Call yourself alive?

Temptation

Call yourself alive? Look, I promise you
that for the first time you’ll feel your pores opening
like fish mouths, and you’ll actually be able to hear
your blood surging through all those lanes,
and you’ll feel light gliding across the cornea
like the train of a dress. For the first time
you’ll be aware of gravity
like a thorn in your heel,
and your shoulder blades will ache for want of wings.
Call yourself alive? I promise you
you’ll be deafened by dust falling on the furniture,
you’ll feel your eyebrows turning to two gashes,
and every memory you have – will begin
at Genesis.

Nina Cassian.

© Ardis, 1983; Oxford Univ. Press, 1993
translated from the Romanian by Brenda Walker & Andrea Deletant

Beautiful Anomalies

“Any event in this world – any human being for that matter – that seems to wear even the faintest cast or warp of strangeness, is apt to leave a disproportionately sharp impression on one’s senses.”

“In contrast, Life’s mere ordinary day-to-day – its thoughts, talk, doings – wither and die out of the mind like leaves from a tree. Year after year a similar crop recurs, and that goes too. It is mere debris, it perishes. But these other anomalies survive, even through the cold of age.”

– Walter de la Mare

Ideas

“Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead.

Kathryn suggested yesterday that I must be unsatisfied with aspects of my business or I wouldn’t keep looking for other business elements. However I would counter with the above quote from Mathematician and Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead that ideas require action!

Building a Ship

If you want to build a ship,
don’t drum up people together to collect wood
and don’t assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for
the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

My Life has value…

“I’m a human being! My life has value!”

“So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”

Both quotes come from Howard in the film Network 1976.

Utilitarian Calculations

“It is possible to argue, using (Peter Singer’s) utilitarian calculations, that the deaths of thousands of people (in the World Trade Center) whose trivial consumer satisfactions included the imposition of fundamental misery and death on hundreds of thousands of chickens reduced the amount of pain and suffering in the world.”
– Karen Davis, UPC

Sounds perfectly logical to me… Kevin Atkinson is attempting to persuade me of his anti-animal rights views and has directed me towards http://www.animalrights.net/. This is one of their daily quotes which I assume designed to prove the folly of animal rights logic and morality. Needlesstosay it has had no such affect on me so far!

Off The Top Of His Head

I close my eyes and see inside my head,
The memory of your face…
A little world I know…
Starts sending images of the home I once had,
Of encounters, Of moments, I was part of.

If the world is to everyone,
What each one sees,
What then it’s definition?