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“We knew that we are star-stuff at the middle of the 20th century.”

12/01/2011

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy, Jan 29 2010.

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[Robert Bly]

“The Long Bag We Drag Behind Us”

The drama is this. We came as infants “trailing clouds of glory,” arriving from the farthest reaches of the universe, bringing with us appetites well-preserved from our mammal inheritance, spontaneities wonderfully preserved from our 150,000 years of tree life, angers well preserved from our 5,000 years of tribal life – in short, with our 360 degree radiance – and we offered this gift to our parents. They didn’t want it. They wanted a nice girl or a nice boy. That’s the first act of the drama. It doesn’t mean our parents were wicked; they needed us for something … We do the same thing to our children; it’s a part of life on this planet.

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[Maynard Johnny Jr.]

“Owl”

“Owls also have the ability to see in the dark, and because of these qualities the owl is regarded as a spirit guide.”

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[E. E. Cummings]

“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

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