The Meaning of Life
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
and revolving at 900 miles an hour,
that's orbiting at 90 miles a second - so it's reckoned -
a sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
are moving at a million miles a day
in an outer spiral arm at 40,000 miles an hour
of the galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
it's a hundred thousand light-years side to side,
it bulges in the middle 16,000 light-years thick,
but out by us it's just 3,000 light-years wide.
We're 30,000 light-years from galactic central point,
we go round every 200 million years,
and our galaxy is only one of millions and billions
in this amazing and expanding universe.
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
in all of the directions it can whizz,
as fast as it can go - the speed of light you know -
12 million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
how amazingly unlikely is your birth.
and pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
- because there's bugger all down here on Earth!
My Soul Has A Hat
Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945)
I counted my years
and realized that I have
Less time to live by,
Than I have lived so far.
I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first he ate them with pleasure
But when he realized that there was little left, he began to taste them intensely.
I have no time for endless meetings
where the statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed,
knowing that nothing will be done.
I no longer have the patience
To stand absurd people who,
despite their chronological age,
have not grown up.
My time is too short:
I want the essence,
my spirit is in a hurry.
I do not have much candy
In the package anymore.
I want to live next to humans,
very realistic people who know
How to laugh at their mistakes,
Who are not inflated by their own triumphs
and who take responsibility for their actions.
In this way, human dignity is defended
and we live in truth and honesty.
It is the essentials that make life useful.
I want to surround myself with people
who know how to touch the hearts of those whom hard strokes of life have learned to grow with sweet touches of the soul.
Yes, I'm in a hurry.
I'm in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.I do not intend to waste any of the remaining desserts.
I am sure they will be exquisite,
much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied
and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.
We have two lives
and the second begins when you realize you only have one.