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Freedom of Press
August 31, 2008, 10:43 am
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Of the several inspiration topics, there is one very relevant and important one; Freedom of Press. Since ages, many battles have been fought on this topic and several eminent poets and writers have written in favor of this topic. Freedom of press signifies the democratic health of a country. Press is important for impartial description of news and analysis of social, Economic, political and corporate affairs. Today, I would be sharing a poem written by incomparable Benjamin Franklin on this important topic.

 

 

ON THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

 

While free from Force the Press remains,

Virtue and Freedom chear our Plains,

And Learning Largesses bestows,

And keeps unlicens’d open House.

We to the Nation’s publick Mart

Our Works of Wit, and Schemes of Art,

And philosophic Goods, this Way,

Like Water carriage, cheap convey.

This Tree which Knowledge so affords,

Inquisitors with flaming swords

From Lay-Approach with Zeal defend,

Lest their own Paradise should end.

 

The Press from her fecundous Womb

Brought forth the Arts of Greece and Rome;

Her offspring, skill’d in Logic War,

Truth’s Banner wav’d in open Air;

The Monster Superstition fled,

And hid in Shades in Gorgon Head;

And awless Pow’r, the long kept Field,

By Reason quell’d, was forc’d to yield.

 

This Nurse of Arts, and Freedom’s Fence,

To chain, is Treason against Sense:

And Liberty, thy thousand Tongues

None silence who design no Wrongs;

For those who use the Gag’s Restraint,

First Rob, before they stop Complaint.

 

By- Benjamin Franklin




Contentment
August 24, 2008, 6:59 pm
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A poem is said to stir all of our senses. This poem is one of them. Titled, contentment, it gives us that much needed message to be happy and contend with whatever we have. Yes, we can always strive for more but that should not make us feel dissatisfied and restless.

 

 Contentment

“Man wants but little here below”

 

Little I ask; my wants are few;

I only wish a hut of stone,

(A very plain brown stone will do,)

That I may call my own;

And close at hand is such a one,

In yonder street that fronts the sun.

 

Plain food is quite enough for me;

Three courses are as good as ten;

If Nature can subsist on three,

Thank Heaven for three. Amen!

I always thought cold victual nice;

My choice would be vanilla-ice.

 

I care not much for gold or land;

Give me a mortgage here and there,

Some good bank-stock, some note of hand,

Or trifling railroad share,

I only ask that Fortune send

A little more than I shall spend.

 

Honors are silly toys, I know,

And titles are but empty names;

I would, perhaps, be Plenipo,

But only near St. James;

I’m very sure I should not care

To fill our Gubernator’s chair.

 

Jewels are baubles; ‘t is a sin

To care for such unfruitful things;

One good-sized diamond in a pin,

Some, not so large, in rings,

A ruby, and a pearl, or so,

Will do for me; – I laugh at show.

 

My dame should dress in cheap attire;

(Good, heavy silks are never dear;)

I own perhaps I might desire

Some shawls of true Cashmere,

Some marrowy crapes of China silk,

Like wrinkled skins on scalded milk.

 

I would not have the horse I drive

So fast that folks must stop and stare;

An easy gait – two forty-five

Suits me; I do not care;

Perhaps, for just a single spurt,

Some seconds less would do no hurt.

 

Of pictures, I should like to own

Titians and Raphaels three or four,

I love so much their style and tone,

One Turner, and no more,

(A landscape, – foreground golden dirt,

The sunshine painted with a squirt.)

 

Of books but few, – some fifty score

For daily use, and bound for wear;

The rest upon an upper floor;

Some little luxury there

Of red morocco’s gilded gleam

And vellum rich as country cream.

 

Busts, cameos, gems, such things as these,

Which others often show for pride,

I value for their power to please,

And selfish churls deride;

One Stradivarius, I confess,

Two Meerschaums, I would fain possess.

 

Wealth’s wasteful tricks I will not learn,

Nor ape the glittering upstart fool;

Shall not carved tables serve my turn,

But all must be of buhl?

Give grasping pomp its double share,

I ask but one recumbent chair.

 

Thus humble let me live and die,

Nor long for Midas’ golden touch;

If Heaven more generous gifts deny,

I shall not miss them much,

Too grateful for the blessing lent

Of simple tastes and mind content!

 

By: – Oliver Wendell Holmes




Inner World Health
August 20, 2008, 6:39 pm
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Our health inspiration articles have one more important ingredient. It is happiness. The concept of joy and sorrow. Both are inseparable and both exist together. After all the external precaution and hard work done, we must seek within ourselves the fountain of happiness or rather the balance. What goes around comes around! Let’s not forget that. This reminds me of a poem by famous Khalil Gibran and it is called Joy and Sorrow.

 

“Joy and Sorrow “

 

Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.”

And he answered:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.



Balancing Our Life
August 10, 2008, 12:52 pm
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Continuing our series of healthy motivation we will dwell further on other important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It has always been recommended to Abstain from things which might harm us and things that are good must be used in moderation. Our body is a joint system of various organs and each of them is connected to each other. What affects one, tend to affect other as well. Exercise is strongly recommended for our physical structure but then like other good things it should be done in moderation. Too much of anything whether its exercise, food, sun or air is bad for us.

Balance is the key when it comes to living a healthy life. A proper exercise regimen must be supported by good diet. Eating is a good habit but overeating leads to obesity. Discipline is what we must focus on. We must exercise restrain in work outs, drink, food, sexual behavior amongst others.

It’s a known fact that drugs, alcohol, smoking, caffeine are bad for our health. How bad? Nicotine compresses the blood vessels running in our body and which in turn negatively affects the regulation of our heart. It also stimulates high blood pressure. Tars present in the tobacco damages our liver. That leads to other organs including brain getting affected severely in the long run. We can clearly see how failure of one organ after another led to the collapse of our entire body. Our body is like a happy family where each member must be treated with care and love. By putting some discipline and balance in our life we can live longer and happier.



August 4, 2008, 9:07 pm
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In last two articles we talked about the importance of water and exercise. But then, there are several other important things which are equally important to our well-being. These other important things help us in keeping hale and hearty. One of those important things is the air we breathe.

 

In current scenario, having fresh air has almost become a mirage considering rapid urbanization and spread of concrete jungles. But then, didn’t someone say where there is a will, there is a way. So even amidst these concrete structures, people still have option of breathing fresh air as and when available. Few of you would be curious about benefits of fresh air! The answer lies in charged muscles and nerves and consequent increase in body energy.

 

Houses in rural areas are designed keeping in view adequate flow of air and sunlight. Proper house structures make sure; there is this uninterrupted flow of natural energy resources. Closed house designs make one breathe same stale air again and again and that results into reduced oxygen content followed by unhealthy symptoms like headache, sleepiness and laziness. We should also focus on breathing properly. We must breathe deeply. Apart from that, house windows should be open and there must be trees plated in the backyard. No garbage should be allowed to decay in house. We should also keep into mind getting adequate dosage of sunlight because that helps in glowing of skin and killing unwanted germs.  Lets strive to have healthy air and sunlight.