When The Writing Sings

[For people who appreciate the art of writing]

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
― Gary Provost

Happiness and Truth – two sides of the spectrum

I have been in quite a discomfort for a few days now. I am not relating the inventive thought of Hemingway or Aristotle with that of mine (and my immature thoughts).  I am a person who believes happiness and truth doesn’t come as a package. It’s a choice a person has to make in his lifetime. I think most prefer happiness. Like religious people. They prefer God’s comfort over reasoning of faith. Faith doesn’t require thinking. Well, that’s why they call it faith. Blind belief. Whether that is true is a topic for another debate. As I was saying, some prefer truth. And most often, they find it hard to be happy. Some would argue that happiness is subjective and that in reasonable people’s case, happiness might as well be the search for truth itself. I disagree. They are not happy. The knowing process just makes them feel better.

Hemingway on Happiness

“All men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art and in politics — even Socrates and Plato — had a melancholic habitus; indeed, some suffered even from melancholic disease.””
– Aristotle

“The dumbest creatures are always the happiest.”
– Colin Firth

“But hail thou Goddess,sage and holy,
Hail divinest Melancholy
Whose Saintly visage is too bright
To hit the Sense of human sight;
And therefore to our weaker view,
O’er laid with black, staid Wisdoms hue.” (Il Penseroso, lines 11–16)
– John Milton

Victory for Equality

United States Supreme Court ruling makes same-sex marriage a right nationwide.

Here’s a food for thought.

gay map

Countries marked in red are the ones where homosexuality is illegal. Now you look closely. It includes Africa, India and Gulf countries.

Rest (where homosexuality is accepted) are Japan, Australia, whole of Europe and America. Apparently, the most ‘literate’ and ‘free’ countries.

Well, I’m not going to judge. Let’s take a second and think about what this image speaks.

Anyway, it reminds me of Geoge Clooney’s famous quote:
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”