G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Are we paying any attention to the first Sun?

Gayatri Mantra for Sun:

"Om Asva dhvajaya vidmahe, pasa hastaya dhimahi, tanno Suryah prachodayat"

( अस्व ध्वजय विद्महे
पसा हस्तय धीमहि
तन्नो सूर्य प्रचोदयात)

They say: The Earth could soon have a second sun.

Unlike in CE 1054, India surely will notice and record the event.

But in general have we really learnt to pay attention?

Artist: Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbes who often makes my day because The Asian Age publishes his syndicated cartoon strip.

In case captions in the picture above are not readable:

Calvin: That cloud of stars is our galaxy, the milky way. Our solar system is on the edge of it.

Calvin: We hurl through an incomprehensible darkness. In cosmic terms, we are subatomic particles in a grain of sand on an infinite beach.


Calvin: I wonder what's on TV now.