Silva Rerum

an Alter Native.

July 19, 2014 at 11:11pm
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Everything is connected together. The sun, the moon and the stars they affect each other; The tides, the animals and all, and, human beings are connected too; Whatever effect happens; little minute things; a hundred years; a thousand years from now is gonna affect you;

Everything is connected together. We all connected together. So, what i am trying to say in essence: we have to learn to live together; we have to learn to love each other; trust each other; work with each other; and this is the only way we’re gonna rise above all this little stuff thats going on underneath here.

—  Adam Freeland & Josh Wink & Tom Middleton /v. Adam Freeland & Josh Wink & Tom Middleton - Rise Above

June 20, 2014 at 3:48pm
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Faith, in its broadest sense, is about far more than belief in the existence of God or the disregard of scientific evidence. Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand. Faith is the belief in things larger than ourselves. Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments and at others to ride the passion and exuberance that is the artistic impulse, the flight of the imagination, the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.

— Alan Lightman /v. whiskey river

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Written over the gate here are the words ‘Leave every hope behind, ye who enter.’ Only think what a relief that is! For what is hope? A form of moral responsibility. Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself

— George Bernard Shaw /v. whiskey river

June 6, 2014 at 1:54pm
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Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody - no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.

—  Neil Gaiman /v. whiskey river

May 23, 2014 at 9:31am
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The Talmud asks the question, “Who is wise?” and gives the surprise answer, “Someone who learns from everyone.” We recognize humility in others by finding something that we can learn from them. Do you hear them? Are you paying attention? There’s something you can learn from everyone, something that only he or she knows, that only he or she can teach you. It’s like each person’s life has the pieces of a 1,000 piece interlocking jigsaw puzzle. In my experience, no one seems to get issued a complete puzzle. Everyone’s puzzle is missing, on average, seven pieces, and these puzzle pieces are distributed randomly into other people’s puzzles. We spend our lives walking around saying, “Do you need a puzzle piece with a little yellow in the corner and a red line running through it?” Then we meet someone, and he or she says, “Oh, my God, I’ve been looking for it all my life.” We say, “I don’t know what to do with it, I wound up with it, take it, it’s yours.” It’s rarely the author or featured speaker who has your puzzle pieces; it’s usually someone who has a bit part in your life whose name is not recorded in the program.

—  Rabbi Lawrence Kushner /v. whiskey river