There’s something very calming and beautiful about Asian poetry. Part of it has to do with the calligraphy; the simple act of writing the language is an art form itself. The other parts have to do with the imagery Asian poets use and the compactness of the language. I have always been impressed with how […]Read more "Something sublime about Asian poetry"
This is a photo I bought recently at an arts festival, only the second piece of art that I have ever purchased. Now, I’m not an art expert or collector by any means, but I figured that I’d share my thoughts about this particular work. Maybe some of them might be applicable to art appreciation […]Read more "Midday prayers"
“No great Thinker ever lived and taught you All the wonder that his soul receivedRead more "Why creators suffer"
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it” – Albert EinsteinRead more "Learning and understanding quotes"
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce LeeRead more "Love and beauty quotes"
To exist, one must feed the body, but to truly live, one must feed the soul. Spirituality and beauty are mana for the soul. Yet what are they exactly? I believe somewhat in Plato’s concept of Forms. Forms are the perfect models that our world imitates imperfectly (see this Wikipedia article). I prefer to think […]Read more "Spirituality and beauty"
To kill a poet, one needs only turn him or her to stone. Dull, dense stone. I remember the expressions on the faces of my classmates in high school English. Imagine rolling-eyed, grimacing youths with mouths tilted like Escher staircases listlessly mumbling lines of lyrical beauty in tones as dull as the faux-wood desk at […]Read more "Dead poets live"
For a period in my life, I was very attracted to religion because it seemed to offer the answers to the important questions: why are we here; what are we suppose to be doing; and what happens after we die? I studied different religions intensely for many years and struggled to find the “right fit.”Read more "Religion’s stumbling blocks"
Light is life – Without light, there would be no photosynthesis and therefore no oxygen. Without oxygen, life as we know it would not exist. Not I, nor you, nor anyone else. Can you imagine that? Plants use sunlight to make food, other creatures eat plants, and we eat them both! All life is one. […]Read more "Light is life"
The Creationism vs. Evolution debate is an unproductive use of resources. One can only hope that intelligent people on both sides will one day realize that their time and energy could be spent doing something more profound and significant like finding the cure for cancer or new insights into their faith.Read more "Creationism vs. Evolution"