Seen from space, cities look incredibly detailed at night, when streetlights and buildings glow brightly enough that it’s possible for astronauts to clearly see individual streets. Photos taken from the International Space Station inspired London-based animator Marc Khachfe to spend hours creating this artwork in homage.
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
—W. Somerset Maugham. Playwright, novelist (via purplebuddhaproject)
Paradise is at your own center; unless you find it there, there is no way to enter.
—Angelus Silesius. Priest (via purplebuddhaproject)
My belief is that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don’t think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don’t be Christian, be Christ-like. Don’t be Buddhist, be Buddha-like.
—Wayne Dyer. Motivational speaker (via purplebuddhaproject)
Meditation is the art of cleaning your mirror from all the dust that the society, the religion, the educational system has poured on you, to take away everything that has not been born with you, to bring you to your absolute innocence as you were born as a child.
—Osho (via purplebuddhaproject)
The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. What else can you do?
—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.
—Lao Tzu (via purplebuddhaproject)
After reposting that piece on Japanese internment camps in WWII, I wanted to say that if we’d like to foster a global environment where “good” will prevail over “evil,” it is critical that we acknowledge the sins/crimes/mistakes of everyone involved, most especially ourselves. Is it good that the Allies defeated the Axis? Yes it is. Is it a BLACK harmony in the symphony of human evil that Hitler studied American Indian reservations in his design of the Third Reich’s concentration and death camps? It most certainly is. We are right to vilify, fear, and study regimes like the Third Reich and their immeasurable crimes, but if we want to prevent nightmares like that from happening again, and we must, then please, please, may Christ, Allah, and Ares sit astride their ponies in Paradise laughing at us if we imagine for a second that the seeds for such evil aren’t in the ground, under our feet - right now - thirsty and genetically coded to wreak hell again and again, until the world is only soot and sewage and we are but memories in the minds of cockroaches that glow.
I will also add that what I’m writing here is how I do patriotism. I love the US and the people who live in it. I cannot be happier than when I walk down a street in an American city, from neighborhood to neighborhood, seeing ethnicities mixing and mingling and ameliorating and influencing and strengthening each other, in a beautiful living second verse to the Emma Lazarus poem which graces the tablet cradled in the left arm of our Statue of Liberty, which happens to be a gift from France.
The best way to pave the road for a new network of internment camps or death camps in your own country would be to look across the sea or across history’s gulf and imagine that’s the only place terrible things happen. The worst way to prepare, and the one I try to subscribe to, is to look in your own heart first, then your own family, your own neighborhood, and only then your government. You can often wholly ignore other governments.
To state it as explicitly as possible, if a people claim to not want internment camps on their soil, they should have their schools teach that there were internment camps on their soil quite recently and examine the behavior and beliefs that led to their widespread and methodical use.
I’m not nihilistic or even pessimistic, and a country of 314 million souls will, simply by existing, have problems that are correspondingly massive, but I urge you to choreograph a tongue ballet on my asshole if you don’t try to fix them when you see them.
A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.
—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
There’s nothing worse than waiting and not knowing what’ll happen to you. Your own imagination can be crueler than any captor.
—Richelle Mead (via purplebuddhaproject)
Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars.
—Victor Hugo (via purplebuddhaproject)
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
—Anaïs Nin (via purplebuddhaproject)