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The incident is particularly unsettling for two reasons: At its root is a testament to what a cruel and indiscriminate predator depression is, capable of consuming even humanity’s greatest minds, yet the uncompassionate response illustrates just how poorly we understand the condition. Above all, however, embedded in the media’s treatment of Virginia’s suicide is a grotesque reminder that the only thing more morally repugnant than passing judgment on another human being’s private struggle and inner world, than choosing self-righteousness over compassionate understanding, is doing so publicly, and in the commercial media. What a spectacular failing of the awareness that it’s far more rewarding to understand than to be right. March 28, 1941: Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter and its cruel misinterpretation in the media (via explore-blog)
I don’t know why we long so for permanence, why the fleeting nature of things so disturbs. With futility, we cling to the old wallet long after it has fallen apart. We visit and revisit the old neighborhood where we grew up, searching for the remembered grove of trees and the little fence. We clutch our old photographs. In our churches and synagogues and mosques, we pray to the everlasting and eternal. Yet, in every nook and cranny, nature screams at the top of her lungs that nothing lasts, that it is all passing away. All that we see around us, including our own bodies, is shifting and evaporating and one day will be gone. Where are the one billion people who lived and breathed in the year 1800, only two short centuries ago?

Alan Lightman, MIT’s first professor with dual appointments in science and the humanities and author of the immeasurably brilliant The Accidental Universe, considers our longing for permanence in a fleeting universe, something a different Alan – Watts – contemplated with equal, timeless poignancy half a century ago

More of Lightman’s singular mind and spirit here.

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Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

John Krakauer, Into the Wild

one of the most inspirational, moving books I have ever read
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allthingsstylish:

Chan Marshall.

allthingsstylish:

Chan Marshall.

onceuponamanda:

 love maps. the real kind.

onceuponamanda:

 love maps. the real kind.

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken. Anaïs Nin (via sirwilliamwallace)

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nevver:

In case

great caption.
explore-blog:

A compendium of advice on maximizing your potential by embracing certainty, overcoming the fear of failure, and harnessing the power of habit.
Pair the above with Anaïs Nin on the unfamiliar, Rilke on living the questions, and Richard Feynman on why the role of great scientists is to remain uncertain. 

explore-blog:

A compendium of advice on maximizing your potential by embracing certainty, overcoming the fear of failure, and harnessing the power of habit.

Pair the above with Anaïs Nin on the unfamiliarRilke on living the questions, and Richard Feynman on why the role of great scientists is to remain uncertain

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I want to be alone… with someone else who wants to be alone. Dimitri Zaik  (via thatkindofwoman)

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