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"Instead of a homeland I hold the metamorphoses of the world."          -Nelly Sachs

"It's entirely conceivable that life's splendor surrounds us all, and always in its complete fullness, accessible but veiled, beneath the surface, invisible, far away. But there it lies—not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If we call it by the right word, by the right name, then it comes. This is the essence of magic, which doesn't create but calls."  — Franz Kafka  

"Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. And so to whatever degree any one of us, can bring back a small piece of the picture and contribute it to the building to the new paradigm, then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit, and that after all is what it's really all about." - Terence McKenna

"Nationalism is an infantile desease. It is the measles of mankind."      -Albert Einstein

"I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet."   - Isabel Allende  

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”  -Jim Morrison

“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”  ― Eckhart Tolle

"What we achieve inwardly, will change outer reality." ~Plutarch

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."  - Martin Luther KIng, Jr.

“Theirs is the customary human reaction when confronted with innovation: to flounder about attempting to adapt old responses to new situations or to simply condemn or ignore the harbingers of change--a practice refined by the Chinese emperors, who used to execute messengers bringing bad news. The new technological environments generate the most pain among those least prepared to alter their old value structures. The literati find the new electronic environment far more threatening than do those less committed to literacy as a way of life. When an individual or social group feels that its whole identity is jeopardized by social or psychic change, its natural reaction is to lash out in defensive fury. But for all their lamentations, the revolution has already taken place.”  - Marshall McLuhan

“What most of us must be involved in--whether we teach or write, make films, write films, direct films, play music, act, whatever we do--has to not only make people feel good and inspired and at one with other people around them, but also has to educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world.”   -Howard Zinn

“We have to grasp, as Marx and Adam Smith did, that corporations are not concerned with the common good. They exploit, pollute, impoverish, repress, kill, and lie to make money. They throw poor people out of homes, let the uninsured die, wage useless wars for profit, poison and pollute the ecosystem, slash social assistance programs, gut public education, trash the global economy, plunder the U.S. Treasury and crush all popular movements that seek justice for working men and women. They worship money and power.” - Chris Hedges

“I was astonished, bewildered. This was America, a country where, whatever its faults, people could speak, write, assemble, demonstrate without fear. It was in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. We were a democracy... But I knew it wasn't a dream; there was a painful lump on the side of my head... The state and its police were not neutral referees in a society of contending interests. They were on the side of the rich and powerful. Free speech? Try it and the police will be there with their horses, their clubs, their guns, to stop you. From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country--not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society--cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian.”  -Howard Zinn

"Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery." -  Buckminster Fuller

"The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun." - Buckminster Fuller

"The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing  to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds."   -William James

"Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

“But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.”   -Robert M. Pirsig

“Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.” 
― Eckhart Tolle

"Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet."  - Mark Twain

“I HAVE LOTS OF THINGS TO TEACH YOU NOW, IN CASE WE NEVER MEET, CONCERNING THE MESSAGE THAT WAS TRANSMITTED TO ME UNDER A PINE TREE IN NORTH CAROLINA ON A COLD MOONLIT NIGHT . IT SAID THAT NOTHING EVER HAPPENED, SO DON’T WORRY. IT’S ALL LIKE A DREAM, EVERYTHING IS ECSTASY, INSIDE. WE JUST DON’T KNOW IT BECAUSE OF OUR THINKING-MINDS. BUT IN OUR TRUE BLISSFUL ESSENCE OF MIND IS KNOWN THAT EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT FOREVER AND FOREVER AND FOREVER. CLOSE YOUR EYES, LET YOUR HANDS AND NERVE-ENDS DROP, STOP BREATHING FOR 3 SECONDS, LISTEN TO THE SILENCE INSIDE THE ILLUSION OF THE WORLD, AND YOU WILL REMEMBER THE LESSON YOU FORGOT, WHICH WAS TAUGHT IN IMMENSE MILKY WAY SOFT CLOUD INNUMERABLE WORLDS LONG AGO AND NOT EVEN AT ALL. IT IS ALL ONE VAST AWAKENED THING. I CALL IT THE GOLDEN ETERNITY. IT IS PERFECT . WE WERE NEVER REALLY BORN, WE WILL NEVER REALLY DIE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE IMAGINARY IDEA OF A PERSONAL SELF , OTHER SELVES, MANY SELVES EVERYWHERE: SELF IS ONLY AN IDEA, A MORTAL IDEA. THAT WHICH PASSES INTO EVERYTHING IS ONE THING. IT’S A DREAM ALREADY ENDED. THERE’S NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF AND NOTHING TO BE GLAD ABOUT. I KNOW THIS FROM STARING AT MOUNTAINS MONTHS ON END. THEY NEVER SHOW ANY EXPRESSION, THEY ARE LIKE EMPTY SPACE. DO YOU THINK THE EMPTINESS OF SPACE WILL EVER CRUMBLE AWAY? MOUNTAINS WILL CRUMBLE, BUT THE EMPTINESS OF SPACE, WHICH IS THE ONE UNIVERSAL ESSENCE OF MIND, THE VAST AWAKENERHOOD, EMPTY AND AWAKE, WILL NEVER CRUMBLE AWAY BECAUSE IT WAS NEVER BORN.”-JACK KEROUAC

"Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world."   - Arthur Schopenhauer  

“We are limited by our agreements on possibility. Agreement is a common exclusion of alternate possibilities. Agreement is the cement of social structure. Two or three gathered together, agreeing on what they are after, may create a subset in which their goals can be achieved, even though folly in the eyes of the world. The world in this case means a set of expectancies agreed upon, a set excluding other possibilities.”  - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
— Bill Hicks

“Once you see the boundaries of your environment, they are no longer the boundaries of your environment.”  -  Marshall McLuhan

“Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.” – Terence McKenna

"Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self."             - Alfred North Whitehead

"Art is anything you can get away with" - Marshall McLuhan

“The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns.  If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.”
-Terence McKenna

“Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation.”
– Terence McKenna

“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
– Terence McKenna

“Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.” 
― Ram Dass

“Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.” 
― Ram Dass

"When you are completely identified with your thinking mind you are totally separate from everything else in the universe."   - Ram Dass

“The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.” 
― Eckhart Tolle

“As for myself, however, today is the day, and I dare not wait for some slow cultural drift finally to pave the way that I might easily float into some nebulous social salvation. I cannot depend on 'them' 'out there' to order into coherency this small sphere of my only present now.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” 
― Eckhart Tolle

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead." - Albert Einstein

“...the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whaterver form. Both are illusions.” 
― Eckhart Tolle

“Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.”    ― Ramana Maharshi

"We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas."  - Alan Watts

"We become what we behold. We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us."  - Marshall McLuhan

“Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge. But some of these rules and discipline are good for beginners.”   -Ramana Maharshi

"Though we live in the colony of time, we are ultimately responsible to the empire of eternity."  ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.” - Ramana Maharshi

“From a shamanic perspective, the psychic blockade that prevents otherwise intelligent adults from considering the future of our world - our obvious lack of future, if we continue on our present path - reveals an occult dimension. It is like a programming error written into the software designed for the modern mind, which has endless energy to spend on the trivial and treacly, sports statistic or shoe sale, but no time to spare for the torments of the Third World, for the mass extinction of species to perpetuate a way of life without a future, for the imminent exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves, or for the fine print of the Patriot Act. This psychic blockade is reinforced by a vast propaganda machine spewing out crude as well as sophisticated distractions, encouraging individuals to see themselves as alienated spectators of their culture, rather than active participants in a planetary ecology.”   ― Daniel Pinchbeck

“I expect to see the coming decades transform the planet into an art form; the new man, linked in a cosmic harmony that transcends time and space, will sensuously caress and mold and pattern every facet of the terrestrial artifact as if it were a work of art, and man himself will become an organic art form. There is a long road ahead, and the stars are only way stations, but we have begun the journey. To be born in this age is a precious gift, and I regret the prospect of my own death only because I will leave so many pages of man’s destiny — if you will excuse the Gutenbergian image — tantalizingly unread. But perhaps, as I’ve tried to demonstrate in my examination of the postliterate culture, the story begins only when the book closes.”   -  Marshall McLuhan

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