The Beat Generation
Jack Kerouac – American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. Father of the Beat movement.
“The Beat Generation, that was a vision that we had, John Clellon Holmes and I, and Allen Ginsberg in an even wilder way, in the late forties, of a generation of crazy, illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming and hitchhiking... [Read more of this article]
Myth and Metaphor
Exerpt from the conversation between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell – The Power of Myth.
Moyers: Are some myths more or less true than others?
Campbell: They are true in different senses. Every mythology has to do with the wisdom of life as related to specific culture at a specific time. It integrates the individual into his society and the... [Read more of this article]
Live Backwards and Voila!
“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until... [Read more of this article]
Where I create there I am true
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if... [Read more of this article]
One’s Life Must Matter. The Iron Lady
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
“It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.”
“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ”
“Look... [Read more of this article]
Life is a Movie
“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world.... [Read more of this article]
The Undivided Self
Live beyond your conditioned ego.
We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no center.
Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So... [Read more of this article]
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