though I have not been here long,
I can look up at the sky at night and tell
how things are likely to go for
the next hundred million years:

the universe will probably not find
a way to vanish nor I
in all that time reappear.

  • A. R. Ammons from Rapids

It's not always nice to realize that you will not be around for as long as the universe. But, sometimes it is just the thing you need to remember to put everything into perspective.

via whiskey river

Something happened in the middle of the 1970's that changed our country forever. Stan Sorscher gives us this graph of the relationship between productivity and earnings.

There is a gigantic change in the relationship in 1974 or 1975. Mr Sorscher argues that what changed is the moral makeup of the United States. The change from the shared progress we saw after World War II where everyone rose together to the "Greed is Good" mentality of the upper income earners.

In the new moral narrative I can succeed at your expense. I will take a bigger piece of a smaller pie. Our new heroes are billionaires, hedge fund managers, and CEO’s.

This new moral value from our CEO's and corporate leaders has utterly transformed our society. When CEO's can earn 300% more than their employees there is something wrong with the value system that promotes that inequality.

I do not know how we go back to the shared progress that we had in the 1950's and 1960's. I do know that we have to do something because the disparity is unsustainable culturally.

via Catrine Fake

source Economic Opportunity Institute

Holy shit these are simply stunning works of art by Zaria Forman.

This might be my favorite thing that I have seen this year.

Here is another one showing her working on the piece.

Simply amazing and stunning work.

via Colossal

Fantastic. Simply fantastic work by Tamaki

source

via this isn't happiness

If one day you become sick of words, as happens to us all, and you grow tired of hearing them, of saying them; if whichever you choose seems worn out, dull, disabled; if you feel nauseated when you hear 'horrible' or 'divine' for some everyday occurrence - you'll not be cured, obviously, by alphabet soup.

You must do the following: cook a plate of al dente spaghetti dressed with the simplest seasoning - garlic, oil and chili. Over the pasta toss in this mixture, grate a layer of Parmesan cheese. To the right of the deep plate full of the spaghetti thus prepared, place an open book. To the left, place an open book. In front of it a full glass of red wine. Any other company is not recommended. Turn the pages of each book at random, but they must both be poetry. Only good poets cure us of an overindulgence in words. Only simple essential food cures us of gluttony.

via whiskey river

source Live & Learn

The world's spiritual geniuses seem to discover universally that the mind's muddy river, this ceaseless flow of trivia and trash, cannot be dammed, and that trying to dam it is a waste of effort that might lead to madness. Instead you must allow the muddy river to flow unheeded in the dim channels of consciousness; you raise your sights; you look along it, mildly, acknowledging its presence without interest and gazing beyond it into the realm of the real where subjects and objects act and rest purely, without utterance.

  • Annie Dillard

Ah, so that's what meditation is.

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Sublime

via Fuchsspur

I just think goodness is more interesting. Evil is constant. You can think of different ways to murder people, but you can do that at age five. But you have to be an adult to consciously, deliberately be good – and that’s complicated.

  • Toni Morrison

via Postcards from Space

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.

  • Will Smith

via Swissmiss

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

  • Maya Angelou

I'm a work in progress. Striving towards goals that I believe will help me reach success.

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