FINE ARTS – AMERICAN REALISM PAINTING: “Nighthawks by Edward Hopper” / Great Art Explained / James Payne ☮

Edward Hopper’s world was New York, and he understood that city more than most people. He understood that, even though you may live in one of the most crowded and busy cities on earth, it is still possible to feel entirely alone.

This painting, was completed on January 21st, 1942, just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbour and America’s entry into World War two.

That’s not to say the war was a direct influence, but the feeling of dread many Americans had, surely infused the painting.

Afraid of air raid attacks, New York had blackout drills, and lights were dimmed in public spaces. Streets emptied out and Hopper’s city was effectively dark, and silent.

AWAKENING: “Can We Have an Original Thought?” / Eckhart Tolle ☮

Eckhart says that this is a very original question and that it is more important to ask an original question than to expect an original thought or original answer—because an original question is an original thought. When faced with a challenging situation, asking the right question is more important than expecting the right answer.

WESTERN PHILOSOPHY – STOICISM: “The philosophy of Stoicism” / Massimo Pigliucci ☮

What is the best life we can live? How can we cope with whatever the universe throws at us and keep thriving nonetheless? The ancient Greco-Roman philosophy of Stoicism explains that while we may not always have control over the events affecting us, we can have control over how we approach things. Massimo Pigliucci describes the philosophy of Stoicism.