Friday, May 22, 2015


Thoughts for a long weekend

"I regard class differences as contrary to justice"

Some varied thoughts from Einstein

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. I am strongly drawn to the simple life and am often oppressed by the feeling that I am engrossing an unnecessary amount of the labour of my fellow-men. I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force. I also consider that plain living is good for everybody, physically and mentally.
Schopenhauer’s saying, that “a man can do as he will, but not will as he will,” has been an inspiration to me since my youth up, and a continual consolation and unfailing well-spring of patience in the face of the hardships of life, my own and others’. This feeling mercifully mitigates the sense of responsibility which so easily becomes paralysing, and it prevents us from taking ourselves and other people too seriously; it conduces to a view of life in which humour, above all, has its due place.
The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. The ordinary objects of human endeavour—property, outward success, luxury—have always seemed to me contemptible.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Pleasant Surprise

The last week of April was full of news, mostly bad.

There were the Baltimore riots in response to the murder of Freddie Gray by Baltimore police. Then came the torrential rains early in the week, which caused 11 train cars to be blown of the Huey Long Bridge .

But as the rains left and the skies became blue and the temperatures stayed in the fantastic zone for the opening of Jazz Fest, a magical thing happened in New Orleans' skies. Take a look:

These pictures were taken mainly by the members of the Cloud Appreciation Society on Facebook.

These inspiring messages are the brainchild of
New Orleans native
Frank Scurlock. It was a beautiful gift. You can read the background of this gift at the link above.

Thank you, Mr. Scurlock.