Trump as Nero

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1133177-amp.html 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.

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In That Space

"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.

Gazing Outward

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.' – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Player of Life

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

Keep Calm

"You shouldn't give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don't care at all." – Marcus Aurelius

Possible

"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

To Understand is To Know

“If you understand each other, you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.” – John Steinbeck

Misunderstanding

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” – Shannon L. Alder

Ask Foolishly

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” – Chinese proverb