The cicada laughs

Wings like clouds

Mount the wind

Shoulder the blue sky

Beat a whirlwind

Setting off a six month gale

When the bird looks down

All he sees is blue too

Water piled up

Deep enough to

Bear up the big boat.

Looking up

The cicada laughs.


(Cut-up poem based on Chuang Tzu)


Cows have a face, dumb and serene, that thinks each moment:
Grass, grass, and grass as their purpose in existence. Full sure, patient
Curious? NOT, as to why they are being fatted up
Happily chewing till there is a bolt to the brain.


Socratic Depression

‘Have you ever thought’, Socrates said, leaning closer to me at the bar, ‘whether depression is the correct state of mind to exhibit in a world as disturbed as this?’

‘Time to go.’ I said. 

I left O’Briens then and thought about it on my way back to the office. 


Question to myself

I often wonder, can I cut
myself into my many interests and passions
to create good work?
Are they not one?
All belong to the same stream.
I am that stream.
So as I write, I teach and philosophize.
As I teach, I write and philosophize.
And as I philosophize, I write and teach.
All belong to the same stream.
I am that stream.


Zen thought of the day

“Where beauty is, then there is ugliness; where right is, also there is wrong. Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent; delusion and enlightenment condition each other. Since olden times it has been so. How could it be otherwise now? Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other is merely realizing a scene of stupidity. Even if you speak of the wonder of it all, how do you deal with each thing changing?”


World Philosophy Day


Today is UNESCO WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY. A special day to promote the discipline of Philosophy in a world in desperate need of critical thought.
Hopefully we are seeing a rebirth of Philosophy and reawakening of human rationality.

“By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual. World Philosophy Day 2014 falls on 20 November. Events at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 19 and 20 November 2014, will contribute to the overarching question of “Social Transformations and Intercultural Dialogue” with a round table discussion to launch the “Philosophy Manual, A South-South Perspective”, developed with the support of the Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue.

Additional events will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, including in particular a conference on “New Philosophical Practices” and a roundtable on “The contribution of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s thought to a culture of peace and intercultural dialogue”. Events will also take place around the world throughout the month of November.

In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, UNESCO’s General Conference highlighted the importance of this discipline, especially for young people, underlining that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace”. UNESCO’s General Conference was convinced that “the institutionalization of Philosophy Day at UNESCO as ‘World Philosophy Day’ would win recognition for and give strong impetus to philosophy and, in particular, to the teaching of philosophy in the world”.

UNESCO leads World Philosophy Day – but does not own it. It belongs to everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy. If you would like to have your WPD events mentioned on the UNESCO website, simply send brief details of them to:
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