Category Archives: Ideas to mull over

What is “Freedom”? // Matthieu Ricard

“To be free is to be master of oneself. For many people, such mastery involves freedom of action, movement and opinion, the opportunity to achieve the goals they have set themselves. This conviction locates freedom primarily outside oneself and overlooks the tyranny of thoughts. Indeed, it is a commonplace….that freedom means being able to do… Read More »

“Why do you shiver because of last year’s snow storm?” // Swami Sarvagatananda

“Why do you shiver because of last year’s snow storm? Last year you were driving on the highway, there as a big snowstorm and the car was covered with snow, you couldn’t get out, you were locked in, shivering. That was last year, now you remember it and you shiver now — why do you… Read More »

“Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse.” // Albert Einstein

“I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse.… Read More »

“….we need to get rid of the illusion of believing that we have “our whole life ahead of us.” // Matthieu Ricard

“Every moment of our lives has tremendous value. Yet we let the time go by, like gold dust running through our fingers. What is sadder than coming to the end of one’s life empty-handed? We need to be aware that every second of our life is inestimably precious and have the intelligence to decide to… Read More »

“All ethical systems, in the last analysis, depend upon weapons of war.” // Bertrand Russell

“There is no impersonal reason for regarding the interests of human beings as more important than those of animals. We can destroy animals more easily than they can destroy us; that is the only sold base of our claim to superiority. We value art and science and literature, because these are things in which we… Read More »

“Complex bullshit is full of feats of abstract reasoning that would astonish a medieval theologian….” // Laura Penny

“Complex bullshit is also known as bafflegab or jargon, and it is the native argot of modern bureaucracy…. Complex bullshit is full of feats of abstract reasoning that would astonish a medieval theologian….Even business types have become alarmed by their own flights of jargoneering. In 2003, Deloitte & Touche released a new software program called… Read More »

“Except in pure mathematics, nothing is known for certain….” // Carl Sagan

“The scientific way of thinking is at once imaginative and disciplined. This is central to to its success. Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions. It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses in our heads and see which best fit the facts. It urges on us… Read More »

The Buddha on Love// Juan Mascaro

“This is how the Buddha speaks of love in the Majjhima Nikaya: Buddha spoke thus once to his disciples: The words of men to you can be of five kinds: at the right time or at the wrong time, true or false, gentler or bitter, profitable or unprofitable, kindly or resentful. If men speak evil… Read More »

“The Buddha was never melancholy or gloomy.” // Walpola Rahula

“The Buddha was never melancholy or gloomy. He was described by his contemporaries as ‘ever-smiling’ (militia-pubbamgama). In Buddhist painting and sculpture the Buddha is always represented with a countenance happy, serene, contented and compassionate. Never a trace of suffering or agony or pain is to be seen…. Although there is suffering in life, a Buddhist… Read More »

“…bad actions are unannihilatable.” // Aldous Huxley

“The truth is, of course, that non-attachment can be practised only in regard to actions intrinsically good or ethically neutral. In spite of everything that Krishna or anyone else may say, bad actions are unannihilatable. They are unannihilatable because, as a matter of brute psychological fact, they enhance the separate, personal ego of those who perform.… Read More »