Archive for the ‘peace’ Category

When you get to the top, there’s nothing there

October 7, 2009

Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: “That when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.

Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world—yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, “I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed … It’s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.

Explorer Penn Haddow said he was still a ‘tortured soul’ despite achieving his ambitions of reaching both Poles. The realisation of his dreams has not quieted the restlessness of his heart.

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, 21.5.4

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But peace I did not find

September 14, 2009

Through the long years, I sought peace,

 I found ecstasy, I found anguish,

I found madness, I found loneliness.

I found the solitary pain, that gnaws the heart,

But peace I did not find.

Bertrand Russell, ‘To Edith’ in his Autobiography, in Ray Monk, vol.1, p.xix

The gospel of generosity and peace

September 10, 2009

We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possessions more than anything else now bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs it. We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies.

Justin Martyr, First Apology, ch.14

Leisure is the mother of philosophy

September 5, 2009

Leisure is the mother of philosophy; and Commonwealth, the mother of peace and leisure. Where first were great and flourishing cities, there was first the study of philosophy. The Gymnosophists of India, the Magi of Persia, and the Priests of Chaldaea and Egypt are counted the most ancient philosophers; and those countries were the most ancient of kingdoms. Philosophy was not risen to the Grecians and other people of the West, whose Commonwealths, no greater perhaps than Lucca or Geneva, had never peace but when their fears of one another were equal; nor the leisure to observe anything but one another. At length, when war had united many of these Grecian lesser cities into fewer and greater, then began seven men, of several parts of Greece, to get the reputation of being wise; some of them for moral and politic sentences, and others for the learning of the Chaldaeans and Egyptians, which was astronomy and geometry. But we hear not yet of any schools of philosophy.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 4, 46

So peace is necessary to the advancement of culture and science etc.