friday’s breakfast

i cannot recommend the salmon and scrambled eggs on croissant at the sandwich shop – it was too cold, too soft, too yellow.

so breakfast was poor but at least i saw 2 non-Asian women locking lips in front of the hitachi tower office lift lobby.

that was hot and it made me think yellow thoughts.

it wasn’t hard.

what to do when a panda attacks you

CR:

The book also offers advice in the event of a panda attack. As the images above show, the following procedure should be followed: 1. Wrap the animal’s torso in a towel or blanket so its front legs are bound to its body. 2. Slap it hard across the face. 3. Deliver the animal to the authorities.

that same night

BBC News Magazine:

In the book Gulag Archipelago, author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn recounted how a fellow prisoner in the USSR labour camps told how he came to be arrested. At a local party conference, someone toasted Stalin and “stormy applause, rising to an ovation”, broke out. Even though the great leader was absent, it continued. “But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching… However, who would dare be the first to stop?

“Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a business-like expression and sat down in his seat.” That same night, he was arrested.

the good life

Robert Skidelsky:

Although real incomes in rich countries have doubled in the last thirty years, the populations of these countries work harder than ever and are no happier. This raises the question of why they are still on the growth treadmill. Is it because capitalism needs constantly to expand markets, and ensnare by advertising more and more people into useless consumption? Is it because economists have ignored the fact that, as societies become wealthier, positional goods — goods which satisfy not our needs, but our longing for status — become more and more desirable? Is it because globalization has made affluence too insecure and too uneven in its spread for most people in wealthy societies to ease off work? Or is it because we lack any agreed idea of the good life in the name of which we can say “enough is enough”?

unsustainable certainty instead

Karen Armstong:

In the past, many of the most influential Jewish, Christian and Muslim thinkers understood that what we call “God” is merely a symbol that points beyond itself to an indescribable transcendence, whose existence cannot be proved but is only intuited by means of spiritual exercises and a compassionate lifestyle that enable us to cultivate new capacities of mind and heart.

But by the end of the 17th century, instead of looking through the symbol to “the God beyond God,” Christians were transforming it into hard fact…

Religion was not supposed to provide explanations that lay within the competence of reason but to help us live creatively with realities for which there are no easy solutions and find an interior haven of peace; today, however, many have opted for unsustainable certainty instead.