Alan Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker. Best known for making Eastern philosophy digestible to Western minds, his radio broadcasts, books and talks turned people on to new ways of thinking. He introduced the youth culture to The Way of Zen, he put forward the idea that Buddhism could be seen as a form of psychotherapy rather than a religion, he engaged with and explored ideas of human consciousness as well as man’s relationship with nature…to me at least he embodies the world-thinker, astride cultures, taking what is relevant or useful and leaving the dogma. He died in 1973 at the age of 58, at his cabin on Mount Tamalpais. Recently though, people have been setting extracts from his lectures to animations and montages, uploading them to YouTube where his words are enjoying a renaissance...
[youtube=http://youtu.be/Ktt0Nvx5IhE&w=700] NB: There are 19 major religions around the world today. These religions are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups. These groups divide further into thousands of off shoots.
"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."Winston Churchill
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit." Mark Twain
"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau
"A rolling stone gathers no moss." Publilius Syrus
"If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." Abraham Lincoln
"Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation." Plato
"To be worn out is to be renewed." Lao Tzu
"I will prepare and some day my chance will come." Abraham Lincoln
"All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers." Henry David Thoreau
"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." Franklin D. Roosevelt
"When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work." George Bernard Shaw
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." Albert Einstein
"Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves." Winston Churchill
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." Mark Twain
"If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance." Samuel Johnson
"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness." Lucius Annaeus Seneca
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z5Yk8uMdJ8&w=700] Archbishop John Onaiyeken, Christopher Hitchens, Anne Widdecombe MP and Stephen Fry squared off in 2009 to discuss: "The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world".
Supporters of the Church say it stands up for the oppressed and offers spiritual succour to billions. Detractors question its teachings on condoms, gay sex and women priests. Compelling arguments - and strong rebuttals - by all participants. Very very good. Hitchens in particular nailed it, to my mind, but you make up your own.
Some British, Scottish, Irish, Welsh Gods & Goddesses: Amaethon (Welsh) - God of Agriculture, Master of Magic
Arawn (Welsh) - God of the Hunt and the Underworld
Arianrhod (Welsh) - Star and Sky Goddess, Goddess of Beauty, Full Moon and Magical Spells
Badb (Irish) - Goddess of War, Death and Rebirth
Caillech (Scottish, Irish, Welsh) - Goddess of Weather, Earth, Sky, Seasons, Moon and Sun
Cliodna (Irish, Scottish) - Goddess of Beauty and of Other Realms
Creide (Irish, Scottish) - Goddess of Women and Fairies
The Green Man (Welsh) - God of the Woodlands, of Life Energy and Fertility
Morgan LeFay (Welsh) - Goddess of Death, Fate, the Sea and of Curses
Oghma (Scottish, Irish) - God of Communication and Writing, and of Poets
Rhiannon (Welsh) - Goddess of Birds, Horses, Enchantments, Fertility and the Underworld
Skatha (Welsh) - Goddess of the Underworld, Darkness, Magic, Prophecy and Martial Arts