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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Successful spiritual study is flowing and flexible. It is multi-dimensional. It utilizes all colors of the spiritual rainbow. However, if one's study devolves into just one color (the books for example) it can harden and rigidify. What is sacred and precious gets lost in the "I'm right and you're wrong" freezing cold attitude. But it is also true that spirituality is understood and grasped according to each individual's innate attributes which differ from person to person. Swami Chinmaya Nanda explains this very beautifully in a small book of some 70 pages titled ' THE LOGIC OF SPIRITUALITY"

why we Indians need to continue to promote carnatic music?

why we Indians need to continue to promote  carnatic music?

Because bharatha  the very word used to name our great country  mean 'bha' for bhakthi[dedication or devotion with sincerity ]- ra –for rakthi –emotional content that is bhava of the soul [doing with passion] and tha for thanmaythvam- aesthetc quality [ not a mere entertainment for pleasure but a mode of artistic experience  for peace and joy]

Dear brothers and sisters, we the members of a family, the family of classical music lovers either as performing artists, organizers or as rasikas. We all must realize the uniqueness of great classical carnatic compositions and therefore promote them.

They are unique because they are beyond different scales of observation and various modes of perception. Two concepts different scales of observation and various modes of perception require clarification.

As for as scales of observation is concerned there cannot be a better explanation than what  Lecomte du Nouy explains in his wonderful book HUMAN DESTINY
“from the standpoint of man it is the scale of observation which creates the phenomenon. Every time we change the scale of observation we encounter new phenomena. On our scale of human observation, as pointed out before, the edge of a razor blade, is a continuous line. On the microscopic scale, it is a broken but solid line. On the chemical scale we have atoms of iron and carbon. On the sub-atomic scale we have electrons in perpetual motion which travel at the rate of several thousand miles per second. All these phenomena are in reality the manifestations of the same basic phenomenon, the motions of the electrons. The only difference which exists between them is the scale of observation."

Then coming to various modes of perception.

We are all aware our perceptions are the result of our conditioning produced by the limited deposits of information, thoughts, experiences etc and the   circumstantially prompted conditioning communicated  through the neurotransmitters as assumptive perception called as transactionism
[ psychology of perception]. This is often explained by the simple example that while we are sitting inside a train waiting to proceed on a journey when the train in the adjacent track moves we feel for a moment as if our train is moving. This is because the message has been already sent to the brain that we are expecting to move and therefore the assumptive perception takes place instead of the factual perception that would have happened  if we were sitting in the station master’s room and viewing the same movement of the train.

Classical music appeals to all of us because as I said earlier that it is beyond different scales of observation and various modes of perception. What I mean by it is that it is beyond the realms of ordinary observations and perception as the compositions have  been handed over by divine souls and they bear the manifestation of spiritually charged bhakthi.

We the children of bharatha matha must promote these art forms because the very word bharatha mean bha for bhakthi- ra –for rakthi –emotional content that is bhava of the soul and tha for thanmaythvam- aesthetc quality.

Bhakthi is one of the best and easiest means to enlightenment when it is offered through music there is nothing better than that. Classical carnatic compositions have not been intellectually constructed  note by note with scientifically studied acoustic arrangement of  permutation of notes, scales etc. They are the results of the experiences  of the souls imbued with divine and spiritual vibrations. The compositions are imbued with bhakthi, lyrical splendor, intuitive luminosity with an underlying rhythm and note of the soul and divine spirit

As we are all endowed with a divine soul too they appeal to us and we feel their aesthetic beauty. As Helen Keller has said, “ the most beautiful and best things in the world cannot be seen or touched but must be felt”

Let us therefore promote in all possible ways by all possible means classical carnatic music with passion and enthusiasm, incidentally the word enthusiasm  is from the Greek word meaning ‘god within us’. What better way to realize the god within us than through divine music.

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crisis, parenting, happiness quotes

The greater the crisis, it seems, the swifter the evolution-Elizabeth Gilbert

The keys to happiness are no longer in somebody else’s  pocket from the past. They’re in yours-Adyashanti 

When you parent, it’s crucial  you realize you aren’t raising a ‘mini me’ but a spirit throbbing with its own Signtaure- Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Monday, July 21, 2014


Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a tempermental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease. This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals."
Samuel Ullman

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Talent , Genius and Competence

Talent , Genius  and  Competence

T he potential and
A bility to create
L ot of
E xcellent
N ovel
T hings and thoughts.

G od given
E mergence of
N ice
I ntelligent
U nusual talent
S uperbly manifesting

C leverly
O perating with
M inimal
P ain or problem and
E xpertly
T ackling
E merging
N ew
C hallenges with
E xisting knowledge base


Approach to appreciate, adopt, assimilate, accommodate or at least to adjust;

Befriend, being made of the same source;

Care to connect and stay connected with conviction;

Deal dearly to develop mutually;

Empathize and encourage;

Fulfill the needs; 

Gear up to give and take;

Help and highlight the need to help;

Intermingle to initiate intelligent interactions;

Join jovially;

keep up kindly to the expectations;

Link loyally and lovingly and loving the link;

Make meaningful moves to meet the needs;

Nullify narrow and negative notions;

Offer to cooperate in all good opportunities;

Participate proactively to promote progress and peace;

Quit quarrels; 

Reach out   to remind the roots to everyone;

Savor for the space between words and the silence between sounds;

Take a trip to the source and become more resourceful;

Understand the ubiquitous unity of the life force;

Value the intrinsic aspects;

Work for a worthy world of wisdom;

Yoke the light weighted heart;

Zoom into zealous raptures.

