Category Archives: SELF RESPECT

“Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect” ― George Sand, Indiana


Sherry Turkle :

Ours has been called a culture of narcissism. The label is apt but can be misleading. It reads colloquially as selfishness and self-absorption. But these images do not capture the anxiety behind our search for mirrors. We are insecure in our understanding of ourselves, and this insecurity breeds a new preoccupation with the question of who we are. We search for ways to see ourselves. The computer is a new mirror, the first psychological machine. Beyond its nature as an analytical engine lies its second nature as an evocative object.

[Sherry Turkle (b. 1948), U.S. sociologist and psychologist. The Second Self, ch. 9 (1984)

The original is unfaithful to the translation. Jorge Luis Borges

(1899-1986) Argentine writer, essayist, and poet.

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You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for? – Bernadette Peters

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Love yourself first and everything falls into line.
– Lucille Ball

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Do not starve your soul while you indulge your body. That is dressing the shadow.”

― Hemat Malak, Your Angels Called and Left a Message: Divine Messages to Guide You to Happiness

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Worry gives small things a big shadow


Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.”

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“We are all yeses. We are worthy enough, we passed inspection, we survived the great foetal oocyte extinctions. In that sense, at least — call it a mechanospiritual sense — we are meant to be. We are good eggs, every one of us.”

― Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography

the real “work” of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me.

To gently push aside and silence the many voices that question my goodness and to trust that I will hear the voice of blessing– that demands real effort. ”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

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“What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.”

― C.S. Lewis

Every man with a little leisure and enough money for railway tickets, every man, indeed, who knows how to read, has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” Aldous Huxley, Jesting Pilate


foto – XPT coming into Urunga railway station Jan 2013

2nd Class Wait Here

Henry Lawson (1899). Music by Tony Miles (1981)

At suburban railway stations – you may see them as you pass –
There are signboards on the platform saying ‘Wait here second class’:
And to me the whirr and thunder and the cluck of running gear
Seems to be forever saying, saying ‘Second class wait here’ –

Wait here second class
Second class wait here

Yes, the second class were waiting in the days of serf and prince.
And the second class are waiting – they’ve been waiting ever since,
There are gardens in the background, and the line is dark and drear,
Yet they wait beneath a signboard, sneering, ‘Second class wait here’.