Archive for May, 2012

Who knows?

May 30, 2012

Serendipity … Image via: Helendipity

There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?” A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows? …

What is …

May 27, 2012

Things are not what they are; they are what we think they are. “Waiting seven minutes for a train with a countdown clock is less frustrating and irritating than waiting four minutes, knuckle-biting, going ‘When’s this train going to arrive? Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything TED Talk

The Dictator

May 26, 2012

The Dictator (2012) – a comedy that makes a parody of pretty much everything around – Western leaders, Arab leaders, everyday prejudices. Aladeen rewriting even the language so his name means both “positive” and “negative. The Aladeen news or the Aladeen news do not making much of a difference, especially when one is HIV-Aladeen and not only.

The sky in the pond

May 25, 2012

The sky reflected in the peaceful waters of the lake, made me reflect on the story of Narcissus and the pond.

Pancherevo lake, 24 May 2012

Fragility

May 24, 2012

Earthquakes make you think how fragile and transient everything is. Does the bigger house, the smaller phone, the faster car matter at such moments? Earthquakes (and not only) are beyond our control. Aren’t things within our control just as fragile and transient … The earth quaking. People quaking. And this (un)attainable NOW.

Stroke of Insight

May 15, 2012

‘Our right hemisphere, it thinks in pictures and it learns kinesthetically through the movement of our bodies. Information explodes into this enormous collage of what this present moment looks like, smells like and tastes like, what it feels like and what it sounds like.’

Brain scientist watching as her brain functions – motion, speech, self-awareness – shut down one by one. An amazing story Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight. Photo: Kip May