeming propensity for foolishness.
“I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…”
No man is an island, all are connected and depend on the society of their fellows.
There are those who nonetheless must remain at a distance. The artist, the traveler, the thinker, the loner. Those who find in solace in solitude.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Any well understood idea, fully considered plan, or sound theory must be summarized in less than a minute. Otherwise you’re wasting your own time and everyone else’s.
Simplicity is the clarifying beam of understanding.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
What good is a person’s presumed success if it offers nothing of value to anyone else?