Your negative passions, whether they be lust, jealousy, anger, drugs, envy, etc, are the great dragon upon you. To conquer them is akin to defeating a vast force and in so doing, you elevate yourself from mediocrity to lofty heights. This, is one of our primary objectives in this life.
I have an IDEA. That some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known. Perhaps, it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he belongs. Here is the home he sought and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from birth, here at last, he finds rest.
-The Moon and Sixpence by W.S Somerset Maugham, 1919.
Written on August 18th, 2013
The beauty of light. Comparing the vista out my plane window to my ring. Both share the refraction of light into seven colours. My ring is the modern representation of the flag of Tawantinsuyu, the ancient Incan empire..and it is more ancient then that. Light was found to be split into seven colours when refracted by Isaac Newton upon a prism. Of course, the ancients realized this much before. Light is also part of what we are made out of, photons… thus, the ring does not only signify a nation, but more deeply, it is a part of us and what makes up our reality
“There are 16th and 17th century chronicles and references that support the idea of a banner, or flag, attributable to the Inca, **but its origins are from symbols and mural designs found in several civilizations of the Andes with thousands of years of history.”**
“The genetic material DNA can survive a flight through space and re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere — and still pass on genetic information. Scientists obtained these astonishing results during an experiment on the TEXUS-49 research rocket mission.”
“Many molecular biologists were puzzled by the problem of the origin of a protein replicating system that is as complex as that which exists in organisms currently inhabiting Earth. In the early 1970s, Crick and Orgel further speculated about the possibility that the production of living systems from molecules may have been a very rare event in the universe, but once it had developed it could be spread by intelligent life forms using space travel technology, a process they called “directed panspermia”.”