Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
From p.7-8 'Rituals' by Cees Nooteboom
Modern organisation thinking the sort of thing that all organisations use to manage and control workers are based on 5 assumptions that are not necessarily true and if we were to think about them and the history of modern philosophy it might just make things work slightly better than they normally do because as everyone is aware - new strategies and programmes of change are necessary but rarely work.
I. That organisations are systems
II. That the system is external to the individual
III. Individuals are primary and autonomous
IV. Individual actions construct the system
V. Individuals can plan and design the movement of a system.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The essay of the above title looks at how easy it is to use religion to escape from reality. Our true quest is to live in the world to discover our real selves. Jesus did not seek to escape from reality his glory was reached not by coming down from the cross but through his death.
"No, it can be no easy journey, this voyage of discovery in which we set out to find ourselves. The road to the celestial city is a long road. In places it must needs be stony and steep. And as we travel we shall not always be certain of our destination. Yet from time to time we shall ascend the Delectable Mountains, and from there we shall behold the city from afar, perceiving something of the breadth and length and depth of what it is to be fully ourselves. In such fleeting moments of vision we reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which even now is revealed in us. And this it is which gives us hope, and makes us count them happy which endure." (p. 29)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I have always found these translations beautiful. The number of the psalm does not correspond because we are following Hebrew numbering and I am uncertain which psalm this is but it is very inspiring. (Can I recommend that you click on the image to read the text rather than try to read it as it is.)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
"Thomas Hudson had studied tropical storms for many years and he could tell from the sky when there was a tropical disturbance long before his barometer showed its presence. He knew how to plot storms and the precautions that should be taken against them. He knew too what it was to live through a hurricane with the other people of the island and the bond that the hurricane made between all people who had been through it. He also knew that hurricanes could be so bad that nothing could live through them. He always thought, though, that if there was ever on that bad he would like to be there for it and go with the house if she went."
Here is another reference to a hurricane that I found this week.
Not least because on page 15 there is the following poem by Rilke:
Oh speak, poet, what do you do?
But the monstrosities and the murderous days,
How do you endure them, how do you take them?
But the anonymous, the nameless grays,
How poet, do you still invoke them?
What right have you, in all displays,
in very mask, to be genuine?
And that the stillness and the turbulent sprays
know you like star and storm?
---since I praise
- Translated by John J. L. Mood
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is the first novel in a new series for James Lee Burke:
Facebook is good but a real blog needs blogger!
I have been so busy lately I can barely remember what I have been reading.
Varied as usual!
Hope I can get back to the good stuff, look forward to hearing from y'all!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I must admit this blog has become quite neglected in the last few months. Facebook is not really my cup of tea but it does have a 'books I'm reading' app. It seems to suit the faster cooler web environment that we have but as you all now I am an old-fashioned guy and will still update this page every so often.