The Objective Reality of the Universe – Matt O’Dowd

I think the important thing is not to confuse the idea that we have a subjective experience of the universe, and that “that” subjective experience isn’t the universe – it’s a different thing to the actual universe. But nonetheless the universe remains consistent, our subjective experience of the universe matches other people’s subjective experience of the universe, we can all make measurements that agree with each other. And that gives us confidence that there is something objectively real without knowing what it is.

– Answering a question in Is Our Map of The Universe Accurate? with Matt O’Dowd on StarTalk (Youtube)

Albert Einstein – Living Philosophies

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.

– Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies

Litany Against Fear – Bene Gesserit

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

— Litany Against Fear –  Bene Gesserit
Dune – Frank Herbert


Seneca – Letters 76:12

You do not doubt whether this is good; you doubt whether it is
the only good. If someone has everything else — health, wealth, many
ancestral busts, a crowded foyer — but is admittedly bad, then you will
disapprove of him. Similarly, if someone has none of the things I have
mentioned, if he is lacking in money, in clients, in the nobility which
derives from a long string of ancestors — but is admittedly good, then you
will approve of him. Therefore, the sole good of a human being is that
which, by its possession, makes him praiseworthy even if he is bereft of the
rest and which by its absence causes condemnation and rejection despite
an abundance of everything else.

– Seneca, Letter 76:12


Seneca – Letters 113:30

What massive error grips those men who want to project their right of conquest across the seas and judge themselves most happy if they control many provinces by military might and add new provinces to the old — unaware of that grand kingdom which is equal to the gods: the greatest empire is to command oneself.