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"These people who read so many articles and listened to so many lectures did not take the time and trouble to strengthen themselves against fear, to combat the dread of death within themselves; they moved spasmodically on through life and had no belief in a tomorrow."

Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game 




Reasons to get a Pet by Jessie Doodles [tumblr]

This is accurate

please don’t try to cuddle your fish in bed with you.

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"For these people with their childish puzzle games and their cultural feature articles were by no means innocuous children or playful Phaeacians. Rather, they dwelt anxiously among political, economic, and moral ferments and earthquakes, waged a number of frightful wars and civil wars; and their little cultural games were not just charming, meaningless childishness. These games sprang from their deep need to closer their eyes and flee from unsolved problems and anxious forebodings of doom into an imaginary world as innocuous as possible. They assiduously learned to drive automobiles, to play difficult card games and lose themselves in crossword puzzles — for they faced death, fear, pain, and hunger almost without defences, could no longer accept the consolation of the churches, and could obtain no useful advice from Reason."

Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game 


"In the monastery library, I find this definition: hope is “that virtue by which we take responsibility for the future.” Not just responsibility for our individual futures but also for that of the world. Hope gives our duties a “special urgency.” Hope is a virtue , a term that can sometimes sound primly moralistic, but the definition I find is just as expansive as the one for hope: virtue is the power to realize good, to do it “joyfully and with perseverance in spite of obstacles.” In this light, hope is our positive orientation toward the future, a future in which we simultaneously recognize difficulty, responsibility, and delight. Hope is not relative to the present situation, nor is it dependent upon a specific outcome. It has everything to do with the renewal of the earth, whatever shape that will take. Hope is not an antidote to despair, or a sidestepping of difficulty, but a companion to all of these things."

Lyanda Lynn Haupt - Crow Planet

""Listen!" it rigorously begins. And how? With "the ear of the heart." Here Benedict sets himself apart from the intellectual Platonic tradition, grounding his work in the experiential — heart is a word that comes up often. "The question is," he writes, "will we fulfill the duties of an inhabitant?" This, I realize, is my question. Now, more than ever, I think of Benedict’s unsparing exhortation in relation to the problem that has grounded my up-and-down year of learning, study, watching, and on-and-off mental shakiness: how to live. And not just as a decent human, but as an inhabitant — an elegant and perfect word — an inhabitant of an earthly community that has never been more troubled. Benedict’s answer is beautiful: we run toward our "great work," and not in fear, but joyfully . I do not think this means we will not despair. The honesty of our despair may preclude blind hope, but it need not preclude joy or action based in love."

Lyanda Lynn Haupt on the Rule of Benedict, in Crow Planet


If a man keeps dwelling on sense-objects,
attachment to them arises;
from attachment, desire flares up;
from desire, anger is born;

from anger, confusion follows;
from confusion, weakness of memory;
weak memory — weak understanding;
weak understanding — ruin.

But the man who is self-controlled,
who meets the object of the senses
with neither craving nor aversion,
will attain serenity at last.

In serenity, all his sorrows
disappear at once, forever;
when his heart has become serene,
his understanding is steadfast.

The undisciplined have no wisdom,
no one-pointed concentration;
with no concentration, no peace;
with no peace, where can joy be?


— Krishna to Arjuna in The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Stephen Mitchell


Harry Bunce | Restaurant au Renard 


Harry Bunce | Restaurant au Renard 

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You have a right to your actions,
but never to your actions’ fruits.
Act for the action’s sake.
And do not be attached to inaction.

Self-possessed, resolute, act
without any thought of results,
open to success or failure.
This equanimity is yoga.


— Krishna to Arjuna in The Bhagavad Gita - translated by Stephen Mitchell


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"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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The Bather, Detail.
by Etienne Adolphe Piot

The Bather, Detail.

by Etienne Adolphe Piot

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