Azra.T “not leaving your heart wide open was the most cowardly thing you’ll ever do” (via 5000letters)
Tatsuo Miyajima - Life (Bodies Without Organs) (2012)
"Miyajima, one of Japan’s foremost artists, has been producing conceptual pieces that are at heart technological: the numbers 1–9, twitching or flashing on interconnected LED counters, are the lexicon that he employs to speak on subjects as vast as time, holocaust and eternity.
‘0’ never appears in his work, for that number represents finality, or death, and his art – in accord with the key Buddhist tenets that are vital to it – is about life’s continuum of change.”
"During the Enlightenment period, religious dogma was seriously questioned. Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s leading critics of Judeo-Christian orthodoxy.
In one of his many letters to John Adams, Jefferson remarked:And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter.
When Jefferson ran for the office of U.S. President, he correctly predicted that his opponents would use his writings in an attempt to smear him. In the tumultuous election of 1800, New England’s clergy, along with the conservative Federalist Party, vilified Jefferson as a ‘howling atheist’ and ‘infidel’.
Toward the end of his life Jefferson took Greek, Latin, French and English extracts of the New Testament and cut and pasted together his own version of the Bible.
His goal was to eliminate what he regarded as distortions in the Gospels. He believed that the New Testament was written by unlearned apostles who often misunderstood Jesus and misrepresented his teachings. Jefferson felt that his edited version of the Bible best expressed the moral code of what Jesus really taught.”
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. —Ralph Waldo Emerson