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. &endash;via aeon.co

Gazing Outward

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.' &emdash;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