1) Dance

When was the last time you danced and to what song/music?

From a slide show about dance on the Boston Globe’s Big Picture Blog – http://tinyurl.com/4zhsslw

Dancers from China’s Gansu province Opera Ensemble perform during their Dunhuang Charm Show at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, Feb. 8. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

A girl dances near plumes of smoke from fires of coal scavenged by her family in the New Colony village in Jharkand, India, on Jan. 7. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

Egyptian youths dance in a Faluka, a traditional boat, on the Nile River in Cairo to celebrate the Islamic holiday marking Prophet Mohammed’s birthday Feb. 15. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press)

Indian school girls spin in a swirl of color on the eve of Basant Panchami, the Festival of Spring, in Amritsar on Feb. 7. The girls are dressed in Punjabi traditional folk Giddha outfits, with yellow being the dominant color of the festival. The event also features kite-flying. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

2) Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell

I just finished the audiobook “The Power of Myths” where Bill Moyer interviews Joseph Campbell, (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987), who was perhaps the worlds leading authority on the mythology of the worlds different cultures.

Campbell got me thinking about the question of life and the Universe. The Universe is made up of matter and energy. Life is what happens when energy interacts with, and changes, matter. One thing is transformed into another.

My perceptions is that what men of science call energy, religious people call God. Of course people of religious faith believe God is separate from the Universe. What may define us as human is the sense of awe and wonder at the source of life, be it energy or a God.

The Wikipedia entry on Joseph Campbell – http://tinyurl.com/65etyxl

Some quotes from Joseph Campbell:

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.”

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”

A video where Campbell talks about the first city states: