What is “renunciation”? // Matthieu Ricard

True renunciation is not a constrain but a freedom. It comes from the strong desire to end the frustration inevitably created by the ordinary preoccupations of life…. Renunciation essentially means simplifying one’s mind, one’s words, and one’s activities, by letting go of what obstructs inner freedom. Constraint creates frustration; renunciation produces a real sense of… Read More »

“If I truly love one person I love all persons” // Erich Fromm

“Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one ‘object’ of love. If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to the rest of his fellow-men, his… Read More »

The world is getting better. // Hans Rosling

“Every group of people I ask thinks the world is more frightening, more violent, and more hopeless — in short, more dramatic — than it really is…. Step-by-step, year-by-year, the world is improving. Not on every single measure every single year, but as a rule. Though the world faces huge challenges, we have made tremendous… Read More »

What is Philosophy? // Bertrand Russell

“‘Philosophy’ is a word which has been used in many ways, some wider, some narrower. I propose to use it in a very wide sense. which I will now try to explain. Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science. Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as… Read More »