The first of two very different books I have recently finished.
One Hundred years of Solitude by gabriel garcia marquez (translated by Gregory Rabassa)
“One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction. Probably Garcia Marquez’s finest and most famous work.” (Synopsis from ebay)
It is odd when you read a well reviewed book and feel very differently about it. Yes the characters were amusing and memorable. Due to their geography, the town remained isolated until the railroad arrived. An illustration of how isolation can cause a rift between the area mentality and the outside political environment. Where else can you find the character of an old grandfather tethered to a tree in the back yard.
For me, finishing it was a little like walking through mud but I got there.
The most memorable quote for me is: “The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.”
That really rings true for me- more each year. Solitude and I are great companions, fortunately. How does this quote strike you?
I remember hearing this for the first time in 1971. For a year, I practiced Kung Fu and learned even my diminutive 100lbs could be a force to be reckoned with…. Most important in my development was going with my nature – choosing goals that I was likely to do. Example: It does not matter how good for me tofu may be, or how many times it got to my refrigerator, if I could not get it down my mouth, trying to make myself eat it was a useless goal. Now when choosing changes to eating, exercise, etc, I start with what am I likely to actually do.
Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience
“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”
With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese- martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker Bruce Lee (1940-1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, attracting generation after generation of devotees. Inspired by the core principles of Wing Chun, the ancient Chinese conceptual martial art, which he learned from his only formal martial arts teacher, Yip Man, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. When he left Hong Kong in 1959, Lee adapted Wing Chun into his own version, Jun Fan Gung Fu – literal translation: Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu – and popularized it in America. (I bought his book this morning.)
Allan Watts taught about Zen back in the 50′s.The Taboo against knowing who you are - changed my thinking greatly. This you-tube clip is an animated version of some of his talks. animation is by the createos of South Park (without the potty humor) I share what I love.