The Wind and the Sun

By |2016-10-22T09:42:29+10:00August 28th, 2011|Categories: asides, personal, philosophy|Tags: , |

I came across this little story watching one of the best episodes of Mad Men I’ve ever seen (Series 4, Episode 8). It impressed me so much I’ve transcribed it, and printed it out and stuck it to my fridge. Now a blog could be seen in some ways as a virtual fridge, so I’m gonna stick it here as well, since there’s not much activity on here at the moment. I hope you appreciate the sentiment, and that it’s as much as an epiphany for you as it was for me. The Wind & The Sun “Aesop has a fable about the wind and the sun. The wind and the sun had this competition to see if they could get a traveller’s coat off. So the wind blows fiercely on him, but the traveller just pulls his coat tighter. But the sun shines down on him, warmer and warmer, [...]

what is important?

By |2016-11-29T20:26:12+10:00August 29th, 2010|Categories: personal, philosophy|Tags: , , , , , |

I saw this photo on the web tonight (click for a larger version), and it arrested my thoughts immediately. I have had a really shitty day, but when I looked at this image of the Sombrero Galaxy, 28 million light years away (1 light year is roughly 10 trillion kilometres and we are talking 28 million here), all my trivialities vanished for one tiny little moment. Then of course ego reasserted its authority and got its grubby little hold back on me . But for that split second... Wow. For what it's worth, I am an atheist. I don't believe at all in any sort of God, particularly the organised religious type, with long robes and a wicked sense of vengeance. Yahweh, Allah, God, they all seem to me to be unoriginal caricatures of the worst kind. (at least the Hindus have a great sense of creativity with Ganesh and [...]