Fertility of limits

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce was led to the invention of photography by the realization that his hand was not steady nor accurate enough to trace and reproduce the images projected by his camera obscura, like his contemporaries used to do. He thus strived to fix the image permanently on a plate through what he called a heliographic process, trying with different substances and reactions, until he eventually succeeded.
This is just one of countless examples of how our own limits can nourish creativity and genius. If our world wasn’t one of limits, we would probably still be living in caves.

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, enhanced version of View from the window at Le Gras (1826 or 1827), the oldest surviving real-world photograph

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, enhanced version of View from the window at Le Gras (1826 or 1827),
the oldest surviving real-world photograph

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“No I don’t have a gun…”

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Unself

When you’re getting mad in the middle of a traffic jam. When you get out of a tense meeting at work. When you feel like one of your ideas has been stolen. When you feel too lazy. When you desire what you shouldn’t desire. When you’re irritable. When you’re too proud. When you’re in a hurry, carelessly stepping on someone’s foot. When you’re jealous. When you’re sad. When you’re selfish.
Free yourself from the conditionings of your life. And from your very self.

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A flying bird’s thought (on its route south)

So simple is the sky, with its open blue, and its silent clouds. And then its stars and galaxies, forming and dissolving, with their clusters and their explosions always faithful to precise, undying laws. So complicated is the earth, with all those roads and motorways and fields and woods and canals and factories and tiny buildings by the hundreds of thousands, and in each building a few of those silly humans with their messy, over-complicated lives…

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A world without us

The world began without man and will end without him. The institutions, morals and customs that I shall have spent my life noting down and trying to understand are the transient efflorescence of a creation in relation to which they have no meaning, except perhaps that of allowing mankind to play its part in creation.

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques, 1955

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, a 19th century mangaka

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, a 19th century mangaka

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Water Symphony

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