Mahela Jayawardene

Farewell to Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene is a unique and rare genius of the highest form of art of batting with the highest degree of natural flamboyance.

Anything that has an in built provision beyond prescribed rules [either comprehensive or curtailing or confining] to allow scope for the extremes of aesthetic exuberance as well the liberty for errant emotions and evolutions is much preferred, more adopted and most appreciated by the majority of human beings because such a thing allows the manifestations and expressions of myriads of human thoughts, aspirations, imaginations, emotions, feelings, psychological states and reactions etc.

The underlining factor is the recognition of boundless variety as an aspect of life and nature. It becomes more exciting and interesting when more elements of uncertainties and unpredictable factors get in to feed to human instincts of suspense and /or surprise leading to multiple changing kaleidoscopes of colorful patterns.  

This applies in almost all domains of life. For example it was precisely for this reason that language scores over art and music as a medium of communication though sometimes music appeals better and deeper to the soul but gets curtailed by the range of the voice/pitch or the permutation combinations of the sounds that the instrument can produce and art strikes an immediate and instinctive chord in a human beings but gets curtailed by the size of the canvass and shades of paints.

When we discuss any game, for example football, tennis, basket ball ,hockey, baseball etc no one can change the size of the playing arena nor can anyone change the number of coins in a chess board or a carom board, but when it comes to cricket there are grounds where the length of the field on square is under 60 ft and there are some where it is more than 80 ft, this coupled with many other variants like the pitch conditions, climatic conditions like windy , rainy etc make the game of cricket with all its formats as glorious, as popular, as pliant, as appealing , as inclusive, as open to change and therefore as expanding as the English language itself.

Sir Neville Cardus puts it aptly, “The laws of cricket tell of the English love of compromise between a particular freedom and a general orderliness, or legality.”

As no critic of English literature can afford to miss reading or quoting from Harold Bloom who sums up very briefly, "Literary criticism, as I attempt to practice it”, in The Anatomy of Influence, "is in the first place literary, that is to say, personal and passionate."

Similarly no critic of any aspect of cricket can afford to miss quoting from Sir Neville Cardus. So this write up will be spiced up with some quotes from him.

I have come to realize that any criticism if it all it has do justice must confine itself to the subject under discussion unmindful of whether it subscribes to the political correctness, societal and cultural acceptance, religious rectitude, prevailing mass mania and/or obsession and many other extraneous considerations.

A good criticism must prove its credentials while subjecting itself to dispassionate objective analysis but at the same time must also be imbued with the passion of romantic subjectivity that the critic savors while analyzing the subject. This is where I like Harold Bloom and Sir Neville Cardus and set my pen to paper to pen down my attempt at criticism.

Then I realized from these two great stalwarts that it was not mere conscious interplay of unloving criticism or uncritical love that made them come out with great works. It was all about critical unbiased analysis based on keen observation, intense love or involvement with passion, and placing the product observed with passion and dealing it with romantic passion and combining it all with aesthetic sensitivity.

Many souls have trod on this path and of those many such souls here I would like to refer to what Harold Bloom did it with literature, Sir Neville Cardus did it with cricket ,Guy Murchie did it with evolutionary biology, psychology, sociology etc and J.Krishnamurthy did it with explorations into the inner self. 

When we do something in this process like those great souls referred above serendipity unravels an atlas of natural beauty and bounty and not one of national boundaries or ideological prisons.

Inspired by these lofty role models I set forth to write about one of the greatest batsman in cricketing history. MAHELA JAYAWARDENE as he has announced his retirement from test cricket as the cliché goes all great things must come to end but how far or how much in depth have we enjoyed the greatness and enlightened ourselves with better appreciation.

Again to quotes Sir Neville Cardus, “We remember not the scores and the results in after years; it is the men who remain in our minds, in our imagination.”

Mahela Jayawardene is a unique and rare genius of the highest form of art of batting with the highest degree of natural flamboyance. Presented in acronym Mahela Jayawardene is

Most Athletic Highly Elegant Lovely Artist of cricket with his Jumping Jabs, Audacious  lofted shots, Yummy late cuts, Adroit placements, Whacking the loose balls coupled with Alacritous Running between the wickets, Deft drives Elegant flicks, Nudges nicely sliced Elegance personified batting bits farewell to test cricket.

In his retirement from test cricket we all will miss one of the greatest cricketer of all times, especially this Most Adroit Hooker Expert in Last minute Adjustments to Judiciously Approach even Yorkers And Wisely flick Around the legs to Run them just beyond the Diving  Extensively  stretched  gloves of  the wicket keeper and Nonchalantly  plays Elegantly and most importantly naturally with both hands with the same power, flamboyance, flexibility etc

Great souls in all spheres of human activity be they artists, saints, scientists, sports persons, philosophers, political leaders, warriors , film heroes etc are all remembered , revered and relished because of the impact, imprint and impression that they left on other souls, and not through statistical data and success factors based on different methods of evaluation, because the soul likes to savor spirit of artistry and it reverberates with its unique innate imprint and improvement  for posterity to remember the contribution such souls make to that particular sphere of activity for eternity.

The first paragraph I ended with an observation ‘plays Elegantly with both hands with the same power, flamboyance, flexibility etc’.

