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Archive for May, 2013

Harmonious Interrelatedness

‘I believe that the world view implied by modern physics is inconsistent with our present society which does not reflect the harmonious interrelatedness we observe in nature. To achieve such a state of dynamic balance, a radically different social and economic structure will be needed–a cultural revolution in the true sense of the word. The survival of our whole civilization may depend on whether we can bring about such change. It will depend ultimately on our ability to adopt some of the yin attitudes of eastern mysticism, to experience the wholeness of nature, and the art of living with it in harmony.’

Fritjof Capra
Austrian-born American Physicist
Founding Director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California
Author of The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, Uncommon Wisdom, The Web of Life, and The Hidden Connections


The Problem of Civil Obedience

‘Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, and starvation, and stupidity, and war, and cruelty.’

Howard Zinn
American Academic Historian, Playwright, and Social Activist
Political Science Professor at Boston University from 1964-1988
Author of A People’s History of the United States referenced by Matt Damon’s character in the movie Good Will Hunting


Peace

‘Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American Essayist, Lecturer and Poet
Leader in the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century


The Greatest Discovery

‘The greatest discovery you’ll ever make is the potential of your own mind.’

Jose Silva
Founder of the Silva Method


A New World

‘Out of this war, the greatest since the beginning of history, a new world must be born, a world that would justify the sacrifices offered by humanity. This new world must be a world in which there shall be no exploitation of the weak by the strong, of the good by the evil; where there will be no humiliation of the poor by the violence of the rich; where the products of the intellect, science and art will serve society for the betterment and beautification of life, and not the individuals for achieving wealth. This new world shall not be a world of the downtrodden and humiliated, but of free men and free nations, equal in dignity and respect for man.’

Nikola Tesla
Serbian-American Inventor, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Physicist, and Futurist
Best known for his contributions to design of modern alternating current electricity supply system


How To Keep The Inner Fire Alive

‘How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things at minimum are needed–an ability to appreciate the positives in our life and a commitment to action. Every day it’s important to ask and answer these questions–‘What’s good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?’

Nathaniel Branden
Psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem
Former associate of Ayn Rand


Self-Knowledge

‘Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness but it is on the side of happiness and supplies the courage to fight for it.’

Simone de Beauvoir
French Writer, Intellectual, Existentialist, Philosopher, Political Activist, Feminist, and Social Theorist