Distinction between amateur and professional

[The] distinction between amateur and professional…remains useful today because of the need to discriminate against professionalism. Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. But amateur standards, the standards of love, are always straining upward toward the humble and the best. They enlarge the ground of judgment. The context of love is the world.

—Wendell Berry

Stars

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star then your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics; you are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all things that matter for evolution at the start of life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars are kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars exploded so that you could be here today. Lawrence Krauss

The easy live…

The best way to get anything, from love and affection to money and fame, is to not need it in the first place. The less you give a fuck, the easier life gets.