This perhaps is a very subtle technical aspect of cricket, which people with great experience as great batsmen cum observers cum coaches cum commentators like Sunil Gavaskar or Geoffrey Boycott alone can appreciate. Of course because of both excess and expertise in the field of cricket many coaches and cricketers are aware of it and also try to work hard on it [playing elegantly with both hands with the same power, flamboyance, flexibility etc] but for Mahela Jayawardene it was natural. The beauty of this aspect of batting is that it has to a very great extent come naturally and not through nurture.

What is so special about his batting that he must be ranked as one of the greatest unique and rare genius of the art of batting  when statistics  favors the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara etc;  brilliance and brutal attacking and taking the game away from opposition favors the likes of Vivian Richards, Virendra Shewag etc; technical perfection favors the likes of Sunil  Gavaskar, Geoffrey Boycott etc; dogged perseverance, solid defense and ability to stay on to save the game favors the likes Rahul Dravid, Steve Waugh etc; when artistic wrist work favors the like of the great Gary Sobers, V.V.S. Lakshman etc; when turning the game with multiple tricks in batting favors the likes of  Javid Miandad, Michael Bevan etc; when taking  aggression as the mode under any condition favors the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Clive Lloyd etc; when brutal power hitting favors the likes of Chris Gayle, Kiren Pollard etc; when making the bowling side clueless and forced to adopt drastic measures favors the likes of the great Don Bradman; when flamboyance favors all-rounders who were also natural batsmen like Kapil Dev, Ian Botham etc; when new stroke introduction favors the likes of  the helicopter shot specialist Mahenra Singh Dhoni, Scoop shot specialist Dilshan, upper cut Shewag; When sheer elegance favors the likes of Rohan Kanhai, Kalicharan etc; when on drive  specialization favors the likes of Greg Chappell, Mark Waugh, Dilip Vengsarkar etc; when hook shot specialization favors the likes of Roy Fredricks, Gordon Greenidge etc; when square cut favors the likes of G.R. Vishwanath , David boon etc ; when reverse sweep favors the likes of AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell etc; when walking down the wicket and attempting wild hits terrorizing the bowlers favors the likes of Krishnamachary Srikanth, Mathew Hyden etc, what is that which sets him apart and aloft from the rest?

It is his natural flexibility, firmness, finesse, flamboyance and a spontaneous ability to swiftly shift all these qualities from his right hand to left hand and vice versa along with quick reflex combined with a fluency to change naturally the required push and pull of his legs like the train engines, all the while balancing his body like a ballet dancer and keeping his head straight and with all this his ability to appropriately change gears, adopt to different formats, never getting struck on a single mode of playing, nor super imposing or overshadowing other batsmen to make the team to depend too much on him nor clamoring to emerge ever as the super hero of Srilankan cricket, nor attempting to show unwanted bravado even when on a song. There is always a serenity and touch of tender nicety about his batting befitting his name ‘ Mahela as mentioned in the link below []. Incidentally the word Mahela in Arabic I am given to understand through Google means tenderness and/or marrow. He represented the marrow of natural artistic batting.

He has been aptly very often compared to the Kelani river  of Srilanka in terms the multiple value and utility that he has provided to the Sri Lankan team , incidentally for those who may not know the kelani river  supplies major amount of the water used in many parts of Srilanka, used for other purposes like transportation, fishing, sewage disposal, sand mining , hydroelectricity etc

All mortals have some weakness, if there was any in  Mahela it was that sometimes he relied so much on his genius that he was casual to a fault in defending his wicket and at such times he reminded one of  the tennis star Miloslav Mečíř .

I would like to end with two interesting quotes one by Sir Neville Cardus, “Like the British constitution, cricket was not made: it has 'grown'”

There is a widely held and quite erroneously held belief that cricket is just another game.Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh   In Wisden: Cricketers'  Almanack,'The Pleasures of Cricket'.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Women’s Freedom and feminism

Women’s Freedom

What is freedom for feminism? Why is it delayed and discussed very often but never delivered?
Can it be achieved if it is approached like a macroeconomic project or do we require the attitudinal changes to be effected at micro level?

The freedom gets delayed very often due to the very way and the terminological / the doctrinal cages within which we discuss and debate the issue.

Again the mistake is reducing one gender of human beings as only physical objects and discussing everything around that premise but unfortunately that is and has been the trend from time immemorial.

The malady is not confined to only casting women in the mold of certain shapes, sizes and figures, the insult goes beyond merely physical it goes on to psychological, social, cultural, religious etc biases based on various factors many of which are justified as aspects of tradition, as if all other aspects of tradition, involving men are carried on intact.

The role of women has been required to be the same whereas that of men have changed and enjoyed all the privileges, sometimes at the cost of women, from the time men were, at least some, hunting tribes to now haunting rapists.

This does not mean that I am pandering to some ultra revolutionist ideas to score some brownie points But this also does not mean that we must forsake or forget or view negatively à la certain professional feminist groups questioning the importance given to certain biologically determined superior roles  that the feminine gender is blessed with [like being a mother and giving birth to another life] as if it is a limiting factor , on the contrary what a great joy and privilege it is, to be a mother.

Two dangerous approaches which will never allow larger sections of human beings the actual plight/progress preventing aspects of womanhood are: - one scripting sensational stuffs, adrenal provoking preaching or leftists’ one sided sloganeering with a selective/narrow hidden agenda/propaganda of finding faults or provoking a sense of perennial victim hood only with particular social/religious systems and two producing sickening status quo promoting far rightists’ traditionalism.

