Mono Lake: Home To The Strange Microbe GFAJ-1 – Max Muller (Born Dec. 6, 1823), Kierkegaard, Gandhi, & Dalai Lama

Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.
- Alasdair Gray

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The pen is the tongue of the mind.
- Horace

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I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.
- Steven Wright (Born December 6, 1955)

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde

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Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Abraham Lincoln

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What we cannot speak of we must pass over in silence.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
- Samuel Butler

Love is made out of ecstasy and wonder;
Love is a poignant and accustomed pain.
It is a burst of Heaven-shaking thunder;
It is a linnet’s fluting after rain.

It is stern work, it is perilous work, to thrust your hand in the sun and pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men: but Prometheus, torn by the claws and beaks whose task is never done, would be tortured another eternity to go stealing fire again.

Is Freedom only a Will-o’-the-wisp
To cheat a poet’s eye?
Be it phantom or fact, it’s a noble cause
In which to sing and to die!
- Joyce Kilmer (Born December 6, 1886)

Never think that you’re not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
- Anthony Trollope (Died December 6, 1882)

The Science of Language has taught us that there is order and wisdom in all languages, and even the most degraded jargons contain the ruins of former greatness and beauty. The Science of Religion, I hope, will produce a similar change in our views of barbarous forms of faith and worship.

Whenever we can trace back a religion to its first beginnings, we find it free from many of the blemishes that offend us in its later phases. The founders of the ancient religions of the world, as far as we can judge, were minds of a high stamp, full of noble aspirations, yearning for truth, devoted to the welfare of their neighbors, examples of purity and unselfishness. What they desired to found upon earth was but seldom realized, and their sayings, if preserved in their original form, offer often a strange contrast to the practice of those who profess to be their disciples.

If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life… I should point to India.

He must be a man of little faith, who would fear to subject his own religion to the same critical tests to which the historian subjects all other religions. We need not surely crave a tender or merciful treatment for that faith which we hold to be the only true one.

The Science of Language has taught us that there is order and wisdom in all languages, and even the most degraded jargons contain the ruins of former greatness and beauty.

The great problems touching the relation of the Finite to the Infinite, of the human mind as the recipient, and of the Divine Spirit as the source of truth, are old problems indeed…

The founders of the ancient religions of the world, as far as we can judge, were minds of a high stamp, full of noble aspirations, yearning for truth, devoted to the welfare of their neighbors, examples of purity and unselfishness.

It is necessary that we too should see the beam in our own eyes, and learn to distinguish between the Christianity of the nineteenth century and the religion of Christ.

Hidden in this rubbish there are precious stones.

Then first came love upon it, the new spring
Of mind — yea, poets in their hearts discerned,
Pondering, this bond between created things
And uncreated…

Who knows from whence this great creation sprang?
He from whom all this great creation came,
Whether his will created or was mute,
The Most High Seer that is in highest heaven,
He knows it — or perchance even He knows not.
- Max Müller (Born December 6, 1823)

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Painting completed my life.
- Frida Kahlo

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.
- Indian Proverb

Peace is its own reward.

My life is my message.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

By developing a sense of concern for others’ well-being, then no matter what others’ attitudes are, you can keep inner peace.

A calm mind helps our human intelligence to assess the situation realistically.

I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he or she must have a good heart, a warm heart.

All the major religious traditions carry the message of love, compassion and forgiveness.

Peace of mind is the basis of a healthy body and a healthy mind; so peace of mind, a calm mind, is very, very important.

By studying others’ viewpoints, it is possible for us to discover new and refreshing perspectives on the world – including our own life.

I think that ethical behavior is another feature of the kind of inner discipline that leads to a happier existence.
- Dalai Lama

Amplify’d from apod.nasa.gov
Mono Lake: Home to the Strange Microbe GFAJ-1
Credit:
Wikipedia;
Inset: Jodi Switzer Blum

Explanation:
How strange could alien life be?
An
indication that the fundamental elements that compose most terrestrial life forms
might differ out in the universe was found in unusual
Mono Lake in
California,
USA.
Bacteria in Mono’s lakebed gives
indications
that it not only can tolerate a large abundance of normally toxic
arsenic,
but possibly use arsenic as a replacement for
phosphorous,
an element needed by every other known Earth-based life form.
The result is surprising — and perhaps controversial — partly because arsenic-incorporating
organic molecules were thought to be much more fragile than phosphorous-incorporating organic molecules.
Pictured above is 7.5-km wide Mono Lake as seen from nearby Mount Dana.
The inset picture shows GFAJ-1, the unusual bacteria that might be able to
survive on
another world.

Read more at apod.nasa.gov

 

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