dreamed of being the greatest at something.
Why? In order not to be a second fiddle or, worse, nothing.
Who do we read about in the newspapers and drool at on TV and talk
about at parties? Those who are the best at their chosen endeavors.
We may of course also admire someone who is second or even third
best, but not with the same ardor. We just nod: yeah, nice try, but
no banana. I wanted to be talked about, admired, famous, maybe even
star in a movie as Captain America.
I am the Greatest by Frank Thomas Smith
Soy lo máximo - traducido por María Teresa Gutiérrez
Yo soñaba ser lo máximo en
algo. ¿Por qué? Para no ser un segundón o, peor, un
nadie. ¿Sobre quiénes leemos en los diarios, nos
babeamos por televisión y hablamos en las fiestas? Sobre aquellos que
son los mejores en la actividad que han elegido. Podemos también admirar a
alguien que sea segundo o incluso tercero, pero no con el mismo fervor. Sí,
asentimos con la cabeza, buen intento, pero no es la
posta. Yo quería que se hablara de mí, ser admirado, famoso, quizás
incluso estrella de alguna película en el rol de Capitán América.
THE United States is abandoning its role as the
global champion of human rights.
That top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad,
including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing
proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has
extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan
executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general
public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral
authority on these critical issues.
A Cruel and Unusual Record by Jimmy Carter
Mad, Bad, Sad - What’s
Really Happened to America’s Soldiers by Nan Levinson
"PTSD is going to color everything you
write," came the warning from a stepmother of a Marine, a woman
who keeps track of such things. That was in 2005, when
post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD, wasn't getting much
attention, but soon it was pretty much all anyone wrote about.
Story upon story about the damage done to our guys in uniform --
drinking, divorce, depression, destitution -- a laundry list of
miseries and victimhood. When it comes to veterans, it seems
like the only response we can imagine is to feel sorry for them.
A New View of Psychology by Christine Kaine
Psychology really solved the riddle of the human being, or do we need a new
view to fully understand who we are? The so-called science of mental life which
we know as Psychology has become one of the most popular subjects of study
today. The study of Psychology is said to have developed from the work of two
key people on opposites sides of the globe, Wilhelm Wundt and William James,
who, in their study of medicine, turned their attention to the effect of the mind
on the body and vice versa. This happened relatively recently, in the middle of
the Nineteenth Century...
In recent times, critical opinion has appeared concerning the use of
computers by children and adolescents, especially in education at the
primary and high school levels. This essay begins by citing and summarizing
some of the arguments given in favor of the use of computers by children
and in education. Then some reasons against them are given, using some
Computers in Education? Arguments For and Against the Use of Computers in Education by Valdemar Setzer
For more than two centuries biologists have struggled to find an
elusive pathway between the lifelessness of inanimate nature and what
they feared as the supernatural, mystical, or vitalistic excess
easily induced in weak, sentimental observers by an overly close,
personal attention to actual living creatures.
Poverty of the Instructed Organism -
Are you and your Cells Programmed?
by Stephen L. Talbott
As a convinced materialist, the biologist prefers to model the
organism as nothing more than an improbably differentiated and
well-crafted mass of law-abiding physical substance. (The materials
in the human body, as the old saying went, have a market value of
about 97 cents — before adjusting for inflation.) Such a mass,
of course, is receptive to all those “mechanistic explanations”
we ceaselessly encounter in the technical literature. The only
problem is that, however intricately assembled, a lump of earth is
not very convincing at sustaining a pretense of life.
That night at the dinner
table he brought it out and set it down beside her plate. Doris
stared at it, her hand to her mouth. "My God, what is it?"
She looked up at him, bright-eyed.
The Cuckoo Man by Philip K. Dick
"Well, open it."
Doris tore the ribbon
and paper from the square package with her sharp nails, her bosom
rising and falling. Larry stood watching her as she lifted the lid.
He lit a cigarette and leaned against the wall.
"A cuckoo clock!"
Doris cried. "A real old cuckoo clock like my mother had."
She turned the clock over and over. "Just like my mother had,
when Pete was still alive." Her eyes sparkled with tears...
Paternostro's Promise by Frank Thomas Smith
The sky in the east is tinged with
orange as the sun prepares to rise over the Argentine Pampa. Patches of light
reach into a beehive set in the garden of an upper-middle class suburban Buenos
Aires home, signaling the start of another furiously active day. The first
hunters step out onto the hive’s porch and soar off in search of the blossoms
opening to receive them. Birds begin to sing softly outside the bedroom window.
A shrill scream wrenches Marcos and Alicia Paternostro from sleep – a persisting
cry of rage and pain.
have seen the changes which
take place in a person who encounters the Guardian of the Threshold.
And whether he or she is able to approach and come to an
understanding of the spiritual world in any form, depends upon
understanding the essence of this Guardian. In particular we have
seen how what constitutes man's inner self – thinking, feeling,
willing – undergoes a substantial transformation in the
Guardian of the Threshold's domain. Especially in the last lesson
here, it became clear to us how in a certain respect thinking,
feeling and willing go different ways upon entering the spiritual
world, how they enter into different relationships than those which
usually prevail for earthly consciousness...
Lessons for the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science at
the Goetheanum - Lesson Five by Rudolf Steiner
Karmic Relations, Volume II, Lecture 4 by Rudolf Steiner
Studies that are
concerned with the karma of human beings must be undertaken with
deep earnestness and inwardly assimilated. For it is not the mere
knowledge of some particular karmic connection that is important.
What is really important is that such studies should quicken the
whole of man's nature, enabling him to find his bearings in life.
Such studies will never be fruitful if they lead to greater
indifference towards human beings than is otherwise the case;
they will be fruitful only if they kindle deeper love and
understanding than are possible when account is taken merely of
the impressions of a single life...
The Bald Inquisitor by Shirly Lock Holms (as told to Frank Thomas Smith)
one knows where the woman came from, she just appears one day in the
small Swiss town. It's springtime and she is dressed in a light,
attractive frock reaching to just below her knees. As she passes the
vegetarian restaurant on the corner the people eating lunch in the
garden stare at her, then go to out to greet her, hesitantly at
first, then in a rush: students carrying notebooks, old people
wearing black berets, even the waitresses and the cook with a frying
pan in his hand. She smiles warmly at them, then turns left up the
hill towards the temple. They follow her. The few people who live in
the house halfway between the restaurant and the temple join the
throng, as do those who are in its small art gallery. The word
spreads quickly and people run from all the houses on and near the
hill to follow her. The strange thing is that they all, without being
told or having seen her before, recognize her.
this city has ten million souls,
Refugee Blues by W. H. Auden
Some are living in mansions, some
are living in holes:
Yet there's no place for us, my dear, yet
there's no place for us.
Once we had a country and we thought
Look in the atlas and you'll find it there:
go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.
for the Barbarians by Constantine P. Cavafy
What are we waiting for,
assembled in the forum?
The barbarians are to arrive
Why such inaction in the Senate?
Why do the Senators
sit and pass no laws?
Because the barbarians are to arrive
What laws can the Senators pass any more?
barbarians come they will make the laws.
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