Thought-Provoking Things

I’ve compiled a few amazing, thought-provoking things for you today.

March 22nd was World Water Day, and Solidarités International and its agency BDDP Unlimited unveiled a surprising and beautiful little video using water and ink, to highlight the fact that 3.6 million people (including 1.5 million children under the age of five) die every year because of unclean water.  It was produced by Hush and directed by Clément Beauvais.  Signatures are being collected at Solidarités International‘s website (although when I tried to sign up, I couldn’t find United States of America anywhere on the country list??).

This next paper-cut, stop-action video is done by Slovakian animator Veronika Obertová.  Viliam asks an age-old question: Is happiness self-created or a delusion?  It’s about a young boy who grows up uncomfortable in his world, and then his parents die, and his world falls apart.  It’s then he amps up his attempts to control his environment.  What do you think?  Do we create our happiness, or is it a delusion?

Have you ever heard Dr. Michio Kaku?  He’s a theoretical physicist in the City College of New York within the City University of New York.   My favorite of his talks?  What is Time?—A BBC documentary that’s riveting.  The last section on Cosmic Time will blow your mind.  The entire series is online, so I’ll send you to the Brain Pickings website, so you can decide which of the four categories of time you want to watch.

And, last but not least, this one tugs at all your heart strings:

Have a beautiful weekend!

[Post image: Sunset by gabriel77 on stock.xchng]

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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