Category Archives: Ideas to mull over

“The world is you; you are the problem; the problem is not separate from you….” // J Krishnamurti

“We all want some kind of power, whether over ourselves or others. This urge to power brings a kind of happiness, a gratification that is not too transient. The power of renunciation is as the power of wealth. It is the craving for gratification, for happiness, that drives us to seek power. And how easily… 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 »

“….do we ever learn?” // J Krishnamurti

“….do we ever learn? Do we learn from experience? Do we learn from accumulation of knowledge? We say we learn from experience — do we? There have been nearly fifteen thousand wars during the last five thousand years — that is a great deal of experience for man. Have we learnt from these experiences that… Read More »

“”If you meet the Buddha,” advises the Zen patriarch Lin-chi, “kill him.”” / / Stephen Batchelor

“According to legend, when the young man who was to become Buddha left the security of his home to explore the world beyond its walls, he chanced upon a person crippled with age, another ridden with disease, and a corpse. These sights perplexed him. For the first time, his existence became a question for him.… Read More »