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Happy Birthday Abbygail!


You turn 34 today!
I’ve known you for seventeen of those years.
(I’ve known you half your life! :)
We’ve been in love, eight.
And I’ve been privileged to share my life with you,
and walk with you for nearly, six.

I cannot imagine life without you.

You love crazy movies;
(Which you drag me to.)
You can engineer anything out of anything.
(rain gutters out of old bisleri bottles,
window screens out of old packing material.)
You fill our home with warmth.
(occasionally by burning stuff on the stove,
mostly with love and cakes.)
You keep me sane.
(by reminding me, that all we ever need is love and fresh air.)

You’re wiser than me,
stronger than me,
and way cooler than me :)

Happy birthday, sweetheart ❤️
I love you!

Sapiens

It’s a quake book.

It manages to fit a hundred thousand years of human life, into less than five hundred pages, filled with history, wit & philosophy.

Page for page, this is one of the most wisdomous books I’ve ever read.


Joey being Wisdomous

This is how I imagine, Yuval Noah Harari acknowledging my compliment


Thoughts and Insights abound

I read past, before the impact of a line, two pages ago blinds me

Facts put in such simple terms, that make me wonder, why didn’t I realise this before?

“Each year the US population spends more money on diets than the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the rest of the world.”

Will we ever be Kumbaya united as a whole human race?
Methinksnot.

“Evolution has made Homo sapiens, like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature.

Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.”

and

“Tolerance is not a Sapiens trademark.

In modern times, a small difference in skin colour, dialect or religion has been enough to prompt one group of Sapiens to set about exterminating another group.

Would ancient Sapiens have been more tolerant towards an entirely different human species?

It may well be that when Sapiens encountered Neanderthals, the result was the first and most significant ethnic-cleansing campaign in history.”

Why is money so important? Because …

“money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.”

Masters of the land, are we?

“We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us.”

Happiness, what is it?

“Nothing captures the biological argument better than the famous New Age slogan: ‘Happiness begins within.’ Money, social status, plastic surgery, beautiful houses, powerful positions – none of these will bring you happiness.

Lasting happiness comes only from serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.”

Perspective … need one?

“In the 300 years of the crucifixion of Christ to the conversion of Emperor Constantine, polytheistic Roman emperors initiated no more than four general persecutions of Christians. Local administrators and governors incited some anti-Christian violence of their own.
Still, if we combine all the victims of all these persecutions, it turns out that in these three centuries the polytheistic Romans killed no more than a few thousand Christians.

In contrast, over the course, of the next 1,500 years, Christians slaughtered Christians by the millions, to defend slightly different interpretations of the religion of love and compassion.”

I’m barely scratching the surface.

And all this, while nimbly skipping over events, places, geographies, and eons.

With the voice of a sad enlightened being, he concludes,

… humans seem to be more irresponsible than ever.

Self-made gods with only the laws of physics to keep us company, we are accountable to no one. We are consequently wreaking havoc on our fellow animals and on the surrounding ecosystem, seeking little more than our own comfort and amusement, yet never finding satisfaction.

Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don’t know what they want?

This is definitely something I’ll keep coming back to, so that I can learn something new, time and again.


Are We Really Here Just to Fulfill *One* Destiny?

Susan Fowler on guys & gals that want to flit from flower to flower, to want to have and learn and do all the things that interest us

People tell me I can't do all the things I want to do, and they are of course wrong, because I can and I do and I will.

But I still can't ever reach my greatest, deepest, most secret goal, the goal I left off that list: to have a singular passion.

Maybe that's ok.

Maybe my life will always be about running toward that unattainable goal, trying and loving everything I find along the way.

And maybe at the end, when I have to give an account of my life, I'll say that

I never was anything, but I was everything.

The whole thing is inspiring! Go, read.


Happy Birthday VK!

I lucked out when I met you on Feb 22nd, 1997 at my very first job interview.

For all the photos I’ve shot of people, I still don’t have one of yours :)
You’ve been my guilty secret :P

While my life has been filled with turmoil, for the past fifteen years, you’ve been the one I counted on.
You’ve always been my rock!

You made sure work was a safe haven and a joy to do.

Boss, mentor, big brother, mother, father, best friend, you’ve been all that and more.

You’re the only one I can truly be myself with
I can tell you anything.
You taught me integrity.
You taught me how to form lasting friendships.
You taught me to laugh at myself.
You taught me how to live.

It’s been 20 years now.
You’ve been a big part of me, for more than half my life.
I cannot imagine life without you being there.
Others might come and go, but you’re always the presence that arches over everything.

When I was young and ignorant, I always took you for granted.
When I was older and somewhat wiser, I was too shy to tell you, how I felt.
So even this post is, in a way, cheating.
I’m still too shy and you are still too gruff and big bearish :D

But I am thankful. And I am grateful.
And I do love you.

Happy Birthday!