Questions and Chaos

Life in the 21st Century

True and False

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

bohr-quote

“The opposite of a fact is a falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.” 

–Niels Bohr 

From The Lightness of Being by Frank Wilczek

Question

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Heisenberg Quote

Asking the right question is frequently more than half way to the solution of the problem.

–Werner Heisenberg

I Like Living

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

 

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” —Agatha Christie

Tree

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tree

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.

–Kahil Gibran

Light in the Dark

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

moon

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.
— Walt Whitman

Plucked from the Earth

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Plucked from the Earth

This is what is the matter with us, we are bleeding at the roots, because we are cut off from the earth and the sun and the stars, and love is a grinning mockery, because poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the tree of life, and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table.

— D.H. Lawrence

Your children are not your children

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Children

Your children are not your children,
they are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
for they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their soul,
for their soul belongs in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness,
for even as he loves the arrow that flies,
so he loves also the bow that is stable

–Kahil Gibran

Always Be on the Lookout

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder

-E. B. White

Butterfly - Wonder

 

You Grew out of the World

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The earth is peopled

You did not come into this world,
you came out of it.
You are not a 
stranger here.

As the ocean “waves” the universe “peoples”.
Every individual is an expression

of the whole realm of nature,
a unique action of the total universe.


–Alan Watts–

Here is a cute little video illustrating this idea.

Here Today

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tracks

Statistically, the probability of any one of us
being here is so small
that you’d think the mere fact of existing
would keep us all in a
contented dazzlement  of surprise.

                                                                   —Lewis Thomas