Both these approaches prevent us from taking notice of /being aware of how the whole society inflicts pain, indoctrinates its predefined identities on womanhood and curtails their freedom in many areas of activities, and, in addition, these approaches also prevent us from gradually rectifying the mistake at every micro level within each family by creating atmospheres to ensure enough freedom to women as very often to deny freedom to them men have very handy  existing literature, prejudices, traditions etc to justify the stand.

Constant ideological indoctrination has also erased self love from the hearts of many women.

So, through these write ups I have tried my level best to portray my observations, reactions [ of  appreciation and empathy towards women]  and disgust at social perceptions and treatment and how they impact the lives of women in general. Some of these have been published in some magazines long back.

and every woman must use this small booklet

Saturday, July 12, 2014

India's secret

I pity people who still read The Hindu and Vinod Metha's views are as distorted as his back and he has become senile 10 years ago. Modi euphoria is well justified for which you need have really bird's eye view of world history and in particular Indian history starting from the time of ADi shankara, meandering through, swami vivekananda, through Annie Besant, JK, paramacharya of kanchi mutt shri .chandrasekarendra saraswathy to Modi for those who may ,and many are expected to,feel what these comparison have in common in simple terms they have popped up to prop up the degenerating morale of Bharath and unite them in an organized and rational manner . 

The soul of Bharath performs this with unfailing regularity but only after the damaging trends reach a saturation point so that the common folks do not revert back to the malign cancers. 

But for Adi shankar we could not have had even the many scriptures of Sanathana Dharma in place with various warring factions and the very docile but life denying philosophy of BHuddhism expanding and almost leading the population into two categories the warring multiple sects of Hinduism and the passive followers of bhuddism [ we would have ended up as TIbet]; 

but for swami vivekananda the great wisdom of sanathan dharma would have been known to the world and to many of us too who do not know Sanskrit; 

but for Annie Besant and her influence on Hume we would not have started a group to fight the britishers; 

but for maha periyava who was responsible for introducing article 26 in the constitution we would not have had even the rights legally to worship in temples or do homoms and pujas at home ; [read page 278 of 2011 Deepawali[ Diwali] malar of Ttirusakthi a Tamil magazine for detailed version 

but for JK we would not have had a re look into the spiritual and philosophical inquiry into life beyond our rituals and 

but for Modi the idiom of political debate would not have crossed the fences of secularism, communalism, castism with pampering a particular segment with temporary appeasements and freebies and creating an unfounded paranoia on the other but now it has gone into the most important enclosure , thanks to Modi, healthy trend of looking into politics as a tool for good governance, economic development, employment creation, industrial growth generation, improving agricultural economy , providing enough infrastructure in the rural areas etc. 

The lesson is if you are denied US visa on the basis of wrong reports you can become a PM. It is not as much do with Modi's destiny it is more to do with Bharath's destiny. Our nation is destined to become a super power and therefore the forces that can ensure that have been thrown up by nature in her great wisdom and it is the soul of nature which has influenced the minds of millions despite the N.Rams and Vinod Methas

Friday, July 11, 2014


Special quotes on the various facets of Design

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

— Charles Eames

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.

— Brian Reed

There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.

— Massimo Vignelli

People ignore design that ignores people.

— Frank Chimero

I’ve always held to the belief that the practice of creating compelling graphic design occurs not by employing the principals of a democracy, but rather, that of a monarchy.

— Thomas Vasquez

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.

— Joe Sparano

Every designers’ dirty little secret is that they copy other designers’ work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.

— Aaron Russell

The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.

— Marty Neumeier

Visual design is often the polar opposite of engineering: trading hard edges for subjective decisions based on gut feelings and personal experiences. It’s messy, unpredictable, and notoriously hard to measure. The apparently erratic behavior of artists drives engineers bananas. Their decisions seem arbitrary and risk everything with no guaranteed benefit.

— Scott Stevenson

Design is where science and art break even.

— Robin Mathew

Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.

— Mieke Gerritzen

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.

— Bruno Munari

Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident.

— Robert L. Peters

Design is the search for a magical balance between business and art; art and craft; intuition and reason; concept and detail; playfulness and formality; client and designer; designer and printer; and printer and public.

— Valerie Pettis

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”

— David Craib

Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror.

— Juan-Carlos Fernàndez

Don’t design for everyone. It’s impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy.

— Leisa Reichelt

Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.

— Ellen Lupton

The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.

— Jeff Smith

Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.

— Edward Tufte

Design is intelligence made visible.

— Alina Wheeler

Math is easy; design is hard.

— Jeffrey Veen

Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.

— Victor Papanek

Design trends online change more often than the wind, and slightly less often than my socks.

— Suleiman Leadbitter

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.

— Jeffrey Zeldman

People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.

— Paola Antonelli

Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

— Tate Linden

Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.

— Chris Pullman

Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

— Fabien Barral

Design is about making things good (and then better) and right (and fantastic) for the people who use and encounter them.

— Matt Beale

Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

— Steve Jobs

I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about.

— Carrie Phillips

Behavioral design is all about feeling in control. Includes: usability, understanding, but also the feel.

— Don Norman

Good design must be defined by appropriateness to audience and goals, and by its effectiveness, not by its adherence to Swiss design or the number of awards it wins.

— Drew Davies

Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist.

— Noreen Morioka

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

— Robert L. Peters

It’s art if can’t be explained.
It’s fashion if no one asks for an explanation.
It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation.

— Wouter Stokkel

You can’t do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously.

