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“When we quit thinking primarily about
ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic
transformation of consciousness.”
– Joseph Campbell
“The universe is transformation: life is
– Marcus Aurelius
"For the first time in human evolution, the
individual life is long enough, and the cultural transformation swift enough,
that the individual mind is now a constituent player in the global
transformation of human culture."
- William Irwin Thompson
“Research has shown that it takes 31 days of
conscious effort to make or break a habit. That means, if one practices
something consistently for 31 days, on the 32nd day it does become a habit. Information has been internalized into behavioral change, which is called
– Shiv Khera
"The reality of getting married, it really
changed things into something beautiful. There was transformation."
- Peter Scolari
"Really changing might make you
dissatisfied with yourself and many others also dissatisfied with you.
Changing can be risky, can be dangerous, can be disastrous; not changing might be the same.
Transformation tests the mettle of free will."
- Mike Garofalo, Pulling Onions
"Changing is not just changing the things
outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all
notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit.
That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"Transformation in the world happens when
people are healed and start investing in other people."
- Michael W. Smith
"It is all very well to copy what one sees, but
it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a
transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory."
- Edgar Degas
"Be a loner. That gives you time to
wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life
- Albert Einstein
[an advanced and select discussion group at Cambridge University in England in
1905] were ambitious men who wanted their work to endure in memory. They
even had a code-word, 'footprints', for the guiding-marks which they hoped to
leave for posterity. The best test of the value of work, they believed, is
that it continues to please or impress future ages. Bertrand Russell once
recounted to G. H. Hardy a distressing dream in which he stood among the book
stacks of Cambridge University two centuries in the future. A librarian
was winnowing the shelves, taking down books in turn, glancing at them,
restoring them to their places or dumping them into an enormous bucket.
Finally, he reached three volumes which Russell recognized as the last surviving
copy of his Principia Mathematica. He took down one of the volumes,
turned over a few pages, seemed puzzled by what he saw, shut the volume,
balanced it in his hand and hesitated: Russell presumably awoke with a
shuddering cry, for the devaluation of their work, or the absence of footprints,
was the Apostles' nightmare."
- Richard Davenport-Hines, Universal Man: The Lives of John Maynard Keynes, 2015, p.52
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 1915
"Men have to descend from their pedestal and learn how to be more
broadminded and spiritual."
- Indra Devi
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"Dogmatists are less useful than dogs."
- Mike Garofalo, Pulling Onions
narrow-minded who undertake any work will never be satisfied. They cannot
understand the actions of those who are large hearted and broad-minded."
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
"Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy
to form and opinion."
- Will Rogers
"And now what is the result of all these considerations and
quotations? It is negative in one sense, but positive in another. It
absolutely forbids us to be forward in pronouncing on the meaningless of forms
of existence other than our own; and it commands us to tolerate, respect and
indulge those whom we see harmlessly interested and happy in their own ways,
however unintelligible these may be to use. Hands off: neither the whole
of truth, nor the whole of good, is revealed to any single observer, although
each observer gains a partial superior insight for the peculiar position in
which he stands. Even prisons and sick rooms have their special
revelations. It is enough to ask of each of us that he should be faithful
to his own opportunities and make the most of his own blessings, without
presuming to regulate the rest of the vast field."
- William James, On a Certain Blindness, 1891
"The broad-minded see the truth in different religions; the
narrow-minded see only the differences."
- A Chinese Proverb
"Nothing makes a man more broad-minded than adversity."
- Will Rogers
Nothing is meant to be. There is no predestination.
In ancient texts, the idea of predestination is very strong, but the usage of the term is purely metaphorical. People in the past used the word to express feelings of affinity for a place, a time, or for others. But nothing of the future is set. There is no cosmic puppeteer at work. We are solely responsible for our own actions. It is true that we can become mired in circumstances so strong and so far-reaching that they will continue to have ramifications far into the future. For example, if we construct circumstances right, such as starting an organization to help others, then the good will last for a long time. However, if we fall far into debt and do nothing to help ourselves, then the bad will also last a long time. Yet in both cases, our lasting situations are results of our own actions. This is not destiny. It is causality.
Causality is from the past, and nothing is acting from the future. There is no script, no pattern to walk into. Everything has to be
created, and we are the artists.
Those who follow Tao endeavor to have as few restrictions placed upon them as possible. By completing each action, they minimize causality. By living fully in the present, they absorb the best of what each day has to offer. By understanding that there is no literal destiny, fate, or predestination, they keep the future as free and open as possible. That is truly the openness of life.
- By Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, April 30
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Compiled by Mike Garofalo
Last modified or updated on June 11, 2017.
First published online on April 20, 2017
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