People do not really understand what meditation is. Meditation is the one human activity that has no purpose. Buddhists who are supposed to have attained everything are invariably shown in some sort of meditation posture. Why should they meditate anymore? Because that just happens to be the way a Buddhist sits. When he sits, he sits. When he walks, he walks. He is not going anywhere. He is just going for a walk because he digs it. The very word dig means not merely to appreciate, but to penetrate, to go to the heart of the matter, to penetrate the moment. To get to the root of the moment is to get to the center of you.
— Alan Watts (via thebigelectron)
…the modern age is the urbanization of the countryside, not the ruralization of the city as in antiquity.
— Marx, Karl, Grundrisse, trans. Martin Nicolaus (London: Penguin/NLR 1973) p. 479 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written. This book is written in the mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.
— Galileo Galilei