la vie comme je la connais

my naked soul

What I Have Lived For

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
 I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness—that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what—at last—I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

 Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

 This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

—The Prologue to Bertrand Russell’s Autobiography (via stephen-fry-me)

foundneo:

“De Markies” (The Awning) was an entry in the “Temporary Living” competition 1985 and was conceived as a mobile home. On the road, it measures 2.00 m by 4.50 m, and once it has arrived at its destination its floorspace can be increased threefold in a matter of seconds.

“De Markies” was awarded the Public Prize at the Rotterdam Design Prize.

Created by Dutch designer  Eduard Bohtlingk

(Source: costantinini, via designed-for-life)

designed-for-life:

Green (Yin) Feng Shui color of harmony, balance, healing and health. In feng shui, green represents the wood element. The ideal location to use green is in the skills/ knowledge, family/elders, and health area of the feng shui bagua. Greens are particularly beneficial in a bathroom because it promotes peacefulness, tranquility, purification, life, and new beginnings. Green also brings a sense of vitality and freshness.

designed-for-life:

Green (Yin) Feng Shui color of harmony, balance, healing and health.
In feng shui, green represents the wood element. The ideal location to use green is in the skills/ knowledge, family/elders, and health area of the feng shui bagua. Greens are particularly beneficial in a bathroom because it promotes peacefulness, tranquility, purification, life, and new beginnings. Green also brings a sense of vitality and freshness.