“Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because Musicians and Singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”
David Ackert, LA Times.
“As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
President John F Kennedy, 1961.
“The general population doesn’t know what’s happening and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know”
“The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
Bob Marley (apparently).
“You do not have a soul; you are a soul. You have a body”
C S Lewis.
"All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves."
"We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means, by being prudent, the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species."
Uruguay President José "Pepe" Mujica [more here]
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction."
"We are blinded by self-destructive fantasy. An array of amusements and spectacles, including TV “reality” shows, huge sporting events, social media, porn (which earns at least twice what Hollywood movies generate), alluring luxury products, drugs, alcohol and magic Jesus, offers enticing exit doors from reality."
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody will see it."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second , it is violently opposed. Third, is it accepted as self-evident."
"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself ... Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable."
H.L. Mencken, American Writer 1880-1956
"For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined..."
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister 1874-1880
"Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex"
"If voting made a difference they wouldn't let us do it"
"Crime is based upon need - making money. People sell drugs to make money. If everybody is cared for, they don't sell drugs, and if there's no money, you can't sell drugs even if you wanted to. There'd be no such thing as gambling, prostitution, selling out, or paying off a senator or a governor. There are no senators, there are no governors, so you can't pay them off. If you take away the basis or the condition that generates abhorrent behavior, you don't have abhorrent behavior."
Life, as everyone knows, is anything but easy!
Everyone goes through phases in which everything seems useless and you don’t really know where your life is heading. There is a constant battle in your head and nothing seems to be going right.
Miyamoto Mushashi, also known as Japan’s greatest ever swordsman, wrote these 21 rules 2 weeks before his death.
If you are going through something like this, read on to learn about 21 rules of life:
Acceptance is perhaps the biggest key to life. There is generally not much that can be changed or is in the hand of us humans. Once you make acceptance your mantra, you can conquer just about anything because you are not fighting any internal battles anymore.
2. Don’t seek pleasure for pleasure
There is no end to desires. Humans will never run out of wishes and desires, and if we keep chasing them and finally achieve something, we become dissatisfied again because we start desiring and wishing for something new. This way, we are never truly happy. The solution is to stop giving in to desire.
3. Feelings are temporary
Feelings are transient and nothing lasts forever. If we spend our lives running after something as fleeting as happiness, we will never really be happy.
4. Don’t think too highly of yourself
Once you start giving yourself too much importance, you are on your way to your own destruction. True happiness can be achieved by truly helping other people.
5. Let go off desire
Desire leads to dissatisfaction, dissatisfaction leads to more desire and this continuous loop leads to suffering. The solution is to truly let go off desire. Instead, learn how to be grateful for what you have and trust that this is the way to inner peace.
6. Don’t regret
Regret is a pointless exercise. What has been done cannot be changed and hence the most you can do is learn from your mistakes and get over it.
7. Don’t be jealous
Just like regret, jealousy is another pointless exercise. Look inside yourself and find things that you can be grateful for. Jealousy and envy is a terrible poison to your soul!
8. Don’t let separation get to you
Separation is a part of life. You have to deal with it and get over it like an adult. Focus on the people that love you and that are still in your life, not on the ones that left. Everything happens for a reason.
9. Don’t resent or complain about yourself or other people
Resentment and complaining never gets anyone anywhere and neither does it help anyone get over things. These things will just make you bitter and cause conflicts with your inner self and other people.
10. Don’t let love or lust take over
I myself am on crossroads about this one. Although I completely agree that one must, at any cost, not let lust take over but I do believe that love is what we live for.
11. Don’t have preferences
This is a counterpart of the desire. You must let go of this too, in order to find happiness and satisfaction.
12. Don’t focus on where you live too much
Life and feelings itself are transient so don’t go chasing permanence when it comes to where you live. Things can always change and you never know what life will bring!
13. Don’t be a glutton
Don’t chase taste, chase health.
14. Don’t hold on to things you don’t need
Get rid of things you don’t need. De-clutter your home in order to de-clutter your life!
15. Don’t follow traditional values blindly
Don’t do something just because tradition dictates that you must. Use your own common sense and find out what is the best thing to do at the moment and do that.
16. Don’t learn or use unnecessary weapons
Focus on one thing and excel at it.
17. Don’t fear death
This isn’t easy to do but with the understanding that it is unavoidable, it is possible.
18. Let go of the urge to possess things in your old age
Material won’t be worth much when you are gone. Don’t hoard things and don’t be materialistic.
19. Pray, don’t demand
Have faith and pray. Show respect. Don’t always ask for things.
20. Preserve your honor
Don’t do something that you can’t recover from.
21. Don’t stray from the way
Follow the good path. Be humble, show compassion and respect.