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Quote of the Day – January 29 2013

“This is what it is to be human: to see the essential existential futility of all action, all striving—and to act, to strive. This is what it is to be human: to reach forever beyond your grasp. This is what it is to be human: to live forever or die trying. This is what it is to be human: to perpetually ask the unanswerable questions, in the hope that the asking of them will somehow hasten the day when they will be answered. This is what it is to be human: to strive in the face of the certainty of failure.
This is what it is to be human: to persist.”
“For this is what it means to be human: to laugh at what another would call tragedy.”
— Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Stardance

 

I embrace my humanity and that of others. We’re the damnedest / blessedest creatures. We persist in perversity and we persist in glimmers of hope at the lowest moments. We persist sometimes when there seems to be no hope at all. Such beautiful ugliness in our shadow and sun.  We learn through tragedy as well and persist even then. We have so far to go to reach our potential but with such persistence we actually have a hope of getting there.
Blessings, G

 

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EnCompass
Encompass by G A Rosenberg
Diamond Star Tango Mandala
Diamond Star Dance by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – May 24 2012

“I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.”
–Caine (Kung Fu)

“And still I will have told you next to nothing. For Shara sought more than freedom—she sought meaning. Mass was, above all, a spiritual event—its title pun paralleling its thematic ambiguity between the technological and the theological. Shara made the human confrontation with existence a transitive act, literally meeting God halfway. I do not mean to imply that her dance at any time addressed an exterior God, a discrete entity with or without white beard. Her dance addressed reality, gave successive expression to the Three Eternal Questions asked by every human being who ever lived.
Her dance observed her self, and asked, How have I come to be here?
Her dance observed the universe in which self existed, and asked, How did all this come to be here with me?
And at last, observing her self in relation to its universe, Why am I so alone?”
–Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Stardance

Upon reading the above question a friend of mine asked me: “Isn’t knowing the answers essentially the same as understanding the questions? It’s sort of a more obscure, mystical way of wording things, but how could you do one without the other?” I want to sit with this for a bit.

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Through the Warp by G A Rosenberg

Space Flower by G A Rosenberg