— Wim Crouwel

I love the comment, “You must love designing for a living.” At that point I usually start to laugh or break into uncontrollable tears.

— Andrew Lewis

The dumbest mistake is viewing design as something you do at the end of the process to ‘tidy up’ the mess, as opposed to understanding it’s a ‘day one’ issue and part of everything.

— Tom Peters

Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work.

— Hans Höger

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

— Milton Glaser

I find modernist design boring, but it so much faster!

— Christine Suewon Lee

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

— Douglas Adams

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

— Sir Alec Issigonis

A designer can mull over complicated designs for months. Then suddenly the simple, elegant, beautiful solution occurs to him. When it happens to you, it feels as if God is talking! And maybe He is.

— Leo Frankowski

For me, design is like choosing what I’m going to wear for the day - only much more complicated and not really the same at all.

— Robynne Raye

Design is a means toward accomplishing the end goals of serving markets and generating profits. Furthermore, design is an element in social responsibility. Good design allows “form to complement performance.” The way things look is not irrelevant to the way things work: how they work is how they should look.

— Thomas F. Schutte

Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone. Design is like sex. There is someone else involved, their needs are just as important as your own, and if everything goes right, both parties are happy in the end.

— Colin Wright

Many desperate acts of design (including gradients, drop shadows, and the gratuitous use of transparency) are perpetuated in the absence of a strong concept. A good idea provides a framework for design decisions, guiding the work.

— Noreen Morioka

I would show my my jobs to my mother, and she would always say the same thing: “That’s nice dear.” And then she would say, “Did you write it?” or “Did you do the drawing?” or “Did you take the pictures?” I’d always answer “no,” then I realized the problem. My answer was then, “I made this happen. It’s called design.”

— Brian Webb

Most [clients] expect experience design to be a discrete activity, solving all their problems with a single functional specification or a single research study. It must be an ongoing effort, a process of continually learning about users, responding to their behaviors, and evolving the product or service.

— Dan Brown

Technology over technique produces emotionless design.

— Daniel Mall

I think design covers so much more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more. Design is usability. It is Information Architecture. It is Accessibility. This is all design.

— Mark Boulton

A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.

— Brenda Laurel/p>

The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness.

— Massimo Vignelli

If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art.

— Henrik Fiskar

Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.

— Frank Chimero

A well-designed text will seem weightless after a time; the initial feel of the book fades away as the mind becomes engrossed in the words.

— Mandy Brown

Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.

— David Carson

The difference between a Designer and Developer, when it comes to design skills, is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.

— Scott Hanselman

Practice safe design: Use a concept.

— Petrula Vrontikis

Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.

— Orson Welles

Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black and the aesthete unoffended.

— Raymond Loewy

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.

— Eliel Saarinen

Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.

— David Lewis

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

— Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.

— Chris Bangle

It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

— Steve Jobs

At a meta level, design connects the dots between mere survival and humanism.

— Erik Adigard

To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it’s just planning.

— Ayse Birsel

— Ivan Chermayeff

No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended.

— Adrian Forty

Many things difficult to design prove easy to perform.

— Samuel Johnson

The designer is a visually literate person, just as an editor is expected by training and inclination to be versed in language and literature, but to call the former an artist by occupation is as absurd as to refer to the latter as a poet.

— Douglas Martin

Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Everyone makes design decisions all the time without realizing it—like Moliere’s M. Jourdain who discovered he had been speaking prose all his life—and good design is simply the result of making these decisions consciously, at the right stage, and in consultation with others as the need arises.

— Douglas Martin

Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.

— Marty Neumeier

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.

— Victor Papanek

Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple.

— Tim Parsey

The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. He new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.

— Paul Rand

Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.

— Paul Rand

Designing a product is designing a relationship.

— Steve Rogers

It is easy to fail when designing an interactive experience. Designers fail when they do not know the audience, integrate the threads of content and context, welcome the public properly, or make clear what the experience is and what the audience’s role in it will be.

— Edwin Schlossberg

Good design is good business.

— Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Great design will not sell an inferior product, but it will enable a great product to achieve its maximum potential.

— Thomas J. Watson Jr.

…designers can make life more bearable by producing stuff that touches its audience rather than fucks them in the head.

— Jon Wozencraft

Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.

— Erik Adigard

I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural, and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good.

— Richard Saul Wurman

Modern Journalism kills content and language

Modern Journalism kills content and language. Unfortunately the craze for news reporting, brief interviewing of many people for TRP rating, reporting based on mere statistical data drilling, sensationalism's impatient adrenal force abbreviating even news items which require in depth reporting etc have killed long , content wise rich and language wise enjoyable narrative and descriptive writings/essays in almost all spheres in India. Whereas the British, French and American news papers and journals do not do that. So to fulfill that thirst I read them through sites like

I always feel that write ups must be admirable like good attires- attractive, adorning and cover up everything well enough and provoke  the imagination, thinking, analysis, appreciation of the whole or parts of the attire or anatomy to the reader's taste, aesthetic sensitivity intelligence and understanding.

