“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience for being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power Of Myth
Through this toilsome world, alas!
Once and only once I pass;
If a kindness I may show,
To a suffering fellow man,
Let me do it while I can.
No delay, for it is plain
I shall not walk this way again.
– — anonymous (?)
“The Ankh is a variation of the cross that was used by the ancient Egyptians. It is also known as the crux ansata, and it symbolizes Life to Come. The sign is formed by adding a circle, the Egyptian symbol for eternity, to the top of the T or tau, their symbol for life.
Variations of the Ankh are found in ancient cultures as diverse as those of the Aztecs and the Phoenicians. Its significance appears to have been consistently of a mystical or religious nature; for example, when the sign appears with the circle below the cross it has been known to represent the concept of Goodness.”
– Symbols by Rolf Myller
by L.E. Modessit Jr.
a book I borrowed from somebody & read a couple years ago
“Life is too easy to face the hard decisions, and so we plan, and watch, and wait, and hope, and are the compliant victims of the schemers and the madmen.” [Sammis to Loki]
“… and no man or god would know his place while blew the wild winds of time.”
“The universe has no gods and while some have the power of gods, those who thought they were indeed were mad.”
“The histories, the might-have-beens, the was and the were, the is and the are, warred upon each other. Through the black windows of time hung in front of us, battles never fought were fought, all at once, all together, and the new turning points of history and parahistory, of space and para-space, were hammered out in the fires of para-time.”
posting & archiving news of deaths of the MySpacers, which has been running for about two and a half years by now (MyDeathSpace, that is, not MySpace), a little morbidly interesting perhaps, yet also making the online community feel more like an online community, & to read about all the shit that happens to people ought to make us aspire to be better people ourselves, life is too short for crap, it’s just too damn short, we should get with it
born 125 years ago today, here’s to him
“Life’s splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, not reluctant, not deaf, if you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.”
was born 85 years ago today in London, England
she was president of the National Secular Society (in the UK) (www.secularism.org/uk) from 1971-1996
“The one function that most gods seem to have in common is to give human existence some ultimate purpose — and, while it is not possible to disprove an ultimate purpose, there does not seem to be any evidence for it. That is not to say, of course, that there is no purpose in life at all: we all make our own purposes as we go through life. And life does not lose its value simply because it is not going to last forever.” — taken from “Why I Am An Atheist”, a script recorded in June 1985 (& broadcast on BBC World Service four times that year)
for more info on her: http://www.barbara.smoker.freeuk.com/Biography.htm
born 960 years ago today, in Neyshapur, Iran
“Oh, threats of hell, and hopes of paradise!
One thing at least is certain — this life flies;
[One thing is certain and the rest is lies;
The flower that has once blown forever dies.”
– from the Rubaiyat