"I fear that one day man will travel to distant planets. And then heâll take his lethal mixture of vice, greed, violence and ignorance to those planets tooâturning them barren and ravaged as we are already doing with Earth." â Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire."
“We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.” â Richard P. Feynman
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare —never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.
Watching a tree grow will likely drive you crazy. It’s a boring process if you stand there, impatiently tapping your foot, waiting for it to do something. But if you step away and come back later, you’ll be surprised to see something beautiful emerge. The fact is the plant is doing something: it’s growing. Just not as quickly as you might like. Our culture has conditioned us to expect instant results and overnight success; this impatience runs so rampant that we dress it up in terms like “efficiency” and “productivity.” But really what’s happening is we are conditioning ourselves to get what we want now, all the time. This mindset robs us of the lessons that waiting can teach us, causing us to miss out on the slow but important stuff of life. Jeff Goins
"In response to my intuitive reactions to the events and trends of my life, reconsidered in the above stated philosophy, I have found myself from time to time spontaneously and almost unrestrainedly preoccupied in writing out my thoughts, which as I reconsidered them and redefined them eventuated in the present volume, which I call “mental mouthfuls and ventilated prose” which may be poetry also."
No More Secondhand God and Other Writings R. Buckminster Fuller