"Dynamics freed at last from the shackles of order and predictability … Systems liberated to randomly explore their every dynamical possibility … Exciting variety, richness of choice, a cornucopia of opportunity."
— Joseph Ford on what chaos means (via inthenoosphere)
"There are stars in your dark side brighter than the sun."
"The Earth, time, concepts, love, life, faith justice, evil - they’re all fluid and in transition. They don’t stay in one form or in one place forever. The whole universe is like some big FedEx box."
— Haruki Murakami (via inthenoosphere)
"I believe the architecture of the future lay within some being akin to a forest. Within a forest, from leaves and insects and the seeds it carries, to the grand scale of the tree trunks, myriad of truly diverse matters interrelate and coexist. It is this diversity that I am strongly attracted to. richness born from space between order and chaos. Thus if architecture akin to a forest can be created, it will be a place of complexity, rich in diversity far beyond preexisting architecture and cities of today. And its inhabitants will organically be a part of this diversity."
— Sou Fujimoto (via inthenoosphere)
"Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows—only hard with luminous edges—and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen. Alas, a few years ago, I should have said “my universe:” but now my mind has been opened to higher views of things. In such a country, you will perceive at once that it is impossible that there should be anything of what you call a “solid” kind; but I dare say you will suppose that we could at least distinguish by sight the Triangles, Squares, and other figures, moving about as I have described them. On the contrary, we could see nothing of the kind, not at least so as to distinguish one figure from another. Nothing was visible, nor could be visible, to us, except Straight Lines; and the necessity of this I will speedily demonstrate."
— Edwin Abbott (via inthenoosphere)
"This deep relation which music has to the true nature of all things also explains the fact that suitable music played to any scene, action, event, or surrounding seems to disclose to us its most secret meaning, and appears as the most accurate and distinct commentary upon it."
"These days, everybody is supposed to be so intelligent: ‘Isn’t it terrible about Nixon getting elected?’ ‘Did you hear about the earthquake in Peru?’ And you’re supposed to have all the answers. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, like, ‘What is bugging you, mister? Why can’t you make it with your wife? Why do you lie awake all night staring at the ceiling? Why, why, why do you refuse to recognize you have problems and deal with them?’ The answer is that people have forgotten how to relate or respond. In this day of mass communications and instant communications, there is no communication between people. Instead it’s long-winded stories or hostile bits, or laughter. But nobody’s really laughing. It’s more an hysterical, joyless kind of sound. Translation: ‘I am here and I don’t know why.’"
"Every path leading to a spiritual realization demands from whoever undertakes it the stripping of the habitual ‘I’ in order to become truly oneself, a transformation that is accompanied by the sacrifice of apparent riches and vain pretensions; that is to say, by the sacrifice of humiliation, of the struggle against the passions of which the old ‘I’ is made."
— Titus Burckhardt, quoted in Alberto Manguel’s The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm (via invisiblestories)
"Language says the opposite of what we mean. We mean the singular item; language says the universal. But language not only says with obstinacy the opposite opinion, but also says what is true, because language always already says the universal. Language repudiates our intention. But language does not only repudiate us: language also turns into its opposite what is initially intended, what is supposedly true. Language allows us to experience that intention means nothing and to experience what really is true according to sense certainty. Language forces things into their opposites, sublates them, and raises them to genuine truth. Language is in itself mediating, it prevents us from sinking into that which has the character of the this - that which is totally one-sided, relative, and abstract."