Saturday, June 8, 2013


A lone species-the human, fornow- has grasped th earth's future in its hands, casting on it a resonsibility never before borne by any other species.  - Martine Rees

Humankind, with the devices it has on hand, is potentially the maker of its own demise the the demise of the cosmos.    Martin Rees in the Book, Our Final Century (2004)

Martin Rees - Earth in its final century


"An unexamined life is not worth living" -  Socrates

"Is man a tiny boad in a tempest, raised one moment on the foaming crest of a billow and dashed down into a yawning chasm the next, rolled to and fro at the mercy of his own good and bad actions, a powerless, helpless wreck, in an ever-raging, ever-rushing uncompromising current cause and effect, a little moth placed under wheel of causation, which rolls on crushing everything in its way, and waits not for the widow's tears or the orphan's cry? -  Swamy Vivekananda

"Is man a mere condition to be overcome- for the good of the world?"  - Friedrich Nietzsche

Suffering is the central fact of human life and it is its denial that causes more suffering - Buddha

We have to recognize that there is a metastasized cancer in the body of man. If humankind is to survive, we have to deal with that metastasized cancer. We have to cut out the parts that need to be cut out, in a surgical way. We have to heal the parts that can't be cut out.   - William Tiller, Stanford professor and author of Science and Human Transformation

The savage brutal competition which drives us to tear each other's flesh, and which makes man an embodiment of merciless malevolence -  William Lane, Creed of Humanity

If God is laid aside, then all our hopes, big and small, rest on nothing. - Pope Benedict XIV

Without sacrifice nothing can be achieved in life - Russian Philosopher P.D. Ouspensky

We must let the spiritual being play on the physical body as the master mucisian plays on a wondrous lute or harp. - Theosophist and author Gottfried de Purucker (Man in Evolution, 1941)

We cannot find our soul with our mind; we must harness our heart. - Gary Zukav (The Seat of the Soul, 1989)

As a species we have forgotten how to love. But love alone is not the key. The key is knowledge of heart intelligence.  - Elaine Matthews (Heartbeat of Intelligence, 2002)

In the quest for ultimate meaning, the transcendalist route is much easier to follow. That is why, even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart. - Edward Wilson, in book Consilience, 1998.

Man in Context, Chapter 1 of the book, Man's Fate and God's Choice by Bhimeswara Challa

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