Monthly Archives: October 2013

Man is to me as the red spider is to the elephant*

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  • Men have nothing in common with me – there is no point of contact; they have foolish little feelings and foolish little vanities and impertinences and ambitions: their foolish little life is but a laugh, a sigh, and extinction; and they have no sense….I will show you what I mean. Here is a red spider, not so big as a pin’s head. Can you imagine an elephant being interested in him – caring whether he is happy or isn’t, or whether he is wealthy or poor, or whether his sweetheart returns his love or not, or whether his mother is sick or well, or whether he is looked up to in society or not, or whether his enemies will smite him or his friends desert him, or whether his hopes will suffer blight or his political ambitions fail, or whether he shall die in the bosom of his family or neglected and despised in a foreign land? These things can never be important to the elephant; they are nothing to him; he cannot shrink his sympathies to the microscopic size of them. Man is to me as the red spider is to the elephant.

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Isn’t life the greatest folly?

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Do you feel depressed sometimes? Do you feel that you have reached nothing so far and probably never will reach anything? Do you feel that you have done nothing of merit? Do you feel that you have not met the expectations? Do you feel as an utter failure in life? Nothing works for you even though it seems that you have tried everything. You have consulted various authorities, visited prominent specialists, talked to well-known experts. You have engaged yourself with the brights and other inspiring luminaries of our time. You have listened carefully to the out-of-box-thinkers and dutifully applied every advice you have been given. You have kissed crucifixes and worshiped plethora of idols. You have practiced Yoga, Zen and Jujitsu. You have read the whole encyclopedia Britannica twice. Yet all this of no avail. You have been on a vegetarian diet for years, you have sat on the psychoanalyst’s couch even longer and taken doctors’ prescriptions since you were seven. And yet zero success. You still feel the same. You still feel bad about yourself. Life sucks. At least that’s what you say to yourself. Even though you have so much, it feels like you have nothing. Even though you have accomplished quite a bit in a short amount of time, it feels like you have done nothing. You feel like a nobody. And this feeling is what matters to you the most. It colors your perception of the world. You cannot shake it off or get rid of it. It is simply there. In you. You are it. You feel it at all times. Wherever you go, it follows you like a shadow. It seems like there’s no escape. You are trapped inside a cage of your own making.  Continue reading

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Such love as this

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Today I started reading Franklin Foer‘s book “How Soccer explains the World: An unlikely theory of globalization“. When I opened the front cover, I saw this…   Continue reading

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The world spins to our heartbeat

 

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All words have been spoken. Everything is known. All histories have been recorded and all stories told. All verses have been chanted and every note has been sung. All letters have been written and every symbol has been exploited. All games have been played and every war has been fought. All struggles have ended and every enemy has been converted.
All emotions have been felt and all beauty has been seen. All ideas have been imagined and every thought has been conceived. All wisdom has been stored and every secret has been revealed. All diseases have been cured and every problem has been solved. All troubles have vanished and every misery has faded. All needs have been relieved and all tears have changed into laughter. All mysteries have been explained and every answer found. All questions have been asked and every ghost renounced. All roads have been walked and every path has been followed. All steps have been taken and every goal has been reached. All dreams have been realized and every hope fulfilled.
Everything has been doubted and everything has been believed. All sins have been forgiven and every evil sanctified. Hells have been closed and every nightmare abandoned. The gates of Paradise once lost, now found, have been reopened. Every flower has been plucked and every mountain leveled to the ground. All nations have been united and every moral principle upheld. No law has been broken and all differences have been settled. Past has been forgotten and future remembered. All barriers have been lifted and every sanction disappeared. Justice has been done and nature has been conquered. Virtue reigns alone in supreme glory. Life has not ended but death is near. The world spins to our heartbeat. 

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