Indigo Spot

A Little Spot of Insight and Thought

“To live a good life: We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” 

– Marcus Aurelius

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. 

– John Muir

There is no human being who may say that he has not failed, that he does not suffer, and that he will not die.

– Viktor Frankl

Trump as Nero


It is literally painful to write this sentence, but the president of the United States is a pathological liar. The president of the U.S. is a racist (it also hurts to write this). He is attempting a coup from the top; he wants to establish an illiberal democracy, or worse; he wants to undermine the balance of power. He fired an acting attorney general who held a differing opinion from his own and accused her of “betrayal.” This is the vocabulary used by Nero, the emperor and destroyer of Rome. It is the way tyrants think.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

– Viktor Frankl

Winter is a time of regeneration

Winter, for me, is a period of reflection and regeneration, of withdrawal, reminiscent of a time when humans were forced to be more malleable and responsive to the seasons. Each year, I long to see the landscape around my home in Germany transformed by the cold: frost-limned trees, crisp air, and snow shrouding everything, muffling every sound, as if covering over the acoustic evidence of humanity. 
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.‘ 

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In the game of life and evolution there are three players at the table: human beings, nature, and machines. I am firmly on the side of nature. But nature, I suspect, is on the side of the machines. 

– George Dyson, Darwin Among the Machines

“You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all.“ 

– Marcus Aurelius

“If you find something very difficult to achieve yourself, don’t imagine it impossible — for anything possible and proper for another person can be achieved as easily by you,“ 

– Marcus Aurelius

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