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The cyclical nature of the seasons of the spirit is counter to our dominant cultural narrative of self-improvement, with its ethos of linear progression toward states of ever-increasing flourishing. It is counter, too, to the world’s major spiritual traditions, with their ideas of salvation and enlightenment, argued Maria Popova.
Of Mice and Men - redux? Chastening and often stunning images of the impact that global recession can have in our day and age might suggest so, yet the blooming sunflower might suggest too that hope springs eternal or, as Roy Harper puts it so lyrically, "through all destruction flies new dawn".
Man such sunflowers constantly emerge, displaying a wide variety of proposed "antidotes to the pessimism of the post-crisis world". If you'd like to hear constructive suggestions for our way ahead economically, you could also listen to the following podcasts:
We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness... . It may be said of it: 'It is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens.' - Arthur Schopenhauer
Life is a rainbow which also includes black - Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked - Leonard Cohen
Get rhythm when you get the blues - Johnny Cash http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/dec/26/tobias-jones-a-life-…