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Jul 10

There’s something comically great about these images of larger-than-life intellectuals resting, smiling, enjoying life.
W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century. We’ve got a thorough profile of his writing on our site this week.

There’s something comically great about these images of larger-than-life intellectuals resting, smiling, enjoying life.

W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century. We’ve got a thorough profile of his writing on our site this week.

Jul 09

“For the simplicity that lies this side of complexity, I would not give a fig, but for the simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity, I would give my life.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, from this week’s column from Parker Palmer.

“Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” — Henry David Thoreau

Jul 08

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thecakeisalie said: Do you accept previously published pieces? I frequently submit to Huffington Post and I think some of my pieces would be a great fit for On Being too.

Hello. I’d more than willing to take a look and see what might fit. I’m open to publishing provocative pieces that are thoughtful and prompt our readers’ aspirational selves. I publish articles and big thought pieces that deal with the grittiest of issues from a unique narrative lens to photo essays and videos that help our audiences wrestle with our deepest questions of what it means to be human.

Warm regards,

Trent

Jul 07

“Don’t turn your head.
Keep looking
at the bandaged place.
That’s where
the Light enters you.” — Rumi

Time is, of course, doing its steady work on every object ever made. This complex relationship between the maker, an emotionally invested object, and the growing distance between them is not new, only rediscovered each generation, whether by an artist, a mourner, a mother, or a soldier…

We let go with the hope others will grab hold. These objects ask very human, moral questions: What right do we have to forget? What do we owe to each other’s memories?

” — Dario Robleto on memory, forgetting, and time.

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Jul 04

“Stars and blossoming fruit-trees: utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity.” — Simone Weil, from Gravity and Grace

“When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.” — Fred Rogers

Jul 03

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Jul 02

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Jul 01

“You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem, you are the voice in the poem.” — Helen Vendler  (via theparisreview)

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Jun 30

Two sisters smile outside of a mosque in Brooklyn on Eid al-Fitr. There are so many varied and unique stories of Ramadan, it’s hard not to be joyful. 
(Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Two sisters smile outside of a mosque in Brooklyn on Eid al-Fitr.

There are so many varied and unique stories of Ramadan, it’s hard not to be joyful. 

(Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)