Before I wrote that essay on NRMs I read 128 books, and for that PPT on Science versus religion I read again 100 plus books and still have unread some 50 plus books in that category. I read them, took notes, analyzed and kept them aside . Then went on a journey of my own observations based on my limited perception and unlimited prejudices. Then merged both, pruned a little here and there and saw the final picture as a painter would on a canvas and decided it was worth delivering as an exploratory essay, not the original elaborate one.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Society and Modern Living

“A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.” ~Miguel de Jorge Cervantes I find some of these quotes very well justify that experience of scholarly souls who communicate what they observe as it is .
Quotations about Society
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Most people are awaiting Virtual Reality; I'm awaiting virtuous reality.  ~Eli Khamarov, "Lives of the Cognoscenti"

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.  ~Reuben Blades

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?  ~Chuck Palahniuk

One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well.  ~Louis Kronenberger, Company Manners, 1954

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.  ~Krishnamurti

Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.  ~Swami Nirmalananda, Enlightened Anarchism

Do not waste your time on Social Questions.  What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.  ~George Bernard Shaw,Maxims for Revolutionists

Our democratic capitalist society has converted Eros into an employee of Mammon.  ~Octavio Paz

The first gold star a child gets in school for the mere performance of a needful task is its first lesson in graft.  ~Philip Wylie,Generation of Vipers, 1942

I think God's going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.  ~Steven Wright

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?  ~Henry David Thoreau

It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.  ~David Harris

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.  ~Unknown author, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.  ~Author Unknown

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.  ~Lily Tomlin

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.  ~Mary Ellen Kelly

Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?  ~William Lloyd Garrison

Society is composed of two great classes - those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.  ~Sébastien-Roch Nicholas de Chamfort

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, first inaugural address, 20 January 1953

It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times.... What the Dickens is going on here?  ~Denton Morrison, on chemicals, technology, and risk, quoted in National Academy of Sciences, Improving Risk Communication, 1989

Few great men could pass Personnel.  ~Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society, 1956

[I]t's getting harder and harder to worry needlessly.  ~Robert Brault,

You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd.  You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation.  It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced.  In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers.  That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.  ~Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden, "The Mission," Chapter 8

It would be a service to mankind if the pill were available in slot machines and the cigarette were placed on prescription.  ~Malcolm Potts, MD

There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.  ~Author Unknown

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  ~Bill Vaughn

The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change.  ~Lowell

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.  ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.  The danger of the future is that man may become robots.  ~Erich Fromm

We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.  ~Whitney Moore, Jr.

When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.  ~Betty Bender

The choice so often these days is to believe something that seems insane or go insane.  ~Robert Brault,

Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about the twentieth century.  ~Greg Egan, "Distress"

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.  ~Carl Sandburg, New York Post, 9 September 1960

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.  ~Author Unknown

Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor.
~Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage," North of Boston, 1914

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~T.S. Eliot, Choruses from The Rock

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.  ~Peter Medawar

Mammalia,  A family of vertebrate animals whose females in a state of nature suckle their young, but when civilized and enlightened put them out to nurse, or use the bottle.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Choice has always been a privilege of those who could afford to pay for it.  ~Ellen Frankfort

You can't make up anything anymore.  The world itself is a satire.  All you're doing is recording it.  ~Art Buchwald

Those persons who are burning to display heroism may rest assured that the course of social evolution will offer them every opportunity.  ~Havelock Ellis

The trouble with our age is that it is all signposts and no destination.  ~The War Cry

It isn't so much that hard times are coming; the change observed is mostly soft times going.  ~Groucho Marx

We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds.  ~Adam Clayton Powell, Keep the Faith, Baby!, 1967

Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.  ~Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, commonly misattributed to Barbara Jordan because she quoted Fulghum in a commencement address

The world has achieved brilliance without conscience.  ~Omar Bradley

Being human in our modern civilization is being forced into a boxing ring with Nature.  And we're bloodied every time.  ~M. Robin D'Antan

Speed kills colour... the gyroscope, when turning at full speed, shows up gray.  ~Paul Morand

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  ~Alfred E. Newman

Is it my imagination, or does shipping and handling settle a box of crackers more than it used to?  ~Robert Brault,

The thoughts of Plato and Machiavelli... don't seem quite enough armor for a world beset with splitting the atoms, urban guerrillas, nineteen varieties of psychotherapists, amplified guitars, napalm, computers, astronauts, and an atmosphere polluted simultaneously with auto exhaust and TV commercials.  ~John Fischer

Nothing can be more readily disproved than the old saw, "You can't keep a good man down." Most human societies have been beautifully organized to keep good men down.  ~John W. Gardner

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.  ~Paul Valery

What's wrong with this world is, it's not finished yet.  It is not competed to the point where man can put his final signature to the job and say, "It is finished.  We made it and it works."  ~William Faulkner, address, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 8 June 1952

Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.  ~Robert C. Savage, Life Lessons

Life has been reduced to getting food out of cans.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Food.  Water.  Shelter.  Air.  Sleep.  Societal inflation has expanded need into greed.  Suddenly the basic survival needs also include a cell phone, cable TV, and French manicured fingernails.... We've become the absolute biggest whiners of all human history with the absolute smallest justification for whining.  ~Charlie Diekatze

When we think of the past, we forget the fools and remember the sage.  We reverse the process for our own time.  ~George Boas

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.  ~Gertrude Stein

Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual, would be a return to the soil, a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.  ~Charles Wagner

You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.  ~Garrison Keillor

Commuter - one who spends his life
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train,
And then rides back to shave again.
~E.B. White, "The Commuter," Poems and Sketches, 1982

Unhappy is a people that has run out of words to describe what is going on.  ~Thurman Arnold

Nowadays you envy a manic-depressive.  Half the time he's happy, the other half he's right.  ~Robert Brault,

Fame is proof that the people are gullible.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.  ~Edward R. Murrow

