Howard Zinn quoted by Noam Chomsky

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we chose to emphasize in this complex history will determine […]

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the translation of nirvana: phew!

Alan Watts’ smoke-kippered and throaty laugh: & the perfect translation of nirvana – which means ‘blowing out’ at Sanskrit root – is not extinction or any such disappearing metaphors, it is the cartoon sigh of relief: ‘Phew!’. It’s that huge, laughing, blinking sense of RELIEF. […]

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greatness

The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for. Everybody’s life really consists of small things. Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favorite fantasy of the ego. The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things […]

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