This is a great resource for those looking to comfort a friend, or even themselves.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it
- Margaret Thatcher
I don’t mind at all having enemies. But not too many at the same time please.
- Margaret Thatcher (1980)
This is beautiful stuff to do!
The mass neurosis of our age is agoraphobia; men are terrified of disintegration and of too little direction: they ask, like Hobbe’s masterless men in a state of nature, for walls to keep out the raging ocean, for order, security, organisation, clear and recognisable authority, and are alarmed by the prospect of too much freedom, which leaves them lost in a vast, friendless vacuum, a desert without paths or landmarks or goals.
Berlin, Four Essays on Liberty (1969)
In our times, from the highest class of society down to the lowest, every one lives as under the eye of a hostile and dreaded censorship. Not only in what concerns others, but in what concerns only themselves, the individual or the family do not ask themselves—what do I prefer? or, what would suit my character and disposition? or, what would allow the best and highest in me to have fair play, and enable it to grow and thrive?
They ask themselves, what is suitable to my position? what is usually done by persons of my station and pecuniary circumstances? or (worse still) what is usually done by persons of a station and circumstances superior to mine?
I do not mean that they choose what is customary, in preference to what suits their own inclination. It does not occur to them to have any inclination, except for what is customary.
Thus the mind itself is bowed to the yoke: even in what people do for pleasure, conformity is the first thing thought of; they like in crowds; they exercise choice only among things commonly done: peculiarity of taste, eccentricity of conduct, are shunned equally with crimes: until by dint of not following their own nature, they have no nature to follow: their human capacities are withered and starved: they become incapable of any strong wishes or native pleasures, and are generally without either opinions or feelings of home growth, or properly their own. Now is this, or is it not, the desirable condition of human nature?
In proportion to the development of his individuality, each person becomes more valuable to himself, and is, therefore, capable of being more valuable to others. There is a greater fullness of life about his own existence.
Mill, On Liberty
This is possibly the best film of 2013 – to think I just watched it, and in 2014!
It is sensitive and intelligent. It finds itself in a genre that combines the best of sci-fi and romance – but to describe it in those terms would be brutal. It is something of very good poetry – well written, and with superb artistic direction, but with certain flair and flow that makes it perfect. Apart from a mysterious (and unfortunate) ending, this is film at its best.