Some observations made about his works ~
They can serve as a catalyst for some of the most important states of the soul.
They remind both the writer and the reader that contentment relies on knowing how to derive pleasure from simplicity, and how to escape (even if only for a while) the tyranny of being ourselves.
An interesting blog – http://www.haikuapprentice.com/
It was considered an honor for those of samurai rank or higher to
be allowed to kill oneself rather than be put to the sword. To take
one’s own life was seen as far more honorable, as one could show
one’s indifference to death—one of the gauntlets thrown down by
Zen. The term harakiri (literally “abdomen cut”) was significant
because the stomach was considered the area where the soul resides,
and was therefore the center of a person’s will. Being of high rank,
Rikyu was afforded this right, and in keeping with his beliefs and
love of tea, Sen no Rikyu held a final tea ceremony for his closest
friends. Throughout the poignant ceremony his concentration and
attention to detail were exemplary. After the ceremony, once the tea
had been consumed, Rikyu gave his beloved tea utensils to his
friends, all save his own; this he crushed in his hands, saying, “No
more will this cup, tainted with the lips of misfortune, be used by
Excerpt from Wabi Sabi – The Japanese Art of Impermanence
“Welcome to thee,
O sword of eternity,
And through Dharuma alike
Thou hast cleft thy way
My Political Philosophy according to the website
• “John and Mary had never met. They were like two
hummingbirds who had also never met.”
[reading aloud from Issac’s wife’s memoir] “He was given to fits of rage, Jewish liberal paranoia, male chauvinism, self-righteous misanthropy, and nihilistic moods of despair. He had complaints about life but never any solutions. He longed to be an artist but balked at the necessary sacrifices. In his most private moments, he spoke of his fear of death, which he elevated to tragic heights when in fact it was mere narcissism.”
It shares some character development and themes with Chazelle’s previous musical work, Whiplash; Chazelle said that “they’re both about the struggle of being an artist and reconciling your dreams with the need to be human
There was poetry as well-a luminous world always present beneath the surface, a world that people might offer up as a gift to me, if I only remembered to ask.
That is how Obama explains the phenomena of people sharing their stories of struggles with him during his time as a Community Organiser. The honesty of the feeling mixed with the beauty of those words resonate very deeply.