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Amazing grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I'm found.
’Twas blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to feel
and grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun.
Amazing grace, ohh how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I'm found,
was blind but now I see....
January 30, 2006

Lack of Color by Death Cab

Lack of Color by Death Cab



And when i see you
I really see you upside down
But my brain knows better
It picks you up and turns you around
Turns you around, turns you around
If you feel discouraged
That there's a lack of color here
Please don't worry lover
It's really bursting at the seems
Absorbing everything
The spectrum's a to z
This fact not fiction
For the first time in years
And all the girls in every girlie magazine
Can't make me feel any less alone
I'm reaching for the phone
To call at 7:03 and on your machine I slur a plea for you to come home
But i know it's too late
I should have given you a reason to stay
Given you a reason to stay [x3]
This is fact not fiction
For the first time in years



Video

January 29, 2006

The Mouse Whose Name Is Time

January 24, 2006


The Mouse Whose Name Is Time
The mouse whose name is Time
Is out of sound and sight.
He nibbles at the day
And nibbles at the night.
He nibbles at the summer
Till all of it is gone.
He nibbles at the seashore,
He nibbles at the moon.
Yet no man not a seer,
No woman not a sibyl
Can ever ever hear
Or see him nibble, nibble.
And whence or how he comes
And how or where he goes
Nobody now remembers,
Nobody living knows.
Robert Francis

Michelle Bachelet on Violence

January 23, 2006


Michelle Bachelet on Violence


''Violence entered my life and destroyed what I loved. I was a victim of hate, and so I have dedicated my life to reversing that hatred by turning it into understanding, tolerance and -- why not say it outright? -- love.'' So spoke Michelle Bachelet on Sunday night after winning Chile's presidential election.

She is the first women, without family political connections, to win as president in the Hemisphere! Bachelet, a socialist during the Allende period, was tortured and sent into exile.

T.S. Eliot on Love

January 20, 2006


T.S. Eliot said that we should not over-examine love, not seek to place it “fixed and sprawling on a pin”—the study of it only devalues the object. It just is. And thank God for that!

Einstein sobre Intelectualidad

Einstein sobre Intelectualidad


EINSTEIN


Damas y caballeros,
En estos días, la humanidad se encuentra orgullosa de su propio desarrollo intelectual. La búsqueda del conocimiento, es una de las mayores cualidades del hombre.

Aunque los que llevan la voz mas fuerte, no son nuestro orgullo, sino aquellas voces que no se escuchan.
No se debe mezclar la propia intelectualidad con las voces del poder.
Pero por supuesto, el intelecto tiene mucho músculo, pero no tiene personalidad.
No se puede liderar, solamente surfear (sic), y no es para fastidiar la elección del líder. Esta característica refleja la calidad del clérigo, el intelectual.

El intelecto tiene una visión aguda sobre los metales y herramientas, pero es ciego a los fines y valores. Entonces, no sorprende que esté transmitido mediante un ciego fatal, del viejo al joven, de generación en generación.
January 20, 2006

power corrupts

power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Lord Acton's epic warning that "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"
Historian Lord Acton (1834-1902) issued epic warnings that political power is the most serious threat to liberty.
Born in Naples, he was educated in England, Scotland, France and Germany, developing an extraordinary knowledge of European political history.

While he never wrote the history of liberty he dreamed about, his essays and letters abound with memorable insights. For instance: "Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
In his inaugural lecture as Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University, Lord Acton told …

Boa Constrictor

January 06, 2006

Boa Constrictor

Oh, I'm being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it--one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It's nibblin' my toe.
Oh, gee,
It's up to my knee.
Oh my,
It's up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It's up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It's up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It's upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . . .
Shel Silverstein

Summons

January 05, 2006

Summons, by Robert Francis
Keep me from going to sleep too soon
Or if I go to sleep too soon
Come wake me up. Come any hour
Of night. Come whistling up the road.
Stomp on the porch. Bang on the door.
Make me get out of bed and come
And let you in and light a light.
Tell me the northern lights are on
And make me look. Or tell me clouds
Are doing something to the moon
They never did before, and show me.
See that I see. Talk to me till
I'm half as wide awake as you
And start to dress wondering why
I ever went to bed at all.
Tell me the walking is superb.
Not only tell me but persuade me.
You know I'm not too hard to persuade.

Jorge Luis Borges's El Aleph

January 04, 2006


Jorge Luis Borges's El Aleph



The quote's from Jorge Luis Borges's El Aleph, where Borges visits a friend and goes down to the basement to view this "aleph" thingie. It runs like this: On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realized that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded. The Aleph's diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror's face, let us say) was infinite things, since I distinctly saw it from every angle of the universe. I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid; I saw a splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw, close up, unending eyes watching themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all the mirrors on earth an…

Shalom

January 01, 2006

Shalom to you now,
shalom, my firends.
May God's full mercies
bless you, my friends.
In all your living
and through your loving,
Christ be your shalom;
Christ be your shalom.
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