Teenager

Ajhan Sumedho 1 narrates his feelings when he met his parents. He was 55 and he felt like a teenager. Nothing strange about it, don’t you think?

We are immersed in the trials of no change, of permanence, and the same time we try to change everything. We should begin by observing , not grasping. Be yourself… unless you are with your parents. Let them be themselves. It’s cheaper than going to psychiatrist.

Tensions

In the pre-Revolutionary era, British courts in London secretly issued general warrants to British government agents in America. The warrants were not based on any probable cause of crime or individual articulable suspicion; they did not name the person or thing to be seized or identify the place to be searched. They authorized agents to search where they wished and seize what they found.

Andrew Napolitano | Reason.com


There has been rising concern about Facebook’s power over many facets of our lives for years now and the concern is especially strong when it comes to news and media consumption where Facebook is becoming an ever more important channel. Because Facebook’s algorithms determine which things users could be shown they actually see, Facebook bears a primary responsibility for making decisions about the media world its users live in.

Jan Dawson | TechPinions.com


Every day we witness women silently drowning in their “To Do Lists”. Beyond this it appears we’ve become a society which is living under a mindset or more bluntly put, the misconception, that constantly “Doing” is the way to justify our existence: to prove to the world and ourselves that our lives are valuable, that we matter and have relevance. Or should we be asking our self, is it an easy way to avoid the things we don’t want to face and deal with.

Diane Danvers-Simmons | Intent Blog


Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.

Niels Bohr | The Quotations Page


There’s a center of quietness within which has to be known and held. If you lose that center, you are in tension and begin to fall apart.

Joseph Campbell | The Change Blog


So, when The Economist says: “Unlike other aspects of American hegemony, the dollar has grown more important as the world has globalised, not less”, it is pointing to a truly deep tension. As American hegemony disintegrates, the dollar, ultimately founded on the US state, is taking on an ever more central role in the global economy.Adam Tooze | AdamTooze.com


Let go of all your assumptions

And the world will make perfect sense

Chuang-tzu | MindfulBalance.com


In the hospital, I found my speech and actions could become refuges for my family and caregivers providing a space where they could feel calm, positive and helpful. I try to be honest and let people help me when they can. I try to use humor to take the edge off my complaints. Simple courtesies of thanks and asking nurses and aides how their days are going have gone a long way to making sure my care team knows that they can breathe easy around me.

As it became clear that my cure will depend on a stem cell or bone marrow donor, organizing marrow donor drives proved to be a refuge for my friends from the powerlessness of being able to “do nothing” — a space where they feel empowered to provide meaningful assistance toward finding my cure. It’s amazing to see the faces of friends and family light up when they see they have the means to actually help save my life. Complete strangers have shared with me how meaningful it is to learn they can do something so simple to help save someone’s life.

Arun Likhati | Lion’s Roar


If you sit right now for 5-10 minutes and just pay attention to your breath, you’ll likely notice the fundamental anxiety … it results in wanting to stop paying attention to the breath, wanting the meditation to be over, wanting to get on with the tasks of life, wanting distraction, thinking that the exercise is stupid, wanting to think about problems you have.

Leo Batauta | Zen Habits


We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read.

Mark Twain | The Quotations Page

Thanos, the Villain in Avengers, Is Just Another Environmentalist Worried About Overpopulation

Thanos believes that there are finite resources in the universe — an appropriately illiterate idea, considering that the universe is infinite. Thus, if population growth is left unchecked, rising demand for resources will inevitably bring ruin to everyone. Halving the population of the universe is, in Thanos’ mind, “not suffering, but salvation,” for it is intended to avoid famine and poverty. The premise is misguided, but what is striking is the number of people here on earth that share it.

Alexander C.  R. Hammond

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