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Sisyphus and Rabbi Tarphon May 16, 2010

Posted by aengus in life, philosophy, quotes, work.
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I was reading “Following Sisyphus, not Pandora” by Howard Gardner on Edge, and liked his summation enough to quote it here:

“I will continue to do what I can to encourage good work — in that sense, Pandoran hope remains. But I
will not look upon science, technology, or religion to preserve life. Instead, I will follow Albert Camus’
injunction, in his portrayal of another mythic figure endlessly attempting to push a rock up a hill: one
should imagine Sisyphus happy.”

It reminded me of a saying of Rabbi Tarphon, quoted by Harold Bloom, “The day is short and the work is endless; It is not for thee to finish the work, nor art thou free to desist therefrom”

To all the Sisyphuses (Syshiphi?) out there, thank you for your efforts, I pray that you’re a happy Sisyphus, and I’m sorry we probably won’t live to see the final results of our collective efforts.


Some Piquant Quotes from “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov May 3, 2010

Posted by aengus in quotes, reading, science fiction.
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“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from  doing what is right!”

“For it is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works and [its curses] are really deadly.”

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”