I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.  ~Lady Bird Johnson

People had been working for so many years to make the world a safe organized place.  Nobody realized how boring it would become.  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent.  ~Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.  Soon we'll need a new definition.  ~Alvin Toffler

The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.  ~Ronald Firbank

Anyone else tired of how media eats your brain?  ~Daniel, @blindedpoet

Depressed?  Of course we're all depressed.  We've been so quickly, violently, and irreconcilably plucked from nature, from physical labor, from kinship and village mentality, from every natural and primordial anti-depressant.  The further society "progresses," the grander the scale of imbalance.  Just as fluoride is put in water to prevent dental caries, we'll soon find government mandating Prozac in our water to prevent mental caries.  ~M. Robin D'Antan

We get lost in a fog of abstractions and easily forget that man is a bloodhound sniffing out the real.  ~Robert C. Pollock

Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life.  The hair-raising revelations of skullduggery and grand-scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.  ~Charles Francis Adams

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.  ~Daniel Webster

What they sell to the masses are the chains you must break if you are ever to be in control of your life.  ~Mike Dolan,

I love Thanksgiving turkey.  It's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.  ~Arnold Schwarzenegger

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face.  Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.  ~Henry Miller

Most people know more about their congressmen via smear campaigns than they know about their own neighbor via conversations, and a lot of people know more about Britney Spears via tabloids than they know about their own congressmen via voting booklets.  Does anyone else see the problem here?  ~Brock Fiant

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.  ~Aldous Huxley, Island

Wall Street criminality is growing by leaps.  There are no bounds.  ~Robert Brault,

People haven't time to learn anything.  They buy things ready-made in stores.  But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity.  But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.  ~Alan Gregg

I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they do now.  ~Will Rogers

I don't believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life.  As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.  ~Christiaan Barnard

Society is always engaged in a vast conspiracy to preserve itself - at the expense of the new demands of each new generation.  ~John Haynes Holmes

The age of chivalry is gone.  That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.  ~Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Information and communications technology unlocks the value of time, allowing and enabling multi-tasking, multi-channels, multi-this and multi-that.  ~Li Ka Shing

[The] men of the technostructure are the new and universal priesthood.  Their religion is business success; their test of virtue is growth and profit.  Their bible is the computer printout; their communion bench is the committee room.  ~J.K. Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty, 1977

If living conditions don't stop improving in this country, we're going to run out of humble beginnings for our great men.  ~Russell P. Askue

With each passing year, one has less to say, and knows better how to say it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

[T]he devil... seldom leads people astray anymore, finding it easier to just follow along in their footsteps.  ~Robert Brault,

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

It is one of the maladies of our age to profess a frenzied allegiance to truth in unimportant matters, to refuse consistently to face her where graver issues are at stake.  ~Norman Douglas

There's a standard formula for success in the entertainment medium, and that is:  "Beat it to death if it succeeds."  ~Ernie Kovacs

[H]istory assures us that civilizations decay quite leisurely.  ~Will and Ariel Durant, Lessons of History

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.  ~Russell Baker

Society is now one polish'd horde,
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIII, stanza 95

I've been reading a lot lately about Indian captives.  One woman who had been captured by the Indians and made a squaw was resentful when she was rescued because she'd found that there was a lot more work to do as the wife of a white man.  ~Stephen Vincent Benét

Information should be used as food for thought, not poison to the soul.  ~Shellie R. Warren

The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies.  ~Cesare Pavese

The things that are wrong with the country today are the sum total of all the things that are wrong with us as individuals.  ~Charles W. Tobey

The twentieth century seems afflicted by a gigantic... power failure.  Powerlessness and the sense of powerlessness may be the environmental disease of the age.  ~Russell Baker, New York Times, 1 May 1969

Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious.  We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.  ~Thomas Szasz

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.  ~George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant, 1950

It is not that artistic power has left the world but that a more rapid life has developed itself in it, leaving no time for deliberate dainty decoration or labours of love.  ~Mrs. Orrinsmith, 1877

It is perfectly easy to be original by violating the laws of decency and the canons of good taste.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups, 1891

The three horrors of modern life - talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

[Y]ou're never more alive than when you're almost dead.  You recognize what's valuable.  Freshly, as if for the first time, you love what's best in yourself and in the world, all that might be lost.... [Y]ou find yourself studying the fine colors on the river, you feel wonder and awe at the setting of the sun, and you are filled with a hard, aching love for how the world could be and always should be, but now is not.  ~Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

Most of our diversions do not so much delay death as accustom us to it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

There is no appeal from the ways of the world, which must continue on its own terms or take us all down with it into chaos and confusion.  ~Mark van Doren

Once the Xerox copier was invented, private diplomacy died.  There's no such thing as secrecy.  It's just a question of whether it's leaked or revealed openly.  ~Andrew Young

It is madness beyond compare
To try to reform the world.
~Molière, The Misanthrope, 1666

In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.  ~Robert Greene Ingersoll, "The New Testament,"Some Reasons Why, 1881

The number of substitutes for fine and clean thinking the world provides positively gnaws at one's vitals.  ~Harold J. Laski

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.  ~Marcus Aurelius

I think societal instinct much deeper than sex instinct - and societal repression much more devastating.  ~D.H. Lawrence

We've taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

In spite of all our speeding it's still the style to be late.  ~Kin Hubbard

Noise, crowding, pollution, and the sheer rush of our complex, modern society are rapidly becoming as oppressive to many individuals as the worst kind of political dictatorship.  ~Thomas F. Eagleton

