Books, Love, Quotes

“If I can say, “I love you,” I say, “I love in you all of humanity, all that is alive; I love in you also myself.” Self-love, in this sense, is the opposite of selfishness. The latter is actually a greedy concern with oneself which springs from and compensates for the lack of genuine love for oneself. Love, paradoxically, makes me more independent because it makes me stronger and happier — yet it makes me one with the loved person to the extent that individuality seems to be extinguished for the moment. In loving I experience “I am you,” you — the loved person, you — the stranger, you — everything alive. In the experience of love lies the only answer to being human, lies sanity.”

-Erich Fromm, The Sane Society.

If I can say, “I love you”…

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Life, Links, Quotes

Albert Einstein on Why We Are Alive

When Marion Block Anderson asked Albert Einstein: “Why are we alive?”, Einstein replied by this:

Dear Miss Block:
The question “Why” in the human sphere is easy to answer: to create satisfaction for ourselves and for other people. In the extra-human sphere the question has no meaning. Also the belief in God is no way out for in this case you may ask “Why God.””
Sincerely yours,

Albert Einstein.

Source: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/27/einstein-on-why-we-are-alive/

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Books, Links

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotion by Maria Popova via Brainpickings

Book:  The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives by Rosalind D. Cartwright.

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Books, Sciences

A Ghost of Evolution: The Curious Case of the Avocado, Which Should Be Extinct But Still Exists by Maria Popova via Brainpickings.
Book:  The Ghosts of Evolution: Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, and Other Ecological Anachronisms  by Connie Barlow.

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Links

Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits and Literary Productivity via Brainpickings.

Concept and direction by Maria Popova
Design and research by Accurat
Portraits by Wendy MacNaughton

Source: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/12/16/writers-wakeup-times-literary-productivity-visualization/

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