Everything is transient and this is why it’s beautiful



The sadness of impermanence – Mono no aware

Mono no aware (物の哀れ), literally "the pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常, mujō), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) (Wiki).  The beauty of impermanence is in allowing some optimism over the … Continue reading The sadness of impermanence – Mono no aware

Botticelli – The Lamentation over the death of Christ

In the Church of San Paolino, I found an altarpiece which was to drive me mad. The subject of the painting was a common one, I had discovered, usually called The Lamentation, being the scene of those weeping over the body of the dead Christ only just taken down from the Cross. It was a miracle of Botticelli's … Continue reading Botticelli – The Lamentation over the death of Christ

Throttle * Joe Hill & Stephen King

In the Stephen King Universe, there are a few stories, like In the tall grass which has both him and his son, Joe Hill, as co-authors. "They rode west from the slaughter, through the painted desert, and did not stop until they were a hundred miles away." So begins Throttle's terrifying odyssey down desolate Route 6, … Continue reading Throttle * Joe Hill & Stephen King

Botticelli – The Birth Of Venus

I entered the house which was by no means luxurious, and as he took the lamp from the other man, I followed him through a side door into his workshop where he put the lamp on a table full of paints and brushes and rags. I couldn't take my eyes off him. This was the man who … Continue reading Botticelli – The Birth Of Venus

20th Century Ghosts * Joe Hill

It's been a while. Ever since I read the Full Dark, No Stars stories compilation by Stephen King and the Obsession anthology that I felt chills running down my spine with each story told. I could not handle more than one story a day, read in the dwindling sunlight on my phone (yes, I got … Continue reading 20th Century Ghosts * Joe Hill

“His reality is so different from ours”

“Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more … Continue reading “His reality is so different from ours”

Much Madness * Emily Dickinson

As we are still raising awareness for the Mental Health month, we'll have a look at a sweet poem by Emily Dickinson. The message itself is, while powerful, fairly simple to understand—what is called madness is often actually the truest sanity, but as long as it differs from the perspective of the majority who defines … Continue reading Much Madness * Emily Dickinson