“There is nothing very remarkable about being immortal; with the exception of mankind, all creatures are immortal, for they know nothing of death. What is divine, terrible, and incomprehensible is to know oneself immortal. I have noticed that in spite of religion, the
conviction as to one’s own immortality is extraordinarily rare. Jews, Christians, and Muslims all
profess belief in immortality, but the veneration paid to the first century of life is proof that they truly believe only in those hundred years, for they destine all the rest, throughout eternity, to rewarding or punishing what one did when alive.”
Borges Jorge Luis, The Immortal
How to get rid of autoaggression? How can we find wisdom? Observing other people? Yes, but only if we see in them a spark of God.
“I knew I’d shattered the balance of the day, the spacious calm of this beach on which I had been happy.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger
Perhaps we believe that the human world is in constant chaos.
But perhaps those who say that the world is mathematical perfection are right. This confidence is probably based on mathematical formulas and models. And they are suitable only for scientists.
For ordinary people it seems that the most important are signs and symbols with whom they meet every day. So as not to violate the perfect living space, humans should be more vigilant and careful.
“the combat’s result is the combat’s cause”
Ambrose Bierce The Death of Halpin Frayser
For what purpose did God give us the breath?
Should the process of inhalation and exhalation be fighting or creating?
“All of which is to say, it wasn’t a ghost that I saw. All I saw was myself. I’ve never been able to forget the fear that I felt that night. And I always think that there is anything more terrifying to a man than himself.”
Haruki Murakami, The Mirror
We do not need to split atoms into smaller parts. Fragmented knowledge does not make us more knowledgeable.
“We can’t know everything, how and wherefore,” said the old man. “It is ordained for the bird to have not four wings but two because it is able to fly with two; and so it is ordained for man not to know everything but only a half or a quarter. As much as he needs to know so as to live, so much he knows.”
Anton Chekhov, In The Ravine