It’s fair to say the founding ideas, insights, purposes, and meanings of “liberalism” have been left behind entirely, and all that’s left is what is easy, expedient, and convenient — freedom as buying stuff, life as work, citizenship as consumption, meaning as status, purpose as money. The origin, purpose, meaning, the great truths at liberalism’s heart — they’ve all been forgotten.
If science cannot grasp the fundamental realities of the human psyche in all its aspects then it cannot claim to understand and fully support life.
It is an everyday tragedy that we must shun the sun and lock ourselves away within our places of work when a beautiful clear blue sky reveals itself.
Thank god there are people who care about the details.
Yesterday, innovation meant technological innovation. But today, it means institutional and organizational innovation — ways to motivate, inspire, and coordinate human effort, ideas, and imagination that have greater, deeper, and truer human benefits.
So much of what we do is pointless and superficial. Cosmetic fiddling to create the illusion of meaning. Titanic deckchair rearrangement.
Is it a coincidence that the 20th ‘Century Of The Self’ was the century of depression?
I’m interested in space and time. I like to find some space and take the time to stare into it.
The ‘happiness’ story or myth is rivalled only by the ‘money’ story in our culture. To question its validity is social blasphemy.
Even today, there’s only so much you can do with a computer.
You can’t draw a line between a body and a mind any more than you can draw a line between oceans. I would go even further. I don’t want to get too cross-legged on a Himalayan mountain top, but mental health isn’t just brain health. Mental health is intricately related to the whole body. And the whole body is intricately related to mental health. You can’t draw a line between a body and a mind any more than you can draw a line between oceans.
Never be afraid to think wild thoughts.
I don’t have anything against meditation. I just happen to prefer dozing.
The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.