Getting Started!

The world is an interesting place, infinitely complex and offering up new surprises, twists and turns at every opportunity. This will be my way to react and respond, to get my thoughts out on paper and to engage those issues that move me in some form or another. For now, as an introductory note I merely want to share a text that I came across:

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living. –  Bertrand Russell

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