Lauding Lady Nina; On Fear and Love; Vastness That is Bearable; Exoplanets, Meteorites, and Asteroids
So much love flowing today. Warms my Vulcan heart. LLAP
This has got to be one of my favorite retweets by Krista (@kristatippett) this week — courtesy of Dr. Spock, aka Leonard Nimoy.
“‘Feeling Good’ was the 1st Nina Simone song I heard.”
Yesterday would’ve been the 80th birthday of the great jazz and blues singer. Our coordinating producer celebrated Mme. Simone’s birthday with this classic song. Joyeux anniversaire Mme. Simone!
Love and heartbreak were at the core of her lyrics. But how about fear? Illustrator Hanan Harchol takes up this question in his latest animated video about what fear can teach us about love:
“Real love needs to be created, in the space between the two people without the ego. That space between the two people is the unknown, the uncertainty, the otherness… the fear.”
Last week’s sketchnotes of our show with NASA mission scientist Natalie Batalha are one of my favorites. Quotations from Carl Sagan and rainbows in oil puddles are only the tip of the iceberg. Print it out, hang it on your door or in your office. Share with others.
Magda VandeBunt Stayton reminded us on our Facebook page about the one Sagan saying that got away:
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
Kind of amazed that the uplink of our show this week on exoplanets crossed paths in the ether with meteorites and asteroids.
Which led to meposting this graphic to your left on our Tumblr.
We happened upon this passage while doing some preliminary research for a biographical show on the great Indian poet and thinker Rabindranath Tagore:
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it.”
But who is the right guest(s) to help us find our way in? One person that came immediately to mind to ask for advice was New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites). Aside: he wrote an absolutely mesmerizing piece on a butcher in Tuscany that included a line that nearly makes me weep today:
“He had escaped the silken tyranny of patrimony.”
Doing some research, Krista reached out to him on Twitter for some advice:
We had a brief convo on that bus to Assisi. My pubradio show/podcast is On Being. Creating a show on Tagore (with NEH funds) and wondering if you have thoughts on voices in present day India drawing on/interpreting Tagore in interesting ways?
I know our readers and listeners are a well-read, literary lot. Perhaps you might have some suggestions for us? Please, send me your thoughts — long or short — at email@example.com or via Twitter (@TrentGilliss).
Here are a few ideas Krista’s been sharing this past week…
In this century, the question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the question of who we are to each other.
I love the late great John O’Donohue’s definition of real beauty: that, in the presence of which, we feel more alive.
Or this light-hearted approach to life from Seth Godin:
“We’re all a lot weirder than we’d like the world to know.” Amen.
As this work week comes to an end and the weekend begins, please remember these edifying words from Bobby McFerrin:
“This is what I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert is everyone has this sense of rejoicing. I don’t want them to be blown away by what I do, I want them to have this sense of real, real joy from the depths of their being. Because I think when you take them to that place, then you open up a place where grace can come in.”
He demonstrates this grace in his communal sharing of “Ave Maria” at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Watch it. It’s magical.
We want to hear from you — your feedback, your ideas, how an interview may have changed your perspective on things. Drop us a line on our website, via Facebook or Twitter (@beingtweets, @KristaTippett, @TrentGilliss).