Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 – 1882, American philosopher, essayist, and poet. Image: By Brenda Clarke (Knife 3Uploaded by Partyzan_XXI) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

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…

Pastor Niemöller: First they came for…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a…

Television?

Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come of it. — C.P. Snow Journalist, Publisher and Politician (1846 – 1932) And was Mr Snow right? No, I love it. Even in this age of mobile devices, etc. I still enjoy watching ‘telly’. Though I have just realised that this of…

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…

Yesterday when I was young

Yesterday when I was young The taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue I teased at life as if it were a foolish game The way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame… — Charles Aznavour I first heard this song sung by Dusty Springfield, and as is so often the case,…