Modern lies

Myxomycete plasmodium on plant stemImage by George Shepherd on flickr

Presently, the modern will to unconditional truth seems to be: I don’t want to be deceived by others, which is not quite the same as, I don’t wish to deceive myself.  So that I don’t become deceived by others, I can be skeptical of everything outside of me.  For example, what I read and what someone tells me.  I can become an agnostic or an atheist.  I can refuse to believe in metaphysics and religion.

The Zennnist




Love what you do

There’s a good chance that you’ll hate everyday when you’re stuck doing something that makes you unhappy. And when you hate what you’re doing, you somehow end up hating yourself. So instead of sulking and glaring at everything at work, decide to love what you’re doing or find something else that you can value. Life is too short to be stuck doing something that makes you hate life and the world. Find something you love and do it on a regular basis.

Nicolette Morrison

Young forever

It is now possible to conceive of adulthood as the state of being forever young. Childhood, once a condition of limited autonomy and deferred pleasure (“wait until you’re older”), is now a zone of perpetual freedom and delight. Grown people feel no compulsion to put away childish things: We can live with our parents, go to summer camp, play dodge ball, collect dolls and action figures and watch cartoons to our hearts’ content. These symptoms of arrested development will also be signs that we are freer, more honest and happier than the uptight fools who let go of such pastimes.

A. O. Scott

Random, please

randomSnake Mandala by EBalance at DeviantArt

The findings also suggest a disconnect between evolution at the genetic level and at the level of the whole organism. Genetic mutations occur mostly at random, yet the sum of these aimless changes somehow creates a predictable pattern. The distinction could prove valuable, as much genetics research has focused on the impact of mutations in individual genes. For example, researchers often ask how a single mutation might affect a microbe’s tolerance for toxins, or a human’s risk for a disease. But if Desai’s findings hold true in other organisms, they could suggest that it’s equally important to examine how large numbers of individual genetic changes work in concert over time.

Emily Singer

The Ding Meditation

One thing I like to do is set a timer to go off once an hour. I set a reminder on my phone, and after sixty minutes it will go “ding!” No matter what I am working on I am reminded to raise my gaze, connect with my posture, and meditate for a minute. I don’t set a timer for that part of the process, I just practice for what feels like a minute or two then reset the timer and go back to work.

Lodro Rinzel