Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience.

“Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience. Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones, Anjin-san*. Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don’t give way to the seven, you’re patient, then you’ll soon understand all manner of things…

There was another life that I might have had

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” — Kazuo Ishiguro One of my favourite authors, Never Let Me Go crept up me, and its central idea and character will I am sure indeed never let me go. His latest novel, The Buried Giant,  is for me, his greatest…

It’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock…

“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know,…