How to be happy
25/09/2017 - 16:15
Happiness is in deferring it not in having it in having it There is the boredom of having had it. (Carmelo Bene) As Blaise Pascal once said happiness is certainly not a childish bourgeois divertissement, or a diversion or distraction, or as we say today an entertainment able to inebriate one away from contingent matters and questions. But it is an awareness, a consciousness of one’s condition, from which issues ethics...
So much beauty in a desert
19/06/2017 - 10:30
virgin, vivacious, beautifully present day – will it rend for us with a beat of drunken wings (...) Stéphane Mallarmé, Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujoud'hui (1887)   Like every morning, crumpled from the night yet still seduced by light, I scroll through the editorial emails that have arrived: press releases, newsletters, service announcements. This is something different this time. I perceive this...
The enemies of freedom
13/03/2017 - 15:00
“It may happen that an excessive taste for material possessions leads men to put themselves in the hands of the first master who presents himself. In fact, in the life of every democratic people, there comes a very dangerous step. When the taste for material well-being grows more rapidly than the habit of civilization and freedom, there comes a time when men are swept away and almost lose their heads at the sight of the goods...
To have roots in the sky
14/12/2016 - 16:15
To have roots in the sky Ash I know standing, named Yggdrasill, a lofty tree, laved with limpid water: thence comes dew that in dales fell; stands always over the green Urd’s well. Poetic Edda , Völuspá, Prophecy of the Seeress To have a centre, and roots in the sky like the tree of life. It’s the best we could wish for you, it’s the best thing you could possibly want for yourself. To have a centre – or be...