The public is hedged about by so many goddam bookkeepers that no time is left in which to produce.  More time is spent in carrying out garbage than in carrying in food.  ~Martin H. Fischer

The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature.  Yet how can anyone speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed?... With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?  ~Emma Goldman, Anarchism

I am not quite sure what the advantage is in having a few more dollars to spend if the air is too dirty to breathe, the water too polluted to drink, the commuters are losing out in the struggle to get in and out of the city, the streets are filthy, and the schools so bad that the young perhaps wisely stay away, and the hoodlums roll citizens for some of the dollars they saved in the tax cut.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith

Beggars should be abolished.  It annoys one to give to them, and it annoys one not to give to them.  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, "On the Pitying," Thus Spake Zarathustra

We have smothered ourselves, buried ourselves, in the vast heap of information which all of us have and none of us has.  ~Gamaliel Bradford

I believe... that security declines as security machinery expands.  ~E.B. White

If some people got their rights they would complain of being deprived of their wrongs.  ~Oliver Herford

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?  ~Paul Sweeney

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

Final Ruin fiercely drives
Her ploughshare o'er creation.
~Edward Young

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.  ~Erik Pepke

There are more doctors in a single North Shore medical building than in one entire West Side ghetto.  ~Jack Starr

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.  ~Arnold Toynbee

Psychoanalysis can provide a theory of 'progress,' but only by viewing history as a neurosis.  ~Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death

You make me sick!  You are offered meat and you choose a banana-split-with-nuts.  ~Martin H. Fischer

We're the middle children of history.... no purpose or place.  We have no Great War, no Great Depression.  Our great war is a spiritual war.  Our great depression is our lives.  ~From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age.  ~Marshall McLuhan,Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964

You can say this for ready-mixes - the next generation isn't going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.  ~Earl Wilson

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.  ~Charles Kuralt

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face - forever.  ~George Orwell

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.  ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50

[A] science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life.  ~Harold Hardy Godfrey, A Mathematician's Apology, 1941

It's difficult to view the world outside our human context.  Staying alive and paying the bills both require our attention squarely fixed on our own business.  Our sprawling cities and suburbs are wonderful and frightening tributes to creative self-absorption.  In them, we spend our microscheduled days bustling between work and the endless details of our private lives, turning in our moments of rest to the buzzing distractions of television and computers - all accelerating toward some ultimate, unseen fulfillment of convenience and hyperreality.  Little encourages us to pause and look around, much less question the end goal of all our busyness.  Anything slower than the quick cuts of TV commercials is overwhelmed by our impatience and short attention.  Unfortunately, we might be missing something important - to our happiness and to our survival.  The purpose of this book is to help remind us.  ~From the introduction to The Sacred Earth: Writers on Nature & Spirit, edited by Jason Gardner, 1998, New World Library

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

My meaningless office job:  they pay me for my body and mind, but my heart gets no paycheck and my soul pays the taxes.  ~Carrie Latet

Everything is for the eye these days - TV, Life, Look, the movies.  Nothing is just for the mind.  The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all.  ~Fred Allen

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.  ~Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin, 1973

The trouble with the laws these days is that criminals know their rights better than their wrongs.  ~Author Unknown

Somebody recently figured out that we have 35 million laws to enforce the ten commandments.  ~Attributed to both Bert Masterson and Earl Wilson

In the lifetime of one person, we went from figuring out where we came from to figuring out how to get rid of ourselves.  ~Jack Horner, on the eighty years between Darwin's On the Origin of Species and the nuclear bomb, in Time, 26 April 1993

Living in this modern toxic world, we are all slowly being poisoned to death.  ~Carrie Latet

Death is losing its terror.  It is the emergency exit for a world that is becoming more frightening death ever was.  ~Julian Green,Diary, 28 December 1958

A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome.  Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion.  ~H.L. Mencken

Somehow among all our use of antibiotic medicine and antibacterial soap our souls are becoming sanitized as well - don't let it happen to you!  ~Brock Fiant

Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eye to our convenience at all.  ~Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings, 1950

Science is now the craft of the manipulation, substitution and deflection of the forces of nature.  What I see coming is a gigantic slaughterhouse, an Auschwitz, in which valuable enzymes, hormones, and so on will be extracted instead of gold teeth.  ~Erwin Chargaff, Columbia Forum, Summer 1969

I always turn to the sports section first.  The sports section records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures.  ~Earl Warren, quoted in Sports Illustrated, 22 July 1968

When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he said, "It would be nice."  ~Author Unknown

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.  ~Jacques Barzun, God's Country and Mine, 1954

On an average day 7 minutes of news happens.  Yet there are currently three full-time, 24-hour news networks.  ~Jon Stewart

Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an afterlife.  ~Arianna Stassinopoulos

Social reform aims to improve the condition of the poor by worsening the condition of the rich.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions.  ~Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings, 1950

Jefferson thought schools would produce free men: we prove him right by putting dropouts in jail.  ~Benjamin R. Barber

Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day.  ~Bill Vaughan

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.  ~Pearl S. Buck

This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims.  ~Matthew Arnold

The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation's development.  A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success.  Without a revolution in spirit, the forces which had produced inequities of the old order would continue to be operative, posing a constant threat to the process of reform and regeneration.  It is not enough merely to call for freedom, democracy and human rights.  There has to be a united determination to persevere in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance, and fear.  ~Aung San Suu Kyi

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.  ~Milton Friedman

There is more to life than increasing its speed.  ~Mohandas K. Gandhi