kitsch & the great angst


I do believe that the physical universe is governed completely by rational laws, and I also do believe that the body and mind are purely physical. Furthermore, I don’t believe in miracles or the supernatural. But, like Dostoevsky’s character, I cannot bear the thought that I am simply a piano key, thinking and doing what I must when I’m struck. I want some kind of unpredictability in my behavior. I want freedom. I want some kind of “I-ness” in my brain that is more than the sum of neurons and sodium gates and acetylcholine molecules, a captain who can make decisions on the spot- good or bad decisions, it doesn’t matter. Finally, I believe in the power of the mysterious. Einstein once wrote, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” I believe that it is bracing and vital to live in a world in which we do not know all the answers. I believe that we are inspired and goaded on by what we don’t understand. And I hope that there will always be an edge between the known and the unknown, beyond which lies strangeness and unpredictability and life.  ~Alan Lightman

forget about being right or wrong… about diving into the grit of reality or just enjoy a great pair of shoes….

inquiry for today~   do you even know what you know and know what you don’t know?

cradle to the grave

You lose your grip- and then you slip

Into the Masterpiece

~Leonard Cohen

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